XL Blizzard Recaps
XL Blizzard Recaps
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"Pepepepepe." Wins the Main Event For $183,867!

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

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$1,050Jan. 281,002$1,002,000

At 7 p.m. GMT, the Main Event of the 2018 888poker XL Blizzard started. The massive $1,050 buy-in event had late registration open for five extra hours. At the end of registration, there were 730 players and 272 rebuys to create a total prize pool of $1,002,000, hitting the guarantee. For the winner, it would be a massive payday of $183,867!

888poker Ambassador Parker "888tonkaaaa" Talbot busted two spots away from the money

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; all went out 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 rewarded.

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 or her 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 remaining, a brutal beat ended the tournament of "proplatish." "proplatish"'s stack ended up in the middle with kings against the jack-eight of "Vienas2", who was putting pressure on the Russian with two very short players on the table. The flop gave "Vienas2"
a gutshot but it was the running eight-jack on the turn and river that ended things for "proplatish" 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.

In the final hand, ace-king won the crucial coin flip against pocket fours.

Not much later, in a blind versus blind battle, "Kamphu94" ended up all in with ace-eight against the ace-queen of "Vienas2". The 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 soon enough. "Pepepepepe." turned a set of eights and eliminated his or her 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 "Pepepepepe." won the first-place prize of $183,867 and the XL Blizzard Main Event title!

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Pepepepepe.Argentina$183,867
2Vienas2Lithuania$131,262
3wellyxxFinland$99,198
4dr.hAniGermany$74,649
5Kamphu94Germany$52,104
6eight0808Latvia$42,084
7Spowi07Austria$32,064
8proplatishRussia$22,044
9TAPIS_TAPIRNetherlands$13,026

XL Blizzard #31 - $150,000 Mega Deep

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$215Jan. 281,011$202,200

The $150,000 Mega Deep attracted a field of just over a thousand players, all ponying up the $215 buy in. That made for a prize pool of just over $200,000 with $37,811 reserved for the winner.

"TooMuckRake" was the one to walk away with that amount after beating "Binkasaurus" heads up. Besides three players from the United Kingdom, all players at the final table of eight came from different countries, making it an international final table.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1TooMuckRakeCzech Republic$37,811
2BinkasaurusUnited Kingdom$27,297
3Eat1ngAndWINUnited Kingdom$20,220
4Jagar_888Switzerland$15,165
5_zufurduo_Argentina$10,110
6PBD03Canada$7,077
7Sr.PenesUnited Kingdom$4,550
84TheGlory8Canada$3,053

XL Blizzard #34 - $50,000 Micro Main Event

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$30Jan. 282,632$72,380

The Micro Main Event had a buy-in of just $30 and a massive 2,632 players entered. That made for a combined prize pool of $72,380 with just over $11,000 set apart for the winner.

"jobrazeau" from Canada walked away with that prize, getting his or her buy-in back times 381. "dnvz23" from Germany had to settle for $8,584, still a hefty prize for such a small buy-in tournament.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1jobrazeauCanada$11,436
2dnvz23Germany$8,584
3grdpoker1Brazil$6,217
4NordnynordbrgCanada$4,669
5PoulPanasonyDenmark$3,431
6JuveFan21China$2,736
7EmveerMalta$2,041
8weneeditMexico$1,368
9tyalot30Greece$847

The 888poker XL Blizzard is now in the books. In May, 888poker is back with the XL Inferno while the XL Eclipse is scheduled for September. Expect live reporting of the biggest events and recaps of all the events, right here on PokerNews.com.

Get Ready for the $1,000,000 GTD Main Event!

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The Main Event with a massive guarantee of $1,000,000 starts tonight, at 8 p.m. GMT. Buying in will cost you $1,050, but there are still plenty of opportunities to get in cheaper. The $200,000 guaranteed Mini Main starts at 8 o'clock as well and will cost you $160 to enter. The $30 Micro Main starts two hours later and has a guarantee of $50,000.

You can follow the Main Event live on PokerNews.com with live updates and can read all about it in tomorrow's recap. But first, let's take a look at the results of Saturday's events.


XL Blizzard #28 - $50,000 6-Max

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$160Jan. 27449$67,350

At 8 p.m. GMT, the XL Blizzard #28 - $50,000 6-Max started with each player receiving a 10,000 starting stack. After the late registration closed, there were 449 players. That made for a prize pool of $67,350, with a first-place prize of $14,817.

After several hours, the tournament reached the final table. "SEWart777" and "ZDamian" busted in sixth and fifth place, receiving $2,694 and $4,041 respectively.

"DarkShrine" from Ukraine finished in fourth place for $5,388 and "mixer_jr" got $7,745.

