888 Poker has announced the schedule for its January 2018 XL Blizzard and released details of several potentially valuable promotions supporting the series.
With impeccable timing – as most of Europe shivers in zero degree temperatures – [geolink href=”https://www.pokernewsreport.com/888-poker”]888 Poker[/geolink] has announced the schedule for its January 2018 XL Blizzard tournament series and several potentially valuable promotions that will be supporting it – most notably a “Winners” promotion in which players can win up to $1 million for racking up a string of tournament victories.
The XL Blizzard tournament series will run from Thursday January 18th until Sunday January 28th and consist of just thirty-four events – compared with nearly two hundred events in September´s XL Eclipse series. As usual the XL Blizzard Main Event will take place on the final day of the series and will be supported by daily satellites and two mega-satellites on January 21st and 28th.
The January 2018 XL Blizzard Schedule in More Detail
Although consisting of just thirty-four events, the guaranteed prize money available throughout the series is just shy of $3 million. There are plenty of low buy-in options for players with limited bankrolls starting with a $15,000 guaranteed “Mini Opening Event” on January 18th. There will also be Micro and Mini Main Events on the final day of the series, guaranteed at $50,000 and $200,000 respectively.
At the other end of the scale, three of the events have four-figure buy-ins – the $200,000 guaranteed Whale, the $250,000 guaranteed High Rollers and the $1,050 buy-in Main Event. The remainder of the schedule bears more than a passing resemblance to 888 Poker´s regular tournament schedule with enhanced guarantees and a choice of buy-ins.
The $1 Million Winners Promotion
The $1 million “Winners” promotion is a sure-fire way to make sure the early tournaments in the schedule are well populated and that event winners re-invest their winnings in the later tournaments. 888 Poker will pay $1 million to any player who wins five or more XL Blizzard tournaments, with consolation prizes of $100,000 for four wins, $10,000 for three wins, and $1,000 for two wins.
Even players who do not win multiple events will be interested in this promotion, as 888 Poker will give away $600 tournament tickets to every player who reaches three or more Final Tables, and $215 tournament tickets to every player who cashes in eight or more events. There will also be a special tournament for the thirty-four players who are eliminated in each event on the bubble.
Top 50 Players to Compete in Champion of Champions Event
Throughout the January 2018 XL Blizzard series, players will be awarded points based on their finishing positions in each event, the number of entries in each event and the buy-in. The points accumulate on a Champion of Champions leaderboard and, at the end of the series, the tip fifty players on the leaderboard will be invited to play in a special tournaments awarding some very special prizes:
|First||$12,000 WSOP Vegas Package|
|Second||$3,000 WSOP Crazy 8 Package + $1,050 Tournament Ticket|
|Third||$3,000 WSOP Crazy 8 Package|
|4th – 5th||$1,050 Tournament Ticket|
|6th – 10th||$600 Tournament Ticket|
|11th – 50th||$55 Tournament Ticket|
Fantastic Opportunities for All Players at 888 Poker
In theory, every player at 888 Poker has a chance of getting extra value from playing the XL Blizzard tournaments. Although the likelihood of winning five or more events is a bit of a longshot, reaching three Final Tables or cashing in eight events is achievable; and, if you have the misfortune to be eliminated on the bubble, there is another Vegas package and tournament ticket prizes up for grabs.
Naturally, with all those Final Table appearance and cashes under your belt, you will likely qualify for the Champion of Champions tournament in which you are guaranteed to win a prize, plus – of course – you will have your bankroll boosted by your winnings from each event. Overall, the promotions accompanying the XL Blizzard series offer fantastic opportunities for all players at 888 Poker.
One word of caution however. If you are not yet playing at 888 Poker and are tempted by the first deposit offer of three free tickets for the Main Event satellites, please note that – if you take advantage of this offer – you will forfeit your right to the 100% bonus on first deposits. Further information about the first deposit bonus can be found in our review.