For the second year in a row, 888poker has teamed up with Poker Central to give qualified 888poker players an exclusive offer of a lifetime!
Poker After Dark – 888poker Week II – Qualifier
From May 19 to 23, two lucky players shall have the chance to play against top poker pros in the world on one of the grandest stages – the PokerGo Studio in Vegas. To qualify, they need to participate in a one-off tournament on April 28 at 8pm GMT on 888poker.
For a mere $1, players from Canada, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom can win this once-in-a-lifetime trip. The two winners will each get a Vegas package worth $14,000, broken down as follows:
- $10,000 entry fee to a special Poker After Dark – 888poker Week II Sit & Go session featuring renowned poker pros
- $2,000 for airfare and other travel expenses paid directly into the winner’s player account
- $2,000 for accommodation for 4 nights at the ARIA Resort & Casino booked by 888poker
Aside from the $14,000 package, the two lucky winners shall also get to enjoy a personal tour with two awesome guides while they’re in Vegas – high-stakes specialist Dominik Nitsche and the most-winningest online poker tournament pro Chris Moorman.
- May 19 – arrive in Las Vegas
- May 20 – Explore and experience Las Vegas with 888poker ambassadors Dominik Nitsche and Chris Moorman
- May 21-22 – Poker After Dark – 888poker Week II Sit & Go at the PokerGO Studio with Dominik, Chris and other famous poker players
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The Lucky Winner from Canada
Jonny “Tommyder” Anderson emerged victorious amongst a field of 623 players after more than 5 hours of play.
Hailing from Canada and performs using the stage name “tommy da”, Anderson said, “First of all, I am a proud and strong Native American and an aspiring hip-hop artist.” His songs include track titles such as “Getting Money”, “Champaign Lights”, and “Flyest in the Game”. You can listen to them here.
He grew up in the foster care system in Canada and tries to be a positive influence and valued role model in his community, “If there is one thing you will find out about me it is that I’m straight up. I don’t lie to those I love, and I’m a beast at the table. I think the show and everyone in Vegas is gonna like what I bring to the table.”
Regarding his music, he said, “I currently just hit No. 1 on the Canadian Hip-Hop Billboard Charts. I love music, and the only thing I love more is my family. Sorry to say poker comes third on that list, but I love it nonetheless.”
Anderson first learned how to play poker at age 19 and used his winnings to support his family. He began with only a $500 bankroll and built it up early on after he won $7,000 in a private game. He said as he laughed, “Since then I’ve been hooked. This opportunity is the biggest I’ve had so far, but I’ve won in a few big games. I’ve been to Vegas a couple times. Once with my father for the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) finals and then with a few friends for a wild weekend I don’t really recall. It’s been a blast every time, but what I’m looking forward to on this trip is meeting some of the pros I used to watch on TV.”
As an avid fan of Poker After Dark since its inception, Anderson knows he will come face to face with some of the toughest opponents in the industry.
When asked who he would like to play a heads-up match with, he answered, “Doyle Brunson, just because I feel I could learn so much about not only poker but life as well from his experience. Plus, he probably has some really great stories about poker from the early days.”
He continued, “My plan is to just come in and do me, and play my awkward, unpredictable style. If I win, I would set up some trust funds for my kids for when they grow up, and I’d take some money and try my luck in Vegas as well as finish my new album.”
He thanked 888poker for this rare opportunity by saying, “I love poker tournaments. Anything, even $10 buy-ins, get my blood running. Thanks to 888poker for this opportunity. I’m sure I’ll have a great time.”
Once-in-a-Lifetime $10,000 Sit & Go
The first $10,000 buy-in Poker After Dark – 888poker Week II Sit & Go is scheduled on May 21 at the PokerGO studio in Vegas, with the first qualifier going head to head against Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche and 3 other famous poker pros.
The second qualifier will then play on May 22 at the same studio and will also battle against Chris, Dominik and 3 others.
Both are free-rake tournaments and with the following payouts:
- 1st place – $40,000 cash prize
- 2nd place – $20,000