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The poker summer camp is near its big conclusion after the 2016 World Series of Poker main event has finally started.

The field will once again be huge with a massive turn-up expected for Day 1C, and 2,500 registered players over the first two days.

Via main sponsor 888poker an extra 148 players will qualify on top of that massive tally. These 148 players are part of the 250 players that via 888poker got to live out their WSOP dreams.

Along with eight official 888 ambassadors there is a range from recreational players to seasoned poker pros among all qualifiers from 35 countries.

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Since february 134,000 poker players have been trying to win various satellites offered by 888poker, as only online poker room offering satellite packages to WSOP events.

While 100 players played in the first-ever 888 Crazy Eights, 148 of that six-figure group have now taken seats in the Main Event.

Travel expenses as well as a buy-in and hotel were won by every one of them. This year main event tickets winners on 888poker were international players, such as:

  • Anton Wigg (Sweden)
  • Toby Lewis (UK)
  • Tobias Reinkemeier (Germany)
  • Dzmitry Urbanovich (Poland)

Under the black and blue flag of 888, this group will be looking to win even more than their already collected $20 million in tournament winnings together.

In addition, there are eight ambassadors for 888poker who will try and represent the poker giant as good as possible by aiming for the prizes:

  • Last year’s sixth- place finisher: Tom Cannuli and Jessica Dawley
  • The Brazilian triumvirate: Nicolau Villa- Lobos, Bruno Politano and Bruno Kawauti
  • From Sweden: Sofia Lövgren
  • All time- most successful online MTTer: Chris Moorman
  • German 3-time bracelet winner: Dominik Nitsche

As we can see even players with seven-digit winnings have been making good use of the online satellites, which shows that these events are a good way to enter poker tournaments.

$5m Bonus for 30 Eligible Players

Thanks to another 888 poker promotion, 150 players world-wide will be able to compete in one of the biggest 888 poker tournaments, of which 30 are competing for an extra $5 million.

Although there will be participants from Spain, Austria, Sweden, Brazil and many more, the largest numbers coming to Vegas will be from the UK, Germany and Canada.

Last year the winner was Joe McKeehen who together with Neil Blumenfield (third) and Cannuli (sixth), represented the 888 patch at the final table.