Between Jan. 19 and Jan. 31, 888poker hosts 63 events including a Mini, Turbo and Main version of each tournament. There is also a Super XL Series leaderboard running throughout the festival where the top 18 points earners will face off in the Super XL Champion of Champions Event at 6:00 p.m. on Jan. 31. The winner is awarded a package to the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event.
Three events kick off the latest edition of the Super XL Series and guarantee at least $115,000 will be won one the opening day. The first three events are:
|Event #1: $80,000 Super XL – Opening Event||7 p.m.||$109||$80,000|
|Event #2: $15,000 Super XL – Mini Opening Event||7:01 p.m.||$12||$15,000|
|Event #3: $20,000 Super XL – Turbo Opening Event||9 p.m.||$55||$20,000|
Thanks to the numerous satellites running around the clock, some of the higher buy in events represent huge value, especially the $1,050 Super XL Main Event with its $1.5 million guarantee. The first Super XL Main Event ran four years ago and was a $500,000 guaranteed tournament and has since morphed into one of online poker’s must-play events.
When the Super XL Main Event ran in September of 2016, it too featured a $1.5 million guarantee. By the end of late registration, 1,291 players had bought in and made 449 rebuys, taking the prize pool to a staggering $1.74 million, the largest prize pool played for at 888poker ever.
On that day, the Main Event ended in a three-way chop with Canada’s “GetLuckyAK” coming out on top and walking away with $261,214. Finnish star Sami “d144n1” Kelpopuro was the runner-up and banked $210,810 with 888poker ambassador Dominik “888Dominik” Nitsche finishing in third place and netting $206,400.
Although the $1,050 buy-in for the Super XL Main Event is out of the bankroll constraints of a large section of the poker community, there are satellites running around the clock that eventually feed into it. The Main Event begins at 7:00 p.m. on Jan. 29.
Look out for the Super XL Qualifier, a free-to-enter tournament where the top two finishers win a $1,050 Main Event entry and the runners-up share $750 in cash.
There are also $1.5 million Super XL Main Event Qualifier tournaments costing $55 and $109 taking place, but players may find more joy in the two mega satellites that are scheduled to run on Jan. 22 and Jan. 29.
The Jan. 22 Mega Satellite commences at 7:36 p.m., costs $160 to enter and guarantees at least 15 seats to the $1,050 Main Event. On Jan. 29 at 4:05 p.m., there are an impressive 50 seats to the Main Event guaranteed in the $215 buy in Mega Satellite.
It is possible for players to win their way into the $55, $109 and $160 satellites via 888poker Step tournaments, which start with buy-ins as low as $0.01. Check out the “Satellites” tab in the 888poker lobby to see when these run.
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