The XL Spring Series kicked off on May 22 and is slated to run through June 7. The 37-event series is jampacked with affordable buy-in tournaments, starting as low as $11 with the majority ranging between $16.50 and $55.

The series culminates with a $500,000 GTD Multiflight Main Event, which costs just $250 to enter.

Through the first 20 events of the series, 10,924 entrants have competed and $647,500 in prize money has been awarded.

  • Thus far German players lead the pack with three titles.
  • Malta, Argentina, Canada, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Montenegro each have a pair of titles.
  • Romania, New Zealand, Azerbaijan, and the United Kingdom are all on the board with one apiece.

Below is a look at some of the big winners and stories from the early goings of the 2022 XL Spring Series on 888poker.

Lithuania’s R3li_able Wins Event #11: $30K PKO 8-Max

Lithuania’s R3li_able Wins Event #11: $30K PKO 8-Max

On Thursday, May 26 the $160 buy-in Event #11: $30,000 PKO 8-Max attracted 264 players. They rebought 62 times, which crushed the guarantee by generating a $48,900 prize pool. That was split between the regular and bounty pools with the top 40 finishers getting a piece of the former.

Among those to cash were the following players –

  • “Hodor83” (37th place for $141.81 plus $187.50 in bounties)
  • “Farrugia_1” (30th place for $163.81 plus $365.63 in bounties)
  • “popsnpoker” (20th place for $244.50 plus $56.25 in bounties)
  • “Ilikepugs” (12th place for $489 plus $848.42 in bounties)
  • “dmg34” (6th place for $978 plus $806.26 in bounties)
  • “ChipsFool” (4th place for $1,956 plus $1,463.66 in bounties)

Brazil’s “zacaa_tb” bowed out in third place for $2,689.50 plus $446.48 in bounties. The final two players each locked up $4,156.50 but battled for a $4,245.35 PKO bounty.

After 7 hours and 34 minutes of play it was Lithuania’s “R3li_able” besting Canada’s “Gat0rbl00d” in heads-up play to earn a total payday of $8,401.89.

XL Spring Event #11: $30,000 PKO 8-Max Final Table Results

1st – “R3li_able” (Lithuania) … $8,401.89

2nd – “Gat0rbl00d” (Canada) … $5,156.98

3rd – “zacaa_tb” (Brazil) … $3,135.98

4th – “ChipsFool” (United Kingdom) … $3,419.66

5th – “binkachu” (New Zealand) … $2,064.87

6th – “dmg34” (Finland) … $1,784.26

7th – “Kostya_jock” (Ukraine) … $1,785.85

8th – “brudii030” (N/A) … $676.88

In other Thursday action, Azerbaijan’s “Mucuxito” topped a 574-entry field to win the $55 buy-in Event #12: $20,000 Mini PKO 8-Max for $4,167.21

Ukraine’s “11011983vb” bested 762 runners to win the $22 buy-in Event #13: $15,000 Late PKO 8-Max for $2,410.60.

Germans Perform Strong in Friday DeepStacks

Germans Perform Strong in Friday DeepStacks

Friday was DeepStack day on 888poker with a trio of XL Spring Series events. The highlight was the $55 buy-in Event #14: $25,000 DeepStack, a tournament that attracted 365 players who rebought 130 times.

The 495-entry field meant the $25,000 prize pool was reserved for the top 72 finishers including the following –

  • “leon_dies10” (56th place for $127.50)
  • “QuietMike” (47th place for $130)
  • “ryguy12345” (34th place for $132.50)
  • “Clay_Born” (26th place for $135)
  • “crzbrn” (16th place for $175)
  • “creature94” (10th place for $295)
  • “cherrywine” (6th place for $950)
  • “Tighterinho” (3rd place for $2,402.50)

After 9 hours and 29 minutes of play, it was Germany’s “Aragorn92” defeating Canada’s “Dobfen” in heads-up play to claim the title and accompanying $4,243.13 first-place prize.

Event #14: $25,000 DeepStack Final Table Results

1st – “Aragorn92” (Germany) … $4,243.13

2nd – “Dobfen” (Canada) … $3,644.37

3rd – “Tighterinho” (Latvia) … $2,402.50

4th – “Nzol888” (Ukraine) … $1,755

5th – “ybird1721” (United Kingdom) … $1,292.50

6th – “cherrywine” (Pakistan) … $950

7th – “pavel717171” (Belarus) … $702.50

8th – “marcelot2015” (Uruguay) … $522.50

9th – “ahahaoh” (Montenegro) … $390

Another German had success on Friday as “EvilJens2.0” topped a 317-entry field to win the $33 buy-in Event #16: $10,000 Late DeepStack for $2,027.

The other winner on Friday was Canada’s “ryguy2345”, who prevailed over an 832-entry field to take down the $16.50 buy-in Event #15: $12,000 Mini DeepStack.

Speaking of Event #15, 888poker StreamTeam member Josh “Josh_Manley” Manley finished in third place for $1,089!

Argentina’s “BeGamble888” Wins Event #17: Tune Up

Argentina’s “BeGamble888” Wins Event #17: $120K Tune Up

On Sunday, May 29 the $109 buy-in Event #17: $120,000 Tune Up saw 892 players rebuy 263 times. So, the $120,000 prize pool was paid out to the top 144 finishers.

Among those to cash werethe following –

  • “MorayEEEEEL” (105th place for $312)
  • “IHaveAsthma” (79th place for $324)
  • “Dr.BOOM” (39th place for $372)
  • “IlovePickles” (34th place for $408)
  • Martin “MJacobson888” Jacobson (23rd place for $612)
  • “cherrywine” (18th place for $804)
  • Final table bubble boy “Zapya57” (10th place for $1,368)

The final table of nine players took a break before returning on Monday, May 30 to play down to a winner. Brazil’s Sander “s.totuli” Totuli made a deep run finishing in third place for $9,960.

