888poker XL Blizzard: Latvia's "zavor4ik" Ships the XL Blizzard High Roller ($20,450)

888poker XL Blizzard: Latvia's "zavor4ik" Ships the XL Blizzard High Roller ($20,450)

On the sixth day of the 888poker XL Blizzard Series, three new tournaments were scheduled. Most of the attention went out to the $100,000 High Roller, where some massive prizes were up for grabs.

The XL Blizzard Series is Back!

The online poker festival features 34 action-packed tournaments with more than $1.4 million in guaranteed prizes.


888poker XL Blizzard #17 - $100,000 High Roller

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$320Feb. 11305$100,000

After nearly 10 hours of play, Latvia's "zavor4ik" outlasted a field of 217 entrants plus 88 rebuys to win the XL Blizzard Event #17: $100,000 High Roller for $20,450.

The $320 tournament provided an extra $2,400 in added value to those that cashed thanks to the lofty $100,000 not being met with the buy-ins.

2020 XL Blizzard High Roller Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1zavor4ikLatvia$20,450
2floatmastaLatvia$15,000
3Mr_CoyoteSweden$11,300
4For1kUkraine$8,500
5JesusisbackUnknown$5,800
6panda7aIreland$4,500
7LucySagara70Unknown$3,500
8cristian83roRomania$2,500
9Arsenii "josef_shvejk" KarmatckiiRussia$1,900

High Roller Recap

The tournament guaranteed 36 players at least a min-cash of $750. It took approximately 6 1/2 hours for players to reach the money after Sweden's Andreas "Zaniacmaniac" Johansson eliminated Malta's "becauseYES" when his ace-queen held against his opponent's ace-four suited.

Among the players not to cash was the only 888poker Ambassador to enter the event in Martin "MJacobson888" Jacobson (92nd place). It wasn't for a lack of trying as the 2014 WSOP Main Event champion fired the maximum five bullets into the event but kept losing flips or even while ahead time after time.

The final table was reached nearly 8 1/2 hours into the tournament after Johansson was eliminated in 10th place for $1,600 when his king-eight suited couldn't get there against his opponent's ace-nine.

"LucySagara70" entered the final table with the chip lead followed by "zavor4ik."

Russia's Arsenii "josef_shvejk" Karmatckii was the first player eliminated at the final table in ninth place for $1,900 when his pocket jacks couldn't get there against the kings held by Ukraine's "For1k."

Shortly after, "zavor4ik" doubled up against "LucySagara70" to take the chip lead, which they held for almost the entire rest of the final table.

"zavor4ik" then went on a tear and eliminated three opponents in a row starting with sending Romania's "cristian83ro" to the rail in eighth place for $2,500.

Shortly after, "zavor4ik" ousted "LucySagara70" in seventh place for $3,500 followed by Ireland's "panda7a" in sixth place for $4,500.

"Jesusisback" then took a bad beat to hit the showers in fifth place for $5,800. He got it in good with jacks but against the tens held by "For1k" but two tens came on the board to give their opponent quads.

Shortly after, "For1k" was low on chips and was eliminated in fourth place for $8,500 when their ace-four didn't get there against the eights held by "zavor4ik."

Sweden's "Mr_Coyote" was then left short on chips and was eliminated in third place after their ace-king didn't hold against the king-nine suited held by "floatmasta."

This left two Latvians battling it out heads-up with "zavor4ik" holding an almost 2:1 chip advantage to start play. "floatmasta" was able to snag the lead before he gave it back to his opponent.

"zavor4ik" held a nearly 4:1 chip advantage when the final hand took place. "floatmasta" min-raised from under the gun with ace-nine. "zavor4ik" three-bet jammed with king-five suited and got there after "floatmasta" called off for about 19 big blinds.

"floatmasta" didn't walk away empty-handed as this player was awarded a cool $15,000 runner-up prize.


888poker XL Blizzard #18 - $30,000 Mini High Roller

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$55Feb. 11790$39,500

Not every player could afford the biggest buy-in ($320) of the day or needed a (smaller) second chance, and that's why there was a Mini edition of the High Roller on the schedule. This tournament had a buy-in of $55, and there were 790 players competing for a prize pool of $39,500. Every finalist in this tournament would secure him- or herself of $604 but all eyes were on the top prize of $7,466.

