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$1,000,000 The Festival Online at 888poker… Check Out This Week’s Schedule!
All good things come to those who wait, and if you’ve not yet been lucky enough to travel to one of the exciting, innovative The Festival Series events, they’ve teamed up with 888poker to bring you an online version in the shape of The Festival Online - and, after the first $750,000 instalment went down so well last year, a massive $1,000,000 in guaranteed prize money will be won by the end of this series, which runs until 11 April.
It’s simply too good to miss, and with very low buy-ins and a packed schedule of qualifiers that’s affordable for all, you don’t need to be an online poker tournament specialist to take part. Indeed, if the opening day of The Festival Online is anything to go by, expect a fun-filled real money online poker experience.
Sunday’s four Series openers promised $170,000 in guaranteed prize money but, after the dust had settled, a total of $190,960 was paid out. The $109 buy-in Mystery Bounty Opening Event, for example, attracted 868 entries and saw the $100,000 guarantee surpassed, with $107,200 won! Note that you’ll be able to qualify very cheaply for the upcoming big events (see below), so you could be collecting your share of juicy prize pools as the series continues!
Big Bounties in Mini Event!
The Mystery Bounty Mini Opening Event is a typical example of this player-friendly series. The $22 buy-in tournament adopted a (Mystery) Bounty set-up with a difference: split into two phases, the first had no bounties for elimination, with the second stage of the tournament randomly assigning the remaining players mystery bounties which were revealed on their being eliminated; the highest mystery bounty was $2500! The $25,000 guarantee was broken and $27,460 was paid out, with the winner pocketing a cool $2,556 for emerging victorious in a field of 1,043 entries. A player who didn’t even make the top 20 finishers still managed to bag a whopping $2,667 in bounties!
Now that you’re suitably inspired to join in the festivities of The Festival Online, here’s the schedule for the opening week:
There’ll be another opportunity to throw your hat in the ring of a mystery bounty event on Thursday in the form of the $55 buy-in Mystery Bounty 8-Max, which has a $20,000 guarantee.
Note also that it’s not just the traditional Texas Hold'em format that will feature in The Festival Online (which is known for catering to all tastes), with Tuesday’s $55 buy-in PLO Rebuy & Add-on $4,000 GTD event being just one of numerous tournaments scheduled for Omaha fans.
So - don’t forget to take advantage of the packed qualifier schedule, and once you’ve been bitten by the bug, you might well want to join us at The Festival proper’s next stop in Malta (15-21 May), where you can take part in our PokerListings Championship...
Finally, check out the latest online poker bonuses in our regularly updated information section.
Good luck at the tables, and have fun!