888Poker Supports XL Blizzard with $100,000 Promotion

888 Poker's XL Blizzard888Poker is giving away more than $100,000 in tournament entry tickets to support its forthcoming $3 million guaranteed XL Blizzard tournament series.

Last week, 888Poker released details of its forthcoming $3 million guaranteed XL Blizzard tournament series – a series of thirty-four tournaments running between 18th and 28th January which will culminate in a $1 million guaranteed Main Event.

In order to incentivize players to take part in the packed schedule, 888Poker is running three promotions alongside the series – a $1 million “Winners” promotion, a “Champion of Champions” promotion, and a “Bubble of Bubbles” promotion.

Now the site has announced a $100,000 promotion to encourage players to qualify for two of the feature events in advance. With the quiet Christmas period almost upon us, now could be a better time than any to get involved in this promotion and win a seat in the XL Blizzard Main Event for free.

Key Dates in the XL Blizzard Tournament Series

The series gets off to a strong start on Thursday 18th January with an $80,000 guaranteed “Opening Event”, and players will be especially looking forward to the first weekend of the series which features an $88.00 buy-in “Crazy Eights” Event, a $12.00 buy-in “Mini Tune Up” Event and a $160.00 buy-in “Tune Up” Event with a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000.

On Tuesday 23rd January, the bigger bankrolls take center stage with the $250,000 guaranteed “High Rollers” Event, and thereafter most players´ minds will be on the final weekend of the series when the highlight is the $1,050 buy-in Main Event. Several smaller “Main Events” are also scheduled for Sunday 28th January – ensuring their will plenty of action on the tables as the series comes to a close.

Three Complementary Promotions Offer Fantastic Value

The three promotions running alongside the XL Blizzard tournament series – the $1 million “Winners” promotion, “Champion of Champions” promotion, and “Bubble of Bubbles” promotion – offer fantastic value for players who are able to take advantage of them.

The $1 Million Winners Promotion

The $1 million “Winners” promotion will reward any player able to take down five XL Blizzard tournaments with a $1,000,000 cash prize. Consolation prizes exist for players who win four events ($100,000), three events ($10,000) or two events ($1,000).

Further consolation prizes of a $600 tournament ticket will be given to any player who reaches three or more final tables, and players who cash in eight or more XL Blizzard events will win a $215 tournament ticket. Unfortunately, each player is limited to only one prize in this promotion, so if you win the $1,000,000 cash prize, you won´t qualify for a $600 tournament ticket as well (like you will care).

The Champion of Champions Promotion

The “Champion of Champions” promotion  is a leaderboard competition in which points will be awarded to each player participating in an XL Blizzard event based on the buy-in, the number of entries and the player´s finishing position (so a “Champion of Champions” promotion in name only).

The top fifty players on the leaderboard at the end of the series will be invited to play in an exclusive freeroll with a WSOP Main Event package being awarded to the winner. The second and third-placed players will win WSOP Crazy Eight packages, while every other player finishing within the top forty places will win tournament tickets with a value of between $55.00 and $1,050.00.

The “Bubble of Bubbles” Promotion

The “Bubble of Bubbles” promotion offers the opportunity for players who miss out on the money in each event by one place to gain a little consolation. All thirty-four “Bubble Boys” (or girls) will be awarded a ticket to an exclusive “Bubble of Bubbles” tournament at the end of the series.

The winner of the tournament will win a WSOP Crazy Eights package – quite a nice consolation prize if you subsequently go onto win the event in July – while the remaining players who make it to the final table will win tournament tickets with a value of between $55.00 and $160.00.

How to Win a Seat in the XL Blizzard Main Event for Free

Each day from now until the start of the series, 888Poker is giving players the opportunity to win seats in the XL Blizzard Main Event by completing “Personal Poker Challenges” and then taking part in a qualifying tournament at 9:00pm GMT. The top two players in each day´s qualifying tournament will win a tournament ticket valued at $1,050 to enter the XL Blizzard Main Event.

Seats can also be won in daily qualifiers for the “Mini Tune Up” Event (on Sunday 21st January) by completing easier poker challenges. These daily qualifiers take place at 5:00pm GMT and award the top twenty players with a $12.00 ticket for the target event – bringing the total value of the promotion to more than $100,000.

All existing players at 888Poker should receive an email with details on how to claim a free ticket to each of the qualifiers. Only after players have competed in at least one XL Blizzard qualifier will they receive a further email advising them of their “Personal Poker Challenges” or be notified via a pop up box when they log into their accounts.

New players thinking of making their first real money deposit in order to take advantage of this promotion should ignore the instructions given on the 888Poker website to use the bonus code “BLIZZARD10”, as this will make you ineligible to claim the 100% bonus on your first deposit. Instead, follow the links to the site from our 888Poker review in order to be eligible for a 100% bonus on your first deposit up to $600.

Get Ready for the XL Blizzard Coming to 888Poker in January

As mentioned above, the quiet Christmas season is almost upon us, and the action at the tables is starting to slow down. With fewer players competing for the XL Blizzard tickets, now is a great time to play at 888Poker. Don´t forget, in order to be notified about your “Personal Poker Challenges” you must have already played in one XL Blizzard qualifier, so check your email inbox today for further information, and we will see you at the final table of the XL Blizzard Main Event next month.