Live Events 2
XL Blizzard #32 - $500,000 Main Event
Days:
1

Event Info

Buy-in $250
Players 1,557

Level Info

Level 40
Blinds 800,000 / 1,600,000
Ante 200,000

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 1,557

Highlights

Highlights

XL Blizzard #32 - $500,000 Main Event
Day 1 Completed

"ribamech15" of the Russian Federation Ships The XL Blizzard Main Event ($84,450)

elron66 • Level 40: 800,000-1,600,000, 200,000 ante

At just over 14 and a half hours, it lived up to the name Main Event. When the dust settled on XL Blizzard #32 - $500,000 Main Event, all the chips were in front of the Russian Federation's "ribamech15" and they had a an extra $84,450 in their bankroll.

There was a bit of extra value as they fell just short of the guarantee, with 1,557 entries plus 520 rebuys they came pretty close to the promised $500,000.

2020 XL Blizzard Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1ribamech15$84,450
2gtavares10$60,100
3fastfingers$46,000
4daltonhb$32.500
5mikinads$23,750
6J0hnnyJ0hn$19,000
7Agustin12389$14,250
8vezunchiksss$9,500
9noahdapitty$5,400

Main Event Recap

The biggest event in the XL Blizzard kicked off at 5PM GMT, but even with 5 hours of late registration, it started off strong with more than 700 players in their seats when the first hand was dealt. By the time the registration was over 5 hours later, 1,557 entries added 520 rebuys. That meant 207 players got paid, with a minimum cash set at $550, and the $84,450 up top.

It took another 2 hours and 20 minutes to get into the money, and once that happened, things moved even faster. Just an hour later they were down to 109 players left and another hour later just 55 remained.

It started to slow down a bit at that point, with another 3 hours elapsing before the final table was set. Then they hit the gas again. Canadian "noahdapitty" was the first off the big stage, followed "vezunchiksss" of the Ukraine a few minutes later. "Agustin12389", "J0hnnyJ0hn", "mikinads", and "daltonhb" then quickly exited as well bringing the total down to three.

They played three handed for close to 40 minutes before Ireland's "fastfingers" took the 3rd place spot worth $46,000 after they got their short stack in with suited gappers and ran into ace-queen.

Heads up took about 30 minutes, and while they started close to even, Russia's "ribamech15" build and held a lead. "gtavares10" of Brazil played the short stack well, doubling when they had to, and finding the right folds to stay alive. It wasn't to be though, and after about half an hour of heads up play, they finally got it in with ace-nine, only to run into big slick in the winner's hand. The second place was worth $60,100 for the Brazilian, while $84,450 went to the Russian winner.

That brings the 2020 XL Blizzard to a close. Thanks for following along here with PokerNews, and we hope to see you again soon for 888poker's next big online festival.

"gtavares10" Eliminated in 2nd Place ($60,100)

elron66 • Level 40: 800,000-1,600,000, 200,000 ante

"ribamech15" had the 3:1 chip advantage, and when they limped into a pot, "gtavares10" came over top with a shove for 29,256,551. "ribamech15" quickly called, and it was a tough spot for the short stack.

"gtavares10": {a-Hearts}{9-Clubs}
"ribamech15": {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}

"gtavares10" was looking for hearts or a nine, but the board came {5-Spades}{7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{k-Clubs} to send them home in 2nd with a pocket full of $60,100.

ribamech15 ru
ribamech15
ru 103,850,000 34,253,583
gtavares10 br
gtavares10
br Busted

"ribamech15" Leading Heads Up

elron66 • Level 40: 800,000-1,600,000, 200,000 ante

"ribamech15" has the distinct advantage heads up at the moment, but "gtavares10" has been all in for their life a few times and survived, so the match is far from over.

ribamech15 ru
ribamech15
ru 69,596,417 14,699,646
gtavares10 br
gtavares10
br 34,253,583 -14,699,646
Level:
40
Blinds:
800,000/1,600,000
Ante:
200,000

"fastfingers" Eliminated in 3rd Place ($46,000)

elron66 • Level 39: 600,000-1,200,000, 150,000 ante

After a raise and a call, "fastfingers" shoved the small stack on their big blind. "gtavares10" called, and it was {j-Spades}{9-Spades} for the short stack against {a-Clubs}{q-Spades} for "gtavares10". They didn't need it, but the {4-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{5-Spades}{2-Hearts}{3-Hearts} board ran out to a wheel for the covering stack, and "fastfingers" was out in 3rd place for $46K.

gtavares10 br
gtavares10
br 51,000,000 32,797,807
fastfingers ie
fastfingers
ie Busted

"ribamech15" Turns Huge

elron66 • Level 39: 600,000-1,200,000, 150,000 ante

"gtavares10" raised to 2 million from button, and "ribamech15" called from the big blind. The flop came {k-Clubs}{10-Spades}{j-Spades} and "ribamech15" check-called a bet of 1,800,014.

Action went check-check on the {k-Hearts} turn, but when "ribamech15" checked the {a-Diamonds} river, "gtavares10" put in 7,215,403. "ribamech15" check-raised to 14,430,906, and after a tank, "gtavares10" called, and mucked when they saw {k-Spades}{10-Clubs} in their opponent's hand.

ribamech15 ru
ribamech15
ru 52,705,646 16,106,970
gtavares10 br
gtavares10
br 18,202,193 -16,605,970
Level:
39
Blinds:
600,000/1,200,000
Ante:
150,000

Big Hand Before Break Brings Them Even Again (full)

elron66 • Level 38: 500,000-1,000,000, 125,000 ante

Chips have been moving around, but no one is able to gain an advantage. On the final hand before the break, "fastfingers" raised to 2 million from the button with 23 million behind and "ribamech15" three-bet from the small blind to 6,254,429 with 36.5 million behind.

"fastfingers" called and the flop came {10-Spades}{8-Spades}{a-Spades}. It checked around to the {8-Clubs} turn and again to the {3-Hearts} river. "fastfingers" bet 9,976,400 after "ribamech15" checked a third time and got the fold.

ribamech15 ru
ribamech15
ru 36,598,676 -6,754,444
gtavares10 br
gtavares10
br 34,808,163 9,750,000
fastfingers ie
fastfingers
ie 32,443,161 -2,995,556