888Poker is hosting an Olympics-themed tournament series from August 14 with $150,000 in guaranteed prize pools. Free qualifying events start tomorrow.
The world´s greatest sporting event officially gets underway later today in Rio de Janeiro and, while the champions of track and field battle for honours in the Macarena Stadium, 888Poker will be on the hunt for champions of its own.
From Sunday August 14 until Sunday August 21, the site will be hosting the Summer Champion-Chips – a series of eighteen poker tournaments with small buy-ins and big prizes. Prior to the week of action, 888Poker is giving players the chance to qualify for the Summer Champion-Chips for free with around-the-clock qualifiers for each of the events.
The site will also be running a Summer Champion-Chips leaderboard competition with thousands of dollars in cash prizes and tournament entry tickets distributed among the top 200 players. And, if a share of $150,000 is not enough to entice you to play at 888Poker, the site has just released details of its next $4 million guaranteed Super XL Series.
The Summer Champion-Chips Tournament Schedule
888Poker has obviously put a lot of thought into the tournament schedule and the structure of each event to give it an Olympic theme – except for the PL Omaha event. We cannot see any connection between PL Omaha and synchronised swimming, and we even looked in the terms and conditions for the requirement to wear swimsuits and nose clips during the tournament. Here is the full schedule:
|Date||Time (GMT)||Buy-In||Event (NLHE except where stated)||Guarantee|
|Sun 14.08||16.30pm||$5.00||Opening Ceremony (6-Max)||$5,000|
|Sun 14.08||18.00pm||$12.00||Half Marathon||$25,000|
|Sun 14.08||19.30pm||$1.00||Race Track (Turbo)||$1,500|
|Mon 15.08||18.00pm||$12.00||Long Jump||$10,000|
|Mon 15.08||19.30pm||$5.00||Synchronised Swimming (PLO)||$1,500|
|Tue 16.08||18.00pm||$55.00||Weightlifting (High Roller)||$30,000|
|Tue 16.08||19.30pm||$1.00||Wrestling (4-Max)||$1,000|
|Wed 17.08||18.00pm||$12.00||Boxing (Knockout Event)||$3,000|
|Wed 17.08||19.30pm||$1.00||Hurdles (Extended R&A)||$3,000|
|Thur 18.08||18.00pm||$5.00||Rugby (Quarterback)||$3,000|
|Thur 18.08||19.30pm||$3.00||Pole Vault||$2,000|
|Fri 19.08||18.00pm||$3.00||Triple Jump (1R1A)||$2,000|
|Fri 19.08||19.30pm||$3.00||Judo (SNAP Tournament)||$2,000|
|Sat 20.08||18.00pm||$12.00||Long Distance Race||$10,000|
|Sat 20.08||19.30pm||$1.00||Trampoline (R&A)||$2,000|
|Sun 21.08||18.00pm||$30.00||Marathon (Main Event)||$50,000|
|Sun 21.08||19.30pm||$3.00||Freestyle Swimming (Turbo)||$2,000|
|Sun 21.08||21.00pm||$5.00||Sprint (Super Turbo)||$2,000|
Summer Champion-Chips Qualifiers Start at Freeroll Level
Qualifiers for the Summer Champion-Chips events get underway tomorrow (Saturday) and start at freeroll level. 888Poker will be running free-to-enter qualifying satellites around the clock for players who have made a real money deposit into their accounts within the last three months. These freeroll satellites are restricted to 2,000 players and each has fifty seats up for grabs for the target event.
For players not eligible to take part in the freeroll satellites, 888Poker has a comprehensive paid-for qualifying schedule and a Steps program starting at just $0.01. The paid-for qualifiers do not offer as many seats into the Summer Champion-Chips as the freeroll satellites, so that may be an incentive for many players to whip out their credit card and make a deposit.
The Summer Champion-Chips Leaderboard Competition
Every time a player competes in one of the eighteen Champion-Chip games, they will be awarded Champion-Chip Points whether they cash in the event or not. The points are calculated using a formula that takes into account the number of players in the event, the buy-in for the event and the player´s finishing position.
The points accumulate on a leaderboard and, at the end of the Summer Champion-Chips, the top 200 players will be rewarded for their achievements with cash prizes and tournament entry tokens. There is $3,000 in prizes to be won, and the prize for topping the leaderboard competition is $1,000 in cash, so it is a promotion well worth participating in.
Mark Your Calendars for the Super XL Series
888Poker has also released provisional details of its next Super XL Series. The 42-event tournament series will get underway on Saturday September 17 and run until Sunday September 25, during which time more than $4 million will be distributed in prize money.
The highlight of the Super XL Series is the $1.5 million guaranteed Main Event, and 888Poker will be hosting plenty of mega-satellites prior to the feature event in order to qualify as many players as possible. If you are already an 888Poker player, further information should be arriving in your email shortly. If not, what are you waiting for?