Day 1 Completed
|Blinds||200,000 / 400,000|
Players Info - Day 1
Day 1 Completed
The final day of the 2020 888poker XL Winter Series has come to an end, and "Kazi070486" of the Russian Federation is the new Main Event Champion. They battled their way through 1,804 entries in the XL Winter Series #32: $500,000 Main Event PKO to take down the top prize of $34,685, as well as $26,178 extra in bounties.
The Main Event marked the end of an eleven day festival with 34 events and more than $1 million in guarantees, with $500,000 alone guaranteed for the Main Event. The win in today's Main Event added to more than $500,000 in scores for "Kazi070486" on 888poker.
Final Table Results
|5||Gytis "peledazmogis" Lazauninkas||Lithuania||$11,784||$794||$12,578|
XL Winter Series #32: $500,000 Main Event PKO kicked off at 1 p.m. eastern time today, and when the registration closed four and a half hours later, 1,104 players combined for 1,464 total entries. That didn't quite make the guarantee, so the 240 players to get paid shared the $500,000 guarantee.
The action played quickly once registration closed. There were 434 players left at the tables, but it only took 90 minutes to play down to the money.
It didn't slow down any once they were getting paid. About 30 minutes after the bubble burst, Dara "Doked" O'Kearney ended his day in 172nd place. O'Kearney, who literally wrote the book on PKO format poker, played a short stack very well up to the bubble, then got it in with a suited ace and a chance for bounties, but bricked his flush draw.
It took about another four hours to play down to the final table. Along the way, players like "Haddawayan", "Ezreaal", and "Langolier86" all built big stacks, but ultimately fell by the wayside. "D3n1sk4PP" also built a big stack during the in-the-money phase, but ended up bubbling the final table in 10th place.
The final table took only about half an hour to complete, and it went in spurts. The first four eliminations came quickly, with "Kazi070486" scoring a double knockout of "Mute88" and "rivadeep" when they both got ace-jack in against the ace-five of the eventual winner, and a five came on the board.
They played 5-handed for a few minutes before Gytis "peledazmogis" Lažauninkas started the next flurry of bustouts with their 5th place finish. Things went very quickly after that, and even heads up lasted just a few hands before a cooler saw "Acp0lle" get it in with ace-jack only to run into ace-queen.
That's a wrap for the 2020 888poker XL Winter Series. Stay tuned to PokerNews for action in live and online events across the globe.
It all ended in a cooler after a pre-flop raise war that saw "Acp0lle" in with ace-jack against ace-queen for "Kazi070486" with the biggest stack. The ace-queen held, and "Acp0lle" was out in 2nd place for a total of $38,252.
"Kazi070486" raised to more than 1M from the small blind, and "M.Flush.N" called from the big. "Kazi070486" 722,400 on the flop and got the call. They bet 3,702,300 on the turn, and got a call again to the river. "Kazi070486" shoved with the biggest stack, and "M.Flush.N" called it off.
"Kazi070486" raised to 600K from the button, and "Mr.CRusher" called the big blind. The flop came and they check-called for 420K. The turn came and "Mr.CRusher" check-called a shove from "Kazi070486" for their life.
"Kazi070486" had the best ten, leaving "Mr.CRusher" on the rail.
After a raise from "Acp0lle" and a call from Gytis "peledazmogis" Lažauninkas in the big blind, the money went in on the flop. Lažauninkas was on a straight draw with queen-nine, against the ace-seven pair, but bricked their draw for 5th place.
It was a race with "Mr.CRusher" shoving jack-ten suited in the big blind after a raise from Gytis "peledazmogis" Lažauninkas with fives. "Mr.CRusher" hit a ten on the river to hold and double.
"Jarmoausalt" got is in with a suited ace, but "Kazi070486" had a bigger one and held for the win.