888Poker Launch 888Live Festival Series; Urmo Velvelt Wins 888Live Local, Tallinn

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888Poker has announced plans to expand upon their successful grassroots 888Live Local tour by creating a higher buy-in 888Live Festival series, and Urmo Velvelt wins the 888Live Local event in Tallinn, Estonia.

888Poker Launch 888Live Festival Series; Urmo Velvelt Wins 888Live Local, Tallinn888Poker is broadening their live tournament experience.

The team that brings you the grassroots 888Live Local Festival Series is upping the ante with the creation of the 888Live Festival Series carrying the slogan: bigger, better, different.

The new idea will start out slow with the intention of running three festivals a year. For the first, 888 will take advantage of their relationship with the poker room at Aspers Casino, Stratford for 888Live London Oct 13-23.

There will be 11-events in total, and 888 promise increased variety, longer structures, a broader range of buy-ins and larger guarantees. The opening event is a £220 buy-in event with three starting flights and a £100,000 Guarantee beginning October, 13 at 18:00 (BST). The £880 buy-in 888Live London Festival Main Event will carry a £200,000 guarantee and begins October, 20 at noon (BST). There will also be a £2,000 buy-in High Roller on October, 19 at 17:00 (BST).

You can qualify for the Main Event playing online at 888, or participate in a range of £50 live satellites throughout the festival and the smallest buy-in events will be £120.

888Poker Ambassadors Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, and Sofia Lovgren will feature in the opening festival in London, and each will carry a $888 bounty on their head for the Main Event.

Kara Scott will host.

Full schedule.

Urmo Velvelt Wins 888Live Local, Tallinn

Kara Scott was also the host for the most recent 888Live Local event in Tallinn, Estonia. The €400 buy-in event attracted 80 entrants beating the €25,000 guarantee by €3,800.

As you would expect, the final table carried a large Estonian contingent. Five local players reached the final table and the top five all walked away with career-high scores.

The €9,000 first prize went the way of Urmo Velvelt, who defeated Sergei Oganesjan in heads-up action after the pair started with even chip stacks.

The 888Live Local series will now stop at Opatija in Croatia, Vilamoura in Portugal, Extremadura in Costa Brava, Nova Gorica in Slovenia, and Montreal in Canada.

Final Table Results

1. Urmo Velvelt – €9,000

2. Sergei Oganesjan – €5,200

3. Eduard Kruglov – €3,700

4. Kristjan Rausberg – €2,800

5. Vyacheslav Novoselov – €2,300

6. Vyacheslav Kovalev – €1,900

7. Dennis Lindmark – €1,600

8. Dmitri Gaskov – €1,300

9. Fredrik Zitting – €1,000


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