The 2018 XL Eclipse has been an action-packed series, and it’s time we caught you up on the past four days of action.

Remember, anyone who wins two XL Eclipse events will receive a $1,000 bonus. If someone can take down three there’s $10,000 waiting for them, while anyone lucky enough to capture four XL Eclipse titles will earn $100,000.

Additionally, a $1,000,000 bonus awaits any player who is able to capture five XL Eclipse titles! But that’s not all! Reach the final table in three or more events and you’ll get a $600 tournament ticket, and if you make the money in eight or more events you’ll get a $215 tournament ticket.

Here's a look at all what’s happened in the first half of the 2018 XL Eclipse:

Day 1: UK’s Richard “ChipsFool” Hoadley topped 1,002-entry field to win Opening Event for nearly $19K. Both “seserman02” and “KelevraJesus” claim titles.

Day 2: Alexandru “alexos888” Baron and “okokok1893” book wins in Twins Royal and Twins Flush respectively.

Day 3: “LeetRunGoot,” “Petos00,” and “EX.PZ” all take down titles on Crazy 8 day.

Day 4: Russia’s “CalmRevolver” wins Mega Deep, Tune Up ends in cooler, Russians battle in Mini Tune Up, and “thejoker841” wins Micro Tune Up.

Day 5: Event #14: $30,000 R&A Ends in Heads-Up Deal, while Russia’s “Artdom” turns $5 into $2,700 in Event #15: $15,000 Mini R&A.

Day 6 High Rolling Action

The biggest buy-in of the series, a healthy $2,600, was Event #16: $200,000 High Roller, which attracted 56 players who rebought 27 times. That surpassed the guarantee by creating a $207,500 prize pool paid out to the final seven including 888poker Ambassador Martin “MJacobson888” Jacobson (6th - $11,412.50),2017 XL Eclipse champ “KellerA” (4th - $20,750), and Sergio “zcedrick” Aido (3rd - $31,125).

After 6 hours and 28 minutes, Germany’s Dietrich “2pacnrw16” Fast defeated Canada’s Jason “jadedjason” James to win the title and $72,625 first-place prize.

Germany’s Dietrich “2pacnrw16” Fast defeated Canada’s Jason “jadedjason” James

 

In other high roller news, the $215 buy-in Event #17: Mini High Roller saw 299 players take to the virtual felt and rebuy 152 times, which meant a $100,000 prize pool was paid out to the top 45 players including “PulledPorker” (27th - $750), “Jesusisback” (13th - $1,250), and “Kuchiki” (5th - $5,700).

After “C.Wurst” took his leave in third place for $11,000, the final two struck a deal in which Sweden’s “Hallnor” took second for $16,297 and Macedonia’s “WhoDatt12” the title and $17,553 in prize money.

Macedonia’s “WhoDatt12” the title and $17,553 in prize money.

 

In final high roller news, the $160 buy-in Event #18: $30,000 Late High Roller attracted 152 runners who rebought 45 times. After 5 hours and 50 minutes, it was “MurningB4n” who defeated Sweden’s “MONSTERJAM” in heads-up play to win $6,450.

“MurningB4n” who defeated Sweden’s “MONSTERJAM” in heads-up play to win $6,450.

Day 7 – 8-Max Madness

The $109 buy-in Event #19: $50,000 8-Max saw 358 players rebuy 158 times to create a $51,600 prize pool. Among the 48 players to get paid were “C.Wurst” (18th - $501), “cuadrado12” (6th - $1,935), and Stephen “Kale333” Van Zadelhoff (4th - $3,999).

After 8 hours and 27 minutes, the tournament ended in a three-way deal. The UK’s “BL1NDRAZOR” and Russia’s “nyagaaan” finished in second and third for $7,796 and $6,706 respectively, while Ukraine’s “tapatashi” took first for $8,331.

“MurningB4n” who defeated Sweden’s “MONSTERJAM” in heads-up play to win $6,450.

 

In the $12 buy-in Event #20: $15,000 Mini 8-Max – a tournament that drew 998 players who re-bought 481 times – the final five was an all-Brazilian affair. After 7 hours and 45 minutes, “dAAnillo_69” came out on top to win $2,971.77 and Brazil’s first XL Eclipse title.

“dAAnillo_69” came out on top to win $2,971.77 and Brazil’s first XL Eclipse title.

