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  1. May is a massive month for online poker and starting on May 14 888poker will join the party with the return their XL Inferno online poker series. XL Inferno features 34 events spread over 11 days of action and promises more than $1.5 million in total prize money. The series is one of the best values on the 888poker calendar for poker players and this year there’s even more for grinders to fight for as the online poker site has boosted the guarantee in some of the most popular tournaments on the schedule. 888poker is known for its XL Championships. They run three times a year (XL Blizzard, XL Inferno, and XL Eclipse) and feature high-value tournaments at accessible buy-ins. One of the selling points is the guarantees that ensure a healthy boost to the bankroll for those who find themselves deep in an event. However, for the 2020 XL Inferno, 888poker is upping the ante on a handful of tournaments by adding another $90K spread out at every buy-in level. Here are the events on the schedule that now have a little extra to play for. It's Opening Day The Opening Event, which takes place on May 14 this year, is always a big attraction for 888poker. Players who are eager to win themselves an XL title pile into the lobby and make it one of the biggest tournaments of the entire schedule. This year, 888poker has bumped the guarantee from its standard $50,000 up to $75,000 while keeping the buy-in at just $109. Last year, 534 entries plus 192 rebuys pushed the prize pool to over $72,000. In the end, ‘sh4xuR7’ bested longtime 888poker grinder ‘pokerdave128’ in heads up play to take home the title and the $13,721.40 first-place prize. There looks to be plenty of added value in this year’s Opening Event. Either they hit the guarantee and the winner walks with should be a nice five-figure score or the overlay provides a little extra equity for everyone who plays. At the same time that the Opening Event is seeing a boost, those who fire in the Mini Opening Event will also get a nice bump. The guarantee is raised from $20,000 up to $25,000. The value in the Mini Opening Event can be seen just by taking a look at last year’s results. For a $16.50 buy-in, ‘wh4isha3’ topped a field of over 2000 to walk away with a $5,114.25 payday. That was after a three-way deal was struck where each of the top three players padded their bankrolls by more than $3,300. Big Boost For The Tune Up The largest boost to the guarantee arrives with the May 17 Tune Up. Typically, the Sunday event is a warm-up for the Main Event and comes with a $100,000 guarantee. This year they bumped the guarantee by 50% and it will be the $150,000 Tune Up with a $109 buy-in. With the Tune Up landing on a Sunday, the biggest day of the week for online poker, there is always a surge in the player pool. During the 2019 XL Inferno, over 800 entries played in the event as ‘prebzzz’ turned their $109 into a $23,376 score. For 888poker though, this might be a stretch as the prize pool from last year was just $123,750. They’ll need to ride the current wave of online poker popularity to make sure that there’s no overlay. On the same day, 888poker is also giving those who play in the Micro Tune Up a little extra to play for as the guarantee for that event is also seeing a $5,000 raise. It may not feel like a lot for some but when you are entering a $5.50 tournament, the bonus money in the prize pool could help take a player to have the ability to take shots in bigger tournaments. Don't Miss The Main Event The final tournament that is seeing a boost is the $20,000 Micro Main Event which received a $5K jump in 2020. On the final day of the series, those who want to play for the last XL title will only need to buy-in for $5.50 to have a shot at walking away with a four-figure score. Of course, when it comes to the value of playing in an 888poker XL series, the $500,000 Main Event is one of the best opportunities players may have on the site all year. For a $250 buy-in, the Main Event typically promises healthy five-figure scores for the majority of the final table. In last year's XL Inferno Main Event, a three-way deal was agreed to that gave Russia's ‘D3n1sk4PP’ the victory and a $70,252 payday. At the same time ‘LuisRRRRR’ took home $65,502 as the runner-up and ‘lucasfalves9’ picked up over $55,000 for third place. The complete 888poker XL Inferno schedule is available now with satellites running non-stop on the client.
  2. After eleven action-packed days, the 888poker 2020 XL Blizzard online series came to a conclusion on Sunday after longtime Russian grinder ‘ribamech15’ claimed the $500,000 GTD Main Event title and took home the $84,450 first-place prize. With over $1.4 million in guaranteed money up for grabs, players from all over the world took their shot at padding their bankrolls and picking up a coveted XL championship title. Even with a pair of small overlays, the series more than exceed its total guarantees as players helped post total prize pools totaling over $1.6 million. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] In addition to the seven five-figure paydays paid out in the Main Event, there were plenty of big moments throughout the series. In fact, the very first event ($50,000 Opening Event) saw 625 entries crush the guarantee to the tune of a $62,500 prize pool which awarded long-time 888poker grinder ‘resilience32’ another XL title to go along with his previous XL Eclipse and XL Inferno titles. He picked up $11,994 for the win, their fourth-largest online score of all-time. Event #10, the $109 buy-in $100,000 Tune Up has always been a popular XL event. 888poker has a history of packing the tournament with plenty of players through satellites and freerolls. This time, 1,176 entries piled into the lobby creating a massive $117,600 prize pool. The tournament ended in a three-way chop with PocketFiver ‘Cabeca Tilt’ taking home $19,092 and the title with the official victory. The Brazilian adds that to his over $1.4 million in lifetime earnings. Russia’s ’kukadjamba’ ended up in second place for $14,180 and ‘cosmiNik’ from Romania was the official third-place finisher, earning $14,592 in the deal. The $100,000 High Roller saw 305 entries take their $320-shot at a big-time score. A pair of players from Latvia took advantage of the small overlay as they battled heads up and finished the event 'one-two'. ‘zavor4ik’ took home the gold and the $20,450 first-place prize while his fellow countryman ‘floatmasta’ finished right behind him for $15,000. ‘Mr_Coyote’ took home the bronze and an $11,300 payday. 888poker 2020 XL Blizzard Results XL Blizzard Event #1 - $50,000 Opening Event 625 entries $109 buy-in $62,500 prize pool resilience32 - $11,994 ahjaa - $8,906 omgjefmonier - $6,563 XL Blizzard Event #2 - $20,000 Mini Opening Event 1,751 entries $16.50 buy-in $26,265 prize pool anelka79 - $4,116 gert_steel - $3,633 gutioliveira - $2,493 XL Blizzard Event #3 - $20,000 Late Opening 523 entries $55 buy-in $26,150 prize pool king.abdullV - $5,018 Kaiman.O_O. - $3,726 Monoquilho - $2,746 XL Blizzard Event #4 - $30,000 PKO 761 entries $55 buy-in $38,050 prize pool jancsi89 - $3,596 + $2,873 in bounties ClaretBantam - $2,635 + $802 in bounties mcc300 - $1,941 + $192 in bounties XL Blizzard Event #5 - $20,000 Mini PKO 1,353 entries $22 buy-in $27.060 prize pool ravenous_nl - $2,436 + $1,376 in bounties loveU2baby - $1,736 + $77 in bounties nvagaaan - $1,299 + $834 in bounties XL Blizzard Event #6 - $10,000 Late PKO 549 entries $33 buy-in $16,470 prize pool koptevaaa - $1,565 + $1,944 in bounties KirusRUS - $1,153 + $106 in bounties Camino57 - $844 + $376 in bounties XL Blizzard Event #7 - $30,000 8-Max 380 entries $109 buy-in $38,000 prize pool tikkapekka - $7,410 Werniiie - $5,510 Yakawin123 - $4,180 XL Blizzard Event #8 - $10,000 Mini 8-Max 1,759 entries $8.80 $14,072 prize pool dumitrana1 - $2,187 Madoff - $1,714 marisiena98 - $1,464 XL Blizzard Event #9 - $15,000 Late 8-Max 366 entries $55 buy-in $18,300 prize pool fannymobile - $3,569 Slapnutz123 - $2,654 limz - $2,013 XL Blizzard Event #10 - $100,000 Tune Up 1,176 entries $109 buy-oin $117,600 prize pool CabecaTilt - $19,092* kukadjamba - $14,180* cosmiNik - $14,592 * XL Blizzard Event #11 - $50,000 Mini Tune Up 4,318 entries $16.50 buy-in $64,770 prize pool flexPl - $8,840* bober1804 - $7,873* batonlviv - $5,117 XL Blizzard Event #12 - $10,000 Micro Tune Up 3,081 entries $5.50 buy-in $15,405 prize pool MerzavecKV - $2,044 gizmemimonaa - $1,948 Romazottie - $1,593 XL Blizzard Event #13 - $20,000 Late Tune Up 579 entries $55 buy-in $28,950 prize pool ISmellToast - $5,501 Yakawin123 - $4,053 _FALCON_ - $2,967 XL Blizzard Event #14 - $20,000 R&A 417 entries $33 buy-in $25,800 prize pool DePittsterje - $4,951 HyperX. - $3,677 xzzzx15 - $2,709 XL Blizzard Event #15 - $10,000 Mini R&A 1,172 entries $5.50 buy-in $12,540 prize pool Absoliuciai - $2,164 EastBeast888 - $1,568 JacktheCpt - $1,191 XL Blizzard Event #16 - $15,000 Late R&A 656 entries $16.50 buy-in $19,500 prize pool MoOoN30 - $3,656 shoveanyto - $2,633 Hudder5 - $1,950 XL Blizzard Event #17 - $100,000 High Roller 305 entries $320 buy-in $100,000 prize pool zavor4ik - $20,450 floatmasta - $15,000 Mr_Coyote - $11,300 XL Blizzard Event #18 - $30,000 Mini High Roller 790 entries $55 buy-in $39,500 prize pool BuyUADrank - $7,466 Dam4666 - $5,471 Dr_Mom - $4,029 XL Blizzard Event #19 - $20,000 Late High Roller 256 entries $109 buy-in $25,400 prize pool jgig3000 - $5,461 NinyaWarrior - $3,937 Djolex91 - $2,985 XL Blizzard Event #20 - $50,000 PKO 534 entries $109 buy-in $53,400 prize pool HatchetGarry - $5,214 + $4,271 in bounties andita666 - $3,805 + $344 in bounties josef_shvejk - $2,804 + $588 in bounties XL Blizzard Event #21 - $20,000 Mini PKO 534 entries $16.50 buy-in $25,020 prize pool nuts1109 - $2,160 + $1,513 in bounties TAMOdeALL_IN - $1,564 + $245 in bounties S88EB - $1,188 + $136 in bounties XL Blizzard Event #22 - $10,000 Late PKO 637 entries $33 buy-in $19,110 prize pool SpokenMagic - $1,816 + $2,069 in bounties