888poker’s first major online series of 2022 wrapped up on January 31. The XL Winter Series, which had kicked off two weeks earlier, featured 44 events with more than $1.5 million in guarantees.

When all was said and done, 35,936 combined entrants competed over 44 tournaments, which had buy-ins ranging from $16.50 up to $320, and $2,043,810 in prize money was awarded.

It was an international affair with titles won by players from all over the world, though it was the Russian contingent claiming the most with eight.

Here’s a country breakdown:

  • Russia = 8
  • Ukraine = 8
  • Germany = 5
  • United Kingdom = 4
  • Brazil = 4
  • Belarus = 4
  • Ireland = 2
  • Sweden = 2
  • Malta = 2
  • Canada = 1
  • Mexico = 1
  • Finland = 1
  • Turkmenistan = 1
  • Lithuania = 1
  • Latvia = 1

XL Winter Main Event Surpasses $500K Guarantee!

XL Winter Main Event Surpasses $500K Guarantee!

This past weekend, the series culminated with a $250 buy-in, $500,000 GTD Main Event. That tournament attracted 1,981 unique players who rebought 345 times. Those numbers created a 2,326-entry field and surpassed the guarantee by creating a prize pool worth $546,610!

That was reserved for the top 320 finishers, and among those to cash after “ctopacios” bubbled in 321st place were the following –

  • “iBustYa888” (266th - $655.93)
  • “xFink_Playdx” (142nd - $819.91)
  • Niklas “tutten7” Åstedt (127th - $819.91)
  • “chazcombes” (73rd - $1,038.55)
  • Johannes “TrollKonst8” Korsar (45th - $1,366.52)
  • 888poker Ambassador Vivian “Vivi.888.” Saliba (25th - $1,694.49)
  • Final table bubble “Reggie_Degen” (10th - $4,646.18)

888poker Ambassador Vivian “Vivi.888.” Saliba (25th - $1,694.49)

With nine players remaining, action was halted for a Monday final table finale. It was live-streamed complete with commentary from David Tuchman and Nick Wealthall. Day 2 proved to be a quick affair as it took less than two hours of play for a winner to emerge.

A familiar face at the final table was Irishman Dara “Doked” O’Kearney, who bowed out in seventh place. He shoved with the K♣Q♥ and failed to win a flip against the pocket jacks of “sergebezb”. The other known player at the final table was the United Kingdom’s Stephen “Steve00085” Burt, who followed O’Kearney out the door in sixth place. He got unlucky with ace-nine suited against the ten-nine of “bloodny”, all-in preflop.

The final two players were both from Russia and things came to a head in Level 51 (400,000/800,000/100,000). “bloodny” raised holding the 10♣10♠ and was met by a three-bet by “D.Bogachev”, who had the K♥J♦.

A four-bet jam was followed by a call and it was off to the races. A 9♦J♠7♥K♣4♣ runout gave “D.Bogachev” two pair and sent “bloodny” to the rail in second place for $51,709.

D.Bogachev”, who has been playing on 888poker since 2013, followed in the footsteps of fellow countryman “Kazi070486". He won the XL Winter Main Event in 2021, albeit for a smaller $60,862 top prize.

“D.Bogachev” took home a juicer $71,279, which wasn’t too shabby. His average tournament buy-in is only $1.50. Definitely a Cinderella story for the Russian – one of several on 888poker over the many years they have been in operation. And it's even more fitting a win as 888poker celebrates their 20th anniversary.

XL Winter Main Event Surpasses $500K Guarantee!

XL Winter Main Event Final Table Results

1st – “D.Bogachev” (Russia) … $71,278

2nd – “bloodny” (Russia) … $51,709

3rd – “chrissop14” (United Kingdom) … $37,443

4th – “sergebezb” (Estonia) … $27,331

5th – “alexos888” (Canada) … $20,115

6th – Stephen “Steve00085” Burt (United Kingdom) … $14,758

7th – Dara “Doked” O’Kearney (Ireland) … $10,932

8th – “Eg1D1” (Lithuania) … $8,144

9th – “Marcmks16” (Sweden) … $6,122

In the final tournament of the series, the $33 buy-in Event #44: $50,000 Mini Main Event attracted 1,585 players who rebought 505 times. The 2,090-entry field resulted in a $62,700 prize pool and saw the final two players agree to a chop.

As a part of it, “kidoc101” took second for $7,276.52 while Russia’s “Savchenko1” took the title and $7,702.51 in prize money.

Ian Simpioni Simpson Nabs an XL Winter Title

Ian “Simpioni” Simpson Nabs an XL Winter Title

On Monday, January 24, the $88 buy-in Event #25: $25,000 8-Max had 329 players rebuy 100 times to easily surpass the guarantee by generating a $34,320 prize pool.

That was paid out to the top 48 finishers including the following –

  • “Brunsonskid” (29th place - $233.37)
  • “sheeeeeeeeet” (22nd place - $332.90)
  • “BeethOver” (13th place - $463.32)
  • “midein” (6th place - $1,287)
  • “MaxChe” (3rd place - $3,689.40)

After 8 hours and 22 minutes of play, it was well-known UK poker player Ian “Simpioni” Simpson defeating Brazil’s “vireiadulto7” to win the title and $6,606.76.