That left Argentina’s “BeGamble888” to battle against established pro Tom “sheeeeeeeeet” Hall in heads-up play. The South American player ultimately prevailed in the heads-up match to claim the title and $18,576 top prize.

Event #17: $25,000 DeepStack Final Table Results

1st – “BeGamble888” (Argentina) … $18,576

2nd – Tom “sheeeeeeeeet” Hall (United Kingdom) … $13,548

3rd – Sander “s.totuli” Totuli (Brazil) … $9,960

4th – “gingermainy” (United Kingdom) … $7,380

5th – “toilet22” (New Zealand) … $5,460

6th – “goatshooting” (Armenia) … $4,080

7th – “vireiadulto7” (Brazil) … $3,072

8th – “Killuckkk” (Malta) … $2,328

9th – “Bromista” (Mexico) … $1,776

888poker’s Newest Ambassador Gets 2nd in Event #21

888poker’s Newest Ambassador Gets 2nd in Event #21

In Event #21: $50,000 PKO, 888poker ambassador Ian Simpson made a very deep run - getting to heads-up play. The tournament attracted 137 players who rebought 38 times for a total prize pool of $52,500.

After 7 hours and 14 minutes of play, it was Lithuania's “MoKr93” who came out on top for $12,383, including $7,146.07 in bounties. Ian took home a respectable $8,323.59, including $3,086.72 in KOs.

XL Spring 888pokerTV Action

Highlighting the series is the $500,000 GTD Main Event, which will be live-streamed on our Twitch 888pokerTV channel, where viewers can watch the action as it happens:

Tue 6/7 XL Spring 37 - $500,000 Main Event Final Table

What’s Coming Up?

There are plenty of great tournaments remaining on the schedule. Among those coming up in the next week are the following events –

  • $215 buy-in Event #27: $25,000 PKO 6-Max at 18:00 GMT on Thursday, June 2
  • $55 buy-in Event #30: $25,000 DeepStack at 17:00 GMT on Friday, June 3
  • $525 buy-in Event #36: $50,000 High Roller at 20:00 GMT on Sunday, June 5

For full information and schedule click here

2022 XL Spring Series Winners Thus Far…

Date

Tournament

Buy-In

Total Entries

Prize Pool

Winner

Country

Prize

Sunday,

May 22

Event #1: $120,000

Opening Event

$109

1205

$120,500

Sxmon

Germany

$17,605.05

Monday,

May 23

Event #2: $25,000

PKO 6-Max

$88

453

$36,240

popsnpoker

Canada

$5,515.95

Monday,

May 23

Event #3: $15,000

Mini PKO 6-Max

$44

434

$17,360

MaxOn123

Ukraine

$3,238.49

Monday,

May 23

Event #4: $10,000

Late PKO 6-Max

$22

472

$10,000

ItsOkay

Malta

$1,739.82

Tuesday,

May 24

Event #5: $25,000

Freezeout

$215

170

$34,000

cretzzuu93

Romania

$7,622.80

Tuesday,

May 24

Event #6: $10,000

Mini Freezeout

$55

307

$15,350

leon_dies10

Argentina

$2,961.17

Tuesday,

May 24

Event #7: $10,000

Late Freezeout

$109

140

$14,000

pivnoypuzec

Montenegro

$3,255

Wednesday,

 May 25

Event #8: $30,000

PKO

$109

508

$50,800

DEADyshka

Montenegro

$9,293.59

Wednesday,

May 25

Event #9: $12,000

Mini PKO

$16.50

914

$13,710

YeaPizza

New Zealand

$1,571.26

Wednesday,

May 25

Event #10: $10,000

Late PKO

$33

466

$13,980

GodSama

Lithuania

$2,182.41

Thursday,

May 26

Event #11: $30,000

PKO 8-Max

$160

326

$48,900

R3li_able

Lithuania

$8,401.89

Thursday,

May 26

Event #12: $20,000

Mini PKO 8-Max

$55

574

$28,700

Mucuxito

Azerbaijan

$4,167.21

Thursday,

May 26

Event #13: $15,000

Late PKO 8-Max

$22

762

$15,240

11011983vb

Ukraine

$2,410.60

Friday,

May 27

Event #14: $25,000

DeepStack

$55

495

$25,000

Aragorn92

Germany

$4,243.13

Friday,

May 27

Event #15: $12,000

Mini DeepStack

$16.50

832

$12,480

ryguy2345

Canada

$2,038.46

Friday,

May 27

Event #16: $10,000

Late DeepStack

$33

317

$10,000

EvilJens2.0

Germany

$2,027

Sunday,

May 29

Event #17: $120,000

Tune Up

$109

1155

$120,000

BeGamble888

Argentina

$18,576

Monday,

May 30

Event #18: $25,000

8-Max

$88

417

$33,360

LikeaZ0mbY

N/A

$6,421.96

Monday,

May 30

Event #19: $15,000

Mini 8-Max

$44

417

$16,680

Its0kay

Malta

$3,252.68

Monday,

May 30

Event #20: $10,000

Late 8-Max

$22

560

$11,200

jamesc127

United Kingdom

$2,128

The Royal Quest Begins Here!

The Royal Quest Begins Here!

From 31 May through 31 August, 888poker is giving players the royal treatment.

The newest promotion – The Royal Quest – is jampacked with freerolls awarding over $500,000 in prizes.

Here’s what’s on the regal table for our players:

  • Three daily $500 freerolls
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