888poker has guaranteed at least $150,000 will be won by the time the 18th ChampionChips tournament crowns its champion. Seven events are already in the bag and the total prize money awarded stands at an impressive $105,626 thanks to 888poker players embracing this low-stakes festival and showing it great support.
Event #1: $5,000 Opening Ceremony (6-Max)
Prize pool: $13,295.10
Thailand’s “palimbo” took down the opening event of the ChampionChips series and turned their $5 into a bankroll-boosting $1,930. A total of 1,970 players bought in and made 951 rebuys between them, which resulted in the $5,000 guarantee being obliterated and a prize pool of $13,295 created. What a superb start to the series and a sign of things to come.
Event #2: $25,000 Half Marathon
Prize pool: $29,909.60
The second event of the ChampionChips series attracted 2,744 players to the 888poker tables to smash the $25,000 guarantee by $4,909. This tournament ended in a four-handed chop with Brazil’s “jiraiaKK” claiming the lion’s share of the prize pool, namely $3,915. Interestingly, third-placed “8varethika” won the second-largest amount thanks to the deal struck between the final foursome.
*reflects a four-handed deal
Event #3: $1,500 Race Track (Turbo)
Prize pool: $2,815.54
The third event of the series was played at a fast and furious pace due to it only costing $1 to enter, being played to turbo speed blinds and players being allowed to make rebuys during late registration. A field of 1,941 players purchased 1,153 rebuys between them and broke the guarantee by more than $1,300.
“Yuramouzze” was the player to emerge victorious, banking $444 after six hours of play.
Event #4: $10,000 Long Jump
Prize pool: $17,679.80
Another event completed and another guarantee blown out of the water, this time by a cool $7,679. Taking full advantage of the swollen prize pool was the German player known as “internetboss” who turned his $12 investment into a much more substantial $3,051 after defeating Russia’s “Enemy_of_y” heads-up; the runner-up was awarded $2,209.
Event #5: $1,500 Sync Swimming (Omaha)
Prize pool: $2,898.35
The first non-hold’em event of the ChampionChips was Event #5, a pot-limit Omaha tournament that attracted 430 players who made 207 rebuys between them. The six-handed event saw the final four players strike a deal that locked up a minimum of $366 for them.
*reflects a four-handed deal
Event #6: $30,000 Weightlifting (High Roller)
Prize pool: $36,800
The biggest tournament, in terms of the buy-in, of the ChampionChips series was Event #6, the $55 buy-in $30,000 guaranteed high roller. Despite being quite expensive compared to the other 17 events, 736 players took to the felt and exchanged their $55 for 5,000 tournament chips. After almost 10.5 hours of play, “5banki” emerged victorious and collected $6,752 but the country of Brazil was the real winner with three players at the final table and two in the final three.
Event #7: $1,000 Wrestling (4-Max)
Prize pool: $2,227.68
Most online poker sites run nine-handed and six-handed tournaments but 888poker also has four-handed tournaments on offer. Event #7 of the ChampionChips series was a 4-max event, one that saw 1,543 players take to the virtual felt. A total of 186 players were paid and it was Estonia’s “meelisime” who claimed the biggest prize, namely $328 for his $1 investment.
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