888poker XL Inferno: "MorayEEEEEL" Wins Event #1 for $16,585
On Thursday, tournament players could enjoy the start of the new edition of the 2020XL Inferno Series on one of the biggest online poker rooms, 888poker. On the first day of the series, they kicked off with the $75,000 Opening Event and during the day, two more events started.
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888poker XL Inferno #1 - $75,000 Opening Event
It took just under 10 hours from the time the first card was dealt to decide a winner in the first event of the 2020 888poker XL Inferno. Swedish player "MorayEEEEEL" fired two bullets in XL Inferno #1: $75,000 Opening Event, but the second one was golden as they used it to navigate all the way through the field of 636 entries and 242 rebuys to take down the $16,585 prize.
Final Table Results
The Day's Action
XL Inferno #1: $75,000 Opening Event got underway at 2 pm Eastern Time, and the field size continued to grow quickly through the registration period, and with around 45 minutes left in registration they blew past the $75,000 guarantee. By the time the gates came down, a total of 636 entries and 242 rebuys put $87,800 into the kitty for prizes.
That meant 81 players would share in the prizes, with the earliest cashers getting $263, and $16,585 up top for the winner. It took another couple hours to play down to the money spots, and one of the players at risk on the bubble was 888poker ambassador Sofia "sofialovgren" Lövgren, who got most of her chips in on the bubble hand but had an overpair to bust one of three players on the final hand of hand for hand play. Lövgren went on to cash for $483 in 22nd place.
Another big name to make it to the $483 payout level was Dara "Doked" O'Kearney. It took him two bullets, but he really turned on after registration closed, and at one point had a top 10 stack. Ultimately, O'Kearney bowed out in a race with fives into ace-queen, finishing 21st.
They got to the official final table of eight around 9 pm Eastern and it didn't take long to get down to six players. "DoctorPoker5" and "keybr" bowed out quickly, but they played six-handed for about half an hour before "ilicinnnn" got fours into aces for 6th place.
It took another half hour or so for "AALUJAA" bluffed the river and got caught by "Knaber666" for 5th place. "AUTISPOSTI" was next out in 4th when they found a spot with ace-jack, but ran into the kings of "noneda".
They played three-handed for about 45 minutes until "Knaber666" got it in with ace-four but ran straight into the queens of "MorayEEEEEL" for 3rd place. Heads up lasted about 20 minutes, and the key hand happened when they had nearly the same stacks. It started as a race between sixes and ace-nine. There was an ace on the flop, and "noneda" was on pace to win it all right there. But "MorayEEEEEL" spiked the set the river to take a dominating lead, and "noneda" was eliminated on the next hand.
888poker XL Inferno #2 - $25,000 Mini Opening Event
The XL Inferno #2 - $25,000 Mini Opening Event attracted 2,436 players to get a prize pool of $36,540. The lion's share of this money, $6,172, went to Argentina's "blachu3232 " who was crowned the winner after 9 hours and 4 minutes of play. "Sprutto " from Russia lost the final heads-up and finished second for $4,392.
888poker XL Inferno #3 - $20,000 Late Opening Event
"tightlikea_v" from the Canada won the XL Inferno #3 - $20,000 Late Opening Event, a tournament with a buy-in of $55. He or she defeated a field of 555 players, beating "Marflon" in the final heads-up. The winner received the first price of $5,325 while the runner-up settled for $3,954.
Full 2020 888poker XL Inferno Schedule
|17th May||10||18:00||Tune Up||$109||$150,000|
|11||18:00||Mini Tune Up||$16.50||$50,000|
|12||18:30||Micro Tune Up||$5.50||$15,000|
|13||20:00||Late Tune Up||$55||$20,000|
|18th May||14||18:00||R&A Event||$33||$20,000|
|19th May||17||18:00||High Roller||$320||$100,000|
|18||18:00||Mini High Roller||$55||$30,000|
|19||20:00||Late High Roller||$109||$20,000|
|21st May||23||18:00||PKO 8-Max||$160||$50,000|
|24||18:00||Mini PKO 8-Max||$22||$20,000|
|25||20:00||Late PKO 8-Max||$55||$20,000|
|24th May||32||17:00||Main Event||$250||$500,000|
|33||17:30||Mini Main Event||$33||$50,000|
|34||18:00||Micro Main Event||$5.50||$20,000|
You can qualify for the XL Inferno Main Event for free thanks to special qualifier tournaments running at 888poker. New depositing players receive a free ticket to a Main Event Qualifier in addition to a free $88 just for creating an account (this is a free £20 for residents of the UK). That first deposit is also matched 100% up to a maximum of $888, which is more than double the size of the bonus advertised on the 888poker website!
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