XL Winter Event #25 Final Table Results

1st – Ian “Simpioni” Simpson (United Kingdom) … $6,606.76

2nd – “vireiadulto7” (Brazil) … $4,890.60

3rd – “MaxChe” (Russia) … $3,689.40

4th – “peledazmogis” (Lithuania) … $2,659.80

5th – “MyNumber7” (Lithuania) … $1,801.80

6th – “midein” (Germany) … $1,287

7th – “Neeno1990” (N/A) … $943.80

8th – “GetALifeSon” (Sweden) … $772.20

Also, on Monday, Ukraine’s “NakedNaked” topped a 431-entry field to win Event #26: $15,000 Mini 8-Max for $3,318.86

While the $22 buy-in Event #27: $10,000 Late 8-Max ended when the final five players in the 487-entry field worked a deal.

That arrangement ultimately saw “AlejandroArr” come out on top for $1,389.12.

UK’s SeT4x4 Survives Niklas tutten7 Åstedt Heads-Up

UK’s “SeT4x4” Survives Niklas “tutten7” Åstedt Heads-Up

On Tuesday, January 25, the $320 buy-in Event #28: $50,000 PKO surpassed its guarantee as 174 players rebought 34 times to create a $62,400 prize pool. That was split between the regular and bounty pools with the top 30 finishers getting a piece of the former.

Among those to cash were the following players –

  • Justin “LappyPoker” Lapka (24th place for $358.80 + $225 in bounties)
  • “billycadu14” (18th place for $361.92 + $225 in bounties)
  • “cherrywine” (13th place for $365.04 + $581.25 in bounties)
  • “Hover” (7th place for $982.80 + $965.63 in bounties)
  • KemperEd” (3rd place for $3,566.16 + $1,214.07 in bounties)

Both Sweden’s Niklas “tutten7” Åstedt and the UK’s “SeT4x4” locked up $5,993.52 in prize money by virtue of making it to heads-up play. Awaiting the winner was a $7,410.90 PKO bounty.

The Swede is largely considered the best online poker tournament player in the world. But on this day “SeT4x4” would not be denied as they emerged victorious to earn a total payday of $13,404.42.

XL Winter Event #28 Final Table Results

1st – “SeT4x4” (United Kingdom) … $13,404.42

2nd – Niklas “tutten7” Åstedt (Sweden) … $9,302.90

3rd – “KemperEd” (Belarus) … $4,780.23

4th – “BigBen420” (Germany) … $2,564.64

5th – “nackaskog66” (Sweden) … $2,215.77

6th – “Oldnall” (United Kingdom) … $2,800.97

7th – “Hover” (Belarus) … $1,948.43

8th – “Santamaycry” (Ukraine) … $1,523.85

9th – “kaka163” (Sweden) … $2,102.29

In other Tuesday action, Germany’s “DazD2812” topped a 647-entry field (536 unique + 111 re-entries) to win Event #29: $25,000 Mini PKO for $5,025.

Ireland’s “xxBanioNxx” navigated a 192-entry field (172 unique + 20 re-entries) to claim the Event #30: $20,000 Late PKO for $3,853.

While you’re here, check out this recap video from the XL Winter $200K Tune Up –

Full List of 2022 XL Winter Series Winners

Date

Tournament

Buy-In

Total

Entries

Prize Pool

Winner

Country

Prize

Sunday,

January 16

Event #1:

$100,000

Opening Event

$55

2,311

$115,550

Ildar0365

Turkmenistan

$15,068

Sunday,

January 16

Event #2:

$20,000

Mini Opening Event

$16.50

1,459

$21,885

Pavanatto23

Brazil

$3,198.21

Sunday,

January 16

Event #3:

$15,000

Late Opening

$33

667

$20,010

geniuspoker

Germany

$3,462.23

Monday,

January 17

Event #4:

$30,000 

PKO 6-Max

$88

613

$49,040

barabanrapan

Ukraine

$8,439.43

Monday,

January 17

Event #5:

$20,000 

Mini PKO 6-Max

$44

762

$30,480

GrbmBDPzzY

Germany

$5,215.34

Monday,

January 17

Event #6:

$10,000 

Late PKO 6-Max

$22

784

$15,680

Alboz83

United

Kingdom

$2,338.66

Tuesday,

January 18

Event #7:

$30,000 

Freezeout

$215

188

$37,600

KemperEd

Belarus

$7,982.48

Tuesday,

January 18

Event #8:

$20,000 

Mini Freezeout

$55

492

$24,600

SleekFathr

Belarus

$4,255.80

Tuesday,

January 18

Event #9:

$15,000 

Late Freezeout

$109

136

$13,600

_zarkou_

Finland

$3,162

Wednesday,

January 19

Event #10:

$30,000 

PKO

$109

472

$47,200

Mrothdeel

Belarus

$7,538.09

Wednesday,

January 19

Event #11:

