Event #1: $100,000 Opening Event
Days:
2

Event Info

Buy-in $55
Prize Pool $115,550
Players 2311

Level Info

Level 54
Blinds 700,000 / 1,400,000
Ante 175,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 9

Highlights

Highlights

Event #1: $100,000 Opening Event
Day 2 completed

"Ildar0365" Wins 888poker XL Winter $100,000 Opening Event ($15,068)

Jaxon • Level 54: 700,000-1,400,000, 175,000 ante

"Ildar0365" put Turkmenistan on the poker map after winning the XL Winter Event #1: $100,000 Opening Event at 888poker for $15,068. The Opening Event was a huge success with 2,311 entries ponying up the $55 buy-in for a $115,550 prize pool to smash the $100,000 guarantee.

While this is the biggest score for "Ildar0365" at 888poker according to PocketFives, they are no stranger to online poker success with more than $500,000 in online tournament cashes.

"Ildar0365" came into the final table sixth in chips and needed some luck at the end of the event heads-up against the accomplished Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Ildar0365Turkmenistan$15,068
2Michael "IHaveAsthma" WassermanUnited States$10,931
3tihonoff1Russia$7,915
4gillatron1United Kingdom$5,778
5zotto18Romania$4,252
6shippp_itCanada$3,120
7Pete_444Canada$2,311
8andrey59Brazil$1,722
9Lucky1IJackCanada$1,294

Event #1 was a two-day affair with the action concluding on Day 1 after the money bubble broke and the final table of nine players was reached. 888poker commentators David Tuchman and Nick Wealthall broadcasted the final table with hole cards exposed at the 888poker YouTube and 888pokerTV Twitch channel.

Road to Victory for "Ildar0365"

"zotto18" began the final table with the chip lead with "tihonoff1" and Wasserman not too far behind. The action was fast straight out of the gate with "andrey59" winning a flip on the very first hand of the final table after their jacks held against big slick to eliminate "Lucky1IJack" in ninth place.

Shortly after, "andrey59" found themselves on the losing end of a flip to hit the rail in eighth place when their queens didn't hold against Wasserman's ace-king. Wasserman had the chip lead after the hand but it swapped first to "tihonoff1" and then to "Ildar0365" as both "shippp_it" and "Pete_444" lost their stacks to leave five players remaining.

Shortly after, the Day 1 chip leader "zotto18" found themselves short on chips and was out in fifth place when their king-nine didn't get there against Wasserman's deuces.

"Ildar0365" got another taste at the chip lead in a grand fashion after their nine-eight improve to quad eights to eliminate "gillatron1" in fourth place who had a full house with sevens. That lead was short-lived with Wasserman getting back in front after winning a few small pots.

A deal was then discussed. "Ildar0365" and "tihonoff1" quickly agreed but Wasserman was holding out for more money before the action resumed. The next hand, Wasserman quickly dispatched "tihonoff1" in third place when their ace-queen proved to be good against ace-jack.

Michael Wasserman
Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman

Wasserman began heads-up action with more than double the stack of "Ildar0365". The duo agreed to discuss a deal but again Wasserman opted to play after reviewing the figures. Soon after, "Ildar0365" doubled into the chip lead when their ace-queen was good against ace-jack but Wasserman hung in for a little while and had the chip lead before the defining hand of the heads-up battle took place.

"Ildar0365" min-raised the button with {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and was called by Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman from the big blind with {j-Spades}{9-Diamonds}.

Wasserman check-raised from 1.1 big blinds to 3.6 big blinds after hitting top pair on the {9-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} flop. "Ildar0365" called and Wasserman check-called a bet of 6.6 big blinds on the {10-Diamonds} turn.

The {4-Diamonds} river gave "Ildar0365" a flush. Wasserman checked and his opponent jammed for 16.3 big blinds. Wasserman used some of his clock before he called and was left with half a big blind after the hand.

It wasn't quite over just then as Wasserman miraculously won a few doubles before he jammed ace-trey. "Ildar0365" called with jacks and stacks would have been near even if Wasserman was able to win the hand. However, Wasserman bricked the board and "Ildar0365" won the title.

Congrats to "Ildar0365" for winning the 888poker XL Winter Event #1: $100,000 Opening Event for $15,068. Stay tuned at PokerNews as we cover the biggest events of the festival at 888poker.

Final Table Payouts

Jaxon • Level 54: 700,000-1,400,000, 175,000 ante
PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Ildar0365Turkmenistan$15,068
2Michael "IHaveAsthma" WassermanUnited States$10,931
3tihonoff1Russia$7,915
4gillatron1United Kingdom$5,778
5zotto18Romania$4,252
6shippp_itCanada$3,120
7Pete_444Canada$2,311
8andrey59Brazil$1,722
9Lucky1IJackCanada$1,294

Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman Eliminated in 2nd Place ($10,931)

Jaxon • Level 54: 700,000-1,400,000, 175,000 ante

Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman doubled his half big blind a few times to get back into the match and had 13.3 big blinds before things came crashing down.

Wasserman jammed the button and was quickly called by "Ildar0365".

Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman: {a-Hearts}{3-Clubs}
"Ildar0365": {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

Wasserman needed some help to survive and would have taken the lead if he won the hand. However, he was unable to improve on the {5-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{7-Clubs} runout to instead end his run in second place for $10,931.

Meanwhile, congrats to "Ildar0365" for winning the XL Winter Event #1: $100,000 Opening Event for $15,068. Stay tuned at PokerNews for the recap of the final table.

Ildar0365 TM
Ildar0365
TM 69,330,000 600,000
Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman us
Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman
us Busted
Level:
54
Blinds:
700,000/1,400,000
Ante:
175,000

Wasserman on Fumes

Jaxon • Level 53: 600,000-1,200,000, 150,000 ante

"Ildar0365" min-raised the button with {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and was called by Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman from the big blind with {j-Spades}{9-Diamonds}.

Wasserman check-raised from 1.1 big blinds to 3.6 big blinds after hitting top pair on the {9-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} flop. "Ildar0365" called and Wasserman check-called a bet of 6.6 big blinds on the {10-Diamonds} turn.

The {4-Diamonds} river gave "Ildar0365" a flush. Wasserman checked and his opponent jammed for 16.3 big blinds. Wasserman used some of his clock before he called and was left with half a big blind after the hand.

Ildar0365 TM
Ildar0365
TM 68,730,000 34,320,000
Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman us
Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman
us 600,000 -34,320,000

Two Pair for Wasserman

Jaxon • Level 53: 600,000-1,200,000, 150,000 ante

Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman jammed for 12.5 big blinds from the button with {10-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and was called by "Ildar0365" with {a-Spades}{k-Spades}.

Wasserman nailed two pair on the {10-Spades}{7-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{3-Spades} board to double his stack.

Ildar0365 TM
Ildar0365
TM 38,850,000 -11,430,000
Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman us
Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman
us 30,480,000 11,520,000
Level:
53
Blinds:
600,000/1,200,000
Ante:
150,000

"Ildar0365" Doubles Into the Chip Lead

Jaxon • Level 52: 500,000-1,000,000, 125,000 ante

"Ildar0365" min-raised the button before he called off for 20.8 big blinds after Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman jammed.

"Ildar0365": {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}
Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}

Wasserman appeared to be in prime position to close things out. But instead, "Ildar0365" paired their jack on the {5-Clubs}{5-Spades}{4-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{2-Clubs} board to double into the chip lead.

Players went on break after the hand.

Ildar0365 TM
Ildar0365
TM 50,280,000 28,180,000
Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman us
Michael "IHaveAsthma" Wasserman
us 18,960,000 -28,240,000