omgjefmonier - $1,338 + $247 in bounties Nuubnuub - $979 + $194 in bounties XL Blizzard Event #23 - $50,000 PKO 8-Max 393 entries $160 buy-in $58,950 prize pool normannolly - $5,748 + $6,774 in bounties HATE007 - $4,274 + $1,366 in bounties HiroNakamura - $3,242 + $1,337 in bounties XL Blizzard Event #24 - $20,000 Mini PKO 8-Max 1,339 entries $22 buy-in $26,780 prize pool Specter.V. - $2,468 + $1,662 in bounties Anys9ra - $1,741 + $407 in bounties ProPriced - $1,339 + $436 in bounties XL Blizzard Event #25 - $20,000 Late PKO 8-Max 504 entries $55 buy-in $25,200 prize pool Lik3az0mbY - $2,394 + $1,517 in bounties SujiroKifuj4 - $1,764 + $1,085 in bounties SRFC1899 - $1,323 + $567 in bounties XL Blizzard Event #26 - $30,000 Deepstack 639 entries $55 buy-in $31,950 prize pool Aco_Zeko - $5,950* BhadizUkue - $4,594* TooMuchRake - $3,275 XL Blizzard Event #27 - $20,000 Mini Deepstack 639 entries $16.50 buy-in $23,985 prize pool sickthsense - $4,141 Iluzija - $2,998 instinctas - $2,279 XL Blizzard Event #28 - $15,000 Late Deepstack 599 entries $33 buy-in $17,970 prize pool 1llb3b4ck - $3,415 Spursblood - $2,516 KingArturio1 - $1,842 XL Blizzard Event #29 - $30,000 6-Max 344 entries $109 buy-in $34,400 prize pool kokoloko17 - $7,912 RasAlGhul - $5,504 EZ.PZ - $4,128 XL Blizzard Event #30 - $20,000 Mini 6-Max 1,620 entries $16.50 buy-in $24,300 prize pool manipuliator - $3,588* rozhinsky - $2,820* biggyRR - $2,913* XL Blizzard Event #31 - $15,000 Late 6-Max 374 entries $55 buy-in $18,700 prize pool kinsQ - $4,114 Sticker1994 - $2,870 nimenialtu0 - $2,151 XL Blizzard Event #32 - $500,000 Main Event 2,077 entries $250 buy-in $500,00 prize pool ribamech15 - $84,450 gtavares10 - $60,100 fastfingers - $46,000 XL Blizzard Event #33 - $50,000 Mini Main Event 2,835 entries $33 buy-in $34,400 prize pool geringonsa - $12,965 brendowlucas - $9.731 weh_chr - $7,048 XL Blizzard Event #34 - $15,000 Micro Main Event 4,221 entries $5.50 buy-in $21,105 prize pool Kaiman.O_O. - $3,416 thspace - $2,300 bigsky31 - $1,667
  3. Starting on February 6, 888poker’s value-packed online poker series XL Blizzard returns for 2020. XL Blizzard features a 34-event schedule spread over 11 days and promises over $1.4 million in total guarantees. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“888poker”][ptable zone=“888poker NJ”] It’s the perfect opportunity for grinders at every level to battle for an XL title and potentially earn a dramatic boost to their bankroll. The schedule offers buy-ins that range from just $5.50 all the way up to $320 for the High Roller. With so many events on the schedule, you simply can’t go wrong by taking a shot in any of the 2020 XL Blizzard tournaments. However, on every schedule, there are some tournaments that a dedicated grinder needs to carve out time for. Here are five MUST-PLAY events from the upcoming 2020 XL Blizzard schedule. Event #1 - $50,000 Opening Event Buy-in: $109 Date: Thursday, February 6 There’s always a little bit of extra excitement at the onset of a new online poker tournament series. Historically, 888poker’s XL Blizzard Opening Event has been a showcase of enthusiasm. During past Opening Events, players have helped the tournament crush it’s $50K guarantee and created one of the largest prize pools of an XL series. With 30K in starting chips and 15-minute levels, players who want plenty of room to play will enjoy the structure. Plus, there are a number of direct $109 satellites that can be entered starting at just $5. This means that the field will be full of players who won their way into the contest on the cheap. Event #11 - $50,000 Mini Tune Up Buy-in: $16.50 Date: Sunday, February 9 Every online grinder knows that the biggest tournaments are held on Sunday and 888poker has packed the XL Blizzard Sunday schedule with some high-value events. While many will have their eye on the $160 buy-in $100K GTD Tune Up, don’t skip out on the $16.50 Mini Turn Up. The value is evident - it’s half the guarantee at one-tenth the buy-in of the largest version. That means there will be plenty of money to play for in the Mini Tune Up at a fraction of cost. In fact, on the same day, the Late Tune Up comes with a $55 buy-in and only a $20K guarantee, showcasing why you shouldn’t miss out on the Mini Tune Up. Event #23 - $50,000 PKO 8-Max Buy-in: $160 Date: Thursday, February 13 It feels good to knock an opponent out of a tournament. It feels great to get paid on the spot for doing so. 888poker knows how popular Progressive Knockout tournaments have become and the 2020 XL Blizzard schedule is jam-packed full of PKOs. None are bigger than the $50K PKO 8-Max. It comes with one of the higher price tags of the entire series but that only means that every bounty is more valuable. As the tournament progresses, the stakes will get even higher and whoever comes out on top of Event #23 will take home of one of the largest paydays of the week. Event #29 - $30,000 6-Max Buy-in: $109 Date: Saturday, February 15 If you like to play a lot of hands in tournaments then short-handed is for you. There are a number of 8-Max tournaments on the schedule but there is only one day where 6-Max is featured. The $109 buy-in, $30,000 guaranteed event is the biggest and richest of the three. The tournament structure is player-friendly with 50,000 in starting chips, 12-minute levels and a maximum of three re-entries. Like all of the $109 buy-in tournaments, direct satellites into this tournament start at just $5. Event #32 - $500,000 XL Blizzard Main Event Buy-in: $250 Date: Sunday, February 16 It should be no surprise that the XL Blizzard Main Event is an absolute must-play tournament. As we’ve said before, the XL series Main Events are some of the biggest tournaments that 888poker will run all year and it’s a shot-takers best chance at a bankroll-transforming score. Players can find their way into the Main Event in a number of ways. 888poker is routinely running $33 satellites that guarantee three seats into the Main Event. There is also a ‘new depositor’ qualifier that runs daily that also is awarding seats to the top 15 players. Running around the clock are step satellites where players can work their way up into larger satellites and events, all starting at literally $0.01. There’s no doubt that the XL Blizzard Main Event will be massive with the winner likely to walk away with close to a six-figure score.
  4. It’s time for another 888poker signature XL online poker series. Starting on February 6, XL Blizzard is back with 34-events over 11 days and more than $1.4 million in total guarantees. No doubt, battling for an XL title and a share of $1.4 million sounds great. But even after you carve out the time on your schedule to the online grind, you have to come up with the buy-ins. If a grinder was to play the entire XL Blizzard series that would mean dedicating more than $2,200 of their bankroll to the pursuit of greatness. [ptable zone=“888poker”][ptable zone=“888poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] Luckily for all players, 888poker understands the benefit of giving everyone - from micro-stakes players to everyday grinders - the opportunity to win their way into some of XL Blizzard's biggest events. By using 888poker's satellite system and limited-time promotions, a player could dramatically reduce their buy-ins over the course of the series. Step Up To XL Blizzard One of the most tried and true ways to win your way into an XL Blizzard event is through 888poker’s round-the-clock Step Satellites. Starting for a little as $0.01 (yes, one cent!) players can work their way up a satellite tree that earns them tournament tickets into a number of larger events. Plus, depending on a player’s bankroll and comfort, they can start anywhere they wish on the satellite tree in an effort to turn a few pennies into a shot at a huge score. Here are the details of the Step Satellite Options: Step 1 – $0.01buy-in to win a Step 2 entry or tournament ticket Step 2 – $0.10 buy-in (or ticket) to win a Step 3 entry or tournament ticket Step 3 – $1 buy-in (or ticket) to win a Step 4 entry or tournament ticket Step 4 – $5 buy-in (or ticket) to win a Step 5 entry or tournament ticket Step 5 – $30 buy-in (or ticket) to win a Step 6 entry or tournament ticket Step 6 – $160 buy-in to win (or ticket) to win a $1,050 tournament ticket Massive Main Event The $500,000 XL Blizzard Main Event is a must-play event as it promises the winner a major boost to their bankroll. Even though last year 888poker reduced the buy-in to the Main Event from $1,050 down to $250, for some it may still be a stretch to take a shot in the Main Event without winning their way in. Direct satellites are routinely running for the Main Event. The buy-in is $33 and they promise that at least three tournament tickets will be given away. The $33 satellites have their own super-satellites, allowing players to win their way into the $33 for just $3.30. As the Main Event gets closer, look for more direct satellites to be put into the tournament lobby as 888poker will need 2,000 entries just to cover their guarantee. Depositor Freeroll In addition to the Steps Satellites for tournament tickets and direct satellites to specific events like the Main Event, 888poker is rewarding new depositors with a pair of Qualifiers. New depositors can pick up an entry into either the XL Blizzard Main Event Qualifier or the XL Blizzard Mini Tune Up Qualifier. The XL Blizzard Main Event Qualifier runs every day at 20:00 GMT through February 15 and the top 15 players are slated to win a $250 ticket into the XL Blizzard Main Event. It’s similar for the XL Blizzard Mini Tuen Up Event. Every day at 18:05 GMT through February 8 the tournament will run with the top 30 players picking up a $16.50 ticket to the Mini Tune Up. For more information on satellites and to take a shot at a particular event, launch the 888poker client and click on the Tournaments Tab. From there, select the Satellites tab to launch into Step Satellites. Or, select the XL Blizzard tab to see all of the upcoming events and direct satellites for the Main Event.
