XL Eclipse: ‘GSwarrior30’, ‘progree69’ Capture Second XL Titles

A pair of PocketFivers claimed their second titles during 888poker’s XL Eclipse

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.

The marquee event of the day was Event #86 ($88 $88,000 Crazy 8 NLHE). Boasting the largest guarantee of the day at $88,000, the themed tournament drew 610 runners (and their 415 rebuys). In the end, it would be ‘_Lord_Xenu_’ who defeated PocketFiver‘OverTheTop43’for the largest take home cash of the evening at $16,456. ‘OverTheTop43’, while denied his 2nd title in as many days, earned $12,100 – almost three times as much as his victory score on Friday.

The mini version of the “Crazy Eight” contest, Event #87 ($8.80 $20,000 Mini Crazy 8) became one of the more popular tournaments of the series so far attracting 1666 players. Brazil’s ‘caci53‘ ended up on top, turning less than $10 into $3781.40 in an afternoon.

Chris ‘888Moorman’ Moorman, 888poker ambassador and one of the most successful online player in history, was in the running to capture his first XL Eclipse title of this series, making the final table in Event #80 ($215 $50,000 Octopus NLHE). Moorman though would fall short, falling in third place for just over $9,000 while ‘1LevelAbove’ would go on to defeat ‘FlatTopTony’ heads-up for $15,916.50, the bulk of the (aptly named) Octopus’ $78,600 prize pool.

PocketFivers, once again, excelled on Saturday with a pair of online pros taking their second titles of the series in the first week. Ukraine’s #5-ranked player, ‘Gswarrior30’, was the champion of Event #79 ($55 $15,000 Breeze NLHE) for just over $3,000. His victory led to his second 4-figure score in just three days. Also a newly crowned two-time winner is Argentinian grinder Christian ‘progree69’ Sampaoli. Sampaoli, who was a top-10 ranked player as recent as this year, scored just over $4,000 for his win in Event #89 ($109 $15,000 Tornado NLHE). Other PocketFives.com ranked members to close out their respective tournaments included Bogdan ‘Ph4N888’ Nicolae who closed out a final table that included the aforementioned Sampaoli and took home $5,504. Sweden’s ‘Namlleh’ bested the first event of the day, Event #78 ($109 $15,000 Lightning 6-Max) for over $6,600 – one of the largest cashes of the day.

XL Eclipse Day 7 Winners















# Event Buy In Payout
78 $15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHE $109 $6,656
79 $15,000 Breeze NLHE $55 $3,067.50
80 $50,000 Octopus NLHE $215 $15,916.50
81 $15,000 Deepstack Swordfish NLHE $30 $2,835
82 $20,000 Crocodile NLHE $160 $4,143.12*
83 $25,000 R&A NLHE $55 $5,504
84 $15,000 Swordfish NLHE $30 $2,850
85 $20,000 Monsoon NLHE $55 $3,870
86 $88,000 Crazy 8 $88 $16,456
87 $20,000 Mini Crazy 8 $8.80 2,168.32
88 $25,000 Saturday Challenge NLHE $55 $5,766.50
89 $15,000 Tornado NLHE $109 $4,025
90 $15,000 Turbo Crazy 8 NLHE $55 $3,219.75

* denotes final table deal