XL Spring #8 - $50,000 High Roller
Days:
1

Event Info

Prize Pool $50,400
Players 168

Level Info

Level 34
Blinds 22,500 / 45,000
Ante 5,625

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 168
XL Spring #8 - $50,000 High Roller
Day 1 completed

"leblond1996" Wins $11,718 for First in XL Spring #8

elron66 • Level 34: 22,500-45,000, 5,625 ante
"leblond1996" Wins $11,718 for First in XL Spring #8
"leblond1996" Wins $11,718 for First in XL Spring #8

After a short heads-up session, "leblond1996" is the winner of the High Roller event for 2021 XL Spring Series. They made it through the field of 168 entries, made up of 123 unique players and 45 rebuys, to take down the $11,718 top prize. The event just managed to crack the guarantee, with $50,400 in the middle to play for.

"leblond1996" was one of the small stacks coming to the final table, but found a huge spot with jacks to triple up and get into the top three. They chipped up to the lead later after flopping two pair with king-jack against the king-queen of the third-place finisher Adam "IT5PAYDAY" Neal.

They stayed at or near the top of the chip counts from there out. Both "saudades123" and Neal briefly took the lead at various points, but "leblond1996" jumped back into the lead after eliminating "Broten" in fourth and sailed to the win from there.

Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1leblond1996Canada$11,718
2saudades123 $8,392
3Adam "IT5PAYDAY" NealUnited Kingdom$6,048
4BrotenBelarus$4,329
5POK_33_TATOORomania$3,044
6supari69Canada$2,192
7FoldestJaEh $1,593
8ankapupuFinland$1,164
9andrew_flashGermany$852

The Day's Action

After the three and a half hours of late registration was finished, they just barely managed to break the guarantee with 168 total entries. That meant there was $50,400 in prizes to play for, divided up between 24 players.

Vivian Saliba
Vivian Saliba, Last Ambassador Standing in the High Roller

Among the players in early action were 888poker ambassadors Vivian "vivi.888." Saliba and Sofia "sofialovgren" Lovgren. Lovgren couldn't put anything together today and busted early, but Saliba managed to survive a few all-ins and put in another deep run. Even when fellow ambassador Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche jumped in near the end of registration, Saliba was able to be the last ambassador standing once again. She ultimately cashed for $716 in 20th place and was the only ambassador to make the money.

It took about two hours to play down to the money, but less than an hour to make the final table from there. It was Canadian "algsxr" who bubbled the final table when they couldn't get there with a dominated king against "Broten".

The final table started with a bang when "leblond1996" found a huge flop with jacks to crack kings and essentially bust two players in a single hand. "leblond1996" played a trappy game for much of the final table, check-calling for the win in a couple of spots with big hands.

It looked like Neal might take it down at one point, as he led for the early stages of four-handed play. But after "Broten" went out in fourth, Neal fell into a trap when he tried a big river buff and got called by pocket jacks. That spelled the end for the British pro, and set up a heads-up that "leblond1996" dominated.

They were never worse than three to one in chips at any time heads-up, and waited patiently for the spot. It came near the end of the first level of heads-up play when "saudades123" got less than 20 big blinds in with a suited king. "leblond1996" called with ace-five and ended the game with trip fives.

The Canadian won more than $11,700 versus $8,392 for "saudades123" but it's worth noting "leblond1996" indicated they were interested in a deal early on the final table, and offered a deal verbally in chat when play was three-handed. The other two players declined however, and "leblond1996" booked the win.

"saudades123" Eliminated in 2nd Place ($8,392)

elron66 • Level 34: 22,500-45,000, 5,625 ante
"saudades123" Eliminated in 2nd Place ($8,392)
"saudades123" Eliminated in 2nd Place ($8,392)

"saudades123" had less thand 20 big blinds, and got them with with {k-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. "leblond1996" called with the big stack and ace-five, and held when they flopped a five and turned another one.

leblond1996 CA 3,360,000 512,069
saudades123 Busted
Level:
34
Blinds:
22,500/45,000
Ante:
5,625
Level:
33
Blinds:
20,000/40,000
Ante:
5,000