The final heads-up between New Zealand's "CrackFiend15" and Sweden's "Kzzon" was won by the latter who secured $14,817. The runner-up had to settle for a respectable $10,338.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1KzzonSweden$14,817
2CrackFiend15New Zealand$10,338
3mixer_jrCanada$7,745
4DarkShrineUkraine$5,388
5ZDamianCzech Republic$4,041
6SEWart777Russia$2,694

XL Blizzard #29 - $15,000 Mini 6-Max

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$30Jan. 27970$26,675

For the players who couldn't afford the bigger buy-in ($160), there was a Mini edition of the 6-Max on the schedule. This tournament had a buy-in of just $30, and there were 970 players competing for a prize pool of $26,675.

The final table was top heavy with all six finalists in this tournament securing themselves of $830 while the top prize was $5,068.

That prize went to Sweden's "manne8080" after beating "JacktheCpt" from Romania in the deciding heads-up. The Romanian runner-up received $3,735.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1manne8080Sweden$5,068
2JacktheCptRomania$3,735
3RakDollBelarus$2,734
4IMurtazinRussia$1,867
5KellerAGermany$1,334
6tonikyaltaUkraine$830

XL Blizzard #30 - $10,000 Late 6-Max

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$55Jan. 27340$17,000

A late winner was crowned in the XL Blizzard #30 - $10,000 Late 6-Max. This event attracted 340 players to create a prize pool of $17,000. This time it wasn't a Swede snagging the top prize as it was Lithuania's "yrkkk" who won the event for $3,910 after defeating runner-up "DonMaxiQQ" who finished in second place for $2,720.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1yrkkkLithuania$3,910
2DonMaxiQQGermany$2,720
3MoldvarpaIceland$2,040
4KellerAGermany$1,360
5Laly139Argentina$1,020
6toastmanQNetherlands$697

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DateTime (GMT)TournamentBuy-in
Sun 28 Jan18:30XL Blizzard #31 - $150,000 Mega Deep$215
 20:00XL Blizzard #32 - $1,000,000 Main Event$1,050
 20:00XL Blizzard #33 - $200,000 Mini Main$160
 22:00XL Blizzard #34 - $50,000 Micro Main$30

"LucySagara70" Wins The $25,000 Knockout

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On the ninth day of the XL Blizzard Series on 888poker, players could compete in three new tournaments with the XL Blizzard #25 - $25,000 Knockout as the highlight of the day. The $35 buy-in Mini edition and a $75 buy-in Late edition started as well. Let's take a look at the results.


XL Blizzard #25 - $25,000 Knockout

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$150Jan. 26245$35,045

At 20:00 GMT, the XL Blizzard #25 - $25,000 Knockout kicked off. After late registration closed, there were 245 registered players resulting in a total prize pool of $35,045 with $5,113 reserved for the winner. More than nine hours were played before they crowned a champion.

Dutchman "LucySagara70" battled heads up against United Kingdom's "Patsharpe"

Nine players made the final table, securing themselves of $475. "Marklewis18" (ninth, $475) "spasticmonk" (eighth, $625), Fabricio "DrMiKee" Gonzalez (seventh, $875), "kakospaixths" (sixth, $1,125), "toolaterun" (fifth, $1,450) were eliminated in quick succession. After that, "HotSauce86" (fourth, $2,125) and "Perrymejsen" (third, $2,825) missed out on the final heads-up.

Dutchman "LucySagara70" battled heads up against United Kingdom's "Patsharpe" and in the end, the former took down the XL Blizzard title. The runner-up received $3,750 and an extra $349 in KO's while the winner won $5,113 and an extra KO worth $410.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeKOTotal Prize
1LucySagara70Netherlands$5,113$410$5,523
2PatsharpeUnited Kingdom$3,750$349$4,099
3PerrymejsenSweden$2,825$369$3,194
4HotSauce86Romania$2,125$369$2,494
5toolaterunNetherlands$1,450$185$1,635
6kakospaixthsGreece$1,125$246$1,371
7Fabricio "DrMiKee" GonzalezUruguay$875$492$1,367
8spasticmonkCanada$625$164$789
9Marklewis18United Kingdom$475$123$598

XL Blizzard #26 - $10,000 Mini Knockout

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$35Jan. 26731$23,758

For the players who didn't have the bankroll to play the $150 event, or wanted to multi table, there was also a Mini edition with a buy-in of just $35. In total, 1,731 players competed in this event which made for a $23,758 prize pool with the first prize just over $3,353.

The final two players made a deal.

In this event, Brazil's "BernardoBG" came one shy of making the money but that got the Brazilian a ticket for the Bubble of Bubbles tournament.

