888poker XL Inferno: "MorayEEEEEL" Wins Event #1 for $16,585

888poker XL Inferno: "MorayEEEEEL" Wins Event #1 for $16,585

On Thursday, tournament players could enjoy the start of the new edition of the 2020XL Inferno Series on one of the biggest online poker rooms, 888poker. On the first day of the series, they kicked off with the $75,000 Opening Event and during the day, two more events started.

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888poker XL Inferno #1 - $75,000 Opening Event

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$109May 14878$87,800

It took just under 10 hours from the time the first card was dealt to decide a winner in the first event of the 2020 888poker XL Inferno. Swedish player "MorayEEEEEL" fired two bullets in XL Inferno #1: $75,000 Opening Event, but the second one was golden as they used it to navigate all the way through the field of 636 entries and 242 rebuys to take down the $16,585 prize.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1MorayEEEEELSweden$16,585
2nonedaRomania$12,029
3Knaber666Lithuania$8,868
4AUTISPOSTIMalta$6,673
5AALUJAAUnited Kingdom$4,589
6ilicinnnnRomania$3,732
7keybrBrazil$2,854
8DoctorPoker5Macedonia$1,976
9PoelsetyvDenmark$1,317

The Day's Action

XL Inferno #1: $75,000 Opening Event got underway at 2 pm Eastern Time, and the field size continued to grow quickly through the registration period, and with around 45 minutes left in registration they blew past the $75,000 guarantee. By the time the gates came down, a total of 636 entries and 242 rebuys put $87,800 into the kitty for prizes.

That meant 81 players would share in the prizes, with the earliest cashers getting $263, and $16,585 up top for the winner. It took another couple hours to play down to the money spots, and one of the players at risk on the bubble was 888poker ambassador Sofia "sofialovgren" Lövgren, who got most of her chips in on the bubble hand but had an overpair to bust one of three players on the final hand of hand for hand play. Lövgren went on to cash for $483 in 22nd place.

Another big name to make it to the $483 payout level was Dara "Doked" O'Kearney. It took him two bullets, but he really turned on after registration closed, and at one point had a top 10 stack. Ultimately, O'Kearney bowed out in a race with fives into ace-queen, finishing 21st.

They got to the official final table of eight around 9 pm Eastern and it didn't take long to get down to six players. "DoctorPoker5" and "keybr" bowed out quickly, but they played six-handed for about half an hour before "ilicinnnn" got fours into aces for 6th place.

It took another half hour or so for "AALUJAA" bluffed the river and got caught by "Knaber666" for 5th place. "AUTISPOSTI" was next out in 4th when they found a spot with ace-jack, but ran into the kings of "noneda".

They played three-handed for about 45 minutes until "Knaber666" got it in with ace-four but ran straight into the queens of "MorayEEEEEL" for 3rd place. Heads up lasted about 20 minutes, and the key hand happened when they had nearly the same stacks. It started as a race between sixes and ace-nine. There was an ace on the flop, and "noneda" was on pace to win it all right there. But "MorayEEEEEL" spiked the set the river to take a dominating lead, and "noneda" was eliminated on the next hand.


888poker XL Inferno #2 - $25,000 Mini Opening Event

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$16.50May 142,436$36,540

The XL Inferno #2 - $25,000 Mini Opening Event attracted 2,436 players to get a prize pool of $36,540. The lion's share of this money, $6,172, went to Argentina's "blachu3232 " who was crowned the winner after 9 hours and 4 minutes of play. "Sprutto " from Russia lost the final heads-up and finished second for $4,392.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1blachu3232Argentina$6,172
2SpruttoRussia$4,392
3IngeniouslYDenmark$3,362
4LeandroOCBrazil$2,375
5kricavvzRussia$1,736
6EVgen32Latvia$1,389
7eraldi1808Albania$1,041
8Die2hard...Germany$694
9Kaloryfer147Germany$395

888poker XL Inferno #3 - $20,000 Late Opening Event

Buy-inDatePlayersPrize pool
$55May 14555$27,750

"tightlikea_v" from the Canada won the XL Inferno #3 - $20,000 Late Opening Event, a tournament with a buy-in of $55. He or she defeated a field of 555 players, beating "Marflon" in the final heads-up. The winner received the first price of $5,325 while the runner-up settled for $3,954.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1tightlikea_vCanada$5,325
2MarflonRussia$3,954
3Indian_Fish_India$2,914
4hendo10United Kingdom$2,220
5Redsky1308Curacao$1,554
6baozingpokerBrazil$1,179
7Castanha20Brazil$902
8drinho87Brazil$624
9THEKIDM8Ireland$461

Full 2020 888poker XL Inferno Schedule

DateEventTimeNameBuy-inGuarantee
15th May418:00PKO$55$30,000
 518:00Mini PKO$22$20,000
 620:00Late PKO$33$10,000
16th May718:008-Max$109$30,000
 818:00Mini 8-Max$8.80$10,000
 920:00Late 8-Max$55$15,000
17th May1018:00Tune Up$109$150,000
 1118:00Mini Tune Up$16.50$50,000
 1218:30Micro Tune Up$5.50$15,000
 1320:00Late Tune Up$55$20,000
18th May1418:00R&A Event$33$20,000
 1518:00Mini R&A$5.50$10,000
 1619:00Late R&A$16.50$15,000
19th May1718:00High Roller$320$100,000
 1818:00Mini High Roller$55$30,000
 1920:00Late High Roller$109$20,000
20th May2018:00PKO$109$50,000
 2118:00Mini PKO$16.50$20,000
 2220:00Late PKO$33$10,000
21st May2318:00PKO 8-Max$160$50,000
 2418:00Mini PKO 8-Max$22$20,000
 2520:00Late PKO 8-Max$55$20,000
22nd May2617:00DeepStack$55$30,000
 2717:00Mini DeepStack$16.50$20,000
 2819:00Late DeepStack$33$15,000
23rd May2918:006-Max$109$30,000
 3018:00Mini 6-Max$16.50$20,000
 3120:00Late 6-Max$55$15,000
24th May3217:00Main Event$250$500,000
 3317:30Mini Main Event$33$50,000
 3418:00Micro Main Event$5.50$20,000

You can qualify for the XL Inferno Main Event for free thanks to special qualifier tournaments running at 888poker. New depositing players receive a free ticket to a Main Event Qualifier in addition to a free $88 just for creating an account (this is a free £20 for residents of the UK). That first deposit is also matched 100% up to a maximum of $888, which is more than double the size of the bonus advertised on the 888poker website!

Join 888poker and see if you can qualify for one of the big buy-in XL Inferno events and take one down under the watchful eyes of the PokerNews live reporters.


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