  5. February marks the return of one of 888poker’s signature online poker series as XL Blizzard offers players 11 days of non-stop tournament action. This year, XL Blizzard takes place from February 6-16 and provides tournament grinders 34 opportunities to take home a title with over $1.4 million in total guarantees up for grabs. For those who have played in one of 888poker’s XL series in the past year, the schedule will have a familiar look. It brings back the majority of the most popular offerings that value-seeking grinders have come to expect. The $50,000 Opening Event, $100,000 Tune Up and the $100,000 High Roller all return to the schedule. However, as much as players enjoy the complete schedule, the largest payday of the entire series will come at the conclusion of the $500,000 GTD Main Event. The Main Event The Main Event of an XL series is one of the highest value tournaments the online site runs all year. In 2019, they reduced the buy-in to $250 in an effort to make the tournament more accessible to the majority of their players. The reduced buy-in allows both shot-takers and grinders alike the opportunity to turn a modest sum into a big-time score that could catapult a bankroll to the next level. In 2019, it was Malta’s ‘.RUIT.HORA.’ that took down the Main Event. He turned his $250 investment into a massive $91,847 score. In heads-up play, ‘.RUIT.HORA.’ bested ‘DeuceofDuc0’ who walked away with $65,363 for their second-place finish. In fact, eight of the final nine players at the final table took home five-figure scores making the 2019 XL Blizzard final table one of 888poker’s richest of the year. For an online tournament, the XL Blizzard Main Event gives players all the play they could ask for. It starts with 50,000 in tournament chips and 20-minute levels. Rebuys are available should things take a turn for the worst in the early levels and even with hours of late registration, someone who needs to jump in at the last second will have plenty of room to maneuver. Pushing to get as many players into the Main Event as possible, 888poker is offering plenty of satellites to help players afford the buy-in for cheap. In addition to their always-available satellite system, where players can start at the bottom of the satellite tree for as little as $0.01, 888poker is running daily qualifiers for recent depositors. These qualifiers will give the top 15 players a seat into the $250 buy-in Main Event. For those looking to buy-in directly to a satellite, there are $33 buy-in events that guarantee that at least three seats to the Main Event will be awarded. Schedule Highlights With buy-ins ranging from as little as $5.50 all the way up to the $320, the schedule features a tournament to entice all poker players. If history proves us a glimpse into the future, the $109 buy-in $50,000 Opening Event on February 6 will far exceed its guarantee. Back in May, during the XL Inferno $50K Opening Event, 534 players pushed the prize pool to over $72,000. PKO tournaments always prove to be popular. 888poker has given bounty hunters nine tournaments to fire in with buy-in ranging from as little as $16.50 ($20,000 Mini PKO) up to the February 16 $160 buy-in PKO 8-Max with its $50,000 guarantee. Short-handed fans have a day’s worth of 6-Max and 8-Max tournaments to look forward to. Those who want to play for higher stakes can jump into the $100K GTD $320 High Roller. So clear those calendars and get ready to grind as XL Blizzard returns on February 6. 888Poker 2020 XL Blizzard Schedule DATE TIME GMT EVENT BUY-IN Feb-6 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #1 - $50,000 Opening Event $109 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #2 - $20,000 Mini Opening Event $16.50 8:00 PM XL Blizzard #3 - $20,000 Late Opening Event $55 Feb-7 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #4 - $30,000 PKO $55 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #5 - $20,000 Mini PKO $22 8:00 PM XL Blizzard #6 - $10,000 Late PKO $33 Feb-8 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #7 - $30,000 8-Max $109 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #8 - $10,000 Mini 8-Max $8.80 8:00 PM XL Blizzard #9 - $15,000 Late 8-Max $55 Feb-9 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #10 - $100,000 Tune Up $160 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #11 - $50,000 Mini Tune Up $16.50 6:30 PM XL Blizzard #12 - $10,000 Micro Tune Up $5.50 8:00 PM XL Blizzard #13 - $20,000 Late Tune Up $55 Feb-10 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #14 - $20,000 R&A Event $33 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #15 - $10,000 Mini R&A $5.50 7:00 PM XL Blizzard #16 - $15,000 Late R&A $16.50 Feb-11 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #17 - $100,000 High Roller $320 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #18 - $30,000 Mini High Roller $55 8:00 PM XL Blizzard #19 - $20,000 Late High Roller $109 Feb-12 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #20 - $50,000 PKO $109 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #21 - $20,000 Mini PKO $16.50 8:00 PM XL Blizzard #22 - $10,000 Late PKO $33 Feb-13 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #23 - $50,000 PKO 8-Max $160 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #24 - $20,000 Mini PKO 8-Max $22 8:00 PM XL Blizzard #25 - $20,000 Late PKO 8-Max $55 Feb-14 5:00 PM XL Blizzard #26 - $30,000 DeepStack $55 5:00 PM XL Blizzard #27 - $20,000 Mini DeepStack $16.50 7:00 PM XL Blizzard #28 - $15,000 Late DeepStack $33 Feb-15 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #29 - $30,000 6-Max $109 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #30 - $20,000 Mini 6-Max $16.50 8:00 PM XL Blizzard #31 - $15,000 Late 6-Max $55 Feb-16 5:00 PM XL Blizzard #32 - $500,000 Main Event $250 5:30 PM XL Blizzard #33 - $50,000 Mini Main Event $33 6:00 PM XL Blizzard #34 - $15,000 Micro Main Event $5.50
  6. [caption width="640"] 888poker's XL Blizzard offers plenty of value opportunities for grinders on a budget.[/caption] There’s a lot that goes into creating a poker series, online or live. In general, companies want to cast the widest net possible, making the event exciting for players of every bankroll level. 888poker does a very good job of this and the 34 events of the upcoming XL Blizzard on January 18-28 is no exception. Sure, there’s a solid group of big-time tournaments for the high rolling set, but what about those players who are on a tighter budget but would still like to play for bankroll boosting score? 888poker didn’t forget about their core base of players and so we’re here to spotlight five “can’t miss” tournaments for the true grinder. When: January 18 What: $15,000 Mini Opening Buy-in: $12 If you can’t find your way into the larger Event #1 the $109 buy-in Opening Event, the Mini Opening, Event #2, is the next best thing. The buy-in to guarantee ratio is definitely in favor of the player in comparison and just because one is not playing in the latest event of the day doesn’t stop them from taking advantage of all of the extra promotions, including bonus cash for both multiple wins and cashing in eight or more tournaments. With a very likely four-figure first place prize, a victory here could put you in contention for some serious XL Blizzard money. When: January 20 What: $15,000 Mini Crazy 8 Buy-in: $8.80 Boasting the cheapest buy-in for the entire series, Event #7, the Mini Crazy 8, is sure to draw a large field. Like their World Series of Poker counterpart, the Crazy 8 tournaments seem to really draw a crowd. Again, the buy-in is 1/10th of the larger Crazy 8 tournament and but the guarantee is roughly 1/3rd making it a complete value tournament no matter what stakes you usually play. When: January 21 What: $40,000 Mini Tune Up Buy-in: $12 With only a $12 buy-in, Event #11, the Mini Tune Up, carries the largest guarantee of any tournament on the schedule at this relative buy-in. The tournament is in the middle of a day that includes the $200,000 Whale and so it’s very likely that the field could be a robust one and should the guarantee get smashed the final few will be looking at high four-figure and maybe even a five-figure payday for less than a ticket to 'Molly’s Game'. When: January 22 What: $10,000 Mini R&A Buy-in: $5 The $5 price tag is a little misleading as there are rebuys and an add-on in this tournament. But should you run hot early, while others are busting and rebuying, this could be a high-value tournament. Catch fire and practice a little bankroll management, without falling into the contagious mindset of shipping super light and crossing your fingers and in the end perhaps you 100x your buy-in. But should you get doomswitched and, in turn, stubborn, this could turn from a $5 dalliance into a minor money pit. When: January 28 What: $50,000 Micro Main Buy-in: $30 Event #34, the final event on the XL Blizzard schedule, has the lowest buy-in during the last four days of tournaments but it should be a good one. With more of a mid-stakes price point the Micro Main comes with a healthy $50,000 guarantee, which very well could be shattered as players make a last ditch effort to find their way into the Champion of Champions tournament with hopes of winning a World Series of Poker Main Event package. When all is said and done, of all the smaller buy-in tournaments, this is the most likely to pay out five-figures to the winner. If these look good but you are looking for tournaments that come with a little big of a higher risk/reward ratio, don’t fear - you can check out these Five Big-Time Tournaments on the XL Blizzard Schedule and plan your winter week accordingly.
  7. Day Seven of 888poker’s championship series XL Blizzard is in the books and the action continues with another $60,000 of the $2.9 million overall guaranteed cash up for grabs in a trio of 8-max tournaments. Event #19 - $40,000 8-Max The $109 buy-in $40,000 8-Max was the marquee tournament of the day. With 426 players registering, and contributing 193 rebuys, the posted guarantee was crushed. The prize pool grew to $61,900 ensuring that at least one player on Wednesday was going to walk away with a five-figure score. Malta’s ‘PazzoRJ’ took home the XL Blizzard title and the top prize of the day after defeating PocketFiver Bernardo ’bsdias’ Dias heads-up for the $11,761 score. That’s quite a feat for ‘PazzoRJ’, as Dias is a former worldwide #2-ranked grinder from Brazil with over $6 million in lifetime earnings. Diaz collected $8,666 for his runner-up efforts. Just another score for a top-tier online pro who has multiple five-figure scores already in 2018. Dias wasn’t the only PocketFiver to make the Event #19 final table. Phil ‘Philgreen111’ Green from the UK collected his first four-figure score since April 2017 when the veteran poker player worked his way to fifth place for $3,095. Rounding out the 8 player finale was Russia’s #27-ranked player ‘pokanuktus’ who hit the rail in eighth for $1,238. Plenty of notable players found their way into the money in this one including: ‘GSWarrior30’ (32nd), Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren (26th), Sebastian ‘p000cket000’ Sikorski (16th), ’progree69’ (13th), ‘Iamtrying’ (12th) and ‘gifuhorna’ who just missed out on the final table by finishing in ninth. Event #20 - $10,000 Mini 8-Max The $10,000 Mini 8-Max was the most popular tournament of the day thanks in part to its accessible $12 buy-in. The $10,000 guarantee was more than doubled as 1,325 players (and 695 rebuys) helped create the $22,018 prize pool. No one benefitted from the inflated prize pool more than the UK’s ‘JohnJones34’. He was able to turn his $12 (or perhaps $24) into a major multiple by collecting the $3,963.24 first place prize. PocketFiver Joao ‘Jpvasc’ Vasconcelos from Brazil didn’t fare too badly either. His runner-up finish was good for $2,862.34, the largest recorded online cash of his career. Five players in Event #20 were fortunate enough to turn their lunch money into four-figure scores. Event #21 - $10,000 Late 8-Max The late offering, the $30 buy-in $10,000 Late 8-Max wrapped up in just over six hours as 520 players (and 172 rebuys) once again exceeded the posted guarantee, this time by $9,030. ‘CR1TCHZ’ from Austria booked the first place win for $3,596.67 by defeating the UK’s ‘warhungry90’, who logged off with $2,635.65 added to his account. A pair of PocketFivers sat this final table with Serbia’s ‘Vlada2108’ finishing in fourth for $1,427.25, his fourth four-figure score in the month of January. In sixth place was Sweden’s ‘DefiMensuel’ who won $333.02, which he can add to his over $1 million in lifetime earnings. XL Blizzard Day 7 Winners # Event Winner Payout 19 $40,000 8-Max PazzoRJ $11,761.00 20 $10,000 Mini 8-Max JohnJones34 $3,963.24 21 $10,000 Late 8-Max CR1TCHZ $3,596.67
  8. The penultimate day of 888poker’s XL Blizzard brought players out in full force to play some short-handed tournaments. Saturday held a trio of 6-Max tournaments with the promise of $75,000 in guarantees. As the online series winds down, these three contests were some of the last chances players had to warm-up and accumulate XL Blizzard Leaderboard points before the massive slate of events that coincide with the $1,000,000 Main Event on Sunday. Event #28 - $50,000 6-Max The top tournament of the day was the $50,000 6-Max which drew 298 players (with 151 rebuys) putting up the $160 buy-in and pushing the prize pool past the guarantee. The $67,350 prize pool ensured that at least two players would be adding five-figures to their bankrolls with the entire final table earning a minimum of over $2,500. The heads-up battle between a pair of PocketFivers went deep into the night as Sweden’s Alfred ‘Kzzon’ Karlsson and Darragh ‘CrackFiend15’ Curtin from New Zealand battled for the $14,817 first place prize. Karlsson held the chip lead from the get-go and, after a brief surrendering of the lead, ended up closing out the Kiwi. He added the over $14,000 to his over $750,000 in lifetime earnings. Currently the #108 ranked player in the world, he’s likely to see a jump in the rankings this week with the win and potentially surpass his career-best ranking of #103. For his part, Curtin, the #1-ranked player in all of New Zealand, settled for $10,338.22 for his runner-up finish. While he may be disappointed he didn’t take home the title, the five-figure cash will certainly be a welcome addition to his bankroll as his last five figure score came back in September of 2017 when he took fifth in PokerStars WCOOP Event #50 for over $13,000, which was the largest cash of his career. Canada’s ‘mixer_jr’ finished in third for $7,745.25, ‘DarkShrine’ from Ukraine finished in fourth for $5,388 and ‘ZDamian’ took fifth for $4,041. Wrapping up the final table was PocketFiver ’sewart777’ from Russia. The $2,694 cash marks his fourth in the money finish of the XL Blizzard series. Other notable finished in the 6-Max include: XL Blizzard Leaderboard leader ‘Ao1ing’ (18th), ‘Isildur1337x’ (aka ‘C_Darwin2’ - 20th) and XL Blizzard Event #18 Champion ‘LovePorn69’ (25th) Event #29 - $15,000 Mini 6-Max The Mini 6-Max did a great job of exceeding the guarantee with 678 (and their 292 rebuys) elevating the prize pool to $26,675. First place was won by Sweden’s ‘manne8080’ who cashed for $5,068.25 by winning out over ‘JacktheCpt’ during heads-up play. 'JacktheCpt’ from Romania ended up with $3,734.50 for his second-place finish. One of Belarus’ consistent grinders ‘RakDoll’ bowed out in third, cashing for $2,734.18. His consistent results throughout XL Blizzard has him sitting ranked #12 on the series Leaderboard. Russia’s ‘IMurtazin’, ‘KellerA’ from Germany and ‘tonikyalta’ from Ukraine also all made the final table , finishing fourth through sixth respectively. Event #30 - $10,000 Late 6-Max Once again, the last tournament to start was the first to finish. 259 players (with 81 rebuys) jumped into the $10,000 Late 6-Max to take one last shot at making some money for the day. The prize pool surpassed the guarantee by $7,000 and offered a first place prize of $3,910 for the $55 buy-in. Lithuania’s ‘yrkkk’ took down that top prize by beating Germany’s ‘DonMaxiQQ’ heads-up. For his runner-up finish, ‘DonMaxiQQ’ walked with $2,720. Five of the six final tablists, including ‘Moldvarpa’ (3rd), Germany’s ‘KellerA’ (4th) and ‘Laly139’ (5th) were awarded four-figures with only ‘toastmanQ’ having to settle for $697 for sixth place. A note that ’KellerA’, the fourth-place finisher in this one, ended up cashing in all three of the 6-max tournaments on Saturday making the final table of two of them. XL Blizzard Day 10 Winners # Event Winner Payout 28 $50,000 6-Max Kzzon $14,817 29 $15,000 Mini 6-Max manne8080 $5,068.25 30 $10,000 Late 6-Max yrkkk $3,910  
  9. The upcoming 888poker XL Blizzard series features 34 events across 10 days with more than $1.7 million in combined guarantees. Buy-ins come as low as $5, so there are plenty of accessible options for players, but it's the $250 buy-in, $500,000 guarantee Main Event that everyone has their eyes on. With a buy-in of $250, the Main Event may be a little too rich for you. But 888poker has plenty of satellite tournaments running to help you win your way in for cheap, including a special promotion that allows you to win your way to the 888poker XL Blizzard Main Event for free. All you have to do is deposit $10 or more using the promo code 'BLIZZARD10' and you'll get three tickets to 888poker's daily XL Blizzard Qualifiers. These qualifiers run every day at 21:00 GMT up until April 3, 2019. In these qualifiers, the top 12 players will win a $250 seat to the 888poker XL Blizzard Main Event. In addition to the 888poker XL Blizzard Main Event, players can qualify for the XL Blizzard Mini Tune Up that boasts a $50,000 guarantee and a $16.50 buy-in. These qualifiers take place every day at 17:00 GMT up until April 3, 2019, and the top 30 players will win a $16.50 seat into the XL Blizzard Mini Tune Up. Again, all you have to do is deposit $10 or more using the promo code 'BLIZZARD10' and you'll get three tickets to these qualifiers. READ: Five Must-Play Events on the 888poker XL Blizzard Schedule What's more is that if you play in five XL Blizzard events, you'll get a freeroll ticket to a tournament that will give out one $12,600 WSOP Main Event package and three $2,700 WSOP Crazy Eights packages. That's tremendous value simply for competing.