In the end, "IbetUfold_x" (fourth, $1,361) and "StollenAA" (third, $1,809) were eliminated from the final table. The final two players made a deal, where Czech Republic's "grigorq77" got $2,890 and Brazil's "SeuZezinho23" locked up $2,858.

After the deal, "grigorq77" won the tournament and got an extra $98 for knocking out other players and the final bounty.

PlacePlayerCountryPrizeKOTotal Prize
1grigorq77Czech Republic$2,890$98$2,988
2SeuZezinho23Brazil$2,858$105$2,963
3StollenAAGermany$1,809$90$1,899
4IbetUfold_xGermany$1,361$60$1,421
5SupertrampBRBrazil$950$38$988
6vampa500Belarus$768$30$798
7RAGS2RICHESCanada$585$38$623
8VomaniRussia$402$23$425
9JohnJones34United Kingdom$238$38$276

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Today's 888poker XL Blizzard Schedule

DateTime (GMT)TournamentBuy-in
Sat 27 Jan20:00XL Blizzard #28 - $50,000 6-Max$160
 20:00XL Blizzard #29 - $15,000 6-Max$30
 22:00XL Blizzard #30 - $10,000 6-Max$55

Jans 'Graftekkel' Arends Denied Second Title

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On the eighth day of the XL Blizzard Series on 888poker, players enjoyed a nice day of poker. In total, three tournaments started with the XL Blizzard #22 - $80,000 Quarterback as the highlight of the day. The $55 buy-in Mini edition and a $215 buy-in Late edition started as well. Let's take a look at the results.


XL Blizzard #22 - $80,000 Quarterback

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$215Jan. 25661$84,500

At 20:00 GMT, the $80,000 Quarterback started with players receiving a starting stack of 10,000 for a $215 buy-in. In case of busting while (late) registration was still open, players could rebuy for just $50. After late registration, there were 343 players and 318 rebuys for a total prize pool of $84,500. For the winner, $16,351 was reserved, while every finalist got at least $1,479.

Would Jans have won his second event of the series, he would have banked an extra $1,000


Jans 'Graftekkel' Arends, who won the Opening Event, was chasing his second title of this series. The Dutchman couldn't close this one after finishing in sixth place for $3,718. Would Jans have won his second event of the series, he would have banked an extra $1,000 in 888's $1 Million Winners Promotion.

In the end, it was "sayqmyqname" who took down this event for $16,351 after defeating Brazil's "andrebos" in the final battle. "OPH1UCHUS" finished in third place, just short from a five-figure score earning $9,295.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1sayqmyqnameUnited Arab Emirates$16,351
2andrebosBrazil$12,253
3OPH1UCHUSUnited Kingdom$9,295
4POTITOOOOOOOOMalta$6,971
5eijseijsSweden$4,817
6Jans 'Graftekkel' ArendsNetherlands$3,718
7T.R.AlbrechtGermany$2,873
8jxw331United Kingdom$2,028
9IneedmassariBrazil$1,479

XL Blizzard #23 - $20,000 Mini Quarterback

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$44Jan. 251,106$31,460

Just like the previous days, there was a Mini edition of the 'Main' tournament on the schedule. This event, the XL Blizzard #23 - $20,000 Mini Quarterback, had a buy-in of $44 and players could rebuy for just $10 if they busted before registration closed. In total, there were 1,106 entries creating a prize pool of $31,460. There was a top prize of $5,899 but in the end, nobody won that amount.

With four players remaining, the players made a deal where Dutchman "Mastelzmind" took the most money ($4,517). he or she wouldn't get the XL Blizzard title, though, losing in the heads-up to "bujalabujala" from Lithuania.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1bujalabujalaLithuania$3,496
2MastelzmindNetherlands$4,517
3eatyastackLatvia$3,460
4LeonBYBelarus$4,178
5U.E.N.O.Malta$1,652
6Kevinmac1United Kingdom$1,337
71OMGsolucky1Sweden$1,022
8IlikepugsSweden$708
9TheDEBTonatRCanada$444

XL Blizzard #24 - $20,000 Late Quarterback

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$109Jan. 25364$25,825

Another winner was crowned in the XL Blizzard #24 - $20,000 Late Quarterback, where 364 players competed to create a prize pool of $25,825.

