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  1. [caption width="640"] Knockdown, drag-out action over at 888poker during XL Eclipse on Friday.[/caption] 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. Current Worldwide #3-ranked player, 'tutten7', was back in action poised for his second title of the XL Eclipse series in Event #73 ($30,000 Knockout NLHE) the largest tournament on Friday's schedule. The Swedish phenom had a roughly 2:1 chip lead in the middle of heads-up play but was upended late by Lithuanian's 'Apsauginis' who, in a matter of hands, took the lead and closed out the tournament for the top prize of the day, $6135 (+$328 in bounties). As the runner-up, 'tutten7' banked $4,500 (+$328 in bounties) which should push his lifetime online total to over $7.5 million. Event #75 ($35 $25,000 Challenge NLHE) was the best bang-for-your-buck tournament of the day with its modest buy-in and aggressive guarantee. It attracted the most runners of any tournament on the schedule with 824 entries, all of which were faded by Brazil's 'Naollmin' who turned his $35 into $4,772,60 with his victory. PocketFives members were well represented in the winner's circle on this day capturing no fewer than four titles. Former top-ten ranked online player 'overthetop43' chopped up the first event of the day, Event #67 ($109 $15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHE), capturing the title but taking a little less, $4051.13, than 'ihavenoboss', who came in 2nd. Gytis 'peledazmogis' Lazauninkas scored victory in Event #68 ($55 $15,000 Breeze NLHE) as did Ukraine's 'Bestolo4' in Event #69 ($30 $15,000 Deepstack NLHE). In the theme of the day, it was Finland's 'gifuhorna' who racked up the bounties and the win in Event #75 ($10,000 Turbo Knockout NLHE) adding $2,311.25 (+ $250 in bounties) to his already over $3 million in lifetime cashes. XL Eclipse Day 6 Winners #EventBuy In][poker card="TD"]WinnerPayout 67$15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]OverTheTop43$4,051.13* 68$15,000 Breeze NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]peledazmogis$3,067.50 69$15,000 Deepstack Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]Bestolo4$3,007.76 70$20,000 Crocodile NLHE$160][poker card="TD"]germaxii$4,708.50 71$15,000 Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]GOLDandVODKA$2,910.60 72$20,000 Monsoon NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]Ezreaal$3,838 73$30,000 Knockout NLHE$150][poker card="TD"]Apsauginis2,168.32 (+ $328) 74$15,000 Mini Knockout NLHE$35][poker card="TD"]PhilreadsU$3,271.87 (+ $82.50) 75$25,000 Friday Challenge NLHE$35][poker card="TD"]Naollmin$4,772.60 76$15,000 Tornado NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]Baistimo$3,613.37* 77$10,000 Turbo Knockout NLHE$75][poker card="TD"]gifuhorna$2,311.25 (+ $240) * denotes final table deal
  2. [caption width="640"] 888poker's XL Blizzard offers plenty of big-time opportunities to win big-time money.[/caption] Winter is here and so is another one of 888poker’s mammoth online series, this one, the final of the XL trilogy, is XL Blizzard and features 34 events and over $2.9 million in guarantees. As with all of 888poker’s online series they’ve packed it full of big money tournaments that bring out both the best players in the online scene as well as value hunters that are hoping that this will be the series where they make a name for themselves with a massive score to match. So even though the schedule for XL Blizzard has been trimmed down, giving players every opportunity to play in absolutely all events, here’s a selection of the five largest tournaments on the schedule that will most likely radically change the bankrolls of the eventual winners. When: January 18What: $80,000 Opening EventBuy-in: $109 While Event #1, the Opening Event, does not carry the biggest guarantee, nor the largest buy-in, the first event of each of the XL Series has been an event worth coming out for. Players will likely want to get a jump on the bevy of promotions that come along with XL Blizzard, including bonuses for multi-time champions, bonuses for multi-cash players and even a potential spot in the Champion of Champions tournament which is awarding a seat to the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. If the promotions do their job, the $80k guarantee should be smashed as players flock to