The eighth day of the $7,500,000 XL Inferno Championships played host to another 16 events, which when combined, catered to 14,171 entrants and awarded $1,256,192.34 in prize money. Among the day’s highlights were six-figure prize pools, a two-time winner, and the crowning of a Tune-Up champion.

Here’s a look at all our prior XL Inferno recaps:
Day 1 - 16 tournaments finish and award $1,177,180.75 in prize money

Day 2 – 13 titles awarded; “V.BlomFan60” wins Event #20 Crocodile

Day 3 – Anton “anteen” Bertilsson captures second XL Inferno title

Day 4 -- “mne_d0edet1” & “FouEnculePL” win big

Day 5 -- “bananove” wins Event #62 $100,000 Quarterback for $28,240.55

Day 6 -- Brazil’s “LeoJoseCarne” captures two of those titles in one day

Day 7 -- Alexandru “alexos888” Baron finds redemption

“PokerMogo” Wins Tune Up for $44,996.82

Event #97 $200,000 Tune Up drew 1,171 players who accounted for 567 rebuys, which brought the total up to 1,738 entries and created a $260,700 prize pool. Among the notable players competing were Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer, Parker "888tonkaaaa" Talbot, Simon "Isildur1337x" Mattson, and 888poker ambassador Chris "888Moorman" Moorman.

After “CzarBushov” fell as the bubble boy, the top 153 players were in the money. Among those to secure a payday were Troy “S.Janowski” Quenneville (79th - $599.61), XL Series Main Event champ “GetLuckyAK” (47th - $756.03), and Talbot (29th - $964.59).

One player at the final table, albeit briefly, was Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov, who finished in eighth place. In February of last year, Vezhenkov was the No. 1 ranked online player in the world.

“PokerMogo” and Renato “renatonomura” Nomura began heads-up play close to even in chips, and after a back-and-forth battle, things came to a head in Level 36 (175,000/350,000/43,750). In what would be the final hand of the tournament, Nomura got his stack all in preflop holding the K♥Q♦ against the A♦J♥ of “PokerMogo.” The board ran out J♣5♦4♥10♣J♦ and the Romanian took the title with trip jacks.

Event #97 Final Table Results

1 “PokerMogo” (Romania) $44,996.82
2 Renato “renatonomura” Nomura (Brazil) $32,587.50
3 “surprisefirm” (Russia) $24,766.50
4 “IWant2Gamble”  $18,144.72
5 “Pelfort” (Uruguay) $12,904.65
6 “SoulRead88uk” (UK) $10,297.65
7 “Kelvin_kerbe” (Brazil) $7,690.65
8 Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov (Russia) $5,083.65
9 “PacoMonon” (UK) $2,867.70

Vietnam’s “B4NKR0LL3R” Claims Second Title

On Day 6 of the XL Inferno, Vietnam’s “B4NKR0LL3R” topped a field of 130 players to win Event #76 $10,000 Turbo Knockout for $3,956. Two days later, he was back at it by besting a 328-player field in Event #100 $200,000 Whale, this time for $50,946.61.

To top off a good day, “B4NKR0LL3R” also finished seventh in the $100,000 Sunday Challenge for $3,386.76.

One of the players he had to go through was Sweden’s Jerry “Perrymejsen” Ödeen, who was last month’s biggest winner on 888poker. That’s because on April 2 he took down The Whale for $29,117. All told, Ödeen has more than $2.7 million in online tournament cashes, though in this particular tournament he had to settle for ninth place and $4,607.57 in prize money.

Event #100 Final Table Results

1 “B4NKR0LL3R” (Vietnam) $50,946.61
2 “Kannwas” (Germany) $38,177.05
3 “Imyufriend” (Germany) $28,961.90
4 “joga_pra_cor” (N/A) $21,721.42
5 “ShipCompany” (Germany) $15,007.53
6 “sk2ll_m0dR” (Germany) $11,584.76
7 Simon “IggyGak” Pedersen (N/A) $8,951.86
8 “PureNutella” (UK) $6,318.96
9 Jerry “Perrymejsen” Ödeen (Sweden) $4,607.57

Day8 XL Inferno Champions

Day 8 of the XL Inferno crowned 16 more winners, each of who locked up a seat into the XL Champion of Champions tournament. Thus far, 105 seats have been awarded for that event which will see three lucky winners receive packages to the 2017 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Among the notable Day 8 winners was Jake Balsiger, who you may recall finished third in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.

  • Event #91 $30,000 Sunday Lightning (386 players/$58,200 prize pool) won by “zinkAA” (Ukraine) for $11,640
  • Event #92 $45,000 Sunday Breeze (1,124 players/$56,200 prize pool) won by “Jefffryyy” (N/A) for $9,823.76
  • Event #93 $30,000 Sunday Deepstack Swordfish (1,381 players/$37,977.50 prize pool) won by “Markus103er” (Germany) for $6,456.17
  • Event #94 $150,000 Mega Deep (967 players/$193,400 prize pool) won by “TheSecretVMS” (Brazil) for $34,812
  • Event #95 $40,000 Mini Mega Deep (1,749 players/$8,637.54 prize pool) won by “tbo1985” (Brazil) for $8,637.54
  • Event #96 $20,000 Sunday Swordfish (931 players/$25,602.50 prize pool) won by “proJJkeke” (Ukraine) for $4,608.45
  • Event #97 $200,000 Tune Up (1,171 players/$260,700 prize pool) won by “PokerMogo” (Romania) for $44,996.82
  • Event #98 $25,000 Mini Tune Up (2,183 players/$35,119.80 prize pool) won by “AronZspot” (Canada) for $5,548.92
  • Event #99 $45,000 Sunday Monsoon (995 players/$49,750 prize pool) won by “otchootcho8” (Switzerland) for $8,955
  • Event #100 $200,000 Whale (328 players/$263,290 prize pool) won by “B4NKR0LL3R” (Vietnam) for $50,946.61
  • Event #101 $100,000 Sunday Challenge (941 players/$112,892 prize pool) won by “N0tori0us_B” (Lithuania) for $20,320.56
  • Event #102 $30,000 Sunday Tornado (272 players/$34,600 prize pool) won by Jake “JakeBalsiger” Balsiger (Canada) for $7,075.70
  • Event #103 $50,000 Turbo Mega Deep (261 players/$52,200 prize pool) won by “mikedonks” (N/A) for $10,674.90
  • Event #104 $20,000 Mini Turbo Mega Deep (878 players/$23,680 prize pool) won by “nitmz” (Brazil) for $4,262.40
  • Event #105 $30,000 Turbo Tune Up (456 players/$30,000 prize pool) won by “engineon” (Germany) for $5,700
  • Event #106 $10,000 Super Turbo Tune Up (148 players/$13,943 prize pool) won by “GOLDandVODKA” (Latvia) for $2,997.74

The XL Inferno runs for one more week of non-stop action, so be sure to check back tomorrow for a full recap of the Day 9 action.

Day#9 – Winners Cannot Hide in ShowMe! Tournaments

Monday will offer up another 13 tournaments including 6-max and deepstack variants. At 18:00 there will also be two Omaha Hi-Lo tournaments. The first is the $109 buy-in Event #113 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo, and the other the $12 buy-in Event #114 $5,000 Mini Omaha Hi-Lo.

An hour later, both the $55 buy-in Event #118 $10,000 ShowMe! and $5 buy-in Event #119 $5,000 Mini ShowMe! get underway. You may be wondering, what is a “show me” tournament? Very simply put, all players at the tables get to see the winning cards every hand. In other words, winners cannot hide!

About the Author
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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