888poker XL Winter Day 2: Belarus Dominates with Two PKO Winners

XL Winter Series at 888poker

The inaugural XL Winter Series has been off to a great start at 888poker with six events in the books after the first two days including three winners on Friday in progressive knockout (PKO) events.

As the title of this article mentions, two of the three winners hailed from Belarus. Let's check out to see who all the big winners were.

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XL Winter #4 - $30,000 PKO

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$55Dec. 11660$33,000

The XL Winter #4 - $30,000 PKO, featuring a $55 buy-in, was the biggest of the three events on Friday. The $30,000 guarantee was smashed by 10 percent after 660 entries got into the action to generate a $33,000 prize pool.

The flag of Belarus was waving strong at the final table with four of the final table residing in this eastern European country. One of the four in "Undervit" was crowned the winner after nearly nine hours of play to collect $5,235 ($2,468 prize + $2,767 in bounties).

"Kubiszek" also collected the same prize of $2,468 for their runner-up performance but the difference in the top spots was the bounties with "Kubiszek" collected just $279 to bring their total haul up to $2,747.

Meanwhile, Brazil's Victor "V.F.A" Faria dos Anjos made his first final table in the XL Winter festival with a seventh-place finish worth $638.

888poker XL Winter #4 - $30,000 PKO Final Table Results

PositionPlayerCountryPrizeBountyTotal Prize
7Victor "V.F.A" Faria dos AnjosBrazil$449$189$638

XL Winter #5 - $15,000 Mini PKO

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$22Dec. 111,031$20,620

Another event, another winner from Belarus. This time it was "MarshallMatt" defeating a big field of 1,031 entrants to win the XL Winter #5 - $15,000 Mini PKO for $2,788 after nearly 8 1/2 hours of play.

Also on the podium were Estonia's "__BMW__" (second - $1,565) and United Kingdom's "Andydonald65" (third - $944).

888poker XL Winter #5 - $15,000 Mini PKO Final Table Results

PositionPlayerCountryPrizeBountyTotal Prize
3Andydonald65United Kingdom$856$88$944

XL Winter #6 - $10,000 Late PKO

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$33Dec. 11525$15,750

The final XL Winter event of the day crushed its $10,000 guarantee with 525 entries ponying up the $33 buy-in in the XL Winter #6 - $10,000 Late PKO to generate a $15,750.

Unlike the previous two events, there wasn't a Belarussian player in the winner's circle. In fact, no players from this country appeared at the final table.

Instead, it was "Ivanov259" waving the Union Jack flag to victory after winning the tournament to collect $2,744 ($1,243 prize + $1,502 bounties) after around 6 1/2 hours of play.

Russia's "aka.plan4ik" managed to collect $1 less in prize money for their runner-up performance but missed out on the big bounty payday to collect $324 in bounties for $1,566 in total winnings.

888poker XL Winter #6 - $10,000 Late PKO Final Table Results

PositionPlayerCountryPrizeBountyTotal Prize
1Ivanov259United Kingdom$1,243$1,502$2,744
5RaiseThemAllUnited Kingdom$407$184$591

Full 888 XL Winter Schedule

DateTime (GMT)EventBuy-inGTD
Dec. 106 p.m.XL Winter #1 - $50,000 Opening Event$109$50,000
 6 p.m.XL Winter #2 - $15,000 Mini Opening Event$16.50$15,000
 8 p.m.XL Winter #3 - $15,000 Late Opening Event$55$15,000
Dec. 116 p.m.XL Winter #4 - $30,000 PKO$55$30,000
 6 p.m.XL Winter #5 - $15,000 Mini PKO$22$15,000
 8 p.m.XL Winter #6 - $10,000 Late PKO$33$10,000
Dec. 126 p.m.XL Winter #7 - $30,000 8-Max$109$30,000
 6 p.m.XL Winter #8 - $10,000 Mini 8-Max$12$10,000
 8 p.m.XL Winter #9 - $15,000 Late 8-Max$55$15,000
Dec. 136 p.m.XL Winter #10 - $50,000 Tune Up$55$50,000
 6 p.m.XL Winter #11 - $30,000 Mini Tune Up$16.5$30,000
 6:30 p.m.XL Winter #12 - $10,000 Micro Tune Up$5.5$10,000
 8 p.m.XL Winter #13 - $20,000 Late Tune Up$55$20,000
Dec. 146 p.m.XL Winter #14 - $20,000 R&A Event$33$20,000
 6 p.m.XL Winter #15 - $10,000 Mini R&A$5.50$10,000
 7 p.m.XL Winter #16 - $10,000 Late R&A$12$10,000
Dec. 156 p.m.XL Winter #17 - $50,000 High Roller$320$50,000
 6 p.m.XL Winter #18 - $25,000 Mini High Roller$55$25,000
 8 p.m.XL Winter #19 - $20,000 Late High Roller$109$20,000
Dec. 166 p.m.XL Winter #20 - $30,000 PKO$109$30,000
 6 p.m.XL Winter #21 - $15,000 Mini PKO$16.50$15,000
 8 p.m.XL Winter #22 - $10,000 Late PKO$33$15,000
Dec. 176 p.m.XL Winter #23 - $40,000 PKO 8-Max$160$40,000
 6 p.m.XL Winter #24 - $15,000 Mini PKO 8-Max$22$15,000
 8 p.m.XL Winter #25 - $15,000 Late PKO 8-Max$55$15,000
Dec. 185 p.m.XL Winter #26 - $25,000 PKO DeepStack$55$25,000
 5 p.m.XL Winter #27 - $15,000 Mini DeepStack$16.50$15,000
 7 p.m.XL Winter #28 - $10,000 Late DeepStack$33$10,000
Dec. 196 p.m.XL Winter #29 - $25,000 PKO 6-Max$109$25,000
 6 p.m.XL Winter #30 - $15,000 Mini PKO 6-Max$16.50$15,000
 8 p.m.XL Winter #31- $15,000 Late PKO 6-Max$55$15,000
Dec. 205 p.m.XL Winter #32- $500,000 Main Event PKO$250$500,000
 5:30 p.m.XL Winter #33- $50,000 Mini Main Event PKO$33$50,000
 6 p.m.XL Winter #34- $15,000 Late Main Event PKO$5.5$15,000

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  • Read about how "Undervit", "MarshallMatt", and "Ivanov259" won big in the XL Winter at 888poker on Friday, Dec. 11.

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