Romania's "BuyUADrank" got his win after defeating "Dam4666" in the final heads-up. The winner received a prize of $7,466 while the runner-up got $5,471 in his or her account.

888poker XL Blizzard #18 - $30,000 Mini High Roller Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1BuyUADrankRomania$7,466
2Dam4666Macedonia$5,471
3Dr_MomUkraine$4,029
4Tedson89United Kingdom$3,042
5DerkiLLiDUkraine$2,133
6R2RkaUkraine$1,679
7SRFC1899Ireland$1,284
8MexNoUkraine$889
9DragoDanzigFinland$604

888poker XL Blizzard #19 - $20,000 Late High Roller

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$109Feb. 11256$25,400

The sixth day of the series was closed by the XL Blizzard #19 - $20,000 Late High Roller where they went from 256 players to a winner in just six hours and 48 minutes.

In this tournament, "jgjg3000" defeated Ukrainian player "NinyaWarrior" in the deciding heads-up. The winner received $5,461 while the runner-up got $3,937 for their deep run.

888poker XL Blizzard #19 - $20,000 Late High Roller Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1jgjg3000United Kingdom$5,461
2NinyaWarriorUnknown$3,937
3Djolex91Serbia$2,985
4raplunksUnited Kingdom$2,223
5hatepsUnited Kingdom$1,524
6Mackster90United Kingdom$1,270
7ribamech15Russia$1,016
8Cstl01Kazakstan$762
9fcbbadottiBrazil$508

Qualify to the XL Blizzard for Free

If you want to join in on the action but don't want to pay full price, rest assured that 888poker is running tons of qualifiers where you can play in XL Blizzard events for pennies on the dollar. In addition, 888poker is hosting two daily freerolls where you can get into two of the biggest XL Blizzard events absolutely for free.

The XL Blizzard Main Event - Qualifier takes place every day between now and Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. where the top 15 players will win a free seat valued at $250 to the XL Blizzard Main Event.

In order to play in the freerolls, you need to have an 888poker account and have made at least one real money deposit.

If you don't already have an account, we have great news for you as not only can you play in these freerolls but also get a welcome package that is hard to beat.

Simply download 888poker through PokerNews and you will instantly get an $88 bonus (£20 in the UK). This bonus doesn't require a deposit, but you will need to deposit in order to play the freerolls.

This is where we have some better news as your first deposit will be generously matched in the form of a bonus up to $888! This is more than double what most players get by downloading directly from 888poker's website.

XL Blizzard Full Schedule

DateTime (GMT)EventBuy-in
Wednesday, Feb. 126 p.m.XL Blizzard #20 - $50,000 PKO$109
 6 p.m.XL Blizzard #21 - $20,000 Mini PKO$16.50
 8 p.m.XL Blizzard #22 - $10,000 Late PKO$33
Thursday, Feb. 136 p.m.XL Blizzard #23 - $50,000 PKO 8-Max$160
 6 p.m.XL Blizzard #24 - $20,000 Mini PKO 8-Max$22
 8 p.m.XL Blizzard #25 - $20,000 Late PKO 8-Max$55
Friday, Feb. 145 p.m.XL Blizzard #26 - $30,000 DeepStack$55
 5 p.m.XL Blizzard #27 - $20,000 Mini DeepStack$16.50
 7 p.m.XL Blizzard #28 - $15,000 Late DeepStack$33
Saturday, Feb. 156 p.m.XL Blizzard #29 - $30,000 6-Max$109
 6 p.m.XL Blizzard #30 - $20,000 Mini 6-Max$16.50
 8 p.m.XL Blizzard #31 - $15,000 Late 6-Max$55
Sunday, Feb. 165 p.m.XL Blizzard #32 - $500,000 Main Event$250
 5:30 p.m.XL Blizzard #33 - $50,000 Mini Main Event$33
 6 p.m.XL Blizzard #34 - $15,000 Micro Main Event$5.50

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