888poker‘s mega-series XL Eclipse officially entered the fourth quarter of their schedule on Thursday, highlighted by the six-figure guarantee of Event #152 ($215 $100,000 Quarterback NLHE). At the end of the day, 157 of the scheduled 197 events would be complete with 13 new champions being crowned.
Just as soon PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker is wrapping up, the world’s largest online poker site is all set to fire up a new poker series and this time…it’s all for you, New Jersey. The New Jersey Championship of Online Poker returns September 30 – October 16 and they are bringing with it an all-encompassing 46-events spread out over 17 days and $1.2 million in guarantees.
It was another action-packed Wednesday on 888poker as their popular XL Eclipse series hits the final stretch. With over $240,000 in guarantees spread over 13 contests, players got busy taking advantage of juiced prize pools and getting warmed up for the race to the Main Event this weekend.
On Tuesday, 888poker’s XL Eclipse offered giant guarantees with enormous payouts, but the main focus of the day was raising money for those in need. Of the 11 events on the day’s slate, three were branded as “Chip-In!” tournaments – where all the tournament fees would be donated to the REG charity of choice, Against Malaria Foundation. The Against Malaria Foundation takes 100% of all donations and uses the funds to purchase long-lasting insecticidal nets, distributing them to people in need and helping ensure that they are used properly in an effort to help protect people against the very preventable disease of malaria.
In addition to the return of PLO to the XL Eclipse schedule, 888poker unveiled their latest tournament theme catered to those players who always want to know “what’d you have?” A pair of “ShowMe!” tournaments added a new wrinkle to the game where every winning hand would be revealed. Every bluff, every value bet and everything in between – if it dragged the pot, the table got to see it.
It was another gigantic Sunday slate of tournaments on 888poker’s XL Eclipse schedule. With over $1 million dollars in guarantees on the table, players flocked to compete for the crazy amount of value offered over the course of the 16 contests.
Former PocketFives.com worldwide #1-ranked player Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen has finally captured his first WCOOP title in Event #40-High ($530 5-Card PLO 6-Max) on Friday. According to the Pokerstars blog, it was Hunichen’s fifth trip to a WCOOP final table, twice before he made it to heads-up play, but he previously hadn’t been able to take home the trophy. This time though, while sitting at yet another stacked final table, ‘Big Huni’ finally got the big win he’d been grinding for. Hunichen celebrates with over $53,000 for first and the ability to finally call himself a WCOOP champion.
On Saturday, during their online mega-series XL Eclipse, 888poker offered three different versions of their popular signature “Crazy 8” event while providing over $330,000 in guarantees. The combination of both helped make Saturday one of the most popular days so far as a completed full week of XL Eclipse action is in the books.
There were bounty hunters abound during the 888poker XL Eclipse schedule on Friday. For the first time since the start of the series, players had an extra incentive to go for the kill in the form of bounty tournaments. In fact, as not to overwork players before a massive online poker weekend, there were only eleven tournaments on tap, three of which were of the popular bounty format.
PocketFives.com current Worldwide #5-ranked player Robin ‘Inho’ Ylitalo found himself atop the payouts at the end of Thursday’s slate of XL Eclipse tournaments over on 888poker. The 13-event grouping brought with it over $350,000 in guarantees as the poker series has now completed one-third of its scheduled 197 events.