The 888poker LIVE tour heads to stunning Barcelona from May 12 and stays there until May 23. More than a dozen exciting tournaments adorn the busy schedule, including the €1,100 buy-in Main Event, which PokerNews’ Live Reporting is on the ground for throughout, bringing you all the action as it happens from the Casino Barcelona.
The 888poker LIVE Barcelona Main Event features four starting flights, the first of which shuffles up and deals on May 19. Days 1A-C feature a 45-minute clock, with Day 1D adopting a turbo structure that reduces the levels to 20-minutes.
Satellites for the Main Event are available at Casino Barcelona during the festival and online at 888poker, the latter starting with buy-ins of only $0.01! All the online 888poker LIVE Barcelona Main Event satellites eventually feed into a $109 qualifier where packages worth $2,200 await their winners. Secure such a package and you receive the following:
- $1,250 buy-in for the 888poker LIVE Barcelona Main Event
- $550 for three nights’ accommodation from May 19-22
- $400 travel money paid directly into your 888poker account
- 888poker LIVE merchandise
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The 888poker LIVE Barcelona festival is the first time 888’s partnership with ECOSEC comes into place. ECOSEC is a provider of tamper evident security solutions. Ahead of the Barcelona festival, 888poker is replacing the standard overnight chip bags with ECOSEC’s biodegradable bags that allow the tournament staff to store the players’ chips without the use of single-use plastic.
888poker’s initial purchase removes approximately 130 kilograms of plastic from circulation and goes some way to help 888 achieve its goals of having net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
Shai Tabibian, SVP - Head of B2C at 888, commented:
“We are proud that 888 will be the first major operator to partner with ECOSEC as part of this extremely progressive initiative. We see innovation partnerships like this as a win-win-win for us, event organisers and environment alike, and crucial in our efforts to positively minimise our impact on the environment.
“Plastic chip bags have been used for many years, and we hope that this is the beginning of a new, more ecologically-friendly world of poker and gaming as we look into the future.”
Karim Louis, CEO of ECOSEC, added:
“The Poker Against Plastic Pollution campaign came about after I started playing in poker festivals. It became clear to me that chip bags are essential for securing poker chips and in a tournament organiser’s processes, but that my organisation could have a global impact in improving environmental awareness across the industry.
“These new biodegradable bags are a bold invention, enabling players to post about their progress on social media in the usual way while also doing their bit for the environment. We’re very much looking forward to delivering these new bags to 888 for the first time and to continuing to partner with them at future events.”
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