the Opening Event in hopes of getting their series off to a solid start. When: January 21 What: $200,000 Tune Up Buy-in: $160 January 21 has a number of big-ticket items but perhaps the largest with the most value is Event #10 $200,000 Tune Up. Starting just a half hour after Event #9 $120,000 Mega Deep kicks off, it boasts an additional $80,000 in guaranteed money and with a buy-in of $160, it’s $55 cheaper than the Mega Deep. While the structure is likely to be faster, the Tune Up has a great guarantee-to-buy-in ratio and will no doubt be packed with players on a day of big-time tournaments. When: January 21 What: $200,000 Whale Buy-In: $1,050 One of the largest buy-ins on the entire schedule is the $1,050 of Event #12 $200,000 Whale. The Whale, a staple of the 888poker regular weekly schedule, brings out some of the top grinders who try to navigate the slightly smaller field in search of the large five-figure payday. Back on Day 1 of the XL Eclipse schedule ‘CllsDntMttr’ took down the first Whale for almost $65,000 and one of the largest paydays of the series. This event could very well smash the guarantee and award an equivalent payout. When: January 23 What: $250,000 High Roller Buy-in: $2,100 Still all the rage, if a tournament has High Roller in the header it’s bound to bring out the biggest names in the game. Sure the field will be tough, but the payout will likely be huge. Depending on how many entrants flock to this High Roller the top spot payout could push the upper five-figures and potentially even a $100,000 score. When: January 28 What: $1,000,000 Main Event Buy-in: $1,050 A million dollar guaranteed prize pool, live or online, is a major tournament and the XL Blizzard Main Event will no doubt be a spectacle. With players being fed into the Main Event both through the standard step satellites as well as a pair of Mega satellites that take place over the course of the series, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if the guarantee is smashed. The aforementioned ‘CllsDntMttr’ also happened to be the winner of the XL Eclipse Main Event for over $273,000 and while this Main Event does not have the same guarantee, the certainty of a six-figure score, which would be a career-defining score to many grinders out there, will likely attract a healthy field making it the first major 888poker tournament of 2018. Not to worry if these big-time tournaments are out of your bankroll. Not only are there many ways to win your way into events like the Main Event, XL Blizzard is jam-packed with a variety of tournaments to fit the schedule and budget of just about every online grinder.
  3. [caption width="640"] 888poker's winter series, XL Blizzard, offers over .9 million in guarantees starting on January 18[/caption] 888poker’s XL Championship series returns for another go-around from January 18-28. Offering over $2.9 million in guaranteed money and a new, sleeker streamlined selection of tournaments, XL Blizzard is offering tournament players a winter series that sure to create massive prize pools while at the same time offering new promotions to entice players to find their way into as many tournaments as they can. XL Blizzard is the end of the XL Championship trilogy as announced by 888poker back in April. While previous iterations of the XL Series bombarded players with massive schedules, testing their tournament fortitude, the upcoming XL Blizzard has paired down its offerings to a healthy 34 events, affording players with an appetite for guaranteed prize pools the time to hop into every event they wish. While every event carries a guarantee worth playing for, highlighted events of the 11-day affair include the $80,000 Opening Event, a full day of 888poker’s trademark “Crazy 8” tournaments, a $2,100 $250,000 guaranteed High Roller as well as the $1,000,000 Main Event for which there are multiple satellites helping feed players into the big-money event. Sure, there may be fewer events during XL Blizzard than previous XL series', but 888poker is packing it full of promotions for tournament and leaderboard winners and even those who feel the sting of going out on the bubble. Winning one tournament in any given series is tough enough, winning two puts a player in an exclusive club and three, well, that might mark the heater of a lifetime. But if somehow, someway a player is about to find their way to five