Although not the series it once was, there are plenty of top events worth playing in, plus daily freeroll tournaments feeding into the Main Event.
It wasn’t so long ago that 888Poker had the cojones to go head-to-head-to-head with PokerStars and Party Poker during big tournament series. Now, although still scheduling its September series to compete with the World Championship of Online Poker, 888Poker´s XL Eclipse series is a shadow of its former self – with the number of events reduced from 197 two years ago to just 34 this year.
Nonetheless, there are still some very good events worth playing in. Furthermore, if you are an existing player at 888Poker who has made a real money deposit into your account, you have the opportunity to win a free seat in the $50,000 guaranteed “Mini Tune Up” event being played on the first Sunday of the series, and in the $500,000 guaranteed Main Event on the final day of the series.
XL Eclipse Series – Dates and Times
888Poker´s XL Eclipse series runs from Thursday September 12th to Sunday September 22nd. On most days, there is a low buy-in and a high buy-in tournament scheduled for 6:00pm (all times GMT), with a mid-range buy-in turbo tournament scheduled for 8:00pm.
The exceptions to this format are on the two Sundays of the series (see table below), on Monday September 16th – when the turbo R&A event starts an hour earlier – and on Friday 20th September, when all three tournaments start an hour earlier due to their deepstack structures.
|888Poker XL Eclipse Series Feature Events|
|Sunday 15th September||6:00pm||$160.00||Tune Up||$100,000|
|6:00pm||$16.50||Mini Tune Up||$50,000|
|6:30pm||$5.50||Micro Tune Up||$10,000|
|8:00pm||$55.00||Late Tune Up||$20,000|
|Sunday 22nd September||5:00pm||$250.00||Main Event||$500,000|
|5:30pm||$33.00||Mini Main Event||$50,000|
|6:00pm||$5.50||Micro Main Event||$15,000|
Win Tickets to Mini Tune Up and Main Event
888Poker is currently running twice daily freeroll tournaments giving players an opportunity to win seats in the Mini Tune Up tournament and Main Event. These are completely free to enter for players who have made a real money deposit into their accounts with no conditions attached (i.e. you don´t have to clear a certain amount of rake or win a freeroll seat in a scratch card promotion).
- The freeroll to the Mini Tune Up event takes place at 6:05pm and awards the top 25 players with a seat in the target tournament.
- The freeroll to the XL Eclipse Main Event takes place at 8:00pm and awards the top 10 players with a seat worth $250.00.
It is important to note that, if you win a seat in either freeroll tournament, you will be sent an email by 888Poker. The email contains a link you have to click within 72 hours of receiving the email in order to claim your ticket. Once you have claimed your ticket, you will be automatically registered for the target event – which is a must-play event inasmuch as if you don´t use the ticket, you will lose it.
A Great Opportunity for New Players
If you are not yet playing at 888Poker, you have a great opportunity to take advantage of a first deposit bonus and be eligible for all the XL Eclipse freeroll tournaments until September 21st. Simply visit 888Poker.com, download the free software, and register your account. Then make a real money deposit (minimum deposit $10) using the 888Poker bonus code “NEW600”.
In addition to a 100% bonus on your first deposit up to $600 and eligibility to play in the XL Eclipse freeroll tournaments, you will also receive seven tickets for “Deposit Freerolls” with a prize pool of $500, and a ticket to a Saturday “Deposit Freeroll” with a prize pool of $1,000.