ZockSteffan Wins First XL Retro Title at 888poker

888poker XL Retro Series

The XL Retro series has begun over at 888poker and the first five events have crowned their worthy champions. Germany's "ZockSteffan" goes down in the 888poker history books as the first-ever XL Retro champion.

ZockSteffan was one of 1,162 players who bought into the XL Retro #01 Mega Deep Opening Event for $109. Those entrants fought it out for a slice of the $120,000 prize pool.

$120,000 XL Retro #01 – Mega Deep Opening Event

8SobolAmnesiaUnited Kingdom$2,172

Each of the nine 888poker players who managed to navigate their way through the shark-infested waters to take a seat at the final table guaranteed themselves at least $1,656 for their efforts.

"GGWP888" fell in ninth and was joined on the rail by "SobolAmnesia" and "r4ndomr4gs," who collected $2,172 and $2,868, respectively.

The finalist continued falling, and the prize money increased. Romania's "Yzw42_" banked $3,816 for their sixth-place finish, "AGGROAREK" of Germany scooped $5,124 when they busted in fifth, and then "Whosbad" fell by the wayside in fourth for $6,924.

The final four-figure sum went to Brazilian grinder "manel9595." They received $9,420 as the XL Retro series' first event headed into the heads-up stage.

Heads-up saw ZockSteffen take on Peruvian "Diegoavc" for the lion's share of the prize pool, in addition to all of the glory. ZockSteffan got his hands on all of the chips in play and, therefore, the $17,532 top prize. Diegoavc walked away with a $12,816 consolation prize.

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Malta Celebrates a New XL Retro Champion

The biggest buy-in event of the 888poker XL Retro series so far, the $525 buy-in Whale Opening Event, drew in 109 entrants who created a $59,500 prize pool. Some $14,660 of that pot is now nestled in the 888poker account of Malta's "PotofGreed."

It was a Maltese one-two, with PotofGreed defeating "Le_Piaf" heads-up, and resigning the runner-up to a $10,466 consolation prize, the tournament's only other five-figure score. Only last week, Le_Piaf won the 888poker Big Shot tournament, turning $109 into $15,480.

$45,000 XL Retro #02 – Whale Opening Event

3raw_dawg $7,473
4richrash93Isle of Man$5,343
7limpjamNew Zealand$1,945
8lysy69666United Kingdom$1,386

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Other XL Retro Results

Three other XL Retro events are in the bag, their champions crowned, and their prize money awarded. "kerkerian" triumphed in the $15,000 XL Retro #03 Mini Mega Deep Opening Event for $3,316, with "Storvalle" taking down the $20,000 XL Retro #04 Tornado 8-Max for $5,220.

"Luks012" also found themselves in the winner's enclosure after being the last player standing in the $3,000 XL Retro #05 BlowFish 8-Max, a result worth $1,009.

  • kerkerian – winner of the $15,000 XL Retro #03 Mini Mega Deep Opening Event for $3,316
  • StorValle – winner of the $20,000 XL Retro #04 Tornado 8-Max for $5,220
  • Luks012 – winner of the $3,000 XL Retro #05 BlowFish 8-Max for $1,009

Upcoming XL Retro Events

Do not worry if you missed out on becoming an XL Retro champion in these five events because there are plenty more opportunities around the corner. Check out the table below to discover which events are running over the next few days.

DateTime (BST)EventBuy-in
Tue 11 Oct7:00 p.m.$20,000 XL Retro #06 Crocodile PKO$320
 7:30 p.m.$8,000 XL Retro #07 SwordFish PKO$33
Wed 12 Oct7:00 p.m.$20,000 XL Retro #08 Lightning 6-Max$109
 7:30 p.m.$20,000 XL Retro #09 Mini Lightning 6-Max$33
Thu 13 Oct7:00 p.m.$20,000 XL Retro #10 Hurricane$109
 7:30 p.m.$4,000 XL Retro #11 CatFish$16.50
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