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James McGeorge Turns a Free Ticket Into $11,775 at 888poker

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James McGeorge is on cloud nine after turning a ticket he won from an 888poker all-in shootout freeroll into a near $12,000 score.

McGeorge won a free ticket to 888poker's Big Shot 109 Main Event tournament, which has a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool, via an all-in shootout freeroll. He used that ticket to enter the $109 buy-in event along with 994 other 888poker players. Those entrants purchased 237 re-entries to take the total attendance to 1,232.

The eagle-eyed among you will realise the total number of entrants was way short of the 1,500 required to hit the $150,000 guarantee. It is a common occurrence in this tournament, which is why the Big Shot 109 Main Event continues to be one of the best-value Sunday online tournaments.

Some 180 players received a slice of the prize pool, a min-cash weighing in at $300. Anyone finishing in the top 15 places locked in a four-figure score, with everyone at the final table walking away with at least $2,070.

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McGeorge eventually found himself playing three-handed, and only two eliminations away from securing an epic victory. However, his tournament ended abruptly when the chip leader made a move from the small blind with the meagre queen-trey, and McGeorge called with ace-five. The chip leader, "MurningB4n" flopped two pair, and McGeorge was gone. MurningB4n went on to take down the event.

$150,000 Big Shot 109 Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1MurningB4n $21,915
2and_ortegaBrazil$16,020
3James "itsnotluck" McGeorgeUnited Kingdom$11,775
4AYPUCTRussia$8,655
5IlovetyumenRussia$6,405
6CapablancaCRBrazil$4,770
7InTheAndUkraine$3,585
8CrashCow $2,715
9djjazz222Brazil$2,070

McGeorge collected a cool $11,775 from his freeroll entry, gifting him his best win from such a tournament, as he revealed on his Facebook page.

"Well the 888poker $150,000 Big Shot which I was in from an AI freeroll entry ended like this for 3rd place and $11,775 when I called off the big stack.

James McGeorge exit hand

"I knew he was stealing aipf and I lost the flip nastily for a tasty chip lead but holy shit, my best ever freerolled win by a fairly wide margin, almost compensation for the football.

"It was a ridiculous grind, last place for so so long, so many won flips to just hang on in there but an incredible night."

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Main Event Receives Sunday Sale Treatment on July 18

You have the chance to follow in McGeorge's footsteps and reach the final table of 888poker's biggest weekly tournament this coming Sunday, July 18. 888poker is giving the Main Event the Sunday Sale treatment and slashing the buy-in to a more affordable $55, while keeping the guarantee at a chunky $150,000.

Several satellites are scheduled, including freerolls, $5.50, and $8.80 buy-ins.

New players who download 888poker via UK & Ireland PokerNews can help themselves to £20 worth of tournament tickets just for creating their new 888poker account. Make a deposit and 888poker matches your initial deposit size 100% up to a maximum of £300. All you need to do then is bring your A-game to the table.

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