After just six hours and eighteen minutes, it was Russia's "petrofv5501" who took the title and the first prize of $5,281. The Russian defeated Switzerland's "77DASH" in the deciding heads-up, after tournament regular Fabricio "DrMiKee" Gonzalez finished in third place.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1petrofv5501Russia$5,281
277DASHSwitzerland$3,874
3Fabricio "DrMiKee" GonzalezUruguay$2,918
4Krazzyaces77Canada$2,195
5NoMamesWey23Mexico$1,498
6yarik1903Ukraine$1,162
7Papasmerf88United Kingdom$904
8KzzonSweden$646
9alexos888Canada$491

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Today's 888poker XL Blizzard Schedule

DateTime (GMT)TournamentBuy-in
Thu 26 Jan20:00XL Blizzard #25 - $25,000 Knockout$150
 20:00XL Blizzard #26 - $10,000 Mini Knockout$35
 22:00XL Blizzard #27 - $10,000 Late Knockout$75

Bernardo "bsdias" Dias Misses Out On 8-Max Title

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On the sixth day of the 888poker XL Blizzard Series, three new tournaments were on the schedule. Most money was up for grabs in the $40,000 8-Max, where the winner could take home a five-figure score.


XL Blizzard #19 - $40,000 8-Max

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$109Jan. 24619$61,900

At 8 p.m. GMT, the XL Blizzard #19 - $40,000 8-Max started with each player receiving a massive 15,000 starting stack. After the late registration closed, there were 619 players. That made for a prize pool of $61,900, with a first-place prize of $11,761

The XL Blizzard #19 - $40,000 8-Max started with a massive 15,000 starting stack

After several hours, the tournament reached the final table. "alexxv14" and "pokanuktus" busted in eighth and seventh place, receiving $1,238 and $1,548 respectively.

"Palyaaa" from Finland finished in sixth place for $2,167 and "Philgreen111" got $3,095 for his or her fifth place. Russia's "blowjob1987" received $4,643 after busting in fourth place and Romanian "AlinGabrielG" ended up in third place for $6,500.

The final heads-up between Brazil's Bernardo "bsdias" Dias (lead photo) and Malta's "PazzoRJ" was won by the latter who secured $11,761. The runner-up had to settle for $8,666.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1PazzoRJMalta$11,761
2Bernardo "bsdias" DiasBrazil$8,666
3AlinGabrielGRomania$6,500
4blowjob1987Russia$4,643
5Philgreen111United Kingdom$3,095
6PalyaaaUkraine$2,167
7pokanuktusRussia$1,548
8alexxv14Romania$1,238

XL Blizzard #20 - $10,000 Mini 8-Max

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$12Jan. 242,120$22,018

For the players who couldn't afford the bigger buy-in ($109), there was a Mini edition of the Crazy 8 on the schedule. This tournament had a buy-in of just $12, and there were 2,120 players competing for a prize pool of $22,018. The final table was top heavy with all eight finalists in this tournament securing themselves of $220 while the top prize was $3,963.

That prize went to United Kingdom's "JohnJones34" after beating "Jpvasc" from Brazil in the deciding heads-up. The Brazilian runner-up received $2,862.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1JohnJones34United Kingdom$3,963
2JpvascBrazil$2,862
3poliakov777Ukraine$2,202
4batonlvivUkraine$1,541
5Maestro_BoltRussia$1,101
6CiaoBambinoLithuania$661
7KostyaNIIRussia$440
8lostpk14Brazil$220

XL Blizzard #21 - $10,000 Late 8-Max

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$30Jan. 24692$19,030

A late winner was crowned in the XL Blizzard #21 - $10,000 Late 8-Max. This event attracted 692 players to create a prize pool of $19,030. In the end, it was Latvia's "CR1TCHZ" who won the event for $3,597 after defeating runner-up "warhungry90" who finished in second place for $2,636.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1CR1TCHZLatvia$3,597
2warhungry90United Kingdom$2,636
3galan8Ukraine$1,941
4Vlada2108Slovakia$1,427
5casual_winUnited Kingdom$952
6DefiMensueelSweden$666
7teejyRussia$476
8U.RUTIGLIANOUnited Kingdom$333

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Today's 888poker XL Blizzard Schedule

DateTime (GMT)TournamentBuy-in
Thu 25 Jan20:00XL Blizzard #22 - $80,000 Quarterback$215
 20:00XL Blizzard #23 - $20,000 Mini Quarterback$44
 22:00XL Blizzard #24 - $20,000 Late Quarterback$109

Parker Talbot Makes High Roller Final Table

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On the fifth day of the 888poker XL Blizzard Series, three new tournaments were on the schedule. Most of the attention went out to the $250,000 High Roller, where some massive prizes were "up for grabs."


XL Blizzard #16 - $250,000 High Roller

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$2,100Jan. 23118$250,000

After almost nine hours of play, Mexico's "SteveyBG" won the XL Blizzard #16 - $250,000 High Roller for $63,697. The event attracted 118 players for a little overlay and a total prize pool of $250,000.

