Tuesday 23rd May, 2017

Luigi Shehadeh wins 888Live Barcelona; next up: the WSOP!

By Mad Harper

Italian online pro Luigi Shehadeh has won the inaugural 888Live Make It Big Barcelona Main Event for a career-best cash of €110,000.


MainEventTravel is the Official Travel Partner for all 888’s WSOP qualifiers with fantastic hotel packages awaiting hundreds of players in Vegas. 888 is also guaranteeing a $10M first prize to any 888poker qualifier who wins the Main Event!


Shehadeh, a 23-year-old online MTT specialist, made the trip to Barcelona alongside his brother Fares. He won the 888Live Make It Big Barcelona Main Event after a dominating performance on the final day at Casino Barcelona. American pro Cate Hall was leading for Day 3 but eventually bust in fourth place for €35,000. British pro William Kassouf, who was leading with 20 left, bust just short of the final table, finishing 11th for €,8000.


Shehadeh has now managed to take his live tournament winnings from a meagre €13,440 to nearly €250,000 in less than a month. His win last night follows a sensational victory in Campione on May 2 when he beat a 2,477-entry field to win the Italian-dominated Barracudas Main Event for €100,000.


888poker and the WSOP

The countdown is now on for the World Series of Poker with 888 is guaranteeing a $10M first prize to any 888poker qualifier who wins the Main Event!


888poker is the exclusive provider of all WSOP online satellites and promotions and is

aiming to break records with the number of 2017 WSOP qualifiers. Working with Main Event Travel as its main travel partner, qualifiers will receive a fantastic $12,500 WSOP Main Event package including a Deluxe Suite at the luxurious Vdara Resort from July 9 – 14, plus $10k Main Event buy in and $1,200 expenses.


Don’t worry if you haven’t qualified on 888! MainEventTravel can help with all your Vegas accommodation needs; we have scores of hotels and gorgeous villas available for the whole of the World Series.


888poker players who win a $3k Crazy Eights package will stay at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino from July 1- 4 and receive $1,200 travel expenses plus entry into the $888 Crazy Eights Tournament & more. All accommodation will be booked with MainEventTravel.


In 2015, 888poker sent 128 players to the WSOP Main Event, eventually won by the 888poker-sponsored Joe McKeehen. Another of those players was Tommy Yates, a British ex-pat who earned his ticket to the Main Event via a one cent satellite entry. He wound up turning that penny into $19,500 by finishing 486th out of 6,420 players.


In 2016, 888poker sent more than 250 players including November Niners Fernando Pons and Griffin Benger, who qualified for the WSOP Main Event via €30 and €160 satellites respectively. Out of 6,737 players, Pons finished ninth for $1 million while Benger took seventh for $1,250,190.


In 2017, 888poker is hoping to break records with the number of qualifiers that head off to Vegas after winning satellites online – and MainEventTravel will be helping those players every step of the way!

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