Steven Got Game, Wins First Tournament at 888Live Aspers for £17k

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Since 888poker launched its own branded poker room at the Aspers Casino in Stratford, East London, it's been at the center of its live schedule.

Last weekend saw the third 888Live Local event there this year and you could say it has already consolidated its success.

The 590 entries over three starting days was exactly the same number of players as the last event back in March.

The winner this time was an aptly named young man from Birmingham, Steven Game, who now lives just a two-minute walk from the casino.

Re-Entry Pays Off Big Time

In the small hours of the morning, Game managed to win all the chips in play with pocket nines over A-9 on a board that for once would have made you wish for 7-2.

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The champ Steven Game.

It ran out 7s-Tc-2h-7c-2d.

Game won £17,515 for first place after a 4-way deal was arranged with £2,000 left to play for.

As he had the chiplead at the time of the deal, that was almost £4,500 more than his heads-up opponent Albu Ion cashed for.

Game had busted on Day 1 but used the re-entry option to get back in. It paid off big time.

“It’s my biggest cash, first tournament win," Game said after the win.

"I used to play mainly just heads-up online, but now I’ve moved onto live.” 

Complete final-table payouts for 888Live Aspers:

 

1

Steven Game

£17,515

2

Albu Ion

£13,220

3

Danny Tran

£13,855

4

Vimal Kane

£11,700

5

Michael Magalashvili

£5,690

6

Ciprian Paunescu

£4,570

7

Vilnis Geidans

£3,790

8

JJ Hazan

£3,020

9

Stephen Doody

£2,270

888Live Tailored for the Rec Player

Moving from online to live poker and winning an 888 event made it pretty easy for Game to plan his next step – flying down to Barcelona for the 888 Live event at the Casino Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava.

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Costa Brava experience enticing.

The 888Live and Live Local experience events are directed at recreational players with an urge to travel and play in an international environment without spending too much money.

The events have buy-ins between €150 and €440 (with a few exceptions), and for that you’ll get a structure that equals many higher buy-in tournaments.

In London, for example, players received 25,000 chips to start and the levels were 30 minutes long. 100 out of 590 players reached Day 2 so there was plenty of room to play.

One re-entry is allowed so you’re not at risk to bust early even if you get unlucky.

You can buy in directly to 888Live events or qualify online. To do that, click through to our 888 review page and create your personal account. It only takes a few minutes.

The next events on the 888 Live tours are Costa Brava fromMay 20-22 and another tournament at the Aspers on May 27. There is also an “Experience event” at the Costa Brava for €440 that includes one extra day of organized water sports activities. You can read all about this one here.

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