888poker's Weekly Deal - Craig “craigbor18” Borrer Wins GREAT 8, Sofia Lövgren Finishes Third!

888poker's Weekly Deal - Craig “craigbor18” Borrer Wins GREAT 8, Sofia Lövgren Finishes Third!

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Craig “craigbor18” Borrer Wins GREAT 8, Sofia Lövgren Finishes Third

This week’s $88 buy-in, $40K GTD GREAT 8 tournament drew 408 players who rebought 138 times to create a $43,680 prize pool. That was paid out to the top 56 spots including to “ImASpaceman” (26th for $292.65), XL Inferno champ “V.BlomFan60” (15th for $563.47), “KURDEdersim” (13th for $563.47), “Imyurfriend” (7th for $1,092), and Raphael “iBustYa888” Wimmer (4th for $3,276).

After 888poker Ambassador Sofia “sofialovgren” Lövgren bowed out in third place for $4,586.40, it set up a heads-up match between Ukraine’s “Palyaaa” and the UK’s Craig “craigbor18” Borrer. After 9 hours and 41 minutes, the latter prevailed to capture an $8,299.20 first-place prize.

It was a bit of redemption for Borrer, who back in October finished second in the $20,000 GREAT 8. It was also that month he topped a field of 361 players to win the $10,000 Thursday Swordfish for $1,919, and six days later bested 249 players to win the $10,000 Monsoon for an additional $2,546.

Craig “craigbor18” Borrer Wins GREAT 8, Sofia Lövgren Finishes Third

Mark “PennyHrdaway” Darner Comes Out on Top of Sunday Mega Deep

The $215 buy-in, $100K GTD Sunday Mega Deep attracted 404 players who rebought 126 times. That created a $106K prize pool that was paid out to the top 56 spots including to “Garlic888” (53rdfor $424), 888poker Ambassador Martin “MJacobson888” Jacobson (26th for $710.20), “1LevelAbove” (17th for $1,028.20), “Madeon1994” (7th for $2,650), and “KelevraJesus” (3rd for $11,130).

After 10 hours and 8 minutes, American Mark “PennyHrdaway” Darner, who was playing out of Mexico, defeated the UK’s “Ajm901” to win the title and $20,140 top prize.

At the start of 2017 – literally the first day of the year – Darner won the $50,000 Sunday Challenge for $11,698. More recently, he placed eighth in the XL Eclipse Event #100: $250,000 Whale for $9,060 back in September.

In the live realm, Darner has almost $1 million in lifetime earnings, all without a live victory.

Mark “PennyHrdaway” Darner Comes Out on Top of Sunday Mega Deep

Sweden’s “gnassil” Hits a Whale of a Score

The biggest buy-in tournament of the weekend was Sunday’s $1,050 Whale, which featured a $120,000 prize pool. Among the 67 players, who rebought 47 times, to compete but fall short of making the money at the final table were Roman “Romeopro33” Romanovsky, 2014 WSOP champ Martin “MJacobson888” Jacobson, and Fabrizio “DrMiKee” Gonzalez, just to name a few.

Some of those to cash included Niklas “tutten7” Åstedt (9th for $4,200), “wellyxx” (5th for $9,000), “EvnoiYa” (4th for $12,000), and Rodrigo “sonmonedass” Perez (3rd for $18,000). After 8 hours and 29 minutes in the tournament, Mexico’s “NOMAMESGUEY” fell to Sweden’s “gnassil,” who captured a juicy $36,000 first-place prize.

Last July, “gnassil” won the $5,000 Thunder 6-Max for a much more modest $1,730. More recently, he finished seventh in last month’s XL Blizzard Event #1: $80,000 Opening Event for $3,075.

Sweden’s “gnassil” Hits a Whale of a Score

Brazil’s Caio “CVriserio” Risério Weathers the Monsoon

The $55buy-in, $15,000 GTD Sunday Monsoon surpassed it guarantee by drawing 262 players who rebought 67 times, which created a $16,450 prize pool. Among those to finish in the money in the top 36 were XL Blizzard stud “Ao1ing” (33rd for $123.37), “MrNorberto” (19th for $139.82), “popsnpoker” (9th for $312.55), “cuadrado12” (5th for $954.10), and “NZhero007” (4th for $1,398.25).

After Malta’s Luigi “firgli” Knoppers was bounced in third place for $1,858.85, the UK’s “DoobieFish” and Brazil’s Caio “CVriserio” Risério battled it out in heads-up play. Ten minutes shy of seven hours in the tournament, the Brazilian came out on top to take down $3,364.02.

Earlier this month, Risério took second in the $5,000 Swordfish for $900, and in December finished runner-up in the $5,000 Starfish for $775. His last documented win before Sunday was the November 28 $10,000 Deepstack Swordfish for just shy of $1,900.

Brazil’s Caio “CVriserio” Risério Weathers the Monsoon

Sunday Challenge Ends in Russian Chops

The $109 buy-in Sunday Challenge, which offered up a $50,000 prize pool, saw 367 players take to the virtual felt and rebuy 127 times. The top 48 got paid including the likes of “PokerFactor” (24th for $485), Aleksei “LeshiyAS” Smirnov (14th for $675), “DoobieFish” (11th for $875), “xcrash154” (7th for $1,375), and “ForzaMilan00” (3rd for $5,375).

After 8 hours and 50 minutes in the tournament, the title came down to two Russians, and they decided to make a deal. In the end, “josef_shvejk,” who in 2016 won the $500,000 GTD Mega Deep 5th Anniversary Edition for $95K, finished in second place for $7,387.40 while “hateVAMOS” took the title and a $9,362.60 prize.

It was the second win for “hateVAMOS” in just over a month after he won the January 13 $5,000 Swordfish for $1,153. Back in November, he finished second in the $40,000 Sunday GREAT 8 for $8,131.

Sunday Challenge Ends in Russian Chops

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