 

The $33 buy-in Event #21: $15,000 Late 8-Max had 411 players rebuy 145 times to generate a $16,680 prize pool. After just over seven hours, Mexico’s “HolyMoly15” claimed the title and accompanying $3,169 first-place prize.

Mexico’s “HolyMoly15” claimed the title and accompanying $3,169 first-place prize.

Day 8 – Go Long for the Quarterback

The $215 buy-in Event #22: $50,000 Quarterback, which allaoed player to rebuy a quarter of their starting stack for only $50, attracted 208 players who rebought 187 times. The $50,950 prize pool was paid out to the top 27 places including Arseniy “josef_shvejk” Karmatskiy (19th - $509.50), “J.Tatum” (8th - $1,528.50), and “KellerA” (3rd - $5,987).

After 8 hours and 22 minutes, Finland’s “VALIUM4WIN” bested “futomaki123” in heads-up play to win $10,954.

Finland’s “VALIUM4WIN” bested “futomaki123” in heads-up play to win $10,954.

 

In the $44 buy-in Event #23: Mini Quarterback, 485 players re-bought 344 times, which meant a $25K prize pool was up for grabs. Denmark’s “MttRaven” captured the biggest piece of it after defeating “ryuzaki16” after 6 hours and 41 minutes in the tournament. The former received $4,750 for the victory while the later had to settle for $3,500 for his runner-up finish.

Meanwhile, the $109 buy-in Event #24: $20,000 Late Quarterback had 182 players rebuy 134 times to create a $21,500 prize pool. After 6 hours and 8 minutes, Belarus’ “kozirok_bel” beat the UK’s “Jackerzzzzzz” to claim the title and $4,633 first-place prize.

$109 buy-in Event #24: $20,000 Late Quarterback

Day 9 – Rock Out with Your Knockout

The $150 buy-in Event #25: $25,000 Knockout drew 203 players, which meant a total prize pool of $33,323 was generated. Of that, $25,000 was in the regular prize pool while $8,323 was in the bounty prize pool.

No one collected more bounty money than Russia’s “sslazio16,” who won $533. He also finished fourth in the tournament for an additional $2,187.50. After he fell, the final three players worked a deal with Romania’s “MrDrogo” finishing as the champ for $4,127 plus $370.50 in bounties.

Romania’s “MrDrogo” finishing as the champ for $4,127 plus $370.50 in bounties.

 

The $35 buy-in Event #26: $15,000 Mini Knockout attracted 570 players and created a $19,275 prize pool ($15,000 in regular prize pool, $4,275 in bounty prize pool). Coincidentally, Russia’s “sslazio16” also finished fourth in this tournament, good for $1,155 and $112.50 in bounties.

The only player to collect more in bounties was the ultimate winner, German’s “Showdown13,” who won $2,835 plus $116.25 in bounties. It marked Germany’s third title of the XL Eclipse series.

German’s “Showdown13,” who won $2,835 plus $116.25 in bounties.

 

The final event on Friday night was the $75 buy-in Event #27: $15,000 Late Knockout, a tournament that drew 227 players. The $19,540 total prize pool ($15,000 in regular prize pool, $4,540 in bounty prize pool) was paid out to the top 36 players.

“MuggyW” notched the second most in bounties with $220, which along with the $525 he received for finishing in seventh place made for a nice payday. The only player to earn more than him bounty-wise was Denmark’s “N33dCoaching,” who won the tournament for $3,067.50 and claimed $240 in bounties.

Denmark’s “N33dCoaching,” who won the tournament for $3,067.50 and claimed $240 in bounties.

What’s Coming Up Over the Weekend?

Just two more days remain in the 2018 XL Eclipse. On Saturday, the $160 buy-in Event #28: $30,000 6-Max will kick off at 18:00, as will the $30 buy-in Event #29: $20,000 Mini 6-Max. Two hours later at 20:00, the $55 buy-in Event #30: $15,000 Late 6-Max will get underway.

On Sunday, the final day of the series, the final four events will play out, but before they do, there will be a $215 buy-in Main Event Mega Satellite (50 seats GTD) at 15:05.

At 16:30, the $215 buy-in Event #31: $100,000 Mega Deep will begin, and then at 18:00 the long anticipated $1,050 buy-in $1,000,000 GTD Main Event will finally arrive!

Also starting at 18:00 on Sunday is the $160 buy-in Event #33: $150,000 Mini Main, and then the series will wrap at 18:30 with the $30 buy-in Event #34: $50,000 Micro Main.

Click here for a full look at the 2018 XL Eclipse schedule.

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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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