888poker XL Winter Day 11: "Kazi070486" Ships the Main Event PKO ($60,862)

XL Winter at 888poker

The XL Winter Series is officially a wrap after the three Main Events took place on Sunday.

The festival guaranteed more than $1 million across 34 events from Dec. 10-20.

Russia's "Kazi070486" was easily the star of the festival after winning the XL Winter #32 - $500,000 Main Event PKO for $60,862 last night.

Another Russian in Denis "_DENGER_" Kuznetsov shipped the Micro version of the Main Event while Brazil's "afelipelli" ultimately proved victorious in the Mini version.

Read on to learn about all of yesterday's winners in XL Winter events at 888poker.

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888poker XL Winter #32 - $500,000 Main Event PKO

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$250Dec. 201,804$500,000

The XL Winter #32 - $500,000 Main Event PKO was the highlight of the inaugural XL Winter festival at 888poker and didn't disappoint with 1,804 entrants battling it out for a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Russia's "Kazi070486" proved victorious to become the first-ever XL Winter Main Event champion to bank $34,685 in prize money on top of $26,178 extra in bounties for a total haul of $60,862 after nearly 11 1/2 hours of play.

This isn't the first time "Kazi0704865" has found success at 888poker as Sunday's victory added to more than $500,000 at the online poker room.

XL Winter #32 - $500,000 PKO Main Event Final Table Results

PlaceNameCountryPrizeBountyTotal Prize
5Gytis "peledazmogis" LazauninkasLithuania$11,784$794$12,578

XL Winter Main Event Action

By the time late registration closed, the Main Event attracted 1,804 entries. This created massive value for the 240 players that cashed with $76,060 in overlay.

The action was fast and furious after the late registration period closed. There were 434 players left at the tables, but it only took 90 minutes to play down to the money.

It didn't slow down any once players began to get paid. About 30 minutes after the bubble burst, Dara "Doked" O'Kearney ended his day in 172nd place. O'Kearney, who literally wrote the book on PKO format poker, played a short stack very well up to the bubble, then got it in with a suited ace and a chance for bounties, but bricked his flush draw.

It took about another four hours to play down to the final table. Along the way, players like "Haddawayan", "Ezreaal", and "Langolier86" all built big stacks, but ultimately fell by the wayside. "D3n1sk4PP"" also built a big stack during the in-the-money phase, but ended up bubbling the final table in tenth place.

The final table took only about half an hour to complete, and it went in spurts. The first four eliminations came quickly, with "Kazi070486" scoring a double knockout of "Mute88" and "rivadeep" when they both got ace-jack in against the ace-five of the eventual winner, and a five came on the board.

Five-handed action lasted for a few minutes before Gytis "peledazmogis" Lažauninkas started the next flurry of eliminations with their fifth-place finish. Things went very quickly after that, and even the heads-up action lasted just a few hands before a cooler saw "Acp0lle" get it in with ace-jack only to run into ace-queen.

Head to our dedicated PokerNews Live Reporting Hub to read more about the XL Winter PKO Main Event.

888poker XL Winter #33 - $50,000 Mini Main Event PKO

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$33Dec. 201,983$59,490

The XL Winter #33 - $50,000 Mini Main Event PKO was another popular and high-value event. A total of 1,983 entrants got into the action. This created a $59,490 prize pool to smash the $50,000 guarantee.

Three Brazilian players advanced to the final table of nine players. "BellaFicha" was the first of the trio out in sixth place for a total haul of $1,100 while the other two fared a bit better and battled it out heads-up for the title.

After more than 10 hours of total play, Brazil's "afelipelli" shipped the title for a total prize of $6,894 after besting countrymate "JMBrotto" in heads-up play.

PlaceNameCountryPrizeBountyTotal Prize

888poker XL Winter #34 - $15,000 Micro Main Event PKO

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$5.50Dec. 203,067$15,335

The final event on the schedule, in the XL Winter #34 - $15,000 Mini Main Event PKO was one just about every poker player could get involved with as it featured just a $5.50 buy-in.

The tournament boasted a generous $15,000 prize pool, which was eclipsed with 3,067 entrants generating a $15,335 prize pool.

Denis "_DENGER_" Kuznetsov made the most of the high-value event by shipping the bacon after more than 8 1/2 hours of play for a total of $1,739.

Also on the podium were Canada's "averygrande" in second place for $992 followed by Brazil's Rafael "RafaelGreick" Souza securing bronze for $603.

PlaceNameCountryPrizeBountyTotal Prize
1Denis "_DENGER_" KuznetsovRussia$864$875$1,739
3Rafael "RafaelGreick" SouzaBrazil$525$78$603
7steamrolledUnited Kingdom$153$79$232

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  • Russia's "Kazi070486" was the star of the XL Winter at 888poker after shipping the PKO Main Event for $60,862.

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