888poker’s XL Inferno daily recap. May 10, 2018

888poker’s XL Inferno daily recap. May 10, 2018

On Thursday, the 2018 XL Inferno got underway with the first three tournaments on the 34-event schedule. The series, which runs through May 20, offers a wide range of buy-ins with seven figures in guarantees. That includes a $1,050 buy-in, $1,000,000 GTD Main Event on Sunday, May 20. Remember, everyone who wins an XL Inferno title earns a ticket into the Champion of Champions tournament, which will see the top three finishes each win a prize package to the 2018 World Series of Poker.

Satellites for the XL Inferno are running now for as low as $0.01.

Ukraine’s “psyhoagromor” Wins XL Inferno Opening Event

The series kicked off with the highly-anticipated Event #1: $100,000 Opening Event, which cost $109 to enter. With 880 players who rebought 357 times, it created a prize pool of $123,700.

Among those to compete but fall short of the money were Simon “Isildur1337x” Mattsson, Roman “Romeopro33” Romanovskyi and Niklas “tutten7” Åstedt. Likewise, 888poker Ambassador Parker “888tonkaaaa” Talbot, who was live streaming on Twitch, failed to make the money, while Chris “888Moorman” Moorman fell eight spots shy of a cash.

After “pipakos555” bubbled the tournament, the top 117 players made the money including “DoobieFish” (84th - $284.51), Bryan “DePittsterje” Paris (67th - $333.99), Jans “Graftekkel” Arends (53rd - $395.84), “Fukuruku” (29th - $507.17), “SmilleThHero” (15th - $1,051.45), “im_a_luckbox” (8th - $2,535.85), and “Doked” (3rd - $11,998.90), who fell in a big hand when his pocket jacks were cracked by the tens of Ukraine’s “psyhoagromor”.

After 13 hours and 7 minutes in the tournament, “psyhoagromor” defeated Switzerland’s “_Lord_Xenu_” in heads-up play to win the title and $22,266 in prize money.

It was a bit of redemption for “psyhoagromor”, who back in September finished runner-up in a XL Eclipse event. More recently, he won the $10,000 Thursday Cube for $3,250 back on April 5, and two months earlier won the $5,000 Deepstack Monsoon for $1,650.

Event #1: Opening Event results

Event #1: Opening Event results

“Shebalow” Claims XL Inferno Title for Saudi Arabia

The $12 buy-in Event #2: $20,000 Mini Opening Event saw 1,428 players account for 741 rebuys, which created a $23,642 prize pool. That was distributed to the top 162 players including “A.FILTH” (122nd - $42.55), “gption” (81st - $54.37), “pokerkid710” (26th - $94.56), “Zelja22” (12th - $208.05), “brook0817” (6th - $933.86), and “mannyking” (4th - $1,607.66).

After Russia’s “Bigfishka44” exited in third place for $2,243.63, the title came down to Germany’s “bliblablupbp” and Saudi Arabia’s “Shebalow”. After 10 hours and 18 minutes, the latter prevailed to capture the $4,020 first-place prize.

Event #2: Mini Opening Event results

Event #2: Mini Opening Event results

Argentina’s “germaxii” Becomes Two-Time XL Inferno Champ

The third event of the day, Event #3: $25,000 Late Opening Event, saw 489 players pony up the $55 buy-in and rebuy 152 times. That surpassed the guarantee by creating a $32,050 prize pool paid out to the top 63 players including Alexandru “alexos888” Baron (30th - $176.27), “pokerdave128” (15th - $320.50), “StrbxGrndr” (8th - $721.12), “LeshiyAS” (7th - $1,041.62), and “NoTrustEver” (4th - $2,499.90).

After 7 hours and 20 minutes, Argentina’s “germaxii” defeated Canada’s “dankreas” in heads-up play to win the title and accompanying $6,089 first-place prize. It was the second year in a row the Argentinean won a XL Inferno title. Last May, he bested a field of 232 players to win Event #194: $50,000 Turbo Mega Deep for $10,225.

He also won two XL Eclipse events back in September. The first was Event #70: $20,000 Crocodile for $4,708 and the other, Event #167: $10,000 Turbo Knockout, a week later for $2,548.

Event #3: Late Opening Event results

Event #3: Late Opening Event results

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