victories over the 34 event series, not only will they achieve instant online legend status but 888poker will also make them a millionaire. The XL Blizzard $1,000,000 Winners promotion will pay cold hard cash to those players who win multiple titles. Win two events, win an extra $1,000. Win three and they’ll make it $10,000. Four victories is a bonus $100,000 and five or more puts seven-figures in your bank account, paying $1,000,000. The bonuses don’t stop with winning multiple titles. Players who make three or more final tables in the XL Blizzard series will receive a $600 tournament ticket. Similarly, if a player cashes in eight or more of the 34 events, 888poker will gift them a $215 tournament ticket. Players who finish in the Top 50 of the series tournament leaderboard will get an additional opportunity for even more prizes. The Top 50 will be entered into the XL Blizzard Champion of Champions event, the winner of which will receive an exclusive package putting them into the $10,000 Main Event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas in July including travel expenses, a stay at the Vdara hotel and an 888Live poker kit. Beyond first place, the runner-up will also get a WSOP prize in the form of a $3,000 Crazy 8 WSOP package as well as a $1,050 tournament ticket. Third place also gets the $3,000 WSOP Crazy 8 package. Fourth and fifth get a $1,050 tournament ticket, and the rest of the final table receive a $600 tournament ticket. In fact, 10th-40th place will be getting a free $55 tournament ticket. For those 41st-50th, well, someone has to go home empty-handed. Finally, for those players who bear the burden of being the last person in the tournament not to make any money, during XL Blizzard, 888poker is offering a shot at redemption. The “Bubble of Bubbles” offers free entry to players who bubble any of the 34 events. The winner of the “Bubble of Bubbles” event will win one of those $3,000 Crazy 8 WSOP packages, second thru fourth take home a $160 tournament ticket while the rest of the final table pick up a $55 tournament ticket. Players can also expect plenty of 888poker pros to be logging on to defend their home turf. 888poker ambassadors including Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot, Natalie Hof, Sofia Lovgren and more will all be in the mix. Satellites a running for a variety of the events and players can get started working their way up through the steps for as little as a penny. XL Blizzard Schedule of Events EVENT #DATETIMETOURNAMENTBUY-IN 1Jan-1819:00$80,000 Opening$109 2Jan-1819:00$15,000 Mini Opening$12 3Jan-1821:00$20,000 Late Opening$55 4Jan-1919:00$20,000 Twins Royal$55 5Jan-1919:00$20,000 Twins Flush$55 6Jan-2019:00$50,000 Crazy 8$88 7Jan-2019:00$15,000 Mini Crazy 8$8.80 8Jan-2021:00$15,000 Late Crazy 8$44 9Jan-2117:30$120,000 Mega Deep$215 10Jan-2118:00$200,000 Tune Up$160 11Jan-2118:00$40,000 Mini Tune Up$12 12Jan-2119:00$200,000 Whale$1,050 13Jan-2121:00$20,000 Late Tune Up$55 14Jan-2219:00$40,000 R&A$55 15Jan-2219:00$1,000 Mini R&A$5 16Jan-2319:00$250,000 High Roller$2,100 17Jan-2319:00$100,000 Mini High Roller$215 18Jan-2321:00$30,000 Late High Roller$160 19Jan-2419:00$40,000 Eight Max$109 20Jan-2419:00$10,000 Eight Max$12 21Jan-2421:00$10,000 Late Eight Max$30 22Jan-2519:00$80,000 Quarterback$109 23Jan-2519:00$20,000 Mini Quarterback$12 24Jan-2521:00$20,000 Late Quarterback$30 25Jan-2619:00$25,000 Knockout$150 26Jan-2619:00$10,000 Mini Knockout$35 27Jan-2621:00$10,000 Late Knockout$75 28Jan-2719:00$50,000 Six Max$160 29Jan-2719:00$15,000 Mini Six Max$30 30Jan-2721:00$10,000 Late Six Max$55 31Jan-2817:30$150,000 Mega Deep$215 32Jan-2819:00$1,000,000 Main$1,050 33Jan-2819:00$200,000 Mini Main$160 34Jan-2819:30$50,000 Micro Main$30
