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XL Blizzard #32 - $1,000,000 Main Event

"Pepepepepe." Wins Main Event For $183,867

ericajax • Level 35: 100,000-200,000, 25,000 ante

At 7 p.m. GMT the tournament started, but players could start a bit later with late registration open for five hours. At the end of registration, there were 730 players and 272 rebuys to create a total prize pool of $1,002,000. For the winner, it would be a massive payday of $183,867.

Familiar faces like Jon "chut_up" Van Fleet, Ben "jenbizzIe" Jones, Fabricio "DrMiKee" Gonzalez, Steven "Kale333" Van Zadelhoff, Jans "Graftekkel" Arends, Sofia "sofialovgren" Lovgren and Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov busted pretty quickly and well before the money.

Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche, , Anton "anteen" Bertilsson, Adrian "ADRI_ATM" Mateos, Ole "olekonjole" Schemion, Niklas "tutten7"Astedt and 888poker Ambassadors Chris "888Moorman" Moorman and Martin "MJacobson888" Jacobson also played but didn't manage to reach the stage of the tournament where money was awarded.

888poker Ambassador Parker "888tonkaaaa" Talbot busted two spots away from the money, after losing with ace-jack against pocket eights. The bubble burst when "chazcombes" lost all his chips and ended in 100th place. After reaching the money, familiar faces like Nicolas "PKaiser" Fierro, Simon "Isildur1337x" Mattsson and Anton "B.Mitchell" Wigg busted.

The final table was reached after "joelwilford" finished in 11th place and was followed by "GritinhO_Dzi" in 10th place. On the final table, it took a while before "TAPIS_TAPIR" was the first casualty finishing in ninth place for $13,026. With eight players, a brutal beat ended the tournament of "proplatish". "proplatish" had his stack in the middle with {K-Clubs}{K-Spades} against the {J-Hearts}{8-Clubs} of "Vienas2", who was putting pressure on the Russian with two very short players on the table. The board came {A-Spades}{9-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{8-Spades}{J-Diamonds} and with this hand, "proplatish" finished in eighth place for $22,044.

"Vienas2" was lucky again a few hands later, eliminating "Spowi07" in seventh place when cracking pocket jacks with jack-six. "eight0808", who was the short stack for a while, couldn't make a comeback and finished in sixth place for $42,084. Not much later, in a blind versus blind battle, "Kamphu94" ended up all in with {A-Hearts}{8-Clubs} against the {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades} of "Vienas2". Latter mentioned saw the best hand win, eliminating the German in fifth place for $52,104.

Flopping top pair against the chip leader was looking promising for "dr.hAni", but after they got their chips in the middle the German was drawing dead. "Pepepepepe." turned his set of eights and eliminated his opponent in fourth place for $74,649. Just a few hands after the eliminating of the German player, "wellyxx" ended in third place for $99,198.

After fifteen minutes of heads-up play, Argentina's "Pepepepepe." was able to finish the job. In the final hand, ace-king won the crucial coin flip against pocket fours. "Vienas2" ended in second place for $131,262 while Argentina's winner won the first prize of $183,867 and the XL Blizzard Main Event title.