XL Spring #1 - $50,000 Opening Event

Event Info

Prize Pool $67,650
Players 1353

Level Info

Level 43
Blinds 100,000 / 200,000
Ante 25,000

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 1353
XL Spring #1 - $50,000 Opening Event
Day 1 completed

Christopher "MAKKAPAKKK" Johnson Wins Opening Event in the 2021 XL Spring Series for $9,884

elron66 • Level 43: 100,000-200,000, 25,000 ante
Christopher "MAKKAPAKKK" Johnson Wins Opening Event in the 2021 XL Spring Series for $9,884
Christopher "MAKKAPAKKK" Johnson Wins Opening Event in the 2021 XL Spring Series for $9,884

It took almost 9.5 hours for Christopher "MAKKAPAKKK" Johnson to make their way through the field of 1,353 entries to take down the top prize of $9,884 in XL Spring #1 - $50,000 Opening Event. There was $67,650 in total in the prize pool, an increase of more than 35% over the $50,000 guarantee.

Johnson, from West Midlands, United Kingdom, essentially went wire-to-wire on the final table with the chip lead. He started the final table as the only player with more than 5 million chips, and never lost the lead for any substantial period of time.

This score puts Johnson's 888poker wins over $50,000, but he has nearly $2.5 million in online winnings according to PocketFives, mostly from PokerStars where he has booked more than $2 million in wins. His biggest online score came from a Sunday Million win in 2014 worth nearly $200,000, and today's score puts his lifetime online earnings at just over $2.49 million.

Final Table Results

1Christopher "MAKKAPAKKK" JohnsonUnited Kingdom$9,884
5LazBankerUnited Kingdom$2,889
7jonahindiUnited Kingdom$1,617

The Day's Action

Vivian Saliba
888poker Ambassador Vivian Saliba

Action was busy at the registration desk while it was open, and they ended up with a total of 1,353 entries. That was composed of 986 unique players combining for 367 rebuys and generated a prize pool of $67,650, significantly better than the $50,000 promised by 888poker.

The only ambassador in action today was Brazil's Vivian "vivi.888." Saliba. She had an up and down day, holding a big stack for portions of the post registration play. She managed to survive through to the money bubble, but ended with a min-cash in 149th place for $135.

Play went very quickly after the bubble burst, and within two hours they were down to 27 players on the final three tables. Johnson, the eventual winner, was in the top ten at that point, but just barely, and he was the only one in the top ten with less than 1 million in chips.

Johnson really started his run when he found a great spot against "t0nyshark" to get it down to the final two tables. Johnson woke up with aces against ace-king and held to bust the player and get a stack of nearly 3 million chips.

With just 11 players left, Johnson had chipped up to second place, behind the eventual runner-up "Panxetillo", but there was really nothing in it. Less than 50,000 chips separated their 5.8 million chip stacks at that point, but by the time they hit the final table a few minutes later, Johnson was more than 3 million in front.

He kept chipping up, eliminating "jonahindi" in seventh place for nearly 10 million chips. "Panxetillo" briefly took the lead while play was five-handed, but Johnson quickly chipped up to more than 15 million after eliminating "JacobMitro" in third.

That gave Johnson the 2:1 chip lead going into heads-up play, and he never surrendered the lead. The final hand was a roller coaster that saw Johnson get it in good with queens against the {a-Spades}{j-Spades} for "Panxetillo", only to see "Panxetillo" turn two pair. Johnson rivered the Broadway straight though and took it down.

"Panxetillo" won $7,225 for second place, while Johnson picked up almost $10,000 for the win, which puts his total earnings on 888poker over $58,000, and puts him within $10,000 of the $2.5 million mark in online winnings overall.

"Panxetillo" Eliminated in 2nd Place ($7,225)

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"Panxetillo" Eliminated in 2nd Place ($7,225)
"Panxetillo" Eliminated in 2nd Place ($7,225)

The final hand came down to a cooler. "MAKKAPAKKK" started heads-up with a huge lead, and never really looked back. The final hand started with a raising war that saw "Panxetillo" four-bet shove with {a-Spades}{j-Spades} only to run into queens. They flopped a jack and turned an ace, however, and looked to be set to double, when the {5-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} board completed a straight for the queens.

