Over the last few days, 888Poker has agreed to several exciting new deals including sponsorship of the King’s Casino Deutsche Poker Tour (DPT) and German Championships of Poker events (GCOP), and with the Swedish Poker Federation to help with the online Swedish Poker Championships.
Eight GCOP and DPT events will take place at the King’s Casino, Rozvadov, Czech Republic in 2016. The DPT is a €159 buy-in with a €100,000 guarantee, and the GSOP is a €888 buy-in with a €200,000 guarantee. 888Poker have started running satellites for as low as one cent. Packages include buy-in and accommodation for the duration of the event. In addition to the backing of these developments, 888Poker will also host a series of 888Live Local events at the King’s Casino this year.
The deal comes on the back of increased alliances between online poker rooms and their brick and mortar counterparts. 888Poker recently announced plans to rebrand the Aspers Poker Room in their livery and host some 888Live Local events in the Stratford card room. Partypoker have a presence in Dusk till Dawn (DTD), and PokerStars have some them in strategic locations all over the world.
The King’s Casino is a popular venue among the poker community. They have a relationship with the nonprofit Raising for Effective Giving (REG) and sponsor some high stakes grinders affiliated with the effective altruists. In 2014, the casino’s owner Leon Tsoukernik won the 2015 Industry Person of the Year award at the Global Poker Index (GPI) European Poker Awards (EPA).
The second deal will see 888Poker become a partner to the online Swedish Poker Championships 2016/17, after striking a two year agreement with PokerEvent and the Swedish Poker Federation.
The series will kick off on May 24th, and 888Poker will feature two tables per day leading up to the Main Event on May 29th. The winner of the online series wins a seat in the Poker-SM Live event in Malta.
Commenting on the deal, 888Poker Ambassador Sofia Lovgren said:
“As a Swede and ambassador for 888poker I think it’s great that we expand even more in my home country.”