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Everyone still in the World Series of Poker Main Event is chasing the $8 million first-place prize but for a few lucky 888poker qualifiers, there's an additional $5 million bonus waiting for them if they become the next world champion of poker. We spoke to one of the qualifiers still in, Christoph Bruell, who just one year ago was at home in Germany watching the WSOP on television with his girlfriend. Now he's in the final 300 players of the biggest poker tournament on the planet. We also spoke to 888poker's VP of poker Hili Shakked about this exciting new promotion and what makes 888poker special. According to Shakked poker at 888 is about more than just winning money. It's about having a dream to come and play at world-class poker events like the World Series of Poker. Check out the video to find out more about 888poker and it's massive $5 million WSOP promotion, and keep an eye on PokerListings.com to see how far Christoph Bruell can go.
Hili Shakked: We wanted to make this year's WSOP Main Event special for 888 players by adding another $5 million to an 888 player that wins the WSOP. So in total it will be $13 million.
Christoph Bruell: So I played a tournament on 888poker that cost me $30 and that qualified me into another satellire for $600 and that one got me here. I left 200 players behind me and then I made it to Vegas. That was like three weeks ago and I've been excited the whole time to get here. Now I'm here and it's getting better and better. Each day I'm getting more chips and it's crazy.
Hili Shakked: We want every poker player not just to play online at home for a few dollars but actually to have a dream of maybe one day reaching a big tournament like this. Even if they don't finish at the final table, at least experience what poker is, tell their friends. I think a venue like 888poker is a great place because we have so many players that are true recreational players.
Christop Bruell: Last year I was with my girlfriend and we are like fanboys watching the WSOP on television and to be here now feels surreal. It feels like a dream coming true. If I would win, 888 will pay me an extra $5 million on top. $8 million I can't even think about and $13 million, that's just crazy.