  4. Now in the home stretch towards the $1 million guaranteed Main Event, the 888poker XL Inferno crowned three more champions on Wednesday with Sweden's 'LivinThDream' grabbing the biggest score of all as the only player to pocket a five-figure score. Event #19: $50,000 Eight Max Three days ago, Sweden's 'LivinThDream' finished third in XL Inferno Event #10 to come oh-so-close to an XL Inferno title. He avoided a repeat of that close call on Wednesday after beating out 458 other players to win Event #19 ($50,000 Eight Max) for $12,578. Greek grinder Misailidis 'xanthifan' Kostas picked up $9,268 for finishing as runner-up. Argentina's 'SHIGAON770' finished third for $6,792.12. Event #20: $15,000 Mini Eight Max After working their way through 1,017 opponents - who wracked up 404 rebuys - in Event #20 ($15,000 Mini Eight Max), Russia's 'FanToM186' and Greece's 'trixakias' took the remaining $4,875.66 and chopped it up. 'FanToM186' finished the tournament on top, earning $2,260.44 and the title. 'trixakias' took home $2,615.22 in the deal. Argentina's 'Dejavu.turn' had to settle for $1,551.07 as the third-place finisher. Event #21: $15,000 Late Eight Max As the day was winding down, Romania's 'POK_33_TATOO' was busy putting a bow on his first XL Inferno title, taking down Event #21 ($15,000 Late Eight Max) for $3,198. 'Limonad19' finished second, missing out on a chance to give Russia two XL Inferno wins on Wednesday, for $2,356. Leonardo 'Le0_Maga' Magagnin of Brazil took the final podium spot, finishing third for $1,727. Wednesday's XL Inferno Winners # Event Winner Payout 19 $50,000 Eight Max 'LivinThDream' $12,578 20 $15,000 Mini Eight Max 'FanToM186' $2,260.44* 21 $15,000 Late Eight Max 'POK_33_TATOO' $3,198.02
  5. When the calendar turns to spring each year, poker players begin to drool in anticipation of the big series' from each of the top online poker sites. Starting April 4, the 888poker XL Blizzard series is 34 events spread over 10 days with over $1.7 million in total guarantees. The schedule includes buy-ins from as low as $5 with the High Roller event being just a $320 buy-in. After poring over the schedule and the structures for each event, these are the five MUST-PLAY events on the 2019 XL Blizzard schedule. Event #1 - $100K Opening Event Buy-in: $109 Date: April 4 There's no better way to kick off a tournament series than with a deep run in the first event. The Opening Event has a $109 buy-in and promises to be one of the biggest fields of the series. You'll start with a 50,000 stack with blinds going up every 15 minutes. Players can rebuy up to three times in the first four hours, but only once your stack has gone all the way to zero. Each rebuy comes with a 50,000 stack. Satellites for Event #1 run daily for $12 and guarantee three seats each time. Event #11 - $50K Mini Tune Up Buy-in: $16.50 Date: April 7 For those looking to take a shot at a big guarantee for a small buy-in, Event #11 fits the bill. The $50,000 Mini Tune Up has a $16.50 buy-in and with a 50,000 starting stack and 12-minute levels, players will have plenty of opportunities to build a stack and pick up a big score. Should things not go your way during the first 2.5 hours of play, rebuys are available. Satellites for Event #11 run daily for just $0.50. Event #20 - $20K Mini PKO Buy-in: $16.50 Date: April 10 Online poker players have come to love playing PKO tournaments. Getting paid half of your buy-in every time you bust out another player changes the dynamic of play just enough to keep you on your toes throughout the tournament. For those who haven't had the chance to play one yet, the $16.50 price point gives players a chance to get familiar with the format without breaking the bank. Oh, and the $20,000 guarantee is nice too. Event #25 - $30K Deep Stack Buy-in: $55 Date: April 12 Goldilocks would love Event #25. The buy-in isn't too high and isn't too low. At just $55, players are going to get a chance at a $30,0000 guaranteed prize pool. Here's the best part: starting stack is 100,000 and levels last 12 minutes. Players can rebuy no more than twice inside the first four hours of play. Players can satellite into this event multiple times each day until April 12 for just $5. Event #32 - $500K Main Event Buy-in: $250 Date: April 14 Unsurprisingly, THE highlight of the XL Blizzard schedule this year is undoubtedly the Main Event. The $250 buy-in is the second biggest on the schedule (trailing only the High Roller) but also comes with an impressive $500,000 guarantee. The structure also lives up to the Main Event billing. Players start with 50,000 chips and blinds of 125/250 and levels increasing every 20 minutes. Players can rebuy up to three times in the first five hours of play. Players hoping to satellite in have a lot of selection. A $33 buy-in satellite that guarantees two seats runs every day. Players can also get in for just $1 in the LOTTO qualifier - players are all in every hand until there is a winner.

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