Some of the best tournament players in the poker world registered to the event. Well-known pros like Ole "olekonjole" Schemion, Martin "MJacobson888" Jacobson, Simon "Isildur1337x" Mattsson had a go at the most expensive tournament of the XL Blizzard series, but all without the necessary luck to make a deep run.

Just twelve places got paid in this tournament, and it was Dutchman "InJeBakkes" who fell in thirteenth place after losing a coin flip with pocket threes against ace-king. After that, "pekojizonno", "Whyfloatme" and "DosPoochies" missed out on the final table. The eventual final table was, however, by no means lacking household names.

"SteveyBG" stopped "OlNKOinkOink" from his second title of the day.


Parker "888tonkaaaa" Talbot was one of them, but he hit the rail in ninth place ($7,500).

Fabricio "DrMiKee" Gonzalez was down to eight big blinds, and he shoved with king-queen. Ben "jenbizzIe" Jones made the call with pocket sevens and held, eliminating Gonzalez in eighth place for $8,750. After that, Jones found himself eliminated in seventh place ($10,625) after shoving pocket tens into pocket queens.

Thirty minutes later, "summuNNN" defended his big blind against a raise from "OINKOinkOink" and flopped top pair with ten-eight. Unfortunately for him, the German had pocket aces and made an easy call when the Brit moved in. No help for "summuNNN" on the turn or river and he saw his run come to an end in sixth place for $13,125.

Ukraine's "yarik1903" won an event on Monday, but couldn't close the deal in the $2,100 High Roller. The Ukrainian ended up all in with ace-six against the ace-king of "aIderfaIder" and lost the hand, ending this event in fifth place for $17,500.

"aIderfaIder" was second in chips with four remaining, but still busted in fourth place for $23,750. The British player called all in with sixes but was facing pocket tens from "SteveyBG." "SteveyBG" flopped a set and eliminated the Brit.

With three left, Sebastian "p000cket000" Sikorski moved all in from the small blind with jack-three and received a call from "OINKOinkOink" in the big blind with ace-seven. The German regular won the hand to bust Sikorski in third place for $35,000. The two final players made a deal before their heads-up, and after that, it was Mexico's "SteveyBG" who got the title and first prize of $63,697.

With that, the Mexican player stopped "OlNKOinkOink" from his second title of the day. But still, the German had a fantastic runner-up finish for $51,303.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1SteveyBGMexico$63,697
2OlNKOinkOinkGermany$51,303
3Sebastian "p000cket000" SikorskiCanada$35,000
4aIderfaIderUnited Kingdom$23,750
5yarik1903Ukraine$17,500
6summuNNNUnited Kingdom$13,125
7Ben "jenbizzIe" JonesUnited Kingdom$10,625
8Fabricio "DrMiKee" GonzalezUruguay$8,750
9Parker "888tonkaaaa" TalbotCanada$7,500

XL Blizzard #17 - $100,000 Mini High Roller

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$215Jan. 23630$126,000

"OlNKOinkOink" came up short in the $2,100 High Roller where he finished runner-up, but he did come out on top in Event 17. Besting a field of 630 players, "OlNKOinkOink" went home with the top prize of almost $25,000.

The mini version of the High Roller easily made its guarantee, getting to a prize pool of $126,000 where just $100,000 was reserved by 888. While "OlNKOinkOink" was the one walking away with the title, he or she wasn't the one to leave this event the richest. Heads-up, a deal was made with countryman "Charlymogo" who banked $27,955.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1OlNKOinkOinkGermany$24,179
2CharlymogoGermany$27,955
3sweet_dr34msRussia$13,230
4sivvisGermany$10,080
5bluffing420sCanada$7,056
6Pasha813Russia$5,355
7WHATaDREAMBrazil$4,095
8DoobieFishUnited Kingdom$2,835
9YoureMagicalMexico$2,092

XL Blizzard #18 - $30,000 Late High Roller

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$160Jan. 23288$43,200

Another "high roller," this time with a buy-in of just $160 and a late start. Two Brazilians, two Swedes, a player from the Ukraine, and a Fin, Russian, Czech, and Canadian made for an international final table.

