The 11-day 2020 XL Inferno on 888poker, which features more than $1.5 million in guarantees, is more than halfway over, and through the first 19 tournaments on the 34-event schedule, 25,071 entrants have participated and $829,048 in prize money awarded.

Remember, the series will culminate on Sunday, May 24, which is when not one, not two, but THREE Main Events will play out! At 17:00, the $250 buy-in Main Event will kick off and offers up a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. Thirty minutes later at 17:30, the $33 buy-in, $50K GTD Mini Main Event will take place, while the $5.50 buy-in, $20K GTD Micro Main Event will close out the day at 18:00.

The big Main Event will be live streamed on our YouTube channel and Facebook page with David Tuchman and Nick Wealthall offering commentary and entertainment. You can also expect several 888poker Ambassadors to jump on air to offer some analysis.

YouTube channel and Facebook page with David Tuchman and Nick Wealthall

Finally, if you want to get in on the action, remember that new depositors will receive a ticket into Main Event Qualifiers running daily.

Here’s a look at some highlights from the 2020 XL Inferno through Tuesday, May 19.

Germany’s “HSV_Gandi” Wins High Roller

The $320 buy-in Event #17: $100K High Roller saw 255 players rebuy 71 times, which meant the $100,000 prize pool was paid out to the top 36 players. Among those to cash were “easymoney406” (29th - $750), “Luckypeter29” (21st - $850), “ahjaa” (16th - $1,100), “alexos888” (10th - $1,600), and “cuadrado12” (6th - $4,500).

Sweden’s “cuadrado12” bowed out after shoving his last eight big blinds with the 10♣10♥ and failing to hold against the A♣3♦ of “HSV_Gandi.” Not long after, “HSV_Gandi” scored another elimination when his pocket threes held against the ace-queen suited of “popsnpoker,” who finished in fourth place for $8,500.

With three players left, it was Level 34 (60,000/120,000/15,000) when “Rocket_Aces” opened for 341,500 and “MorayEEEEEL” three-bet to 2.94 million. The former then four-bet and the latter called off the 980,000 he had behind.

“MorayEEEEEL”: 9♠9♥

“Rocket_Aces”: A♦Q♦

It was a flip and “MorayEEEEEL” held through both the 4♦4♣3♠ flop and 5♠ turn, but disaster struck when the Q♥ spiked on the river.

In the final hand of the tournament, which took place in the same level, “HSV_Gandi” moved all in holding the 4♣4♦ and “Rocket_Aces” called off for 3.5 million with the A♦10♣. It was a race situation but not after the flop came down 6♥4♠6♣ to deliver “HSV_Gandi” a full house. The 6♠ turn actually gave “Rocket_Aces” some life, but the 8♣ river was a brick to send him packing in second place for $15,000.

Germany’s “HSV_Gandi” Wins 2020 Xl inferno High Roller

High Roller Final Table Results

1st – “HSV_Gandi” (Germany) … $20,450

2nd – “Rocket_Aces” (N/A) … $15,000

3rd – “MorayEEEEEL” (Sweden) … $11,300

4th – “popsnpoker” (Canada) … $8,500

5th – “_chalukyas” (India) … $5,800

6th – “cuadrado12” (Sweden) … $4,500

7th – “Emilioteck” (United Arab Emirates) … $3,500

8th – “PolMarine” (Canada) … $2,500

9th – “resilience32” (Germany) … $1,900

In other high roller news, the $55 buy-in Event #18: $30,000 Mini High Roller attracted 588 players who rebought 214 times, which resulted in a $40,100 prize pool. After 8 hours and 26 minutes, Russia’s “MAMOHT_T” beat Ireland’s “Shovelin20” heads-up to win the title for $7,574.89.

Meanwhile, the $109 buy-in Event #19: $20,000 Late High Roller saw 184 players rebuy 72 times to create a $25,600 prize pool. Coming out on top of that tournament after just over seven hours of play was Malta’s “dmnin,” who received $5,504 for finishing as the last player standing.

Finland’s “MuckFest” Wins Event #10: $150,000 Tune Up

On Sunday, May 17, the $109 buy-in Event #10: $150,000 Tune Up played out. The tournament, which was live reported on PokerNews, drew 1,137 entries who rebought 478 times. That resulted in a $161,500 prize pool that was paid out to the top 144 players.

888poker Ambassadors littered the field including Sofia "sofialovgren" Lövgren, Daria “Scarlett_D” Feshchenko, Dominik "888Dominik" Nitsche, Vivian "vivi.888" Saliba, and Ana "anamarquez." Marquez, though none of the managed to cash.

