Tournament grinders at 888poker will be playing for even larger prize pools after the company decided to boost several guarantees.
A representative for 888poker on the Two Plus Two forums confirmed that two popular weekend tournaments would now feature much larger prize pools. The first to receive a cash injection is the $55 buy-in Saturday R&A which now boasts of a $10,000 guarantee, up from $7,500, while the Sunday edition of the recently added $160 buy-in Crocodile sees its $15,000 guaranteed swell to $50,000.
A couple of high stakes tournaments are also benefiting from changes to their guarantee, namely the Tuesday Volcano and this month’s Whale.
The Tuesday Volcano costs a princely $600 to enter and used to guarantee at least $50,000 would be divided up among the in-the-money players. This prize pool is now twice the previous size, weighing in at $100,000, which is sure to attract a few more grinders to the 888poker virtual felt.
The biggest guarantee alteration isn’t a permanent one, yet it should be well-received nonetheless. 888poker runs a $200,000 guaranteed tournament once per moth named The Whale. This $600 buy-in tournament sees players sit with 15,000 chips and play to 25-minute blinds and its entry list often reads like a who’s who of online poker.
On March 29, The Whale features a massive $500,000 prize pool in place of the usual $200,000 – an increase of 250%.
888poker have marketed themselves in such a way that it is attractive to recreational players and this is a strategy that has worked wonders of late judging by the fact it is one of a select few companies that has actually increased online poker review in the past 12 months. However, these prize pool changes and addition of higher buy-in tournaments could signal that 888poker is wanting to bring in more grinders to its virtual felt.
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