  10. 888poker’s spring online series XL Blizzard is still going strong headed into its final week. After an action-packed Sunday, which saw 888poker ambassador Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman take home a title, the schedule slowed down - just a bit - on Monday in order to let players catch their breath before speeding to the $500,000 guaranteed Main Event next weekend. There were two smaller tournaments on tap, both employing the Rebuy & Add-On format, with $40,000 in total guarantees there for the taking. Event #14 - $30,000 R&A ($55 buy-in) The larger of the two tournaments was the $55 buy-in $30,000 R&A. 256 players registered with 161 rebuys and 150 add-ons. Minus the rake, the prize pool came up just shy of the guarantee, rewarding those who logged on Monday a little bit of an overlay. Peru’s #2-ranked player Yoshiaki ‘Yoshiaki97’ Paco made quick work of the field claiming victory in just over six hours and taking home $6,135 and the title of XL Blizzard champion. The score puts Paco just shy of $600,000 in total career earnings and will go a long way to helping the PocketFiver rise from his ranking of #182 in the world. Russia’s ‘phervian’ finished as the runner-up, taking home $4,500 for his efforts and Canada’s ‘Nordynordbrg’ finished in third place for $3,390. For ‘Nordynordbrg’ it marks the second day in a row that he’s finished with the bronze in an XL Blizzard event, taking home $2,840.25 during Sunday’s $20,000 Late Tune Up. Final Table Results 1. Yoshiaki97 - $6,135 2. phervian - $4,500 3. Nordynordbrg - $3,390 4. Mellman - $2,550 5. Beachfarm - $1,740 6. tecurat - $1,350 7. 23NoraB - $1,050 8. okokok1893 - $750 9. _Lord_Xenu_ $570 Event #15 - $10,000 Mini R&A ($5.50 buy-in) The small-stakes $5.50 Mini R&A had no problem besting the $10,000 guarantee as 1,003 players generated 637 rebuys and 470 add-on for a total prize pool of $10,550. In the end, the final three players agreed to a deal that would allow them to take their micro investment and turn it into a four-figure bankroll booster. Canada’s ‘chouinard8’ officially locked up first place, taking home the title of XL Blizzard champion, and earning $1,548.45 for the win. The runner-up was Ukraine’s ‘wildrado’ who took home $1,437.05 as part of the deal. India’s ‘abhinarg’ also earned over $1K, securing $1,308.58, nearly $300 more than the posted third place prize. Final Table Results 1. chouinard8 - $1,548.45 2. wildrado - $1,437.05 3. abhigarg - $1,308.58 4. MrTJHB - $764.87 5. JaFoiTodo - $531.72 6. dirolo_mimis - $422 7. Lyorak - $316.72 8. Sunnybeam - $211 9. IllKIllY0U - $126.60
  11. Hot on the heels of their successful XL Blizzard online series, 888poker is wasting no time in running yet another value-heavy series with the return of XL Inferno. From May 16-26, XL Inferno’s 34-event schedule brings over $1.4 million in total guarantees and, like XL Blizzard before it, it features a $500K GTD Main Event with a buy-in of only $250. The Main Event isn’t the only similarity in the XL schedules. Many of the tournaments that crushed their guarantees in April are back for another go around this May. Also, the same variety in buy-ins can be seen across the two events. Buy-ins for XL Inferno range from as little as $5.50 up through the $320 buy-in of the $100K GTD High Roller. Win And You're In 888poker has satellites for all of their tournaments running 24/7 with satellite steps starting with buy-ins as little as $0.01. But during XL Inferno, they have special satellites to help players get involved in a couple of the biggest events on the schedule for a fraction of the price. Every day, at 20:00 GMT, players who have made a recent deposit can hop into the XL Inferno Main Event Qualifier where the top 12 players pick up a seat into the $500K GTD Main Event. Additionally, every day at 16:00 GMT, the XL Inferno Mini-Tune-Up Qualifier goes off. There 50 players will pick up a seat into the $16.50 Mini Tune up. Between the two freerolls, 888poker is giving players thousands of dollars of value daily, all of which is funneled into two of the biggest events on the schedule. However, if you don't have a new deposit planned, satellites for both of the above events are running regularly with buy-ins starting at $0.50. Live The Dream XL Inferno offers yet another chance for players to win their way into the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas with 888poker’s ‘Road To Vegas’ promotion. Through their partnership with the WSOP, 888poker is one of the only international online sites able to offer players satellites into WSOP events and players can play their way into one of the best ways to do that during XL Inferno. Players that participate in any five XL Inferno events will receive a ticket to play in a WSOP Qualifier freeroll which will take place at the end of the series. The value in this freeroll is massive. The winner will receive a WSOP Main Event package worth $12,600. It includes a seat into the Main Event, hotel accommodation in Las Vegas plus an extra $1,000 in cash to help cover travel and other expenses. READ: Everything You Need To Know About The 2019 WSOP Three lucky winners will pick up $2,700 packages to head to the WSOP and play in the $888 Crazy 8’s tournament. In addition to the seat, hotel and travel expenses are covered as well. READ: 2019 WSOP Structure Breakdown: Crazy Eights Finally, 888poker is adding $9.300 in cash prizes. Just added money for the freeroll going to those who make a run but come up short of winning a trip to Las Vegas for the summer series. 888Poker XL Inferno Schedule DATE TIME GMT EVENT BUY-IN May-16 6:00 PM XL Inferno #1 - $50,000 Opening Event $109 6:00 PM XL Inferno #2 - $20,000 Mini Opening Event $16.50 8:00 PM XL Inferno #3 - $20,000 Late Opening Event $55 May-17 6:00 PM XL Inferno #4 - $30,000 PKO $55 6:00 PM XL Inferno #5 - $20,000 Mini PKO $22 8:00 PM XL Inferno #6 - $10,000 Late PKO $33 May-18 6:00 PM XL Inferno #7 - $30,000 8-Max $109 6:00 PM XL Inferno #8 - $10,000 Mini 8-Max $8.80 8:00 PM XL Inferno #9 - $15,000 Late 8-Max $55 May-19 6:00 PM XL Inferno #10 - $100,000 Tune Up $160 6:00 PM XL Inferno #11 - $50,000 Mini Tune Up $16.50 6:30 PM XL Inferno #12 - $10,000 Micro Tune Up $5.50 8:00 PM XL Inferno #13 - $20,000 Late Tune Up $55 May-20 6:00 PM XL Inferno #14 - $20,000 R&A Event $33 6:00 PM XL Inferno #15 - $10,000 Mini R&A $5.50 7:00 PM XL Inferno #16 - $15,000 Late R&A $16.50 May-21 6:00 PM XL Inferno #17 - $100,000 High Roller $320 6:00 PM XL Inferno #18 - $30,000 Mini High Roller $55 8:00 PM XL Inferno #19 - $20,000 Late High Roller $109 May-22 6:00 PM XL Inferno #20 - $50,000 PKO $109 6:00 PM XL Inferno #21 - $20,000 Mini PKO $16.50 8:00 PM XL Inferno #22 - $10,000 Late PKO $33 May-23 6:00 PM XL Inferno #23 - $50,000 PKO 8-Max $160 6:00 PM XL Inferno #24 - $20,000 Mini PKO 8-Max $22 8:00 PM XL Inferno #25 - $20,000 Late PKO 8-Max $55 May-24 5:00 PM XL Inferno #26 - $30,000 DeepStack $55 5:00 PM XL Inferno #27 - $20,000 Mini DeepStack $16.50 7:00 PM XL Inferno #28 - $10,000 Late DeepStack $33 May-25 6:00 PM XL Inferno #29 - $30,000 6-Max $109 6:00 PM XL Inferno #30 - $20,000 Mini 6-Max $16.50 8:00 PM XL Inferno #31 - $15,000 Late 6-Max $55 May-26 5:00 PM XL Inferno #32 - $500,000 Main Event $250 5:30 PM XL Inferno #33 - $50,000 Mini Main Event $33 6:00 PM XL Inferno #34 - $15,000 Micro Main Event $5.50
  12. The third in 888poker’s trilogy of XL Championships got underway on Thursday as the opening slate of tournaments on the XL Blizzard schedule took place. XL Blizzard promises 11 days of non-stop action and over $2.9 million in guarantees over the course of 34 events. In addition, 888poker is offering the opportunity for extra bonuses to players who rack up victories and in-the-money finishes. The top 50 of the XL Blizzard Leaderboard will gain entry into the Champion of Champions freeroll where, among other gifts, the top prize is a $12,000 package to the World Series of Poker. With so much ready to be won, the three events that took place on Day 1 drew large fields and each surpassed their guarantees. Event #1 - $80,000 Opening Event The excitement of the XL Blizzard series drew 667 entries to the $80,000 Opening Event, all hoping to be the first to punch their ticket to the XL Blizzard Champion of Champions event. The players pushed the prize pool to $94,600 which promised at least two players five-figure paydays in the process. PocketFives.com Triple Crown winner ‘Graftekkel’ turned himself into the first big winner of the series after ending up on top of a three-way battle that lasted late into the night. The grinder from the Netherlands adds $17,737.50 to his bankroll and the title of XL Blizzard Champion to his accolades. Finishing in second place was Ireland’s ‘123magmag123’ who took home $12,771 - good for the second highest XL Blizzard cash of the day. Event #2 - $15,000 Mini Opening Event The Mini Opening Event offered up the most affordable buy-in of the day at only $12, but the large field of 1508 entries turned it a large value tournament, promising the winner a high multiplier on their investment. In the end, ‘bygavuga’, ‘VyachesLove’ and ‘APCEBAT’, all who Russia their home, made a three-way deal. For the record, ‘bygavuga’ took home the win and $3,393.54 while runner-up ‘VyachesLove’ bagged $2,963.48. However, the third wheel in the deal, ‘APCEBAT’ ended up taking home only roughly $30 less than first-place money for his third-place finish. The fourth Russian at the final table was PocketFiver ‘Ao1ing’, currently the #25-ranked Russian player in the world. ‘Ao1ing’ finished his run in sixth place, and although he missed out on the all Russian chop, he did turn his $12 into a very respectable $969.22. Event #3 - $20,000 Late Opening Event The third event of the day, the $55 buy-in $20,000 Late Opening Event, drew 441 entries and pushed the prize pool to $30,800. In the end Malta’s ‘scellone94’ claimed the XL Championship when he defeated Germany’s ‘Charlymogo’ for the win and the top prize of $5,852. A pair of PocketFivers found their way to the final table as well. Anton ‘toshapiter’ Vinokurov finished up in eighth place for $693 and Brazil’s Muller ‘Matuks’ Mathias was the first to bust the final table, hitting the rail in ninth for $511.28. Bubble Of Bubbles Certainly ‘BtM4Ever’, ‘_FALCON_’ and ‘R.nahtanoJ’ were all disappointed today, as the three were the last players to finish without making the money in their respective tournaments. But all three "bubble boys" will all get a free entry into the “Bubble of Bubbles” tournament. The tournament offered as redemption for those who get oh-so-close to the cash only to fall short offers prizes such as free tournament tickets and even a $3,000 Crazy 8 World Series of Poker package. XL Blizzard Day 1 Winners # Event Winner Payout 1 $80,000 Opening Event Graftekkel $17,737.50 2 $15,000 Mini Opening Event bygavuga $3,393.54* 3 $20,000 Late Opening Event scellone94 $5852.00 * denotes Final Table deal
