The 2018 XL Eclipse is in the books, and it proved to be an action-packed series catering to 28,438 entrants and awarding $2,716,699 in prize money, of which $536,992 went to the winners of the 34 sanction events.

During that time, there was just one repeat winner in Sweden’s “cuadrado12,” who received a $1,000 cash bonus for taking down two titles. Had he gotten three, he would’ve received $10,000, while a fourth or fifth title would’ve netted him $100,000 and $1,000,000 respectively!

Here’s a look at some of the biggest stories to come out of the final weekend of the 2018 XL Eclipse.

Roman "Romeopro33" Romanovskyi Wins Main Event

The highlight of the series was the $1,050 buy-in Event #32: $1,000,000 Main Event, which drew 710 runners who rebought 287 times. The 997-entry field fell just shy of the guarantee, which means players enjoyed a small overlay.

The Main Event final table proved to be a stacked affair with the likes of Roman "Romeopro33" Romanovskyi, Simon “Isildur1337x” Mattsson, Rafael “nitGMmator” Moraes, and Felipe “mr.salgado” Salgado.

Salgao was eliminated by Moraes after the former got it in with ace-king against the latter’s ace-queen. A queen on the flop proved disastrous for the Brazilian and he hit the rail in fifth place for $52,500. Not long after, Moraes again got it in with ace-queen but this time he ran them smack dab into Mattsson’s pocket aces to fall in third place for a smooth $100K.

Romanovskyi and Mattsson squared off in heads-up play, which lasted nearly three full blind levels. Despite the Swede holding the chip lead for most of the final table, and eliminating most of the competition, his Ukrainian opponent upped his aggression heads up and ultimately won the match holding pocket aces in the final hand.

"Romeopro33" on His XL Eclipse Win

“In heads up, it wasn’t that I turned up the aggression, I just ran better in general,” Romanovskyi told 888poker. “It was pretty hard to play after 17 hours in my sessions. It’s really tough for the brain to perform at its best. I just ran better. I didn’t feel like I was outplayed.”

By winning, Romanovskyi became a three-time XL Eclipse champ. You might remember that last year he won the 2017 XL Eclipse $109 buy-in Event #27: $15,000 Tornado for $5,332 and then a day later took down the $2,100 buy-in Event #36: $500,000 High Roller for $107,500.

“The high roller field was much stronger; however, it was a lot less people,” Romanovskyi said. “They’re actually both quite important, they both were a good time. The last time happened when I was having one of the worst series ever, so it was really good timing to run well and get that high roller score. This time, I was running bad in big tournaments. I had 40 bullets without a cash in $5K+ buy-in tournaments. Once again, this final event made three weeks of grinding +EV, which is amazing. I’m really happy with that and enjoyed it a lot.”

XL Eclipse main Event Final Table Payouts

XL Eclipse Main Event Final Table

In other Main Event news, the $160 buy-in Event #33: $150,000 Mini Main Event attracted 869 players who rebought 397 times. The 1,266-entry field created a $189,900 prize pool and saw “TAPIS_TAPIR” emerge victorious to capture a $34,182 first-place prize.

Finally, the $33 buy-in Event #34: $50,000 Micro Main Event drew 1,363 entries to generate a $70,890 prize pool. In the end, “amverskltn97” came out on top to win $11,974 and claim Germany’s fourth title of the series.

“cuadrado12” Becomes Two-Time Winner

On Sunday, the $215 buy-in Event #31: $100,000 Mega Deep drew 486 players who rebought 249 times. That created a $147K prize pool that was paid out to the top 64 players including Fabricio “DrMiKee” Gonzalez (55th - $559), “Pimmelspeck” (20th - $1,279), “IbetUfold_x” (7th - $3,675), and “NoMamesWeyyy” (3rd - $15,082).

After 9 hours and 34 minutes, Sweden’s “cuadrado12” defeated “nnnnn_” in heads-up play to win it for $27,930. It was the second win of the series for the Swede after he topped a 782-entry field to win $160 buy-in Event #10: $100,000 Tune Up for $22,170. By winning a pair of XL Eclipse titles, “cuadrado12” received a $1,000 bonus!

Sweden’s “cuadrado12” defeated “nnnnn_” in heads-up play to win it for $27,930.

Saturday Six-Max Action

The penultimate day of the XL Eclipse was jam packed with six-max action. In the $160 buy-in Event #28: $30,000 6-Max, 181 players rebought 90 times to create a $40,650 prize pool. Among those to get a piece of it were Roman “Romeopro33” Romanovskyi (11th - $711), “ivanascasubi” (6th - $1,829), and “PhilreadsU” (3rd - $5,081).

After 6 hours and 41 minutes, the final two struck a heads-up deal in which Russia’s Arseniy “josef_shvejk” Karmatsky took second for $8,241 and Austria’s “Kannwas” received the title and $8,242 in prize money. You might remember that “Kannwas” won the 2016 Super XL Main Event for nearly $41K and finished runner-up in the 2017 XL Inferno High Roller for $129,600.

Austria’s “Kannwas” received the title and $8,242 in prize money.

 

In the $33 buy-in Event #29: $20,000 Mini 6-Max – a tournament that drew 528 players who rebought 215 times – a $22,290 prize pool was paid out to the top 60 players including “KelevraJesus” (19th - $167), “gigga83” (9th - $468), “dimdaf” (4th - $1,649), and “R1chking” (3rd - $2,396).

After 7 hours and 11 minutes, Mexico’s “gaingrapes” defeated Romana’s “KeepTrying05” to win the title and accompanying $4,313 first-place prize.