The Czech player "LovePorn69", who apparently loves to watch nature documentaries on the internet, walked away a winner. While "LovePorn69" got $8,050 for first, Russian player "P0vorachivay" ended up with a similar amount after a heads-up deal.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1LovePorn69Czech Republic$8,050
2P0vorachivayRussia$7,934
3Clay_BornSweden$5,076
4FukurukuUkraine$3,780
5rafitiaBrazil$2,592
6spasticmonkCanada$2,160
7KlonkfiskenSweden$1,728
8dmg34Finland$1,296
9MatheusCGBrazil$864

Today's 888poker XL Blizzard Schedule

DateTime (GMT)TournamentBuy-in
Wed 24 Jan20:00XL Blizzard #19 - $40,000 8-Max$109
 20:00XL Blizzard #20 - $10,000 Mini 8-Max$12
 22:00XL Blizzard #21 - $10,000 Late 8-Max$30

"yarik1903" Gets Ukraine's Second XL Blizzard Title

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On the fifth day of the 888poker XL Blizzard Series, just two new tournaments were played. Let's take a look who were crowned winners in these events on Monday


XL Blizzard #14 - $40,000 R&A

Buy-inDatePlayersRebuys+ Add-onsPrize pool
$55Jan. 22414308 + 252$48,700

At 20:00 GMT, the XL Blizzard #14 - $40,000 R&A started with over 400 players. During the first hour, players did 308 rebuys and 252 add-ons to create a total prize pool of $48,700. For the winner, there was the first prize waiting of $9,346 and a ticket for the Champion of Champions event next week.

Niklas “tutten7” Åstedt was the biggest name at the final table.

After several hours of play, it was Dutch player "BobLeeSwagga" who finished the tournament in 55th place. That meant "BobLeeSwagga" was the bubble boy and with that, received a ticket for the Bubble of Bubbles tournament. On the final table, Niklas “tutten7” Åstedt (lead photo) was the biggest name. The Swede made two big scores on Sunday and was chasing his first XL Blizzard title in this event. Unfortunately for him, he finished in sixth place for $2,070.

Not much later, "emreey90" exited in third place for $5,114. The final heads-up was between Ukraine's "yarik1903" and "hale_bop123" from Germany. It was the Ukrainian who took down the title and the first prize of $9,346.


XL Blizzard #15 - $10,000 Mini R&A

Buy-inDatePlayersRebuys+ Add-onsPrize pool
$5Jan. 221,4771,638 + 829$17,945

"DeltaSider" became the fourth Russian to win an XL Blizzard title!

For the players who didn't have the bankroll to play the $55 event, there was also a Mini edition with a buy-in of just $5. In total, 1,477 players competed in this event and they made for 1,638 rebuys and 829 add-ons. That made for a $17,945 prize pool with the first prize just over $3,000.

In this event, Russia's "SMVD1" came one shy of making the money but that got the Russian a ticket for the Bubble of Bubbles tournament. In the end, "luckypaanch75" (fourth, $1,220) and "moonm1969" (third, $1,703) were eliminated from the final table. The final two players made a deal, where Ukraine's "Agelesss1" got $2,676 and Russia's "DeltaSider" locked up $2,618.

After the deal, "DeltaSider" won the tournament and became the fourth Russian to win an XL Blizzard title!


Today's 888poker XL Blizzard Schedule

PokerNews is exclusively bringing you live updates from the XL Blizzard #16 - $250,000 High Roller tonight. Here's the full schedule for today's XL Blizzard:

DateTime (GMT)TournamentBuy-in
Tue 23 Jan20:00XL Blizzard #16 - $250,000 High Roller$2,100
 20:00XL Blizzard #17 - $100,000 Mini High Roller$215
 22:00XL Blizzard #18 - $30,000 Late High Roller$160

Niklas "tutten7" Astedt Cashes Big Twice, Jacobson Fourth in Whale

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On the fourth day of the 888poker XL Blizzard Series, five new tournaments were on the schedule. Most of the attention went out to the $200,000 Whale, where some great prizes were paid out to the players. Let's take a look who was crowned as a winner in this event and the results of the other events that played out on Sunday.


XL Blizzard #9 - $120,000 Mega Deep

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$215Jan. 21565$154,800

Well known Austrian grinder "23NoraB" took down the $120,000 guaranteed Mega Deep event, beating 564 other hopefuls to take down the first-place prize of almost $30,000. Heads-up he beat "Raise_Once," a Greek player using Phil Ivey's monicker. Second place netted him or her a massive $21,440. Russian player "NVladislav78" had to do with third place, worth $15,790.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
123NoraBAustria$29,257
2Raise_OnceGreece$21,440
3NVladislav78Russia$15,790
4seijistar1Brazil$11,610
5IneedmassariBrazil$7,740
6lrdvoldemortUnited Kingdom$5,418
7MerfinisUnited Kingdom$3,870
8StuntSoHardNetherlands$2,709

XL Blizzard #10 - $200,000 Tune Up

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$160Jan. 211,379$206,850

After almost 13 hours of play, the XL Blizzard #10 - $200,000 Tune Up finally crowned a winner. It was "RKOoutofNWHR" from Germany who claimed the first place prize of $35,591 after defeating countryman "Stiffler29" in heads-up play.

