XL Eclipse: Three-Way Deal Gives Ukraine’s ‘tapatashi’ 8-Max Title

888poker's 2018 XL Eclipse wrapped up with their $1,000,000 Main Event.

On the seventh day of 888poker’s online super series XL Eclipse, the theme was eight-handed play. Three new tournaments, all of the Eight Max variety, with $80,000 in guarantee were on the schedule and players responded by helping shatter all of the guarantees. The day featured a three-way deal in the headliner and final table domination by Brazil in the Mini. Here’s a recap of all the 888poker action from Wednesday.

‘tapatashi’ Takes Title In Three-Way Deal

The final table of Event #19: $50,000 8-Max gave us the first three-way deal of the 2018 XL Eclipse series. Ukraine’s ‘tapatashi’, James ‘BL1NDRAZOR’ Walsh from the UK and Russia’s ‘nyagaan’ all agreed to a chop that would pay them all roughly $1,200 over third place money. ‘nyagaan’ took the bronze and just over $6,700 while the pair of PocketFivers battled it out for first place.

Walsh finished as the runner-up and secured $7,795.48 in his second final table of the series. One more and the UK grinder will earn a $600 tournament ticket bonus.

The title of XL Eclipse champion belongs to ‘tapatashi’ who walked with $8,331.16. That was, far and away, his largest cash of the month.

The three participants in the chop were also the biggest earners of the day.

Wednesday’s Results

Event Buy-In Entries Prize Pool Places Paid Winner Country Prize
Event #19: $50,000 8-Max $109 358 $51,600 48 tapatashi Ukraine $8,331.16*
Event #20: $15,000 Mini 8-Max $12 998 $16,121 128 dAAnilo_69 Brazil $2,971.77
Event #21: $15,000 Late 8-Max $33 411 $16,680 56 HolyMoly15 Mexico $3,169.32

A Bevy Of Brazilians

With players from all over the world participating in XL Eclipse, it’s not often you see too many of any given country at a final table together. One will usually see a couple from the UK, a Russian or two and Sweden usually has a representative. However in Event #20: $15,000 Mini 8-Max not only did Brazil account for five of the top eight — they also finished 1 through 5.

The leader, in this case, was Daniel ‘dAAnilo_69’ Alves. Alves grabbed the gold and added $2,971.77 to his $43,000 in lifetime earnings. The fellow countrymen that finished in line behind him included ‘DaDinheiroAE’ (#2), ‘arr0ba’ (#3), ‘pinkman98’ (#4) and Rio de Janeiro’s #23-ranked player Joao ‘LegendOnRise’ Francisco da Silveria Neto who won $806.05 for his fifth-place finish.

Notables Continue To Fire

Fresh off his victory in Event #10: $100,000 Tune Up, Sweden’s ‘cuadrado12’ once again found himself in the money. This time the #38-ranked grinder busted in sixth place in Event #19 for $1.935. It’s his second final table of the series, third cash overall, bringing his series total to over $24,300.

Finishing in fourth place, just before the three-handed deal, is one of online poker’s top talents, 2017 WCOOP Main Event winner Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff. The former #1-ranked player earned $3,999 for his performance marking his second cash of the series.

There were 358 players that bought in to the $109 tournament on Wednesday and some of the biggest names in the game were on the verge of making the money however they busted almost right on the bubble. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky, #37-ranked Sebastian ‘p000cket000’ Sikorski and #40-ranked Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren all busted two tables away from the cash.

PocketFivers In The Field

Andrey ‘andrey59’ Luis was also a part of the Event #19 final table that was dominated by PocketFivers. Luis fell in seventh place for over $1,400 which we will add to his over $2.6 million in lifetime scores.

Indeed there were more than just Brazilians at the final table of Event #20 as the UK’s ‘littleballer’ picked up a seventh-place finish for $362 and Norway’s ‘hackket’ climbed into eighth place, turning his $12 into over $245.

Thursday’s Schedule

Hut, hut, Hike! Three new tournaments will be going off on Thursday highlighted by Event #22: $50,000 Quarterback. While players may be having visions scoring touchdowns (American Football) the real meaning behind 888’s Quarterback is that should a player bust, they can buy back a quarter of a starting stack for a quarter of the buy-in. That said, whoever wins the five-figure first place prize in Event #22 will do a touchdown dance in their bedroom.

XL Eclipse #22 – $50,000 Quarterback – $215
XL Eclipse #23 – $25,000 Mini Quarterback – $44
XL Eclipse #24 – $20,000 Late Quarterback – $109