Sweden’s “Feeding6” who walked away with the title and $3,053 in prize money.

 

The last event to finish on Saturday was the $55 buy-in Event #30: $15,000 Late 6-Max, which snuck past its guarantee by creating a $15,700 prize pool after attracting 231 players who rebought 83 times.

After 6 hours and 33 minutes, the tournament ended in a heads-up deal. While “hotizzle” received the most money with a $3,070 payday, it was Sweden’s “Feeding6” who walked away with the title and $3,053 in prize money.

Sweden’s “Feeding6” who walked away with the title and $3,053 in prize money.

2018 XL Eclipse Winners

Here's a look at all those that won titles during the 2018 XL Eclipse:

  • Richard "ChipsFool" Hoadley (UK) topped 1,002 entries to win $160 buy-in Event #1: $100,000 Opening Event for $18,787.50
  • “seserman02” (Romania) topped 1,710 entries to win $16.50 buy-in Event #2: $20,000 Mini Opening Event for $4,427.66
  • “KelevraJesus” (Malta) topped 516 entries to win $55 buy-in Event #3: $25,000 Late Opening Event for $4,951.02
  • Alexandru “alexos888” Baron (Canada) topped 559 entries to win $55 buy-in Event #4: $20,000 Twins Royal for $5,363.67
  • “okokok1893” (Malta) topped 531 entries to win $55 buy-in Event #5: $20,000 Twins Flush for $5,095.01
  • “LeetRunGoot” (Canada) topped 441 entries to win $88 buy-in Event #6: $30,000 Crazy for $6,879.68
  • “Petos00” (Russia) topped 1,512 entries to win $8.80 buy-in Event #7: Mini Crazy 8 for $2,489.85
  • “EX.PZ” (UK) topped 294 entries to win $44 buy-in Event #8: Late Crazy 8 for $2,430
  • "CalmRevolver" (Russia) topped 562 entries to win $215 buy-in Event #9: $100,000 Mega Deep for $21,637
  • "cuadrado12" (Sweden) topped 782 entries to win $160 buy-in Event #10: $100,000 Tune Up for $22,170
  • "krakadiller" (Russia) topped 3,612 entries to win $12 buy-in Event #11: Mini Tune Up for $7,450
  • “thejoker841” (Albania) topped 2,662 entries to win $5.50 buy-in Event #12: Micro Tune Up for $2,370
  • “NeverLuckyyy” (Germany) topped 503 entries to win $55 buy-in Event #13: $25,000 Late Tune Up for $4,826
  • “onyvapapaa1” (Switzerland) topped 519 entries to win $55 buy-in Event #14: $30,000 R&A for $6,08“Artdom”
  • “Artdom” (Russia) topped 1,821 entries to win $5 buy-in Event #15: $15,000 Mini R&Q for $2,700
  • "2pacnrw16" (Germany) topped field of 83 entries to win $2,600 buy-in Event #16: $200,000 High Roller for $72,625
  • "WhoDatt12" (Macedonia) topped field of 451 entries to win $215 buy-in Event #17: $100,000 Mini High Roller for $17,552.67
  • "MurningB4n" topped field of 198 entries to win $160 buy-in Event #18: $30,000 Late High Roller for $6,450
  • "tapatashi" (Ukraine) topped field of 516 entries to win $109 buy-in Event #19: $50,000 8-Max for $8,331.16
  • "dAAnilo_69" (Brazil) topped 1,479 entries to win $12 buy-in Event #20: $15,000 Mini 8-Max for $2,971.77
  • "HolyMoly15" Mexico topped 556 entries to win $33 buy-in Event #21: $15,000 Late 8-Max for $3,169.32
  • "VALIUM4WIN" (Finland) topped field of 295 entries to win $215 buy-in Event #22: $50,000 Quarterback for $10,954.29
  • "MttRaven" (Denmark) topped field of 829 entries to win $44 buy-in Event #23: $25,000 Mini Quarterback for $4,750
  • "kozirok_bel" (Belarus) topped field 316 entries to win $109 buy-in Event #24: $20,000 Late Quarterback for $4,633.29
  • “MrDrogo” (Romania) topped field of 203 entries to win $150 buy-in Event #25: $25,000 Knockout for $4,434.87
  • "Showdown13" (Germany) topped 570 entries to win $35 buy-in Event #26: $15,000 Mini Knockout for $2,951.25
  • "N33Coaching" (Denmark) topped 227 entries to win $75 buy-in Event #27: $15,000 Late Knockout for $3,307.50
  • "Kannwas" (Austria) topped 271 entries to win $160 buy-in Event #28: $30,000 6-Max for $8,242.28
  • "gaingrapes" (Mexico) topped 743 entries to win $33 buy-in Event #29: $20,000 Mini 6-Max for $4,313.29
  • "Feeding6" (Sweden) topped 314 entries to win $55 buy-in Event #30: $15,000 Late 6-Max for $3,052.55
  • “cuadrado12” (Sweden) topped 735 entries to win $215 buy-in Event #31: $100,000 Mega Deep for $27,930
  • “Roman “Romeopro33” Romanovskyi (Ukraine) topped 997 entries to win $1,050 buy-in Event #32: $1,000,000 Main Event for $187,500
  • “TAPIS_TAPIR” topped 1,266 entries to win $160 buy-in Event #33: $150,000 Mini Main Event for $32,182
  • “amverskltn97” topped 1,363 entries to win $33 buy-in Event #34: $50,000 Micro Main Event for $11,974
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Chad Holloway is a 2013 WSOP Bracelet winner who has previously worked for PokerNews as a managing editor and live reporter
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