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888poker XL Blizzard: Parker Talbot Makes High Roller Final Table

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On the fifth day of the 888poker XL Blizzard Series, three new tournaments were on the schedule. Most of the attention went out to the $250,000 High Roller, where some massive prizes were "up for grabs."

XL Blizzard #16 - $250,000 High Roller

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$2,100Jan. 23118$250,000

After almost nine hours of play, Mexico's "SteveyBG" won the XL Blizzard #16 - $250,000 High Roller for $63,697. The event attracted 118 players for a little overlay and a total prize pool of $250,000.

Some of the best tournament players in the poker world registered to the event. Well-known pros like Ole "olekonjole" Schemion, Martin "MJacobson888" Jacobson, Simon "Isildur1337x" Mattsson had a go at the most expensive tournament of the XL Blizzard series, but all without the necessary luck to make a deep run.

Just twelve places got paid in this tournament, and it was Dutchman "InJeBakkes" who fell in thirteenth place after losing a coin flip with pocket threes against ace-king. After that, "pekojizonno", "Whyfloatme" and "DosPoochies" missed out on the final table. The eventual final table was, however, by no means lacking household names.

"SteveyBG" stopped "OlNKOinkOink" from his second title of the day.

Parker "888tonkaaaa" Talbot was one of them, but he hit the rail in ninth place ($7,500).

Fabricio "DrMiKee" Gonzalez was down to eight big blinds, and he shoved with king-queen. Ben "jenbizzIe" Jones made the call with pocket sevens and held, eliminating Gonzalez in eighth place for $8,750. After that, Jones found himself eliminated in seventh place ($10,625) after shoving pocket tens into pocket queens.

Thirty minutes later, "summuNNN" defended his big blind against a raise from "OINKOinkOink" and flopped top pair with ten-eight. Unfortunately for him, the German had pocket aces and made an easy call when the Brit moved in. No help for "summuNNN" on the turn or river and he saw his run come to an end in sixth place for $13,125.

Ukraine's "yarik1903" won an event on Monday, but couldn't close the deal in the $2,100 High Roller. The Ukrainian ended up all in with ace-six against the ace-king of "aIderfaIder" and lost the hand, ending this event in fifth place for $17,500.

"aIderfaIder" was second in chips with four remaining, but still busted in fourth place for $23,750. The British player called all in with sixes but was facing pocket tens from "SteveyBG." "SteveyBG" flopped a set and eliminated the Brit.

With three left, Sebastian "p000cket000" Sikorski moved all in from the small blind with jack-three and received a call from "OINKOinkOink" in the big blind with ace-seven. The German regular won the hand to bust Sikorski in third place for $35,000. The two final players made a deal before their heads-up, and after that, it was Mexico's "SteveyBG" who got the title and first prize of $63,697.

With that, the Mexican player stopped "OlNKOinkOink" from his second title of the day. But still, the German had a fantastic runner-up finish for $51,303.

3Sebastian "p000cket000" SikorskiCanada$35,000
4aIderfaIderUnited Kingdom$23,750
6summuNNNUnited Kingdom$13,125
7Ben "jenbizzIe" JonesUnited Kingdom$10,625
8Fabricio "DrMiKee" GonzalezUruguay$8,750
9Parker "888tonkaaaa" TalbotCanada$7,500

XL Blizzard #17 - $100,000 Mini High Roller

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$215Jan. 23630$126,000

"OlNKOinkOink" came up short in the $2,100 High Roller where he finished runner-up, but he did come out on top in Event 17. Besting a field of 630 players, "OlNKOinkOink" went home with the top prize of almost $25,000.

The mini version of the High Roller easily made its guarantee, getting to a prize pool of $126,000 where just $100,000 was reserved by 888. While "OlNKOinkOink" was the one walking away with the title, he or she wasn't the one to leave this event the richest. Heads-up, a deal was made with countryman "Charlymogo" who banked $27,955.

8DoobieFishUnited Kingdom$2,835

XL Blizzard #18 - $30,000 Late High Roller

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$160Jan. 23288$43,200

Another "high roller," this time with a buy-in of just $160 and a late start. Two Brazilians, two Swedes, a player from the Ukraine, and a Fin, Russian, Czech, and Canadian made for an international final table.

The Czech player "LovePorn69", who apparently loves to watch nature documentaries on the internet, walked away a winner. While "LovePorn69" got $8,050 for first, Russian player "P0vorachivay" ended up with a similar amount after a heads-up deal.

1LovePorn69Czech Republic$8,050

$1 Million Winners Promotion

Winning more than one XL Blizzard tournament not only nets you some substantial prize money, it will also net you a prize of between $1,000 and a cool $1 million.

If you manage to win two XL Blizzard events, 888poker will reward you with $1,000; win a third and you’ll receive $10,000. Anyone who manages to take down four XL Blizzard events will walk away with $100,000, and if you’re lucky and skillful enough to triumph in five events, your bankroll will receive a $1 million boost.

Champion of Champions

The Champion of Champions returns for the XL Blizzard series and one lucky 888poker player will win a $12,000 WSOP Vegas package. Each time you play in an XL Blizzard event, you earn leaderboard points. The top 50 players on the leaderboard receive a ticket to the Champion of Champions tournament and everyone in that special event wins a prize.

1$12,000 WSOP Vegas package
2$3,000 Crazy 8 WSOP package + $1,050 tournament ticket
3$3,000 Crazy 8 WSOP package
4-5$1,050 tournament ticket
6-10$600 tournament ticket
11-50$55 tournament ticket

Bubble of Bubbles

Bursting the money bubble is never fun, but thanks to the Bubble of Bubbles promotion, finishing one place outside of the money places could be profitable.

Everyone who bursts the bubble in an XL Blizzard event will receive a ticket to the Bubble of Bubbles tournament. Reach the final table of this tournament, and you’ll win a prize ranging from a $55 tournament ticket up to a $3,000 Crazy 8 WSOP package.

1$3,000 Crazy 8 WSOP package
2-4$160 tournament ticket
5-9$55 tournament ticket

Download 888poker via PokerNews and you’ll receive a free $88 worth of cash and tournament tickets just for creating your free account; this is a free £20 to residents of the United Kingdom. When you come to make your first deposit, 888poker matches it 100 percent up to a maximum of $888. All you need to do then is bring your A-game to the table and see if you can become an XL Blizzard champion.

Today's 888poker XL Blizzard Schedule

DateTime (GMT)TournamentBuy-in
Wed 24 Jan20:00XL Blizzard #19 - $40,000 8-Max$109
 20:00XL Blizzard #20 - $10,000 Mini 8-Max$12
 22:00XL Blizzard #21 - $10,000 Late 8-Max$30

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