  13. Day 3 of 888poker’s XL Blizzard online series brought with it some crazy good action. That's right, it was time for the signature Crazy 8 tournaments to take place and all three of the day's scheduled tournaments carried with it the now well-known theme. A carry-over from the World Series of Poker, the Crazy 8 tournaments are not only a way for the online poker site to incorporate their brand, but it’s used as a signature of a good value tournament. The trio of contests today offered just that, as all three beat their guarantees giving players opportunities for four and five-figure scores as well as XL Blizzard leaderboard points for those looking to head to the 2018 World Series of Poker on 888poker’s dime. Event #6 - $50,000 Crazy 8 The headline tournament of the day was the $88 buy-in $50,000 Crazy 8. Players flocked to register the tournament as 465 runners (and their 203 rebuys) pushed the prize pool to $53,440 - offering up a five-figure payday for the eventual winner. The only member of the final table not to earn a minimum of four-figures was ninth place finisher, PocketFiver ‘Ao1ing’. You may recognize this name by now as the Russian has been grinding out all of the XL Blizzard tournaments, making a final table in each of the first three days. This cash, along with a smaller cash in Event #8, ‘Ao1ing’ extends his lead on the XL Blizzard leaderboard, the top 50 of which gain entry into the Champion of Champions tournament. In addition to ‘Ao1ing’, a pair of PocketFivers found their way to the final table. Hitting the rail right after ‘Ao1ing’ was Peru’s Christian ‘recochi’ Altmann. The #3-ranked player in Peru received $1,068 for his eighth-place finish and the PLB points will help him inch closer to a career-high worldwide ranking for him. The UK’s Ben ‘DoobieFish’ Kett nearly made it to the end but bowed out in third place for $5,482. ‘Rekrutt1’ took home the XL title in this event, defeating Russia’s ‘Ksuna’ heads-up for $10,153 - the largest single prize of the day. For his second-place finish, ‘Ksuna’ will enjoy $7,481. Also, with 888poker is awarding each tournament’s bubble boy with a second chance tournament of their own, it should be noted that Canada’s ‘tcavallin’ made no money while finishing in 65th place, but still has a shot at a trip to the WSOP. Event #7 - $15,000 Mini Crazy 8 Smaller buy-in means more runners. The $8.80 $15,000 Mini Crazy 8 drew 1,665 runners (and a very apropos 880 rebuys) to help exceed the tournament guarantee by $5,360. ‘dankreas’ fell in 201st place, for the gut-wrenching title of bubble boy while Finland’s ‘NeveGiveUp’ stood by his (almost) namesake and closed out the tournament for $3,563. The PocketFiver added to his over $340,000 in lifetime earnings and he currently is sitting at a career-high in the Worldwide Rankings. Germany’s ‘bunder17’ finished in second for $2,545. Event #8 - $15,000 Late Crazy 8 Pocketfiver ‘msksevart’ and ‘Javierv10’ found their way to a head-up chop in the $44 buy-in $15,000 Late Crazy 8. ‘msksevart’ has made a habit of crushing 888poker events, coming in third overall on the 888poker 2017 leaderboard and claiming at least on XL Eclipse championship in September 2017. The pair outlasted the 313 registered players (and their 132 rebuys) to get to heads-up and both took home just over $3,000 for their deep run with 'msksevart' officially getting the win despite taking home $3 less at $3,024. PockerFiver ‘Am44nda’ joined ‘msksecart’ on the final table finishing in fifth for $979. ‘icf034’ will be given access to the ‘Bubble of Bubbles’ tournament, finishing first of all those who did not cash. XL Blizzard Day 3 Winners # Event Winner Payout 6 $50,000 Crazy 8 Rekrutt1 $10,153.60 7 $15,000 Mini Crazy 8 NeveGiveUp $3,563.00 8 $20,000 Late Crazy 8 msksevart $3,024.74* * denotes Final Table deal
  14. It was back to work on Monday for online grinders of 888poker’s winter tournament series, XL Blizzard. The schedule backed off just a bit from the massive Sunday lineup just one day prior and opted to simply offer a pair of tournaments. One for those on a budget who wanted to get in on the action and a larger Rebuy & Add-On event that drew plenty of mid-stakes grinders eager to accumulate leaderboard points and four-figure scores. Event #14 - $40,000 R&A Event The larger of the two tournaments of the day saw 414 players buy-in for $55 with 308 rebuys and 252 add-ons. The totality generated a $48,700 prize pool, exceeding the guarantee by $8,700 and promising eight of the nine final table players a four-figure payout. PocketFivers dominated the final table with the eventual winner being ‘yarik1903’, currently the #151-ranked player in the world. Having just recently surpassed $2 million in lifetime tournament scores, the Ukranian started his journey to $3 million by adding the first place prize of $9345.53, the largest XL Blizzard payout of the day. ‘yarik1903’ battled against Germany’s ‘hale_bop123’ , who finished as the runner-up cashing for $6,939.75. ‘hale_bop123’ may have been disappointed by not winning but he’s likely ecstatic by the score. The second place prize money is roughly $500 shy of his career high cash and his first four-figure cash since July 2017. Sweden's ‘creutz93’ laddered and finished in fourth place for $3,896. The Swede is ranked #18 in his extremely competitive home country and is no stranger to final tables and big scores as this marks the eighth time he’s cashed for four-figures or more in 2018. Making an appearance in his third final table of the series was Swedish phenom ‘tutten7’ (aka ‘lena900’, the #3-ranked player in the world). ‘tutten7’ just came off a day where he earned a total of over $50,000 in XL Blizzard events #10 & #12. On Monday, he continued his series heater and finished in seventh place for an additional $2,069.75. The combination of his scores has moved him into the top 10 of the XL Blizzard Leaderboard. Event #15 - $10,000 Mini R&A Players came out in force to support the lowest buy-in tournament of the entire XL Blizzard series as 1,477 runners ponied up the $5 buy-in. With the low buy-in, players decided to rebuy early and often, rebuying 1638 times with 829 add-ons. With so much action, this prize pool exceeded the guarantee as well, ending up at $17,945.20. Russia’s ‘DeltaSpider’ and PocketFiver Igor ‘Agelesss1’ Selega from Ukraine brokered a two-way deal. ’DeltaSpider’ eventually finished in first for $2,618.41 while Selega settled for runner-up. Despite finishing in second, he cashed out for slightly more money at $2,676.23, making it the largest cash of his career to date. ‘luckypanch75’ finished in fourth place for $1,220.27, adding to his previous results and pushing him into second place on the XL Blizzard Leaderboard. He’s currently sitting right behind ‘Ao1ing’ who cashed yet again in Event #15, finishing in 15th for $122.02. While Event #15 was the lowest buy-in of the tournament, Tuesday is for the high-rollers and includes the gigantic $2,100 $250,000 guarantee High Roller tournament. XL Blizzard Day 5 Winners # Event Winner Payout 14 $40,000 R&A Event yarik1903 $9,345.53 15 $10,000 Mini R&A DeltaSpider $2,618.41*
  15. Another $120,000 in guaranteed money was on the line during Day 8 of 888poker’s online winter series, XL Blizzard. It was the day of the “Quarterback”, three tournaments that allow players that have busted out to buy 25% of their starting stack back for 25% of the buy-in. With the $1,000,000 Main Event right around the corner, running this Sunday, players have been flocking to the prelims to gain some momentum. Additionally, today was another chance to accumulate XL Blizzard Leaderboard points helping players hopes to play in the Champion of Champions tournament and have a shot at the $12,000 World Series of Poker Main Event package. Event #22 - $80,000 Quarterback Headlining the day’s events was the $80,000 Quarterback. The event drew 343 runners (and 318 rebuys) to generate a prize pool of $84,500. The tournament lasted just over eight hours and in the end, ‘sayqmyqname’ became the first player from Kuwait to become an XL Blizzard champion. He defeated Brazil’s ‘andrebos’ heads-up to take home $16,350.75, while the Brazilian claimed the only other five-figure score of the day receiving $12,252.50 for second place. A pair of dominant PocketFivers were seated at the final table as well. Sweden’s ‘eijseijs’ (aka ‘DeathbyQuads’) finished up in fifth place for $4,815.50. The Swede is currently ranked #23 in the world and is rapidly approaching $4 million in lifetime earnings. Joining him, bowing out in ninth place, was former ranked #1 ranked Joao ’Ineedmassari’ Simao. The partypoker ambassador is currently ranked #16 in the world and he cashed for $1,478.75 here on 888poker. Additionally, it was a second XL Blizzard final table for Jans ’Graftekkel’ Arenda, who won Event #1 for over $17,000. In this one, he took sixth for $3718. Also, PocketFiver ‘jxw311’ from the UK finished in eighth for $2,028. He last recorded cash was back in November of 2017 when he won the 888poker $60,000 Challenge for over $10,000. This is a great result for him as he only had three recorded cashes in all of 2017. Other notable finishes included: 888poker ambassador Chris ‘888Moorman’ Moorman (15th), ‘yarik1903’ (16th), Worldwide #1 ranked ‘Isildur1337x’ (aka ‘C Darwin2’ - 36th) and Worldwide #5 ranked Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren (43rd). Event #23 - $20,000 Mini Quarterback It was an interesting end in the $44 $20,000 Mini Quarterback as four of the original 680 runners decided to make a deal to split the lion share of the $31,460 prize pool. The official winner ended up being ‘bujalabujala’ who settled for $3,495.64 in the deal. The rest of the four finalists were PocketFivers including runner-up ‘Mastelzmind’, from the Netherlands, who banked the most money in the deal at $4,517.22. Latvia’s ‘eatyastack’ finished in third for $3,460 and ‘LeonBY’ from Belarus also received a sum exceeded his finishing place, taking home $4,178.45 in the agreement. Event #24 - $20,000 Late Quarterback The late tournament also attracted a slew of notable names in the 223 runner field that helped push the prize pool to exceed the guarantee by $5,825. A healthy dose of PocketFivers battled it out at the final table with some of the best in the world jockeying for position. Finishing in first, however, was Russia’s ‘petrofv5501’ who earned $5,281.21 for beating Switzerland’s ‘77DASH’ in heads-up play. ‘77DASH’ cashed for $3,873.75 for his runner-up showing, adding to his just over $600,000 in lifetime earnings. Fabrizio ‘DrMiKee’ Gonzalez (aka ‘SixthSenSe19’) added another $2,918.22 to his resume of cashes. The worldwide #12 ranked player can use this finish to ease the pain of being the bubble boy in the $200,000 Whale earlier this week. Steve ‘NoMamesWey23’ McNally, playing out of Mexico, is a top 300 ranked player and will use his fifth-place finish for $1,497.85 to help in his efforts to eclipse $6 million in lifetime earnings in 2018. Ukraine’s ‘yarik1903’ found himself at another final table. He bowed out in sixth for $1,162.12 for his second cash of the day and he adds both of those results to his XL Blizzard championship run when he finished in first in Event #14 for over $9,000. 'yarik1903' currently sits in seventh place on the XL Blizzard Leaderboard. Finally, Sweden's 'Kzzon' may use his eighth-place finish for $645.62 to edge him closer to the Worldwide top 100, he currently sits ranked #109. Canada's 'alexos888' rounded out the final table taking home $490.67 for ninth place. XL Blizzard Day 8 Winners # Event Winner Payout 22 $80,000 Quarterback sayqmyqname $16,350.75 23 $20,000 Mini Quarterback bujalabujala $3,495.64* 24 $20,000 Late Quarterback petrofv5501 $5,281.21 *denotes final table deal
