The 888poker ChampionChips Story So Far

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888poker has guaranteed at least $150,000 will be won by the time the 18th ChampionChips tournament crowns its champion. Seven events are already in the bag and the total prize money awarded stands at an impressive $105,626 thanks to 888poker players embracing this low-stakes festival and showing it great support.

Event #1: $5,000 Opening Ceremony (6-Max)

Buy-in: $5
Entrants: 1,970
Rebuys: 951
Prize pool: $13,295.10

Thailand’s “palimbo” took down the opening event of the ChampionChips series and turned their $5 into a bankroll-boosting $1,930. A total of 1,970 players bought in and made 951 rebuys between them, which resulted in the $5,000 guarantee being obliterated and a prize pool of $13,295 created. What a superb start to the series and a sign of things to come.

PlacePlayerPrize
1palimbo$1,930
2TeamWithered$1,462
3backdoor888$1,050
4habikkkkk$664
5MoneyformeBr$452
6idntknwany1$292

Event #2: $25,000 Half Marathon

Buy-in: $12
Entrants: 2,744
Prize pool: $29,909.60

The second event of the ChampionChips series attracted 2,744 players to the 888poker tables to smash the $25,000 guarantee by $4,909. This tournament ended in a four-handed chop with Brazil’s “jiraiaKK” claiming the lion’s share of the prize pool, namely $3,915. Interestingly, third-placed “8varethika” won the second-largest amount thanks to the deal struck between the final foursome.

PlacePlayerPrize
1jiraiaKK$3,915*
2vitmars$2,747*
38varethika$3,029*
4konnichiwah$2,154*
5Iancrona123$1,238
6OJIEHKA$897
7IIIvil888$598
8Makarios007$358
9jadou11$269

*reflects a four-handed deal

Event #3: $1,500 Race Track (Turbo)

Buy-in: $1
Entrants: 1,941
Rebuys: 1,153
Prize pool: $2,815.54

The third event of the series was played at a fast and furious pace due to it only costing $1 to enter, being played to turbo speed blinds and players being allowed to make rebuys during late registration. A field of 1,941 players purchased 1,153 rebuys between them and broke the guarantee by more than $1,300.

“Yuramouzze” was the player to emerge victorious, banking $444 after six hours of play.

PlacePlayerPrize
1yuramouzze$444
2rafax_diaz11$333
3Svetozar.K$241
4JDMAC70$181
5VeriLaki$133
6dosgen211272$106
7IamSanOK$79
8marcolajr95$53
9its_time89$32

Event #4: $10,000 Long Jump

Buy-in: $12
Entrants: 1,192
Rebuys: 430
Prize pool: $17,679.80

Another event completed and another guarantee blown out of the water, this time by a cool $7,679. Taking full advantage of the swollen prize pool was the German player known as “internetboss” who turned his $12 investment into a much more substantial $3,051 after defeating Russia’s “Enemy_of_y” heads-up; the runner-up was awarded $2,209.

PlacePlayerPrize
1internetboss$3,051
2Enemy_of_y$2,209
3Gwonkel$1,679
4Vincenthor1$1,230
5hofmannndp$875
6MUIAMAN777$698
7p0dgAn1cA$521
8hale_bop123$344
9vinisba$194

Event #5: $1,500 Sync Swimming (Omaha)

Buy-in: $5
Entrants: 430
Rebuys: 207
Prize pool: $2,898.35

The first non-hold’em event of the ChampionChips was Event #5, a pot-limit Omaha tournament that attracted 430 players who made 207 rebuys between them. The six-handed event saw the final four players strike a deal that locked up a minimum of $366 for them.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Jensrug$409*
2jtpc17$398*
3Masterixal$366*
4yukoneagle$404*
5lebeniss$166
6Proooffi$108

*reflects a four-handed deal

Event #6: $30,000 Weightlifting (High Roller)

Buy-in: $50
Entrants: 736
Prize pool: $36,800

The biggest tournament, in terms of the buy-in, of the ChampionChips series was Event #6, the $55 buy-in $30,000 guaranteed high roller. Despite being quite expensive compared to the other 17 events, 736 players took to the felt and exchanged their $55 for 5,000 tournament chips. After almost 10.5 hours of play, “5banki” emerged victorious and collected $6,752 but the country of Brazil was the real winner with three players at the final table and two in the final three.

PlacePlayerPrize
15banki$6,752
2LeoJoseCarne$4,820
3Vangelis.92$3,643
4Namileh$2,741
5backa_95$1,913
6durengue$1,545
7GREJSZYN$1,177
8whooooosh$809
9Nelepo10$478

Event #7: $1,000 Wrestling (4-Max)

Buy-in: $1
Entrants: 1,543
Rebuys: 905
Prize pool: $2,227.68

Most online poker sites run nine-handed and six-handed tournaments but 888poker also has four-handed tournaments on offer. Event #7 of the ChampionChips series was a 4-max event, one that saw 1,543 players take to the virtual felt. A total of 186 players were paid and it was Estonia’s “meelisime” who claimed the biggest prize, namely $328 for his $1 investment.

PlacePlayerPrize
1meelisime$328
2LBRufasto888$256
3MxiG7$189
4AHDPIOXA77$133

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