888 Poker Announces XL Blizzard Series with $1.7 Million GTD

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XL Blizzard Series at 888 PokerA new edition of 888 Poker’s XL Blizzard Series will take place in April and feature less expensive buy-ins, larger guarantees and $1.7 million in prize money.

A total of 34 tournaments will be played over the course of 11 days from April 4 thru 14, creating an XL Blizzard in the springtime! The series was originally scheduled to be held in February, a month that’s typically more conducive to blizzards. However, 888 Poker players certainly won’t complain about the rescheduled dates considering the lower entry fees.

Buy-ins for XL Blizzard tournaments start at only $5.50. Plus, players can win their seats for just one penny in a bevy of available satellites.

The highlight of XL Blizzard is the $500,000 GTD Main Event that’s set for Sunday, April 14 at 18:00 GMT. The buy-in is $250, however, plenty of entrants will win their way into the Main Event on the cheap via a special XL Blizzard Main Event Qualifier held daily at 21:00 GMT.

Each qualifier will send the top 12 finishers to the Main Event.

In addition to that Qualifier, there is also a less expensive XL Blizzard Mini Tune-Up Qualifier that will run daily at 17:00 GMT. Players finishing among the top 30 will earn a seat worth $16.50 to the Mini Tune-Up Event.

Here’s the entire XL Blizzard schedule that includes date, guarantee and buy-in:

April 4
18:00#1$100,000 Opening Event$109
18:00#2$20,000 Mini Opening Event$16.50
20:00#3$20,000 Late Opening Event$55
April 5
18:00#4$30,000 PKO$55
18:00#5$20,000 Mini PKO$22
April 6
18:00#6$30,000 Crazy 8$88
18:00#7$10,000 Mini Crazy 8$8.80
20:00#8$10,000 Late Crazy 8$44
April 7
17:30#9$120,000 Mega Deep$215
18:00#10$100,000 Tune Up$160
18:00#11$50,000 Mini Tune Up$16.50
19:00#12$10,000 Micro Tune Up$5.50
21:00#13$20,000 Late Tune Up$55
April 8
18:00#14$30,000 R&A$55
18:00#15$10,000 Mini R&A$5.50
April 9
18:00#16$100,000 High Roller$320
18:00#17$30,000 Mini High Roller$55
20:00#18$20,000 Late High Roller$109
April 10
18:00#19$50,000 PKO$109
18:00#20$20,000 Mini PKO$16.50
20:00#21$10,000 Late PKO$33
April 11
18:00#22$75,000 PKO 8-Max$215
18:00#23$20,000 Mini PKO 8-Max$22
20:00#24$20,000 Late PKO 8-Max$55
April 12
18:00#25$30,000 DeepStack$55
18:00#26$20,000 Mini DeepStack$16.50
20:00#27$10,000 Late DeepStack$33
April 13
18:00#28$30,000 6-Max$109
18:00#29$20,000 Mini 6-Max$16.50
20:00#30$15,000 Late 6-Max$55
April 14
17:30#31$120,000 Mega Deep$215
18:00#32$500,000 Main Event$250
19:00#33$50,000 Mini Main Event$33
19:30#34$15,000 Micro Main Event$5.50

There’s more good news for XL Blizzard players. 888 Poker wants to send four players to this year’s World Series of Poker, which just happens to be the 50th running of the annual WSOP.

Up for grabs is a WSOP Main Event package worth $12,600 and three packages each valued at $2,700 to the WSOP Crazy 8s Event. To be eligible to win the WSOP packages, players need only to play in any five XL Blizzard tournaments.

Once that requirement is met, players will receive an XL Blizzard Freeroll Ticket. The special freeroll will be held following the XL Blizzard series and the four top finishers will be on their way to Las Vegas and the 50th WSOP!

The cheapest way to get a freeroll ticket is to play the three $5.50 buy-in events, one $8.80, and a $16.50. But you need an account at 888 Poker to do so if you don’t have one already! Sign up here and get a special 100% up to $600 Welcome Bonus.

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