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888poker XL Inferno: Switzerland's "Justaduck" Wins the Tune Up

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  • There was a huge win for Qatar's "Emveer" in the 888poker XL Inferno as they won the $150,000 Whale.

On the fourth day of the 888poker XL Inferno Series, five new tournaments were on the schedule. Most of the attention went out to the $150,000 Whale and the $150,000 Tune Up, where some big prizes were awaiting the players. Let's take a look who was crowned a winner in these events and the results of the other events that played out on Sunday.

XL Inferno #9 - $120,000 Mega Deep

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$215May 13706$141,200

At 6.30 p.m. GMT, the XL Inferno #9 - $120,000 Mega Deep started with each player receiving a massive 15,000 starting stack. After the late registration closed, there were 706 players. That made for a prize pool of $141,200, with a first-place prize of $26,828.

After several hours, the tournament reached the final table. "Kaktus26rus", "N33dCoaching" and "birdgamecray" busted in ninth, eighth and seventh place, receiving $2,344, $3,177 and $4,589 respectively.

"WorldIsOurs" finished in sixth place for $6,001 and "mannekenpis1" got $7,766 for his or her fifth place. Argentina's "stockfish9" received $11,014 after busting in fourth place and "trino11" ended up in third place for $14,473.

The final heads-up between Sweden's Sluuut123 and Germany's "HomoDeus" was won by the former who secured $26,828. The runner-up had to settle for $19,768.

3trino11 $14,473
6WorldIsOurs $6,001

XL Inferno #10 - $150,000 Tune Up

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$160May 131,047$157,050

After more than 11 hours of play, XL Inferno #10 - $150,000 Tune Up finally crowned a winner. "Justaduck" from Switzerland claimed the victory and the first prize of $28,819 after beating "1majomf_sz" in the deciding heads-up.

The event, with a buy-in of $160, saw 744 players register and those players made 303 rebuys to get a total amount of 1,047 entries. They created a total prize pool of $157,050 with 99 places paid. It took a while to get to the money but in the end, "1LevelAbove" was the last player finishing empty-handed.

After making the money, it took a long time before the tournament got down to the last nine. After 10 hours, the remaining nine players made the final table and went on to play for a $28,819 first prize. For "77kol0bok77" (ninth - $2,042), "LuckyBoss" (eight - $3,455) and "omnomonoomn" (seventh - $5,026) it wasn't a big success on the final table, because they left quite early.

Not much later, "nlfreddie" finished in sixth place for $6,596 after losing all of their chips with ace-queen against pocket aces. He or she was followed to the rail by "ShipGold" (fifth - $8,167) and "im_a_luckbox" (fourth - $11,700).

"Justaduck" dominated the tournament. They took a commanding chip lead against two opponents and won almost every pot played. "LivinThDream" was busted by the chip leader and had to settle for third place ($15,548). It didn't take much time to get a final decision, because the heads-up was done within ten hands. In the final hand, "Justaduck" hit a king with king-queen against ace-jack to receive the first prize of $28,819.

"1majomf_sz" had to settle for second place and a prize of $20,574.

21majomf_sz $20,574
6nlfreddieUnited Kingdom$6,596

XL Inferno #11 - $50,000 Mini Tune Up

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$12May 134,091$50,000

For the players who couldn't afford the bigger buy-in ($109), there was a Mini edition of the Tune Up on the schedule. This tournament had a buy-in of just $12, and there were 4,091 players competing for a prize pool of $50,000. The final table was top heavy with all nine finalists in this tournament securing themselves of $450 while the top prize was $7,450.

That prize went to Uruguay's "ramak10ss" after beating "geniuSSSSSS" from the Netherlands in the deciding heads-up. The Dutch runner-up received $5,450.

5damo3161United Kingdom$2,070
8_Usurped_United Kingdom$600
9nico2792Costa Rica$450

XL Inferno #12 - $150,000 Whale

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$1,050May 13186$186,000

At 20:00 GMT, the XL Inferno #12 - $150,000 Whale kicked off. After late registration closed, there were 186 registered players resulting in a total prize pool of $186,000 with a massive $42,780 reserved for the winner. More than nine hours were played before they crowned a champion.

Nine players made the final table, securing themselves of $4,650. "unbezieglar" (ninth, $4,650) "klbalex" (eighth, $5,580), 8myl8m8 (seventh, $7,440), "MortenVM_" (sixth, $9,300), "Ronaldo4112" (fifth, $11,160) were eliminated in quick succession. After that, "lasochobi" (fourth, $16,740) and "kiskutya23" (third, $22,599) missed out on the final heads-up.

Qatar's "Emveer" battled heads up against Canada's "PBD03" and in the end, the former took down the XL Inferno title after making a heads-up deal. The runner-up received $34,908 while the winner won $37,632 and was crowned the biggest winner of the series so far.

3kiskutya23 $22,599
6MortenVM_United Kingdom$9,300

XL Inferno #13 - $25,000 Late Tune Up

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$55May 13587$29,350

The late edition of the Tune Up saw a field of 587 compete for a share of the $29,350 prize pool. "Jaxon234" from Germany took the top spot but the bigger prize went to runner-up "nU3DOC" from Russia after they made a deal heads-up. "Doked", who finished third in the Opening Event earlier this festival ad well, once again took home bronze.

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XL Inferno Promotions

While your focus is likely to be on the various XL Inferno tournaments, you should not forget about the ongoing XL Inferno promotions that could yield some serious value.

Reach the final table in three or more events and 888poker will reward you with a $600 tournament ticket. Should you finish in the money in at least eight XL Inferno events, a $215 tournament ticket is added to your account.

The most lucrative promotion, however, rewards you for winning multiple events. Anyone who wins five XL Inferno tournaments will win a cool $1 million. The other prizes are shown below:

  • Win two tournaments - receive $1,000
  • Win three tournaments - receive $10,000
  • Win four tournaments - receive $100,000
  • Win five tournaments - receive $1,000,000

Everyone who triumphs in an XL Inferno event receives an entry to the XL Inferno Champion of Champions Event. This exclusive tournament pays all 34 entrants — a figure that could be less if someone wins more than one event — with the eventual winner walking away with a $12,600 WSOP Vegas Main Event package.

1$12,600 WSOP Vegas Main Event package
2$2,700 Crazy 8s WSOP Side Event package + $1,050 tournament ticket
3$2,700 Crazy 8s WSOP package
4-5$1,050 tournament ticket
6-9$215 tournament ticket
10-34$55 tournament ticket

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XL Inferno Event Schedule

DateTime (BST)TournamentBuy-in
Mon 14 May7:00 p.m.XL Inferno #14 - $40,000 R&A Event$55
 7:00 p.m.XL Inferno #15 - $15,000 Mini R&A$5

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