888poker Brings Back XL Blizzard Series on April 4

888poker Brings Back XL Blizzard Series on April 4

As 888poker is rolling out its new Poker 8 software and offering some unique tournament options like Rake or Break, it is also preparing for its most popular online poker tournament series.

XL Blizzard is a 10-day series that brings poker events with big guarantees to 888poker’s online players, and the goal for the 2019 action was to offer a wider range of buy-ins and bigger prize pools, allowing more players to participate.

The series is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 4, and it will all lead up to three Main Event tournaments on the final day, the largest of which will offer a $500K guarantee.

With the entire schedule already posted on the 888poker website, it seems that the details are set, and the 2019 edition of the XL Blizzard series is ready to go.

Series Basics

XL Blizzard will begin on April 4 and run through April 14, easy dates to remember. There will be 34 tournaments in all, with buy-ins ranging from $5.50 on the low end to $320 for the high roller of the series.

The total guarantees add up to more than $1.7 million, with the bulk of that reserved for the Main Event, which will offer $500K alone.

There is also a significant tie-in to the 2019 World Series of Poker, as this summer’s series will be the 50th anniversary and 888poker is the official sponsor. This allows 888 to offer a WSOP promotion to its XL Blizzard players. Players need only buy in to five XL Blizzard events to win a ticket to the XL Blizzard freeroll, which will run at the end of the series. And that freeroll will award one WSOP Main Event package to the winner, which is worth $12,600, and three prize packages for the Crazy 8 WSOP event, which are worth $2,700 each, will go to the runners-up.

Series Highlights

As for this year’s XL Blizzard, it will get started on April 4 with a big opening event, one that offers a $100K guarantee and a $109 buy-in. That day, there will also be a mini-level opening event for $16.50 with a $20K guarantee, and a late opening tournament for $55 with a $20K guarantee.

As for the last day of the series on April 14, it will start with a $215 Mega Deep tournament with a $120K guarantee. And 30 minutes later, the grand finale begins with three series-ending events.

–Event 32 at 18:00 GMT:  $250 NLHE Main Event with $500K GTD

–Event 33 at 19:00 GMT:  $33 NLHE Mini Main Event with $50K GTD

–Event 34 at 19:30 GMT:  $5.50 NLHE Micro Main Event with $15K GTD

Cheap and Cheaper Seats

There are satellites running around the clock for the XL Blizzard events, but there are ways to get into two of the Main Event tournaments for as little s $0.01.

Every day of the series, at 21:00 GMT, 888poker will host a XL Blizzard Main Event qualifier, and the top 12 finishers will each win a $250 seat to the Main Event on April 14.

There are also multiple opportunities to play the $16.50 Mini Tune-Up event, which will be held on Sunday, April 7, at 18:00. It’s Event 11 on the schedule and boasts of a $50K guarantee. Every day leading up to that, at 17:00 GMT, players can play the Mini Tune-Up qualifier, and each one will award seats worth $16.50 each to the top 30 players.

About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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