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888poker XL Blizzard: Jans 'Graftekkel' Arends Denied Second Title

Jans Arends

On the eighth day of the XL Blizzard Series on 888poker, players enjoyed a nice day of poker. In total, three tournaments started with the XL Blizzard #22 - $80,000 Quarterback as the highlight of the day. The $55 buy-in Mini edition and a $215 buy-in Late edition started as well. Let's take a look at the results.

XL Blizzard #22 - $80,000 Quarterback

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$215Jan. 25661$84,500

At 20:00 GMT, the $80,000 Quarterback started with players receiving a starting stack of 10,000 for a $215 buy-in. In case of busting while (late) registration was still open, players could rebuy for just $50. After late registration, there were 343 players and 318 rebuys for a total prize pool of $84,500. For the winner, $16,351 was reserved, while every finalist got at least $1,479.

Would Jans have won his second event of the series, he would have banked an extra $1,000

Jans 'Graftekkel' Arends, who won the Opening Event, was chasing his second title of this series. The Dutchman couldn't close this one after finishing in sixth place for $3,718. Would Jans have won his second event of the series, he would have banked an extra $1,000 in 888's $1 Million Winners Promotion.

In the end, it was "sayqmyqname" who took down this event for $16,351 after defeating Brazil's "andrebos" in the final battle. "OPH1UCHUS" finished in third place, just short from a five-figure score earning $9,295.

1sayqmyqnameUnited Arab Emirates$16,351
3OPH1UCHUSUnited Kingdom$9,295
6Jans 'Graftekkel' ArendsNetherlands$3,718
8jxw331United Kingdom$2,028

XL Blizzard #23 - $20,000 Mini Quarterback

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$44Jan. 251,106$31,460

Just like the previous days, there was a Mini edition of the 'Main' tournament on the schedule. This event, the XL Blizzard #23 - $20,000 Mini Quarterback, had a buy-in of $44 and players could rebuy for just $10 if they busted before registration closed. In total, there were 1,106 entries creating a prize pool of $31,460. There was a top prize of $5,899 but in the end, nobody won that amount.

With four players remaining, the players made a deal where Dutchman "Mastelzmind" took the most money ($4,517). he or she wouldn't get the XL Blizzard title, though, losing in the heads-up to "bujalabujala" from Lithuania.

6Kevinmac1United Kingdom$1,337

XL Blizzard #24 - $20,000 Late Quarterback

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$109Jan. 25364$25,825

Another winner was crowned in the XL Blizzard #24 - $20,000 Late Quarterback, where 364 players competed to create a prize pool of $25,825.

After just six hours and eighteen minutes, it was Russia's "petrofv5501" who took the title and the first prize of $5,281. The Russian defeated Switzerland's "77DASH" in the deciding heads-up, after tournament regular Fabricio "DrMiKee" Gonzalez finished in third place.

3Fabricio "DrMiKee" GonzalezUruguay$2,918
7Papasmerf88United Kingdom$904

$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
Thu 26 Jan20:00XL Blizzard #25 - $25,000 Knockout$150
 20:00XL Blizzard #26 - $10,000 Mini Knockout$35
 22:00XL Blizzard #27 - $10,000 Late Knockout$75

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