888poker Super XL Series: Renato Lezama Just Misses out on History


When 888poker put the most recent Super XL Series schedule together they included a special pair of tournament on Day 2 that had a mid-range buy-in with a decent guarantee and a little bit of a gimmick. The “Twins Events” were standard MTTs but they had a bonus designed to reward any players that did well in both events.

Cash in both and a player gets a $160 Mini Main Event ticket. Final table in both and the player gets a $2,100 High Roller ticket and a $1,050 Main Event ticket. Win both and they’d be rewarded with an additional $100,000 in cash.

As play wound down on late Friday night, they had themselves a sweat. Peru’s Renato ‘curioso24’ Lezama made the final table in both, outlasting 1,440 other players to be among the final nine in each event. He locked up the $109 ticket, the $2,100 High Roller ticket and the $1,050 Main Event ticket but wasn’t able to pull off the rare double, finishing eighth in the Twins Royal and fourth in the Twins Flush.

Once the historical longshot was out of the way, the remaining players got down to playing for the titles at stake.

The first of the two to wrap up was the Twins Flush with Russia’s ‘P0vorachivay’ beating out Latvia’s ‘R0bis5s’ and eventual runner-up ‘tttexa’ from the Ukraine to win $6,506.25. ‘tttexa’ had to settle for $4,684.50 for his second place efforts.

While a Ukrainian finished runner-up in the first event, another Ukrainian flipped the script in the second and came out on top. ‘AMG_people’ beat out ‘PuntSonPunt’ heads-up to win the $7,009.70 first place prize money.

The Super XL Series continues on Saturday with six events on the schedule. The highlight is the three Crazy 8 events; Mini, Regular, Turbo, with buy-ins ranging from $8.80 to $88.

Event #4 – $55 No Limit Hold’em “Twins Royal”

  1. AMG_people – $7,009.70
  2. PuntSonPunt – $5004.20
  3. YourNotSure – $3,781.80
  4. tonbezera – $2,845.90
  5. spaarky777 – $1,986.40
  6. drkorn718 – $1,604.40
  7. frisni – $1,222.40
  8. curioso24 – $,840.40
  9. Whispering_w – $496.60

Event #5 – $55 No Limit Hold’em “Twins Flush”

  1. P0vorachivay – $6,506.25
  2. tttexa – $4,684.50
  3. R0bis5s – $3,470.00
  4. curioso24 – $2,602.50
  5. youremagical – $1,821.75
  6. lukaslagey – $1,474.75
  7. Yurec1707 – $1,127.75
  8. Achileys34 – $780.75
  9. bjovui96 – $489.27