  16. The bounty hunters were out in full force on Friday as another three tournaments from 888poker’s XL Blizzard schedule got underway. All three tournaments were of the Knockout variety, giving the player who finished off a competitor a bounty that goes straight back into their bankroll. With $45,000 in guarantees at stake, all three tiers of tournaments ($150, $75 & $35) drew plenty of willing participants and every guarantee was crushed. On the horizon, the $1,050 $1,000,000 GTD Main Event is only one day away when a six-figure first place prize will be awarded. In the meantime, there’s still prelims to get through and XL Blizzard Leaderboard points to be accumulated. Event #25 - $25,000 Knockout The Main Event of the day was the $25,000 Knockout. The guarantee was crushed by a little over $10,000 as 245 players registered to create a total prize pool of $35,045. The split of the $150 buy-in generated $25,000 for the main prize pool and $10,045 available for the bounty hunters. Every person a player knocked out was worth $41.00 This tournament was a bit of a lengthy tournament for the XL Blizzard series, pushing deep into the ninth hour of play as a three-handed battle ensued. But once PocketFiver Jerry ‘Perrymejsen’ Odeen was knocked out in third place, the final two wrapped it up in a matter of hands. The Netherlands ‘LucySagara70’ took home the top prize of the day for finishing in first. The grinder won $5,112.50 from the main prize pool and sent 10 players to the rail for an additional $410. The UK’s ‘Patsharpe’ cashed for $3,750 and an additional $348.50. The aforementioned Jerry ‘Perrymejsen’ Odeen, currently the #19 ranked player in the world, finished in third for $2,825 (+$369). For the Swedish crusher, who has over $3.6 million in lifetime earnings and four Triple Crowns, this was his first XL Blizzard result of the series. On the other hand Fabrizio ‘DrMiKee’ Gonzalez (aka ‘SixthSenSe19’), the #12 ranked player in the world, is making a habit out of racking up XL Blizzard cashes. Joining Odeen on the final table, finishing in seventh for $875 (+$492 - the most bounties of anyone in the entire tournament), Gonzalez cashed in both Event #23 and #24, gaining a head of steam right before the Main Event on Sunday. Event #26 - $10,000 Mini Knockout The $35 $10,000 Mini Knockout drew 731 players to push the prize pool to a total of $23,757.50 with $18,275 going to the main prize pool and $5,482.50 carved out for bounties. In this one, each person came with a $7.50 bounty on their heads. A heads-up deal was made between ‘grigorq77’ and Brazil’s ’SeuZezinho23’. Officially, finishing in first and taking home the XL Blizzard title, ‘grigorq77’ won $2,889.84 out of the main prize pool. He added an addition $97.50 for having knocked out 13 players. ’SeuZeninho23’ took home slightly less from the main prize pool for his second place finish, walking with $2,858.07. He did, however, earn the unofficial title of Biggest Mini Bounty Hunter, being the only person to earn triple digits in bounties - finishing with $105. A pair of PocketFivers got close to closing out this one with appearances at the final table. Brazil’s Hiran ’supertrampbr’ Bass finished in fifth place for $950.30 (+37.50). Currently ranked at #761 in the world, Bass currently has over $600,000 in lifetime earnings and this score marks his third largest cash of 2018. Right behind him is Belarus’ ‘vampa500’, finishing in sixth for $767.55 (+30). This is not the first final table for ‘vampa500’, he also finished as the runner-up in Event #4 for a career-high cash. Then he followed that up with results in Event #7 and Event #15. All told, his series has him sitting ranked #23 on the XL Blizzard Leaderboard with two days of play left. XL Blizzard Day 9 Winners # Event Winner Payout 25 $25,000 Knockout LucySagara70 $5,112.50 + $410 26 $20,000 Twins Flush grigorq77 $2,889.84* + $97.50 *denotes final table deal
  17. 888poker’s third XL Championship series, XL Blizzard, is in the rearview mirror. With over $2.9 million in guarantees up for grabs, players flocked to the lobbies of the daily tournaments to take their shots at grabbing a piece of the prize pools. As opposed to XL Eclipse, which took place in September 2017 and had 197 events, XL Blizzard slimmed down the tournament schedule to a more manageable 34 events, making it easier for players to get involved in as many as they’d like. So here we take a look back at 11 days of action and some of the stories that came out of yet another memorable online series. Crushing Guarantees A streamlined schedule made it easier for players to focus in on the value of XL Blizzard and they responded by pushing the prize pools of just about every tournament over the guarantee. Of the 34 events, 32 of them exceeded their guarantees. In fact, player participation helped bring approximately $400,000 more to the total overall prize pools, helping the total schedule's prize pool to swell to roughly $3.3 million. Big Names Making Moves Some of online poker’s biggest names were in action and making moves during the series. You could look up and down the resistant list of any tournament and find names like ‘Isildur1337’ (aka #1 ranked ‘C Darwin2), Fabrizio ‘DrMiKee’ Gonzalez, Sebastian ‘p000cket000’ Sikorski and 888poker ambassadors Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot, Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, Sofia Lovgren and Martin Jacobson. In fact, online superstar Jans ‘Graftekkel’ Arens put his stamp on the series by taking down the very first event. The former PocketFive Triple Crown winner claimed the first XL Blizzard crown and padded his bankroll with over $17,000. Russia’s ‘msksevart’ continued his XL Championship domination as well adding a title to his resume by taking down Event #8 ($20,000 Late Crazy 8). The grinder, who also claimed an XL Eclipse title, made his way into the money four times during the series. While he didn’t end up on top in any of the events, the Worldwide #2 ranked grinder ‘tutten7’ (aka ‘lena900’) had himself one of the best overall days of any single player when on Day 4 he finished in the top three of two of the largest tournaments of the entire series. First, in Event #10 ($200,000 Tune Up) he wrapped up in third for over $19,000. Then, properly ‘tuned up’, he went on to finish as the runner-up in Event #12 ($200,000 Whale) for an additional $32,000. PocketFiver’s Top The Leaderboard Part of the allure of XL Blizzard was the bonuses one could get by winning multiple events or finishing in the top 50 of the XL Blizzard leaderboard. While in this series there wasn’t a double event winner, plenty of PocketFivers made it into the top 50 of the XL Blizzard Leaderboard. 888poker promised the top 50 a tournament of their own, the Champion of Champions tournament that includes a top prize of a $12,000 World Series of Poker Main Event package. The top points earner was PocketFiver Alfred ’Kzzon’ Karlsson. The worldwide #108 ranked player cashed in an impressive 14 events including picking up the win in Event #28 ($50,000 6-Max) for over $14,000. Just as the series was winding down, he passed up ‘Ao1ing’ who had sat atop the leaderboard for the majority of the 11 days. The Russian picked up a ton of points by going deep in events with tons of runner, especially his second-place finish in Event #5 ($20,000 Twins Flush). The top 10 on the leaderboard also included PocketFivers ‘yarik1903’ from the Ukraine - who ended up winning event #14 ($40,000 R&A Event) - and Nicklas ‘Clay_Born’ Kley. Main Event Mania The Main Event with a $1,000,000 guarantee did not disappoint. Thanks to a host of online satellites, players who may not otherwise be able to buy their way into the $1,050 tournament got to take shots at six-figure scores. In the end two players walked with life-changing money. Argentia’s ‘Pepepepe.’ won the event for over $183,000 and Lithuania’s ‘Vienas2’ took home over $130,000 for second place. As a whole, the online series was a success. No technical malfunctions, plenty of new screen names making headlines as well as well-known grinders mixing it up for large sums made it a memorable 11 days. Next up for 888poker is the first 888Live event of the year as the online site brings its live poker festival to London's Aspers Casino on February 8.
  18. [caption id="attachment_617038" align="alignnone" width="640"] Satellites for 888poker's XL Blizzard are running now.[/caption] 888poker’s latest championship series, XL Blizzard, is set to begin on January 18. While the $80,000 Gtd Opening Event is still days away, satellites to help players qualify for the upcoming events are well underway. With $2.9 million in guaranteed prize pools over 34 different events, the online series is sure to create enormous paydays for players. The buy-ins for the series range from as little as the $5 for the Mini Rebuy & Add-On to the massive $2,100 $250,000 Guaranteed High Roller. But for players who would like to find their way into XL Blizzard events, 888poker has plenty of Step Satellites, as well as specific qualifiers, for players to enter to attempt to maximize their budgets. Step Into The Spotlight Step Satellites start for as little as a single penny. That’s right $.01. Every time you win a Step you get a ticket for the next Step. With 6 Steps in total, should you climb the complete ladder you could conceivably win your way into the XL Blizzard Main Event for one cent. Players can start on the Step of their choice. Players can win your way into any of the Steps by playing the one before it. Also, those with the means can simply buy directly into to a Step for their shot to win their way into their favorite XL Blizzard tournament. Here’s a list of your Step Options: Step 1 - $0.01buy-in to win a Step 2 entry or tournament ticket Step 2 - $0.10 buy-in (or ticket) to win a Step 3 entry or tournament ticket Step 3 - $1 buy-in (or ticket) to win a Step 4 entry or tournament ticket Step 4 - $5 buy-in (or ticket) to win a Step 5 entry or tournament ticket Step 5 - $30 buy-in (or ticket) to win a Step 6 entry or tournament ticket Step 6 - $160 buy-in to win (or ticket) to win a $1,050 tournament ticket Main Event Mania The XL Blizzard $1,050 $1,000,000 Gtd Main Event is almost certain to pay out over six-figures for first. In addition to winning a Step 6 tournament, there are a number of other ways for players to qualify for what is likely to be the largest event of the series. 888poker is holding two Mega Satellites during the series that, combined, promise to give away at least 65 seats to the Main Event. The first is held on Sunday, January 21 and the $160 buy-in holds a guarantee of 15 seats. The second is the massive 50 Seat Main Event Mega Satellite on Sunday, January 28 for a $215 buy-in. Additionally, 888poker is holding standard satellites on a regular basis with a $109 buy-in, which itself can be satellites into. Make It A Freeroll With First Deposit New to 888poker? The site is giving away free tickets to first-time depositors into their XL Blizzard Main Event Qualifier. The qualifier runs every day and gives away two seats to the $1,050 Main Event. First-time depositors get three free tickets. That's three shots at a $1,000,000 prize pool. Just make sure you use the promo code: BLIZZARD10. Tickets can also be used on the XL Blizzard Mini Tune-Up Qualifier where the top 20 finishers earn a $12 seat to XL Blizzard Event #11, the $40,000 Mini Tune-Up Event. The XL Blizzard action heats up starting January 18 with satellites for major events happening daily at 888poker.
