XL Blizzard Day 10: “KellerA” Cashes Three Times and Makes Two Final Tables, a Pair of Swedish Victories, and “yrkkk” Wins One for Lithuania

The penultimate day of the 888poker XL Blizzard saw Lithuania’s “yrkkk” close out another late-night run, “KellerA” cashes three times and makes two final tables, and two Swedes win titles.

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The penultimate day of the XL Blizzard, an 11-day series that will conclude Sunday, consisted of three more events. That means just four events from the 34-tournament schedule remain including tomorrow’s Sunday’s $1,050 buy-in, $1,000,000 GTD Main Event.

For the XL Blizzard we offered new promotions such as awarding big cash prizes to anyone who wins multiple events ($1,000,000 if you can win five of them), a “Bubble of Bubbles” tournament (gain entry if/when you bubble a tournament), and the return of the Champion of Champions event. No one has managed to win multiple tournaments.

The Champion of Champions returns for the XL Blizzard series and one lucky 888poker player will win a $12,000 WSOP Vegas package. Each time you play in an XL Blizzard event, you earn leaderboard points. The top 50 players on the leaderboard receive a ticket to the Champion of Champions tournament to be held at 18:00 GMT on Tuesday, January 30.

Also, here’s a quick recap of what’s happened in the XL Blizzard thus far:

Day 1 – The Netherlands’ Jans “Graftekkel” Arends won the Opening Event for more than $17K. “bygavuga” and “scellone94” capture titles.

Day 2 – “Jamasutra” and “Pasha813” notch “Twin Wins” in Events #4 & #5 Respectively.

Day 3 – Norway’s “Rekrutt1” won Event #6: Crazy 8 for more than $10K; former XL Eclipse winners “NeveGiveUp” and “msksevart” both claimed XL Blizzard titles.

Day 4 – In Event #9: $120,000 Mega Deep, “23NoraB” found redemption from his second-place XL Inferno Mega Deep finish. Meanwhile, three 888poker Ambassadors made deep runs in the Whale and Niklas “tutten7” Åstedt came up short of winning a XL Blizzard not once but twice.

Day 5 – “DeltaSpider” becomes fourth Russian to win XL Blizzard title, “yarik1903” nabs Ukraine’s second.

Day 6 – “Tonkaaaa” final tables $250K High Roller but “SteveyBG” claims title; big day for “OINKOinkOink”.

Day 7 – “CR1TCHZ” captured Austria’s second title of the series. Malta’s “PazzoRJ” and the UK’s “JohnJones34” both won titles.

Day 8 – Kuwait’s “sayqmyqname” wins Quarterback, “bujalabujala” scores for Lithuania, and Super XL Champ “petrofv5501” books a win.

Day 9LucySagara70” claims second title for the Netherlands, “grigorq77” wins Mini Knockout.

Get all the details on the XL Blizzard here.

Alfred “Kzzon” Karlsson Wins 6-Max Title for Sweden

The $160 buy-in Event #28: $50,000 6-Max surpassed its guarantee with 298 players who rebought 151 times. That created a $67,350 prize pool reserved for the top 36 players. That meant Brazil’s “soldado13,” who busted in 37th place, got a “Bubble of Bubbles” tournament.

Some players that finished in the money were “sweet_dr34ms” (31st for $437.77), “KellerA” (28th for $505.12), “Ao1ing” (18th for $740.85), “JacktheCpt” (8th for $1,818.45), “SEWart777” (6th for $2,694), and “mixer_jr” (3rd for $7,745.25).

After 10 hours and 49 minutes – the longest XL Blizzard tournament of the day – Sweden’s Alfred “Kzzon” Karlsson defeated New Zealand’s Darragh “CrackFiend15” Curtin in heads-up play to win $14,817. It was redemption for Karlsson, who the day before finished third in Event #27: $10,000 Late Knockout for $1,411.70.

As for his last documented online win on 888poker, that came back in May 2016 wheen he took down the $1,500 Turbo Blowfish for a modest $309.11. In August of last year, Karlsson made waves in the live realm when he finished third in a big €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em event in Barcelona, good for $103,744.

“manne8080” Wins Sweden’s Second XL Blizzard Title

The $30 buy-in Event #29: $15,000 Mini 6-Max drew 678 players who rebought 292 times. That created a $26,675 prize pool that was distributed to the top 78 spots. Busting in 79th and securing a seat in the “Bubble of Bubbles” tournament was Boris “Plqsssss” Matev.

Some familiar players to cash the tournament were “HotSauce86” (68th for $80.02), XL Inferno champ “tikkapekka” (42nd for $122.70), Event #20 champ “JohnJones34” (31st for $138.71), “BLaaZeKush” (18th for $248.07), and “BudCort” (7th for $557.50).

 The final table was an international affair, but after 9 hours and 17 minutes it was Sweden’s “manne8080” who defeated Romania’s “JacktheCpt” to win the title and $3,734.50 top prize. The win marked Sweden’s second XL Blizzard title of the series.

“yrkkk” Closes Out Another Late-Night Run

The $55 buy-in Event #30: $10,000 Late 6-Max attracted 259 players who rebought 81 times to create a total prize pool of $17,000. Finishing on the bubble in 31st place for a seat into the “Bubble of Bubbles” tournament was Russia’s “Razielskat.”

Among those to make a little money were “Clay_Born” (25th for $136), “summuNNN” (15th for $195.50), “LeshiyAS” (9th for $484.50), “Laly139” (5th for $1,020), and Super XL champ “KellerA” (4th for $1,360), who was at his second final table of the day.

After Norway’s “Moldvarpa” fell in third place for $2,040, the title came down to Germany’s “DonMaxiQQ” and Lithuania’s “yrkkk.” After 6 hours and 12 minutes, the Lithuanian emerged victorious to capture a $3,910 first-place prize.

It marked the second final table of the series for “yrkkk,” who finished ninth in the Event #8: $15,000 Late Crazy 8 for $445.

Final Day of the XL Blizzard

The day will start with a $215 buy-in Main Event Mega Satellite at 16:05. That satty is guaranteeing 50 seats into the Main.

At 17:30, the $215 buy-in Event #31: $150,000 Mega Deep will kick off, and 90 minutes later at 19:00, two other events will begin.

The first is the $1,050 buy-in XL Blizzard Event #32: $1,000,000 GTD Main Event.

The other is the $160 buy-in Event #33: $200,000 Mini Main Event.

At 19:30, the final tournament of the XL Blizzard, the $30 buy-in Event #34: $50,000 Micro Main Event, will round things out.

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