888poker LIVE

888poker LIVE is online poker site 888poker’s live poker tournament series, which take place around the world. The 888poker LIVE events tend to be at the more affordable end of the buy-in scale, with the majority of the tournaments, especially in recent times, considered low or mid-stakes.

Like with other online poker sites that have live tours, players can qualify for the 888poker LIVE events online at 888poker.

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Finished Tournaments

Winner Winning Hand Prize Runner-up Losing Hand
2024 888poker LIVE Bucharest Razvan Morar Razvan Morar ak €37,000 Florin Elisei q4
2024 888poker LIVE Madrid Manuel Ledesma Manuel Ledesma 1010 €57,000 Juan Lyons q10

What is 888poker LIVE?

The tour launched in 2015 and saw almost 20 stops during the inaugural season. More than two dozen stops featured in 2016, another 20 in 2017, and 16 during 2018.

888LIVE began being more selective from 2019 onwards, with 2019 featuring nine stops, and only four in 2020, a year hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 2021 saw the tour resume in Sochi, Russia, in July, and Bucharest, Romania in 2021.

The Massive 888poker LIVE Madrid Main Event in 2020

PokerNews was on the ground for the 888poker LIVE Madrid Main Event, which took place in the Casino gran Via Madrid in April 2020, one of the last events before COVID-19 put the brakes on live poker for several months.

A field of 1,067 players bought in and created an €800,000 prize pool. Italian Marco Biavaschi triumphed in the Main Event and he returned home with the lion’s share of the prize pool, namely €150,000. Amazingly, Biavaschi won his seat via a €100 satellite and he turned that €100 into a score large enough to place him fourth in the tour’s all-time money list.

PlaceWinnerCountryPayout (in EUR)Payout (in USD)
1Marco BiavaschiItaly€150,000$166,353
2Daniyar AubakirovKazakhstan€105,000$116,447
3David Gonzalez DelgadoSpain€70,000$77,631
4Pablo PaezSpain€45,000$49,906
5Miguel TejeroSpain€32,000$35,489
6Marco D'AmicoItaly€24,000$26,616
7Gilad Yam-HodIsrael€18,000$19,962
8Ran ShaharIsrael€14,000$15,526
9Ruben De PedroSpain€11,200$12,421

Ten Biggest Winners on the 888 LIVE Tournament

Ole Schemion is the biggest winner on the 888 LIVE tour courtesy of winning the 2018 WPT European Championship, which came under the 888 LIVE umbrella. Schemion bulldozed his way through 338 opponents, including defeating Michal Mrakes heads-up, and collected €218,435. Mrakes scooped €171,781.

That sole Schemion victory puts him top of the 888 LIVE money list, while Mrakes’ runner-up finish is enough to place him third in the standings, as of August 22, 2021.

1Ole SchemionGermany$265,574
2Gary MillerUnited Kingdom$202,177
3Michal MrakesCzech Republic$178,660
4Marco BiavaschiItaly$165,348
5Dustin MangoldGermany$162,403
6James WilliamsUnited Kingdom$158,625
7Catalin PopRomania$155,923
8Tom HallUnited Kingdom$152,063
9Adrian Costin ConstantinRomania$147,197
10Luigi Andrea ShehadehItaly$141,226

Ten Players With the Most 888 LIVE Cashes

Play in any of the 888 LIVE events and you are sure to bump into Trinidad and Tobago’s Ramlal Basdeo. He is the tour’s leading player in terms of in the money finishes, with 13 cashes as of August 22, 2021. Basdeo is yet to win one of the events, but does have several final table appearances.

The rest of the top 10 are all in double figures for cashes. Albu Ion, Sofia Lovgren, Granville Mitchell, and Stephen Smith are all tied on 11 money finishes each.

1Ramlal BasdeoTrinidad and Tobago13
2Albu IonRomania12
2Sofia LovgrenSweden12
2Granville MitchellUnited Kingdom12
2Stephen SmithUnited Kingdom12
6Gary MillerUnited Kingdom11
6Paul HizerUnited Kingdom11
6Robert LimPhilippines11
9Keith HoangUnited Kingdom10
9Egidijus AlsauskasUnited Kingdom10
9Charles AkadiriUnited Kingdom10