  19. 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.
  20. It was a day for the deepstacks during 888poker’s XL Blizzard online poker series. There were three more tournaments on the schedule and over $60,000 in total prize pools for players to compete for. With the $500,000 Main Event taking place on Sunday, Friday’s slate of tournaments offers players one of the last chances to boost their bankrolls while laying claim to an XL Blizzard title. Event #25 - $30,000 Deepstack ($55 buy-in) It was an XL Blizzard first in the $55 $30,000 GTD Deepstack as the final five players agreed to a five-way deal to divvy up the lion's share of the $30,900 prize pool. Romania’s ‘concepteco’ outlasted the 461-player field (157 rebuys) and, after the five-handed deal was agreed to, took home the top prize of $4,360.66. Finishing as the runner-up, was Denmark’s ‘simoneblondi’ earning $4,175.63. Russia’s ‘Oddy772’ agreed to $3,141.56 while the UK’s ‘1PPeneus1’ secured almost $700 more than the posted fourth-place prize, walking with $3,127.45. The final participant in the deal was fifth-place finisher ’Roma3Pari’ from Russia, who locked up $2,668.65, nearly $1,000 more than the original prize for fifth. Final Table Results 1. concepteco - $4,360.66* 2. simoneblondi - $4,175.63* 3. Oddy772 - $3,141.56* 4. 1PPeneus1 - $3,127.45* 5. Roma3Pari - $2,668.65* 6. Maedhros11 - $1,313.25 7. tinchoarce - $1,004.25 8. josetecrazy - $695.25 9. Crazyboollet - $512.94 Event #26 - $20,000 Mini Deepstack ($16.50 buy-in) Despite the lower buy-in of the $16.50 $20,000 GTD Deepstack, Romania’s ‘cretzzuu93’ nearly took home the top prize of any XL Blizzard tournament on the day. After defeating 1,281 players (424 rebuys), he came up just short - earning $4,348.20 for first, roughly $12 shy of his fellow countryman ‘concepteco’ who took first in Event #25. Russia’s ‘Limonad19’ wrapped up as the runner up and earned himself $3,196.87. ‘LittleFlying’ from Brazil earned himself the bronze medal and $2,427.06. Final Table Results 1. crezzuu93 - $4,348.20 2. Limonad19 - $3,196.87 3. LittleFlying - $2,427.06 4. GodtheGr8 - $1,739.10 5. trh16 - $1,265.96 6. Alrighty2222 - $1,010.21 7. Gvazimod - $754.46 8. nikedexter - $498.71 9. 216ben216 - $276.21 Event #27 - $10,000 Late Deepstack ($33 buy-in) There was another deal made in the final tournament of the day, the $33 $10,000 GTD Deepstack. 421 players (110 rebuys) entered the contest helping the prize pool to $15,930. This made it so each of Friday's XL Blizzard tournaments exceeded their respective guarantees. Germany’s ‘1loverivers’ took home the title and $2,842 in the deal while ‘vips25’ settled for runner-up, earning $2,485.06, roughly $215 more than the posted second place prize. Brazil’s ‘tgrigoletti’ couldn’t make it to the end, however, he did finish in third place for $1,672.65. Final Table Results 1. 1loverivers - $2,842 2. vips25 - $2,485.06 3. tgrigoletti - $1,672.40 4. MttRaven - $1,274.40 5. ErikOttoL - $892.08 6. WAY2EZ. - $677.02 7. shag72 - $517.72 8. Motherpucker - $358.42 9. ole_schemion - $264.43
  21. Saturday was the penultimate day of 888poker’s XL Blizzard online series and featured three 6-Max tournaments with another $65,000 worth of guarantees. It was evident that rather than take part of the weekend off before hopping in the $500,000 GTD Main Event, players opted to take their shot at claiming one of the few remaining XL Blizzard titles as all three 6-Max tournaments beat their guarantee. Event #28 - $30,000 6-Max ($109 buy-in) The largest tournament of the day was the $109 $30,000 GTD 6-Max. Latvia’s ‘Zluka2010’ outlasted the 216-player (103 rebuys) field and took home the largest portion of the $31,900 prize pool. ‘Zluka2010’ took home the largest score of the day, earning $7,656 for defeating Germany’s ‘polomichi18’ in heads up play. As the runner up, ‘polomichi18’ won $5,279.45. ‘GoinInDry’ picked up $3,987.50 for his bronze medal finish and every one of the final six took home four-figure scores. Final Table Results 1. Zluka2010 - $7,656 2. polomichi18 - $5,279.45 3. GoinInDry - $3,987.50 4. rashthecash - $2,711.50 5. elhanna17 - $2,073.50 6. pokerpal6 - $1,435.50 Event #29 - $20,000 Mini 6-Max ($16.50 buy-in) 1,047 players (362 rebuys) flocked to the $16.50 $20,000 GTD Mini 6-Max, bolstering the prize pool to $21,135. Canada’s ‘Unde_’ took home the first place prize of $3,593.51 and the XL Blizzard title by beating Lithuania’s ‘oTLIN’ who received $2,694.71 as the runner-up. Ireland’s ‘shanefry’ hit the rail in third place, earning $2,050.09. Final Table Results 1. Unde_ - $3,593.51 2. oTLIN - $2,694.71 3. shanefry - $2,050.09 4. Nejtrin0 - $1,426.61 5. popsnpoker - $1,003.91 6. milkmanas - $634.05 Event #30 - $15,000 Late 6-Max ($55 buy-in) In the final event of the day, 244 players (79 rebuys) participated in the $55 $15,000 GTD Late 6-Max generating a prize pool of $16,150. ‘zanzibar58’ collected all the chip as well as the $3,714.56 first-place prize. Canada’s ‘modmod87’ finished as the runner-up, earning $2,584 for his efforts. The #94-ranked player in the world, Russia’s ’drupalucker’, rounded out the top three, adding $1,938 to his bankroll. After the score, he sits less than $8,000 away from surpassing $3.8 million in lifetime earnings. Final Table Results 1. zanzibar58 - $3,714.56 2. modmod87 - $2,584 3. drupalucker - $1,938 4. Chunga27 - $1,292 5. fcbbadotti - $969 6. milkman_14 - $662.15
  22. Sunday proved to be the biggest day 888poker XL Blizzard action so far with another five tournament form the 34-event schedule taking place and over $280,000 in prize pools up for grabs. Event #10 - $100,000 Tune Up ($160 buy-in) Just two days after standing on the stage in the PokerGO Studios and accepting the PocketFives Legacy Award, 888poker ambassador Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman was back in online poker action and firing on all cylinders. He hit the final table of Event #10 ($160 $100K GTD Tune Up) looking to add another significant score to his All-Time Online Money List leading $15.8M in lifetime earnings. Moorman battled through the 539 players field (205 rebuys), navigated a tough final table that included fellow 888poker ambassador Ana ‘AnaMarquez’ Marquez (7th - $3,627) and Canada’s Michael ‘wywrotx’ Wywrot (4th - $8,593.20). Finally, Moorman, after having fired four bullets in the tournament, bested fellow UK grinder ‘Kroat.’ to take down home the title and $21,092.40 - the largest first-place prize to be awarded in the 2019 XL Blizzard to date. As for ‘Kroat.’, in addition to his fantastic runner-up finish where he collected $15,456 for finishing in second, he also performed in one of 888poker’s 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event mega satellites, picking up a $12,600 package to the summer series. And, if that weren’t enough rungood for one day, he also took first place in the 888poker $50,000 Whale, chopping up the Sunday Major for a haul of $15,750.41. Final Table Payouts 1. Chris ‘888Moorman’ Moorman - $21,092.40 2. Kroat. - $15,456.60 3. Kondogbia - $11,383.20 4. wywrotx - $8,593.20 5. Assad91 - $6,026.40 6. LprMessiah - $4,743 7. AnaMarquez - $4,627 8. CKLouis - $2,511 9. Mootter - $1,707.48 Event #9 - $100,000 Mega Deep ($215 buy-in) The other six-figure guaranteed tournament on the schedule was the $215 buy-in $100,00 Mega Deep, one of the most popular tournaments of the week on 888poker. 534 total entries helped create a guarantee-smashing prize pool of $106,800. Canadian ’69Gronk87’ took home the second largest payout of the day with his $20,494.92 first place prize, defeating Latvia’s ‘eight0808’ in heads up play. ‘eight0808’ earned $15,219 for second place while the UK’s ‘easylimp888’ took home $11,214 for his bronze medal performance. Swedish crusher Jerry ‘Perrymejsen’ Odeen finished the tournament in fourth place, adding $8,544 to his already impressive $5.4 million in lifetime career earnings. Odeen currently sits as the #81-ranked player in the world. Final Table Payouts 1. 69Gronk87 - $20,494.92 2. eight0808 - $15,219 3. easylimp888 - $11,214 4. Perrymejsen - $8,544 5. strange jelly - $5,980.80 6. FiestaFiesta - $4,539 7. jt7b12f - $3,471 8. GherilaZ - $2,403 9. PokerJoe332 - $1,772.88 Event #11 - $50,000 Mini Tune Up ($16.50 buy-in) Players really took to the $16.50 buy-in of the $50,000 Mini Tune up as 3,066 players (867 rebuys) juiced the prize pool to $58,995, ensuring that the majority of the final table would walk away with four-figure scores. Romania’s ‘eduardokhaan’ earned the top prize of $8,792.61, fending off Russia’s ‘carnival007’ who finished as the runner-up, earning $6,430.45. Final Table Payouts 1. eduardokhaan - $8,792.61 2. carnival007 - $6,430.45 3. Sniper2020 - $4,660.60 4. MelvinDow - $3,480.70 5. denyagent - $2,442.39 6. MrNorway74 - $1,769.85 7. Mirale23 - $1,179.90 8. EnjoyLife666 - $707.94 9. s.gomiak - $530.95 Event #12 - $10,000 Micro Tune Up ($5.50 buy-in) The micro-stakes grinders came out in force to battle in the $10,000 GTD Micro Tune Up. 2,151 players plus 822 rebuys helped push the prize pool to $14,870. Sweden’s ‘Tommykorberg’ and Russia’s ‘softipml’ wrapped the tournament in a heads up deal that helped both of them turn their $5.50 buy-in into healthy four-figure scores. ‘Tommykorberg’ took home the largest portion of the prize pool, claiming $2,312.33 and the XL Blizzard title while ‘softipml’ added $1,800.60 to his bankroll. Final Table Payouts 1. Tommykorberg - $2,312.33 2. softipml - $1,800.60 3. lesnik55 - $1,276.90 4. AXau777 - $958.79 5. buttloverr - $704.60 6. sye_wbc - $561.89 7. Skjellbreit - $419.19 8. samanas13 - $280.94 9. Freshmaker65 - $173.92 Event #13 - $20,000 Late Tune Up ($55 buy-in) In the late tournaments, 420 players (121 rebuys) took a shot at ending their weekend with a win. The $27,050 prize pool meant that all five of 888poker’s XL Blizzard events surpassed their guarantees on the day. Malta’s ‘todacage’ nearly 100x his $55 buy-in by taking down the Event #13 XL title and banking $5,190.96 for first. ‘_SNS_’ from Ukraine finished as the runner up, earning $3,854.62 for his efforts and Canada’s ‘Nordybordbrg’ finished in third place for a $2,840.25 payday. Final Table Payouts 1. todacage - $5,190.96 2. _SNS_ $3,854.62 3. Nordynordbrg - $2840.25 4. Wei2good4Yu - $2,164 5. zaSPARTAK - $1,514.80 6. uzversiu - $1,149.62 7. _FALCON_$879.12 8. quiestce - $608.62 9. Blahaj - $449.03