The event drew 1,027 players. They had a combined 352 rebuys, making for a total of 1,379 entries. That created a prize pool of $206,850 with 135 places getting paid. It was "Fackedelic" from Austria that finished on the bubble and was the last player unable to break into the money.

After more than 10 hours of play, the tournament dwindled down to nine players who made up the official final table. In one of the first hands, "gtavares" finished in 9th place ($2,482). After that, it took a while before "Gusalagupagu" lost his stack with pocket kings against chip leader "RKOoutofNWHR" to end in eighth place. "BtM4Ever" (seventh, $6,206) and "Avskedad" (sixth, $8,274) followed in quick succession to get down to five players.

With five players left, "VisionLikeN." was all in for his or her last fifteen big blinds with two red nines. "RKOoutofNWHR" found pocket queens and made the easy call. The queens were still good after five community cards, which meant that "VisionLikeN." finished in fifth place for $8,274. Niklas "tutten7" Astedt and "Allindgaard" were the shortest stacks with four players left. They got their money in with king-queen against nines, and the Swede turned a queen to bust the Danish player in fourth place for $14,893.

Niklas "tutten7" Astedt then lost a few pots in a row and was down to fifteen big blinds. He went all in from the small blind with {Q-Hearts}{J-Hearts} and received a call from "RKOoutofNWHR" in the big blind with {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}. The board ran out {5-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{6-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{5-Clubs} and Astedt finished in third place for $19,858.

The two German players made a deal before the heads-up started. After both agreed to the numbers, they decided to flip for the XL title and $4,000 extra. After several flips, it was "RKOoutofNWHR" who won the XL Blizzard title and the first prize of $35,591. The German defeated fellow countryman "Stiffler29", who took a prize of $28,181 after the heads-up deal.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1RKOoutofNWHRGermany$35,591
2Stiffler29Germany$28,181
3Niklas "tutten7" AstedtSweden$19,858
4AllindgaardDenmark$14,893
5VisionLikeN.Germany$10,343
6AvskedadSweden$8,274
7BtM4EverArgentina$6,206
8GusalagupaguRomania$3,137
9gtavares10Brazil$2,482

XL Blizzard #11 - $40,000 Mini Tune Up

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$12Jan. 214,840$52,647

For those who thought $160 for the regular Tune Up was a little too much, 888 had the Mini Tune Up in store, asking just $12 to enter. A massive turnout of 4,840 players resulted in a sizable prize pool worth $52,647.

Making the final table would result in 33 times your money, but winning would get you your money back times 564. "BL1NDRAZOR" was the one to make the final table but had to settle for the former, getting $400 for ninth place. "boarbag", like "BL1NDRAZOR" from the United Kingdom, followed suit and exited in eight position.

The win would go to Germany as "geniuspoker" won the heads up battle after striking a deal with "dolaBET," "geniuspoker" took home $6,775 while "dolaBET" got wired $6,127.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1geniuspokerGermany$6,775
2dolaBETLithuania$6,127
3Felipe "FmoraesP" Moraes PereiraBrazil$4,054
4yHuKaJIbHbIuRussia$3,054
5NdbndsUkraine$2,106
6fankatabtMacedonia$1,474
7fishyfishy.Romania$948
8boarbagUnited Kingdom$526
9BL1NDRAZORUnited Kingdom$400

XL Blizzard #12 - $200,000 Whale

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$1,050Jan. 21197$200,000

Niklas "tutten7" Astedt did well in the $200 Tune Up finishing third for $19,858, but he did even better in the $200,000 Whale. Astedt battled himself to the heads up where he faced off against "CrystalMad" from the United Kingdom. Astedt wouldn't be able to close the deal, losing heads-up to go out in second, netting himself $32,000. Still, not a bad weekend for the Sede who cashed for $51,858 in these two events combined.

Coming in fourth was none other than Martin "MJacobson888" Jacobson. The former WSOP Main Event champion, who signed a sponsorship deal with 888poker at the beginning of the year, took home $18,000.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1CrystalMadUnited Kingdom$46,000
2Niklas "tutten7" AstedtSweden$32,000
3Ronaldo4112Malta$24,300
4Martin "MJacobson888" JacobsonUnited Kingdom$18,000
5mario73mUnited Kingdom$12,000
6APOARSLANSweden$10,000
7WhyfloatmeUnited Kingdom$8,000
8Madeon1994Sweden$6,000
9sonmonedassArgentina$5,000

XL Blizzard #13 - $20,000 Late Tune Up

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$55Jan. 21679$33,950

Besides the regular Tune Up and the Mini edition of the same event, a late version was on offer as well. For those still willing to play late at night, the $55 buy-in event was the perfect destination.