Christopher "MAKKAPAKKK" Johnson GB 27,060,000 11,407,388
Panxetillo ad Busted

"JacobMitro" Eliminated in 3rd ($5,311)

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"JacobMitro" Eliminated in 3rd ($5,311)
"JacobMitro" Eliminated in 3rd ($5,311)

Most of the damage happened on a hand when "MAKKAPAKKK" turned a straight with {j-Spades}{10-Diamonds} on {9-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}. "MAKKAPAKKK" check-called two streets, then led out for 800,000 on the river, and got called, leaving "JacobMitro" short after they mucked their hand. They lost their chips a few hands later, and its now heads-up.

Christopher "MAKKAPAKKK" Johnson GB 15,652,612 5,837,024
Panxetillo ad 7,860,284 -2,182,000
JacobMitro CA Busted

"Vimtefeedar" Eliminated in 4th Place ($3,903)

elron66 • Level 42: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
"Vimtefeedar" Eliminated in 4th Place ($3,903)
"Vimtefeedar" Eliminated in 4th Place ($3,903)

All the money went in on the {8-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{5-Spades} flop after limped action pre. "Vimtefeedar" flopped top pair with {10-Clubs}{7-Clubs} but ran into the slow-played {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds} from "JacobMitro" and hit the rail.

Panxetillo ad 10,042,284 4,349,800
Christopher "MAKKAPAKKK" Johnson GB 9,815,588 -2,767,866
JacobMitro CA 7,202,128 280,092
Vimtefeedar br Busted

"LazBanker" Eliminated in 5th Place ($2,889)

elron66 • Level 41: 70,000-140,000, 17,500 ante
"LazBanker" Eliminated in 5th Place ($2,889)
"LazBanker" Eliminated in 5th Place ($2,889)

"Panxetillo" raised enough from the small blinfd to force "LazBanker" from the big, and they called it off with with the best of it, ace-seven of diamonds into queen-eight off-suit. When the board of {9-Spades}{3-Clubs}{8-Spades}{q-Clubs}{8-Clubs} was dealt however, the queen-eight rivered a boat for the win.

Christopher "MAKKAPAKKK" Johnson GB 12,583,454 -446,250
JacobMitro CA 6,922,036 402,500
Panxetillo ad 5,692,484 2,102,195
Vimtefeedar br 1,862,026 -455,000
LazBanker GB Busted

"flockystern" Eliminated in 6th Place ($2,151)

elron66 • Level 41: 70,000-140,000, 17,500 ante
"flockystern" Eliminated in 6th Place ($2,151)
"flockystern" Eliminated in 6th Place ($2,151)

"LazBanker" shoved 716,843 under the gun, and the only caller was big blind "flockystern" with less.

"flockystern": {a-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}
"LazBanker": {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

Board: {q-Spades}{4-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{2-Clubs}

"LazBanker" got there with a queen on the flop to get it to five players left.

Christopher "MAKKAPAKKK" Johnson GB 13,029,704 3,484,600
JacobMitro CA 6,519,536 -2,273,600
Panxetillo ad 3,590,289 -1,159,500
Vimtefeedar br 2,317,026 -122,500
LazBanker GB 1,603,445 834,102
flockystern RU Busted

"jonahindi" Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,617)

elron66 • Level 41: 70,000-140,000, 17,500 ante
"jonahindi" Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,617)
"jonahindi" Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,617)

"jonahindi" blinded down below 500,000, then shoved the button with {j-Spades}{8-Spades}. "MAKKAPAKKK" reshoved to isolate and held with {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}.

Christopher "MAKKAPAKKK" Johnson GB 9,545,104 600,509
JacobMitro CA 8,793,136 2,446,950
Panxetillo ad 4,749,789 -1,500,558
Vimtefeedar br 2,439,526 1,551,013
LazBanker GB 769,343 -885,000
flockystern RU 764,102 -1,125,000
jonahindi GB Busted