2020 Xl Inferno 888poker Ambassadors

Of those, Marquez went the deepest busting in 242nd place. It happened in Level 20 (5,000/10,000/1,250) when Marquez moved all in for 145,831 from the button with the A♥4♥ and “Blackadd3r” called from the small blind with the J♠J♦.

The board ran out 3♦Q♣2♠8♠6♣, and that was all she wrote for the 888poker Ambassadors.

Among those to make a deep run were “Pik00rs” (29th - $597.55), “needabridge” (23rd - $678.30), “Slowroller66” (19th - $678.30), “Darkmatter29” (14th - $1,211.25), “wigglez333” (8th - $3,230), and “GramNaKartke” (3rd - $15,342.50).

After nearly 13 hours of play, the title came down to Belarus’ “ALLCasH90” and Finland’s “MuckFest.” In the final hand of the tournament, which took place in Level 47 (600,000/1,200,000/150,000), “ALLCasH90” moved all in for 17.3 million holding the A♣5♠ and “MuckFest” called after waking up with the A♦A♠.

The board ran out 3♠9♦3♣8♠Q♠ and “ALLCasH90” had to settle for second place and $20,511 in prize money.

2020 XL Inferno Tune Up Final Table Results

Tune Up Final Table Results

1st – “MuckFest” (Finland) … $28,230.20

2nd – “ALLCasH90” (Belarus) … $20,510.50

3rd – “GramNaKartke” (N/A) … $15,342.50

4th – “BlacKK_DucKK” (Brazil) … $11,466.50

5th – “retiree” (Lithuania) … $8,075

6th – “sheikkkeri” (Finland) … $6,460

7th – “vasi_vsm” (Romania) … $4,845

8th – “wigglez333” (Romania) … $3,230

9th – “_Denger_” (Russia) … $1,857.25

Remaining 2020 XL Inferno Schedule

With at least $45,000 in guaranteed prize pools every day of the festival, there are still plenty of great events coming up in the 2020 XL Inferno.

Among the highlights remaining on the schedule are the $160 buy-in, $50K GTD Event #23: PKO 8-Max on Thursday, May 21; the $109 buy-in, $30K GTD Event #29: NLH 6-Max on Saturday, May 23, and of course, the$250 buy-in, $500K GTD Main Event on Sunday, May 24.

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Current 2020 XL Inferno Winners So Far

Event #1: $75,000 Opening Event (878 entries; $87,800 prize pool) won by “MorayEEEEEL” (Sweden) for $16,585.42

Event #2: $25,000 Mini Opening Event (2,436 entries; $36,540 prize pool) won by “blachu3232” (Argentina) for $6,172.39

Event #3: $20,000 Late Opening Event (555 entries; $27,750 prize pool) won by “tightlikea_v” (Canada) for $3,954.37

Event #4: $30,000 PKO (898 entries; $44,900 prize pool) won by “FishTankHero” (Romania) for $7,179.78

Event #5: $20,000 Mini PKO (1,607 entries; $32,140 prize pool); won by “williemwoles” (Russia) for $4,553.16

Event #6: $15,000 Late PKO (672 entries; $20,160 prize pool) won by “barneslad123” (UK) for $3,452.96

Event #7: $30,000 8-Max (506 entries; $50,600 prize pool) won by “rickybarbosa” for $9,147.94

Event #8: $12,000 Mini 8-Max (2,356 entries; $18,848 prize pool) won by “krakadiller” (Russia) for $3,299.36

Event #9: $15,000 Late 8-Max (439 entries; $21,950 prize pool) won by “Gat0rbl00d” (Canada) for $3,728.65

Event #10: $150,000 Tune Up (1,615 entries; $161,500 prize pool) won by “MuckFest” (Finland) for $28,230.20

Event #11: $50,000 Mini Tune Up (4,107 entries; $61,605 prize pool) “4YTbE” (Russia) for $7,448.95

Event #12: $15,000 Micro Tune Up (3,600 entries; $18,000 prize pool) won by “Bluffman1995” for $2,467.36

Event #13: $20,000 Late Tune Up (545 entries; $27,250 prize pool) won by “futomaki123” for $5,229.34

Event #14: $20,000 R&A (668 entries; $26,310 prize pool) won by “IlovePickles” (Romania) for $5,048.96

Event #15: $12,000 Mini R&A (2,113 entries; $12,995 prize pool) won by “SpielerKind” (Ukraine) for $2,243.63

Event #16: $15,000 Late R&A (692 entries; $15,000 prize pool) won by “Sandilaulau” (Romania) for $2,793.99

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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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