888poker’s XL Eclipse weekend schedule got underway with a trio of their signature Crazy 8’s tournaments on Saturday. Day 3 offered players another $57,000 in guaranteed prize pools and plenty of four-figure paydays to be won.
‘LeetRunGoot’ Ran Good
Canada’s ‘LeetRunGoot’ did what his name implies and ran good all the way to the winner’s circle in Event #6: $30,000 Crazy 8. As one of the more popular tournaments on the schedule, 305 players put up their $88 buy-in to help push the prize pool to $35,280. This being the biggest tournament of the day, meant that ‘LeetRunGoot’ was the biggest XL Eclipse winner with the victory. They cashed for $6,879.68 while runner up ‘Unclemonty12’, from the UK, also finished with over $5,000 in prize money.
There was a head-up deal made in Event #7: $15,000 Mini Crazy 8. The final two of the 1,004 runners opted to chop it up with Russia’s ‘Petos00’ getting credit for the victory, earning $2,489.85 and taking home the XL Eclipse title. Canada’s ‘kurtcccc’ deal was worth roughly $250 more than second place would have taken home. He negotiated for a final payday of $2,224.65.
In the late tournament, Event #8: $12,000 Late Crazy 8, PocketFiver Feargus ‘EZ.PZ’ Murphy from the UK won the day. He headlined a final table that included five total PocketFivers. The score marks Murphy’s second four-figure cash on 888poker in September.
|Event||Buy-In||Entries||Prize Pool||Places Paid||Winner||Country||Prize|
|Event #6: $30,000 Crazy 8||$88||305||$35,280||40||LeetRunGoot||Canada||$6,879.68|
|Event #7: $15,000 Mini Crazy 8||$8.80||1,004||$15,000||128||Petos00||Russia||$2,489.85*|
|Event #8: $12,000 Late Crazy 8||$44||220||$12,000||32||EZ.PZ||UK||$2,430.00|
A quick scan of the XL Eclipse fields on Saturday would yield a few notable names grinding the series.
888poker ambassador Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot hopped in the field for Event #6, however he but made a quick exit busting out early in 280th. On the other end of the spectrum Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert made a deep turn in the same event. He had a seat at the final three tables but ended up busting in 22nd for $352.80. He’ll add that drop in the bucket to his $4.7 million in lifetime earnings.
PocketFivers Going Deep
While some of those notable names were unable to make the money, a number of PocketFivers did make the final table on Saturday.
In Event #8 the final table was overrun by PocketFive members. Getting heads up with the aforementioned ‘EZ.PZ’ was ’GramNaKartke’ from Poland. The former top 100 grinder won $1,860 for his runner-up finish. Ending up in fourth place ‘im’deaf’ also secured a four-figure score taking home $1,020. ‘kingoftilt94’ finished in sixth and Finnish player ‘Gutti88’ laddered when he ended up in eight place.
Sunday is shaping up to be the biggest day yet on the XL Eclipse schedule. It includes five total events, plus a $160 mega satellite into the $1,000,000 Main Event. There will be $315,000 in guarantees up for grabs and we will likely see some of the biggest winners of the series thus far.
XL Eclipse Event #9 – $100,000 Mega Deep – $215
XL Eclipse Event #10 – $125,000 Tune Up – $160
XL Eclipse Event #11 – $50,000 Mini Tune Up – $12
XL Eclipse Event #12 – $15,000 Micro Tune Up – $5.50
XL Eclipse Event #13 – $25,000 Late Tune Up – $55