679 players registered the event, making for a prize pool of almost $34,000. "Avgustys" from Ukraine took home the biggest prize, winning $6,417 after beating Belarusian player "GoFighTer" heads up.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1AvgustysUkraine$6,417
2GoFighTerBelarus$4,702
3jorecCzech Republic$3,463
4CNpoker666United Kingdom$2,614
5gruzin_vovaRussia$1,833
6MAMOHT_TRussia$1,443
7elf88.74Russia$1,103
8HellChicKKenBelarus$764
9SugarBeastGermany$519

Today's 888poker XL Blizzard Schedule

DateTime (GMT)TournamentBuy-in
Mon 22 Jan20:00XL Blizzard #14 - $40,000 R&A Event$55
 20:00XL Blizzard #15 - $10,000 Mini R&A$5

"Rekrutt1" Wins The $50,000 Crazy 8

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On the third day of the 888poker XL Blizzard Series, three new tournaments started. Most of the attention went out to the $50,000 Crazy 8, where the only five-figure prize of the day was won by Norwegian player "Rekrutt1". Let's take a look at this tournament and the results of the other events that played out on Saturday.


XL Blizzard #6 - $50,000 Crazy 8

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$88Jan. 20668$53,440

At 20:00 GMT, the XL Blizzard #6 - $50,000 Crazy 8 kicked off. After late registration closed, there were 465 registered players. With a total of 203 rebuys, that made for a total of 668 entries, resulting in a a total prize pool of $53,440 with $10,154 reserved for the winner. More than eight hours were played before they crowned a champion.

Eight players made the final table, securing themselves of $1,069. "ricochi_91" (eighth, $1,069), "DR_Puyol" (seventh, $1,336), "PoulPanasony" (sixth, $1,870), "PBD03" (fifth, $2,672) were eliminated in quick succession. After that, "CARRAMROD" (fourth, $4,008) and "DoobieFish" (third, $5,483) missed out on the final heads-up.

Russia's "Ksuna" battled against Norway's "Rekrutt1" and in the end, the latter mentioned defeated his opponent to be crowned as the winner. The Norwegian received the first prize of $10,154, while the runner-up had to settle for $7,482.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Rekrutt1Norway$10,154
2KsunaRussia$7,482
3DoobieFishUnited Kingdom$5,483
4CARRAMRODColombia$4,008
5PBD03Canada$2,672
6PoulPanasonyDenmark$1,870
7DR_PuyolSwitzerland$1,336
8ricochi_91Peru$1,069

XL Blizzard #7 - $15,000 Mini Crazy 8

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$8.80Jan. 202,545$20,360

For the players who couldn't afford the biggest buy-in ($88) of the day, there was a Mini edition of the Crazy 8 on the schedule. This tournament had a buy-in of $8.80 and there were 2,545 players competing for a prize pool of $20,360. Every finalist in this tournament would secure him- or herself of $204 but all eyes were on the top prize of $3,563.

That top prize went to Finland's "NeveGiveUp" after beating "bunder17" from Germany in heads-up. The German runner-up received $2,545.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1NeveGiveUpFinland$3,563
2bunder17Germany$2,545
3anper888Peru$1,971
4A25091973Russia$1,425
5BEPH9IKRussia$1,018
6Nieapamieta1Czech Republic$611
7h_k_phooeyUnited Kingdom$407
8Darlene2013Canada$204

XL Blizzard #8 - $15,000 Late Crazy 8

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$44Jan. 20445$17,800

Another winner was crowned in the XL Blizzard #8 - $15,000 Late Crazy 8. This event was played by 445 players to create a prize pool of $17,800. In the end, it was Russia's "msksevart " who won the event for $3,025 after making a heads-up deal with runner-up "Javierv10" who finished in second place for $3,027.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1msksevartRussia$3,025
2Javierv10Colombia$3,027
3KelevraJesusMalta$1,958
4xane7aMalta$1,424
5Am44ndaSweden$979
6luckypanch75Ukraine$712
7DefiMensuelSweden$534
8yrkkkLithuania$445

Today's 888poker XL Blizzard Schedule

DateTime (GMT)TournamentBuy-in
Sun 21 Jan17:30XL Blizzard #9 - $120,000 Mega Deep$215
 18:00 p.m.XL Blizzard #10 - $200,000 Tune Up$160
 6:00 p.m.XL Blizzard #11: $40,000 Mini Tune Up$12
 19:00 p.m.XL Blizzard #12 - $200,000 Whale$1,050
 9:00 p.m.XL Blizzard #13 - $20,000 Late Tune Up$55