XL Blizzard Day 7: “CR1TCHZ” Captures Austria’s 2nd Title, Malta’s “PazzoRJ” and the UK’s “JohnJones34” Emerge Victorious

Day 7 of the 888poker XL Blizzard saw “CR1TCHZ” capture Austria’s second title of the series. Meanwhile, both Malta’s “PazzoRJ” and the UK’s “JohnJones34” each won titles. Those stories and more in the latest XL Blizzard recap.

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Day 7 of XL Blizzard, an 11-day series that runs through January 28, offered up a trio of events. That means 21 events from the 34-tournament schedule are now in the books.

The XL Blizzard, which will award more than $2.8 million, still has several exciting events on the schedule including the $150 buy-in Event #25: $25,000 Knockout, $160 buy-in Event #28: $50,000 6-Max, and the $1,050 buy-in, $1,000,000 GTD Main Event on Jan. 28.

We’re also offering 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.

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 January 30.


Also, here’s a quick breakdown on 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”.


Get all the details on the XL Blizzard here.


“PazzoRJ” Captures Malta’s 2nd XL Blizzard Title


The $109 buy-in XL Blizzard Event #19: $40,000 8-Max easily surpassed its guarantee by attracting a 425-player field that rebought 193 time. That created a $61,900 prize pool paid out to the top 56 spots. Finishing in 57th place and earning a place in the “Bubble of Bubbles” tournament was 2016 Super XL VI champ “Gr33nApples,” who hails from Sweden.

Among those to cash were Guntis “luffEEE” Aleskins (29th for $414.73), Cristian “progree69” Ssampaoli (13th for $798.51), “Palyaaa” (6th for $2,166.50), and “AlinGabrielG” (3rd for $6,499.50). After 8 hours and 39 minutes, it was Malta’s “PazzoRJ” who defeated Brazil’s Bernardo “bsdias” Dias to win the title for $11,761.

Early last year, “PazzoRJ” won the 888poker Mega Deep for nearly $26K. As for Dias, he was denied yet again after finishing fifth in last September’s XL Eclipse Event #113: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo for $864.50. Last summer, he also placed third in the $40,000 Turbo Mega Deep for $5,240.50.


Crocodile Champ “JohnJones34” Adds Mini 8-Max Title to Résumé


Event #20: $10,000 Mini 8-Max, which cost just $12 enter, drew 1,325 players who rebought 695 times. That more than doubled the advertised guarantee by creating a $22,018 prize pool, which was paid out to the top 160 players.

The man finishing in 161st place and locking up a seat in the “Bubble of Bubbles” tournament was Canada’s “urinal42.” Among those to cash were “heroes333” (73rd for $52.84), “Corey717” (38th for $72.65), “sport1962” (16th for $143.11), “poliakov777” (3rd for $2,201.80).

After 8 hours and 17 minutes, the title came down to Brazil’ “Jpvasc” and the UK’s “JohnJones34.” In the end, the latter prevailed to win $3,963.24 while the latter had to settle for second place and a $2,862.34 payday.

Last October, “JohnJones34” took down the 888poker $50 Turbo Knockout for $669, and a couple weeks earlier won the $6,000 Late Night Crocodile for $3,000.


“CR1TCHZ” Captures Austria’s Second XL Blizzard Title


The $30 buy-in Event #21: $10,000 Late 8-Max attracted 520 players who rebought 172 times to create a $19,030 prize pool. That was paid out to the top 72 players, meaning Canada’s “Afraoc91,” who busted in 73rd place, was the one to earn a seat into the “Bubble of Bubbles” tournament.

Some familiar names to cash included XL Blizzard runner-up “Stiffler29” (49th for $68.50), Guntis “luffEEE” Aleskins (32nd for $123.69), Event #20 champ “JohnJones34” (28th for $123.69), “ch1c0taz0” (9th for $255), and “galan8” (3rd for $1,941.06).

After 6 hours and 20 minutes, Austria’s “CR1TCHZ” bested the UK’s “warhungry90” to win the tournament for $3,596.67.


A Look Ahead to Thursday’s Events


Three more events are in store for Thursday beginning with the $215 buy-in Event #22: $80,000 Quarterback, which will kick off at 19:00.

At the same time, the $44 buy-in Event #23: $20,000 Mini Quarterback will take place. That’ll be followed by the $109 buy-in Event #24: $20,000 Late Quarterback at 21:00.

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