  23. 888poker’s XL Blizzard online series continued on Thursday with another $115,000 in guarantees up for grabs. For the second day in a row, there were three of the popular PKO tournaments on the schedule bringing out bounty hunters trying to pick up extra cash for sending their opponents to the rail. Event #22 - $75,000 PKO 8-Max ($215 buy-in) Not only were players able to enjoy the ability to pick up bounties in the $215 $75,000 PKO 8-max, but the largest event of the day also offered some overlay. 246 players (86 rebuys) created a prize pool of $66,400, $8,600 short of the $75K guarantee. Even with the rake thrown in, there was over $3,500 in extra equity for the players. ‘ZANOCI’ was the biggest beneficiary of the overlay, taking down the tournament for $8,464.50 + $4,527.69 in bounties. Finishing right behind ‘ZANOCI’ was Ukraine’s ‘YSoSerious7’. The Ukranian ended up taking home $6,479 + $3,727.74 in bounties as the runner-up. Brazil’s #6-ranked player ‘liincownz’ took finished in third place, winning $4,807 + $462.50. The score helped the worldwide #44-ranked pro to up over $1.85M in total lifetime earnings. Final Table Results 1. ZANOCI - $8,464.50 + $4,527.69 2. YSoSerious7 - $6,479 + $3,727.74 3. liincownz - $4,807 + $462.50 4. HermanMelvin - $3,553 + $609.38 5. IbetUfold_x - $2,299 _ $493.75 6. wellyxxxx - $1,881 + $1,871.11 7. omgjefmonier - $1,463 + $625 8. Leqenden - $1,149.50 + $484.38 Event #23 - $20,000 Mini PKO 8-Max ($22 buy-in) The $22 $20,000 Mini PKO helped make up for some of the overlay in Event #22 as 901 players (343 rebuys) helped pushed the prize pool past the $20K guarantee to a total of $24,880. Norway’s ‘mathi8ce’ secured the victory, winning the top prize of $2,301.82 + $1,455.24 in bounties. The UK’s ‘king.abduIIV’ finished the tournament as the runner up taking home $1,618.44 + $285.85 in bounties. ‘Hala1988’ also had a podium finish, picking up $1,244 + $452.65 in bounties for third place. Final Table Results 1. mathi8ce - $2,301.82 + $1,455.24 2. king.abduIIV - $1,618.44 + $285.85 3. Hala1988 - $1,244 + $452.65 4. cretzzuu93 - $933 + $$239.23 5. weeeeeeegeeg - $622 + $258.05 6. TuDyTheAcee - $435.40 + $236.28 7. slacker11 - $279.90 + $95.63 8. kylix42 - $189.08 + $366.63 Event #24 - $20,000 Late PKO 8-Max ($55 buy-in) 363 players (93 rebuys) flocked to the $55 $20,000 Late PKO generating a prize pool of $22,800. Canada’s ‘Win.338’ defeated Switzerland’s ‘Oguen1’ heads up to take home the XL Blizzard title as well as the tournaments top prize of $2,194.50 + $2,119.02. ‘Oguen1’ settled for $1,624.50 + $202.34 as the runner up. The UK’s ‘earl1069’ also took home a four-figure score, earning $1,225.50 + $497.65 in third place. Final Table Results 1. Win.338 - $2,194.50 + $2,119.02 2. Oguen1 - $1,624.50 + $202.34 3. earl1069 - $1,225.50 + $497.65 4. motodonk - $883.50 + $191.40 5. Zent777 - $598.50 + $165.63 6. JonnyJamz - $427.50 + $326.93 7. Suic1deKing - $313.50 + $154.70 8. PaiNKilleer - $256.50 + $184.38
  24. The high-rollers were out in full force on Day 6 of 888poker’s online poker winter series, XL Blizzard. Three tournaments were on the schedule for the day including the biggest buy-in of the entire series, the $2,100 $250,000 GTD High Roller. Overall, over $400,000 was in play on Tuesday as the XL Blizzard series hit the halfway point. Now, the series is in full swing with grinders jockying for position on the XL Blizzard leaderboard as the schedule barrels toward the $1,000,000 Main Event on Sunday. Event #16 - $250,000 High Roller Many of the top online MTT players in the world showed up to register for the $250,000 High Roller on Tuesday seeking to win one of the seven five-figure scores that were up for grabs. The field included 888poker ambassadors Dominik Nitsche, Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot, Sofia Lovgren and former World Series of Poker Champion Martin Jacobson. Also taking a shot at the guaranteed prize pool - the #1 and #3 ranked players in the world: Sweden’s ‘Isildur1337x’ (aka ‘C Darwin2’) and ‘tutten7’ (aka ‘lena900’). In total 84 elite players ponied up the $2,100 buy-in with 34 of them rebuying. For only the second time all series a tournament provided a little bit of overlay, as the prize pool generated by the players come up $14,000 short of the posted guarantee. The extra value went right into the pockets of the 12 players that cashed including the duo that eventually agreed to a final-two deal. Mexico’s ‘SteveyBG’, a previous XL Inferno champion, claimed his first XL Blizzard crown as well as the largest payout of the entire series. He takes home $63,697.19 for first place. Right behind him was runner-up ‘OINKoinkoink’ from Germany. In the deal, he secured himself over $5,000 better than the posted second place prize and walked away with $51,302.81. PocketFiver Sebastian ‘p000cket000’ Sikorski, a consummate grinder and regular participant in the largest online tournaments, finished in third for $35,000. Sikorski is a former worldwide #1-ranked player and currently still sits in the top 100, sitting at #57. Another player looking to make moves in the worldwide rankings is Ukraine’s ‘yarik1903’. He finished the High Roller in fifth place for $17,500 just one day after winning XL Blizzard Event #14 for over $9,000. The repeat trips to final tables have put him in the top 20 of the XL Blizzard leaderboard and in position to take a shot at the $12,000 World Series of Poker Main Event grand prize. Ben ‘jenbizzIe’ Jones from the village of Lymm in the UK also cashed for a stack of high society when his seventh place put $10,625 in his bankroll. Jones, with over $2 million in lifetime scores, has notched two five-figure scores in the past week. Fabrizio ’DrMiKee’ Gonzalez (aka ‘SixthSenSe19’), the #12 ranked player in the world hit the rail in eighth for $8,750 just one spot after Twitch sensation, the aforementioned Parker ’tonkaaaa’ Talbot departed the final table in ninth for $7,500. Event #17 - $100,000 Mini High Roller While the actual High Roller may have missed the mark on the guarantee, Event #17, the $100,000 Mini High Roller crushed its guarantee. In total, 417 players registered for the $215 tournament with 213 opting to rebuy. That meant that $126,000 was up for grabs. The winner was none other than Germany’s ‘OINKoinkoink’, the same player who finished as the runner-up in the $2,100 event. This time, there was no chop and he booked an outright win adding $24,179.40 to his $51,302.81 making him far and away the day’s biggest winner. Fellow countryman ‘Charlymogo’ finished in second place and collected ‘$17,955 for his deep run. PocketFivers were out in force at the final table of the Mini High Roller including Russian crusher ‘sweet_Dr34ms’ (aka ‘papan9_p$’, the #31-ranked player worldwide) who finished in third place for $13,230. ’sivvis’ marked the third German grinder who made it to the top four, also making five-figures with his $10,080 fourth place prize. Brazil’s Victor ‘WHATaDREAM’ Hugo picked up just over $4,000 for seventh and Ben ‘DoobieFish’ Kett reached his second XL Blizzard final table, hitting the rail in eighth for $2,835. Finally, former worldwide #1-ranked player from Mexico, ‘YoureMagical’ completed the top nine, earning $2,091.60 for ninth place. Other notable players who made the money include ‘yarik1903’, Nicolas ’PKaiser’ Fierro, 'tutten7’, Roman ‘Romeopro33’ Romanovskyi, Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot, Sebastian ‘p000cket000’ Sikorski, and a pair of Swedish superstars Andreas ’r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren and ‘inho’. Event #18 - $30,000 Late High Roller The Late High Roller was finished in a flash, with a heads-up deal being made at just over 6 hours into the contest. This guarantee was also smashed as 212 players (with 76 rebuys) posted a prize pool of $43,200. First place finisher ’LovePorn69’ and cashed for $8,050.06 after making a deal with runner-up ‘P0vorachivay’, who won just slightly less at $7,933.94. ‘LovePorn69’ is also going to love that this cash puts him in striking distance to $900,000 in career earnings. Russian ‘P0vorachivay’ on the other hand, certainly eclipses $400,000 lifetime with the score. Again, PocketFivers crushed the final table results taking six out of the top nine spots. In addition to both players who got heads-up, Nicklas ‘Clay_Born’ Kley took third for $5,076 and Brazil’s Rafael ‘rafitia’ Freitas cashed in fifth for $2,592. Joining them were Sweden’s ’Klonkfisken’ (seventh place -$1,728) and Brazil’s Matheus ’MatheusCG’ Cunha (ninth place - $864). XL Blizzard Day 6 Winners # Event Winner Payout 16 $250,000 High Roller SteveyBG $63,697.19* 17 $100,000 Mini High Roller OINKoinkoink $24,179.40 18 $40,000 Late High Roller LovePorn69 $8,050.06* * denotes Final Table deal
  25. 888poker continues to demonstrate that they are serious about catering to the dedicated online tournament player. After a pair of successful Sunday promotions over the past two months, including rake free and reduced buy-in tournaments, the online site has launched their latest player-friendly innovation called Rake or Break. The core of Rake or Break is a series of tournaments with a targeted prize pool. The prize pool isn't guaranteed, it's what they think it prize pool will get to as an enticement for players to register. If the tournament hits that number then the players know that they are battling over a huge prize pool with guaranteed value. However, if the target number is missed, then 888poker will refund the entry fee for every player. It’s full rakeback for everyone in the field, including on multiple entries. There’s an added bonus for players. If the target prize pool number is met by the players, then the target number will automatically go up by 10% the very next week. That means the tournament will continue to grow and tournament players will have even more reasons to register every subsequent Sunday. Then, if one week in the future it misses the new target - rakeback for all. It just goes to show that 888poker is listening to players…even if those players are sponsored by another website. In January, current #5-ranked tournament pro Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard recommended just such an idea. Well, it appears that 888poker loved the idea, so much so that they ran with it. Beginning this Sunday, March 24, 888poker is offering three different Rake or Break tournaments. That means, that every Sunday moving forward these three tournaments will either continue to grow in size or players will be playing with zero buy-in fees. It’s a win-win. 888poker Rake Or Break Sunday Schedule Event Target Prize Buy-In Time Rake or Break Main Event $100,000 $320 18:00 GMT Rake or Break Monsoon $15,000 $55 18:30 GMT Rake or Break Challenge $25,000 $109 19:35 GMT To register for any of the three Rake or Break tournaments, fire up the 888poker client and click on the Tournaments Tab. Rake or Break has its own heading right underneath. Looking for more tournament action from 888poker? Their XL Blizzard 34-event super series starts on April 4. Check out the full schedule here.

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