Denis ‘_DENGER_’ Kuznetsov Wins 888poker XL Spring Series Main Event

Denis '_DENGER_' Kuznetsox was the biggest winner of the 888poker XL Spring Series after shipping the Main Event title for more than $69,000.

The weeklong 888poker XL Spring Series wrapped up on Sunday with the $250 buy-in Main Event showcasing both the highs and lows of the 25-event schedule.

Russia’s Denis ‘_DENGER_’ Kuznetsov earned a career-best $69,050 payday by beating out 1,653 other entries to take down the Main Event. The tournament needed 2,127 total entries for 888poker to avoid an overlay but fell 474 runners total short to create a $111,310 overlay and was one of 10 events to miss the posted guarantee. Runner-up ‘KiddPT’ had to settle for a $50,400 score while third-place finisher ‘FLRAP’ walked away with $37,050.

Prior to Sunday, Kuznetsov’s largest online score came in November 2020 when he earned $15,297 for finishing as the runner-up in a $22 buy-in Mini EPT Online event on PokerStars. The victory pushed the longtime PocketFiver’s earnings past the $1 million mark.

The only other champion to walk away with a five-figure score was ‘leblond1996’ who won Event #8 ($320 NL High Roller) for $11,718. That event had 168 entrants, just two more than the number needed to make the $50,000 guarantee. There were nine other events, along with the Main Event, that didn’t garner a big enough field to cover the guarantee.

888poker XL Spring Series Overlays

Event #TournamentEntriesPrize PoolOverlay
2$16.50 NL Mini Opening1,520$25,000$2,200
3$5.50 NL Micro Opening1,735$10,000$1,325
4$33 NL Late Opening4,81$15,000570
6$5.50 Mini Rebuy & Add-On1,309$8,000$1,455
7$11 Late Rebuy & Add-On655$8,000$1,450
10$109 NL Late High Roller185$20,000$1,500
14$160 PKO 8-Max239$40,000$4,150
16$55 Late PKO 8-Max253$15,000$2,350
23$250 NL Main Event1,654$500,000$111,310
24$33 NL Mini Main Event1,618$50,000$1,460
25$5.50 Micro Main Event2,234$15,000$3,830

The total amount that 888poker had to cover was $131,600 – most of which came from the Main Event.

The biggest prize pool outside of the Main Event came from the opening event. Christopher ‘MAKKAPAKKK’ Johnson topped the 1,353-entry field in Event #1 ($55 NL Opening Event) to win $9,884 from the $67,650 prize pool.

Other winners included ‘Ckfather’, ‘kalkiyali’, ‘eurisco’, and ‘GoldHand2077’.

The only player to get close to becoming a two-time champion was ‘SmartestCat’. The Belarussian grinder finished runner-up in Event #9 ($55 NL Mini High Roller) and on the same day won Event #10 ($109 NL Late High Roller).

888poker XL Spring Series Results

Event #TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerEarnings
1$55 NL Opening Event1,353$67,650Christopher 'MAKKAPAKKK' Johnson$9,884
2$16.50 NL Mini Opening1,520$25,000Sultanhcik$3,652.50
3$5.50 NL Micro Opening1,735$10,000lourimar$1,221.16
4$33 NL Late Opening481$15,000godfatheR2AA$2,743.50
5$33 NL Rebuy & Add-On688$20,640Joao Pedro 'jpsalgadocr0' Rocha$3,981.70
6$5.50 Mini Rebuy & Add-On1,309$8,000D.AQUINO92$1306.40
7$11 Late Rebuy & Add-On655$8,000Invented21st$1,621.60
8$320 NL High Roller168$50,400leblond1996$11,718
9$55 NL Mini High Roller538$26,900Pat14$4,920.01
10$109 NL Late High Roller185$20,000SmartestCat$4,650
11$109 PKO376$37,600GoldHand2077$6,553
12$16.50 Mini PKO1,159$17,385ZDmitryS$2,389.12
13$33 Late PKO418$12,540Nzol888$2,132.54
14$160 PKO 8-Max239$40,000kalkiyali$8,278.26
15$22 Mini PKO 8-Max816$16,320algsxr$2,414.62
16$55 Late PKO 8-Max253$15,000rmilheiro$2,779.35
17$109 NL DeepStack643$32,150Edi0908$5,880
18$16.50 NL Mini DeepStack1,053$15,795averygrande$2,445.88
19$33 NL Late DeepStack464$13,920Farzi1279$2,546.19
20$109 NL 6-Max364$36,400Ckfather$8,372
21$16.50 NL Mini 6-Max1,094$16,410COMINGEASY$2,954.16
22$55 NL Late 6-Max309$15,450vaduwka$3,553.56
23$250 NL Main Event1,654$500,000Denis _DENGER_ Kuznetsov$69,050
24$33 NL Mini Main Event1,618$50,000eurisco$7,305
25$5.50 Micro Main Event2,23415000Jumbomcgee$2,071.50