Friday, June 14, 2024

German One-Two in the 888poker XL Spring $120K Tune Up; Champion Bags $16.5K

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The 888poker XL Spring Series continues producing some impressive prizes, and Germany’s “ZockSteffen” got their hands on one of them, namely $16,514. “ZockSteffen” won Event #20, the $109 buy-in, $120,000 guaranteed PKO Tune Up tournament, outlasting 1,022 opponents and capturing the title and the largest slice of the prize pool.

A field comprising 871 unique players and 152 re-entries left an overlay on the $120,000 guaranteed prize pool, not that any of the players cared because it meant free value to them. A min-cash weighed in at a few cents less than $124, plus any progressive bounties the players picked up along the way. That min-cash increased to $1,046 by the time only eight players remained in contention for the title.

$120,000 XL Spring #20 – The PKO Tune Up Event Final Table Results

Rank Player Country Bounties Prize Total Prize
1 ZockSteffen Germany $5,691 $10,823 $16,514
2 qdererste Germany $3,278 $10,816 $14,094
3 jonaa1994 Argentina $2,313 $6,885 $9,198
4 Squadup902 Canada $378 $5,163 $5,541
5 POTITOOOOOOO Malta $2,264 $3,442 $5,707
6 danipor Brazil $118 $2,409 $2,528
7 MrBankShot90 Kazahkstan $481 $1,549 $2,030
8 kaineknow6   $187 $1,046 $1,234

“kaineknow6” was the first finalists to be relieved of their stack, and their eighth-place finish came with a $1,234 payout. Seventh place and $2,030 went to “MrBankShot90,” before Brazilian “danipor” bowed out in sixth for $2,528.

Malta’s “POTITOOOOOOO” highlighted the importance of being aggressive in PKO tournaments and actively seeking bounties because the $5,707 they banked after falling in fifth was a larger payment than the $5,541 “Squadup902” collected after busting one place deeper.

The event progressed to heads-up following the elimination of “jonaa1994” in third, a finish good for $9,198. Both heads-up players hailed from Germany, and both secured at least $10,816 for their efforts. The German duo had bulldozed their way to this portion of the tournament, with both players having four figures worth of bounty payments.

“qdererste” couldn’t quite find that final scalp, busting in second for $14,094 in total. That elimination left “ZockSteffen” as the last player standing, and they took home $16,514, the largest prize awarded during the 2024 888poker XL Spring Series so far.

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888poker XL Spring Series Results So Far

“ZockSteffen” and “qdererste” were not the only 888poker players to pad their bankrolls with more than $10,000 this weekend. “sasodilts” joined the five-figure club by taking down the $40,000 PKO Rumble High Roller, turning $525 into $10,603 with bounties included.

Event Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool Champion Prize
#01 – $12,000 Opening Event Mystery Bounty $11 1,603 $16,030 Zindane $1,546*
#02 – $40,000 Opening Event Mystery Bounty $55 766 $40,000 guizones27 $3,799*
#03 – $120,000 Opening Event Mystery Bounty $109 1,100 $120,000 joicemar154 $10,718*
#04 – $40,000 Opening Event High Roller $525 73 $40,000 DarshanS $11,200
#05 – $10,000 PKO Mini $11 977 $10,000 xxtomasxx $1,394*
#06 – $20,000 PKO $55 431 $21,550 MoonMeander $3,493*
#07 – $10,000 PKO 6-Max $11 971 $10,000 skon89 $1,515*
#08 – $15,000 PKO 6-Max High Roller $320 70 $21,000 hello_br0tti $6,628*
#09 – $5,000 DeepStack Mini $8.80 582 $5,000 Jonnyszz $865
#10 – $10,000 DeepStack $109 120 $12,000 HecticMulk $2,956
#11 – $10,000 Super KO $33 411 $12,330 ingeruRO14 $1,202*
#12 – $15,000 Super KO High Roller $320 62 $18,600 WHATaDREAM $4,854*
#13 – $10,000 Mystery Bounty 6-Max Mini $11 1,017 $10,170 Veraldo365 $2,030
#14 – $12,000 Mystery Bounty 6-Max $109 136 $13,600 T.R.Albrecht $4,095*
#15 – $10,000 DeepStack PKO Mini $11 1,062 $10,620 Hangoover9 $1,739*
#16 – $2,000 PLO Mystery Bounty $11 224 $2,240 KannKommeaa $424*
#17 – $12,000 DeepStack PKO $109 161 $16,100 andydalmas $4,181*
#18 – $12,000 Mystery Bounty Mini $11 1,415 $14,150 HavryluKK $2,408*
#19 – $40,000 Mystery Bounty $55 788 $40,000 Fonnesberg $6,053*
#20 – $120,000 PKO Tune Up Event $109 1,023 ZockSteffen $16,514*  
#21 – $40,000 PKO Rumble High Roller $525 66 $40,000 sasodilts $10,603*

Will You Become the $1 Million Guaranteed Main Event’s Champion?

Only ten more XL Spring Series Main Event flights remain, so time is running out if you want to mount a charge for the title. Each flight costs $888 to enter, unless you win your way in via one of the many satellites. You need to turn your 10,000 starting stack into at least 142,061 chips if you want to head into Day 2 in the top ten.

“Regis_R69” of Brazil is the player to catch right now, having finished their flight with an impressive 237,447 chips, or 119 big blinds at the restart on May 27. Only “Sheglov” of Ukraine has got close to the leading, finishing their Day 1 escapades with 231,283 chips, 116 big blinds.

Slightly lower down the chip counts, in eighth place currently, is British star Tom “sheeeeeeeet” Hall, who has accumulated 144,250 chips (72 big blinds). Hall has a knack of getting the job done in big buy-in 888poker accounts, so look out for him in the PokerNews live updates when our coverage begins on May 27.

$1,000,000 XL Spring #41 – Mystery Bounty Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Regis_R69 Brazil 237,447 119
2 Sheglov Ukraine 231,283 116
3 Luckbox19 Germany 181,659 91
4 Modernus Lithuania 168,358 84
5 idkhtp   161,371 81
6 CPU0r   159,372 80
7 patience888 Montenegro 144,664 72
8 Tom “sheeeeeeeeet” Hall United Kingdom 144,250 72
9 CptnJec Ukraine 142,697 71
10 icho90   142,060 71

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