$15,000 

Mini PKO

$16.50

1446

$21,690

ArgoValeron

Russia

$2,876.95

Wednesday,

January 19

Event #12:

$10,000 

Late PKO

$33

601

$18,030

shtirlits93

Russia

$2,579.65

Thursday,

January 20

Event #13:

$40,000 

PKO 8-Max

$160

382

$57,300

esicer

Russia

$9,172.41

Thursday,

January 20

Event #14:

$20,000 

Mini PKO 8-Max

$55

640

$32,000

V.F.A

Brazil

$4,667.30

Thursday,

January 20

Event #15:

$10,000 

Late PKO 8-Max

$22

739

$14,780

obwan77

United

Kingdom

$1,786.55

Friday,

January 21

Event #16:

$30,000 

DeepStack

$55

745

$37,250

Ilikepugs

Sweden

$6,444.54

Friday,

January 21

Event #17:

$15,000 Mini

DeepStack

$16.50

1315

$19,725

kazan4ik

Sweden

$2,882.32

Friday,

January 21

Event #18:

$10,000 

Late DeepStack

$33

435

$13,050

Stothekyo

Germany

$2,517.50

Saturday,

January 22

Event #19:

$30,000 

6-Max

$109

420

$42,000

Ishortl

Ukraine

$9,240

Saturday,

January 22

Event #20:

$15,000 

Mini 6-Max

$16.50

1317

$19,755

anonymous.R

Canada

$2,926.08

Saturday,

January 22

Event #21:

$15,000 

Late 6-Max

$55

356

$17,800

AlexRita1

United

Kingdom

$3,916

Sunday,

January 23

Event #22:

$200,000 

Tune Up

$109

1859

$200,000

Farrugia_1

Malta

$22,077.83

Sunday,

January 23

Event #23:

$20,000 

Mini Tune Up

$16.50

1,475

$22,125

ttizovaca

Brazil

$3,232.96

Sunday,

January 23

Event #24:

$15,000 

Late Tune Up

$33

635

$19,050

madoAligator

Russia

$3,295.94

Monday,

January 24

Event #25:

$25,000 

8-Max

$88

429

$34,320

Ian Simpson

"Simpioni"

United

Kingdom

$6,606.76

Monday,

January 24

Event #26:

$15,000 

Mini 8-Max

$44

431

$17,240

NakedNaked

Ukraine

$3,318.86

Monday,

January 24

Event #27:

$10,000 

Late 8-Max

$22

487

$10,000

AlejandroArr

Mexico

$1,389.12

Tuesday,

January 25

Event #28:

$50,000 

PKO

$320

208

$62,400

SeT4x4

United Kingdom

$13,404.42

Tuesday,

January 25

Event #29:

$25,000 

Mini PKO

$55

647

$32,350

DazD2812

Germany

$5,025.33

Tuesday,

January 25

Event #30:

$20,000 

Late PKO

$109

192

$20,000

xxBanioNxx

Ireland

$3,852.90

Wednesday,

January 26

Event #31:

$30,000

PKO 8-Max

$109

434

$43,400

ilyukevich21

Belarus

$8,227.28

Wednesday,

January 26

Event #32:

$15,000 

Mini PKO 8-Max

$16.50

1343

$20,145

neumi2000pla

Germany

$3,047.65

Wednesday,

January 26

Event #33:

$10,000 

Late PKO 8-Max

$33

546

$16,380

luxinead

Russia

$2,523.24

Thursday,

January 27

Event #34:

$40,000 

PKO 6-Max

$215

279

$55,800

Paulada85

Brazil

$10,033.44

Thursday,

January 27

Event #35:

$20,000 

Mini PKO 6-Max

$55

626

$31,300

damourinio10

Malta

$5,381.20

Thursday,

January 27

Event #36:

$10,000 

Late PKO 6-Max

$22

750

$15,000

_SNS_

Ukraine

$2,890.89

Friday,

January 28

Event #37:

$30,000 

DeepStack

$55

673

$33,650

argintina

Lithuania

$5,821.74

Friday,

January 28

Event #38:

$15,000 

Mini DeepStack

$16.50

1328

$19,920

kmanadek

Ireland

$2,910.93

Friday,

January 28

Event #39:

$10,000 

Late DeepStack

$33

406

$12,180

Collaps04

Ukraine

$2,349.74

Saturday,

January 29

Event #40:

$40,000 

Knockout

$109

591

$59,100

Viljam1986

Ukraine

$7,943.56

Saturday,

January 29

Event #41:

$15,000 

Mini Knockout

$16.50

1541

$23,115

Tighterinho

Latvia

$2,500.81

Saturday,

January 29

Event #42:

$15,000 

Late Knockout

$55

360

$18,000

To4Ho_He_Pro

Russia

$2,766.65

Sunday,

January 30

Event #43:

$500,000 

Main Event

$250

2326

$546,610

D.Bogachev

Russia

$71,279.19

Sunday,

January 30

Event #44:

$50,000 

Mini Main Event

$33

2,090

$62,700

Savchenko1

Russia

$7,702.51

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