A total of 710 entries were gathered in XL Eclipse #32 - $1,000,000 Main Event. The tournament fell short of the guarantee with Roman "Romeopro33" Romanovskyi being the main benefactor as he took down the tournament for an outstanding $187,500 and was crowned the champion.
The Ukranian had a heated and bad beat filled heads-up battle with Isildur1337x, who was the chipleader for most of the final table. After a few chip lead changes between the two, it was Romeopro33 who would come out on top, sending Isildur1337x out in second place, getting a respectable $135,000 for his efforts.
Many well-known 888poker ambassadors came to play the Main Event such as Chris "888Moorman" Moorman (247th Place), Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche (118th Place), Sofia "sofialovgren" Lovgren (40th Place - $4,000), and fan favorite Parker "888tonkaaaa" Talbot (37th Place - $4,000).
Once the late registration period had ended, there were 90 places being paid and around six hours into the day, on level 21, it was pullztrigger who would be dubbed the bubble boy. All of the remaining players were now guaranteed a min-cash of $2,600.
The play, as per usual, opened up heavily after the bubble had popped and players dropped rapidly. The play tightened up once the tournament had reached five tables and it would not be until level 32 that the final table was set.
Final table results:
|1||Roman "Romeopro33" Romanovskyi||Ukraine||$187,500|
|2||Simon "Isildur1337x" Mattson||Sweden||$135,000|
|5||Felipe "mr.salgado" Salgado||Brazil||$52,500|
Final Table Action
The first person to make an exit on the final table was NumbeeerONE who lost almost all of his chips to Isildur1337x, running ace-queen into aces. It was just a few hands later that NumbeeerONE would take an exit when he moved all in with king-nine against the ace-king of wisimaki.
A couple of hands after the first elimination of the final table it was Kamcumir finding himself fall victim to Isildur1337x, after pushing his nut flush draw all in against Isildur1337x's top pair of queens. Kamcumir failed to hit and was sent home in eighth place.
varonislv grinded as long as he could before pushing his stack all in from the small blind with pocket tens and would have a caller in Isildur1337x, who was holding big slick. The flop came down in varonislv's favor, but a king on the turn would seal his fate as the next to exit from the tournament in seventh.
It was just one level after the final table had started when Isildur1337x opened from the cutoff, wisimaki moved all in and Isildur1337x called. wisimaki had pocket fives against Isildur1337x's ten-seven. The flop came down with a ten, giving Isildur1337x the lead and he would keep it as the board ran out dry, eliminating wisimaki from the tournament in sixth place.
The fifth-place finisher would be Felipe "mr.saldago" Salgado who pushed all in with ace-seven and found a call in nitGMmator holding ace-queen. The flop came down with a queen and the board ran out clean for nitGMmator, giving him the pot and eliminating mr.salgado from the tournament in fifth place.
StuntSoHard would be the next to take an exit after he had moved all with a great hand in ace-jack, but was unfortunate to be called by Isildur1337x, who was holding ace-queen. The board did not improve StuntSoHard's hand and he was eliminated from the tournament in fourth.
nitGMmator was waiting patiently, picking up nice pots when he needed to and making the correct folds. When he moved all in with his ace-queen, he found himself in a cooler situation, with Isildur1337x waking up with pocket aces. nitGMmator did not improve and would take an exit in third place.
The heads-up match lasted almost three blind levels before someone was crowned the victor. Both players took turns as the chipleader until finally it was Romeopro33 ending the tournament with none other than pocket aces, sending Isildur1337x out in second place.
Romeopro33 grinded out the final few tables and did not really get very aggressive until play was down the final two. He let Isildur1337x do all the dirty work, eliminating almost the whole final table single-handedly. Once heads-up play began it was Romeopro33 who became the aggressor and after a couple of flips he would be the champion.
That wraps up the PokerNews coverage of the XL Eclipse #32 - $1,000,000 Main Event, always look for updates on all of your favorite tournaments and events at PokerNews.com.