It must have been a good feeling for tournament players when they woke up on Thursday. It was time for the start of the latest edition of the 2017 Super XL Series on the second largest online poker room 888poker. On the first day of the series, three tournaments started resulting in three winners from three different countries. Let's see the results!
$109 Event #1: $80,000 Super XL - Opening Event
After over 10 hours of play, Canada's "Mindcrushers" won the $109 Event #1: $80,000 Super XL - Opening Event For $28,224. The opening event attracted 1,033 players and 535 rebuys to generate a $156,800 prize pool or almost double the $80,000 guarantee.
|5||Luis "pegAAmigo" Dono||$7,840|
|9||Chris "888Moorman" Moorman||$1,882|
Among those in the field were a pair of 888poker Ambassadors including Germany's Natalie "888NatalieH" Hof and United Kingdom's Chris "888Moorman" Moorman.
While Hof was eliminated just shy of the money, Moorman managed a deep run all the way to the final table where he exited the tournament in ninth place to collect $1,882 after his ace-jack proved to be no match for the pocket queens held by MindCrushers.
After Moorman was eliminated, Brazil's "liincownz" (eighth - $3,136), "TheMulletman" (seventh - $4,704) and Poland's "silskyer" (sixth - $6,272) were all eliminated in quick succession.
Luis "pegAAmigo" Dono was then eliminated by "climbndream" in fifth place for $7,840 when his ace-nine was unable to catch up to his opponent's ace-jack. About half an hour later, Mexico's "LrdofDonkTwn" was eliminated in fourth place for $11,289.60 when his ace-five was crushed by Mindcrushers' ace-jack.
Without too much delay, play was heads up after trojanmouse got it all in with ace-nine and was subsequently eliminated in third place for $15,053 against climbndream who held ace-king.
Mindcrushers entered heads-up play with an almost five-to-one chip advantage. However, climbndream battled back to eventually take a four-to-one chip advantage himself. Mindcrushers was able to retake the lead, this time for good when he or she hit a straight after going all in with queen-jack against his opponent's ace-five. Mindcrushers eliminated climbndream in second place for $20,117 after his queen-ten was able to edge out his opponent's ace-jack.
$12 Event #2: $15,000 Super XL - Mini Opening Event
For the players who couldn't afford the bigger opening event ($109), there was a smaller tournament starting just a minute later. The buy-in for this event was just $12 and a total of 2,099 players registered to create a prize pool of $36,133.50. The winner awaited a prize of $5,709.09 while 252 players would cash at least $32.52 to make the money.
This time the only 888poker ambassador playing the tournament was Natalie "888NatalieH" Hof. She busted in 1,343rd place, far from reaching the money. Hours after Hof busted, the final table with nine players cashed a minimum prize of $422.76 was reached.
This was the most "certhh" could get because he finished in ninth. He was followed to the rail by "MikiDave" (eighth - $683), "nueces.es" (seventh - $1,019) and "buxi1234" (sixth - $1,366). After that, Slovenian player "Roda_PFC23" left in fifth place for $1,713 while "Jupp.shippts" from Austria took fourth for $2,331.
In the end "WestHamUn" would miss the deciding heads-up, as he lost all his chips in third place. He got $3,104 for his deep run, while "smaryk" and "jobsster" played the final heads-up to become an 888poker Super XL winner. Germany's jobsster defeated his Latvian opponent to secure himself the victory and the first place prize of $5,709.
$55 Event #3: $20,000 Super XL - Turbo Opening Event
For the fans of fast-paced action, there was also a Turbo Opening Event with a buy-in of $55. A total of 685 players registered to create a total prize pool of $47,800.
Again only one 888poker ambassador played in this tournament and it was the finalist of the opening event: Chris "888Moorman" Moorman. This time he didn't come near the money; the Brit finished in 201st place for a total of zero dollars.
Another finalist of the opening event did reach his second final table of the day. Czech Republic's trojanmouse, who also finished third in the first event of the day, made it to the final nine and ended his second deep run in fifth for a total of $2,510. Before that, the tournament said goodbye to "Crymearive", "therudimeer", "Rodisking" and "backdown8", who all made a nice profit.
After the elimination of trojanmouse, "inexperiente" left in fourth for $3,585. Frederico "VitorBrasil" Conca Silva went down in third for $4,780 and Egor "Omfg72oAgain" Boriskin was left to play the deciding heads-up against "Ozzy_M". The latter defeated his Russian opponent to secure himself of victory, the top prize of $8,963 and the honors of being an 888poker Super XL Series winner!
After the first day, the leaderboard is as followed with Event #1 winner, Mindcrushers, currently leading the way:
|8||Luis "pegAAmigo" Dono||Czech Republic||174.28|
|Jan. 20||19:00||Event #4 $20,000 Super XL - Twins Royal||$55|
|19:00||Event #5 $20,000 Super XL - Twins Flush||$55|
|Jan. 21||16:00||Event #6 $40,000 Super XL - Octopus||$215|
|17:40||Event #7 $20,000 Super XL - Saturday R&A||$55|
|19:00||Event #8 $80,000 Super XL - Crazy 8||$88|
|19:00||Event #9 $15,000 Super XL - Mini Crazy 8||$8.80|
|19:35||Event #10 $25,000 Super XL - Saturday Challenge||$55|
|21:00||Event #11 $15,000 Super XL - Turbo Crazy 8||$55|
|Jan. 22||15:45||Event #12 $35,000 Super XL - Sunday Breeze||$55|
|17:30||Event #13 $150,000 Super XL - Mega Deep||$215|
|18:00||Event #14 $250,000 Super XL - Tune Up||$160|
|18:00||Event #15 $50,000 Super XL - Mini Tune Up||$12|
|18:30||Event #16 $35,000 Super XL - Sunday Monsoon||$55|
|19:00||Event #17 $200,000 Super XL - Whale||$600|
|19:35||Event #18 $100,000 Super XL - Sunday Challenge||$90|
|20:30||Event #19 $50,000 Super XL - Turbo Mega Deep||$215|
|19:35||Mega Satellite to Main Event - 15 seats GTD||$160|
|21:00||Event #20 $30,000 Super XL - Turbo Tune Up||$55|
|22:00||Event #21 $10,000 Super XL - Super Turbo Tune Up||$75|