The massive XL Eclipse series on 888poker has come to a close and it finished off in style with the Champion of Champions event.
On the day after the Main Event wrapped, 99 former XL Eclipse title holders came together to battle once more.
Almost half of them would win prizes ranging from a $55 online tournament ticket up to a full $13,000 prize package for this year’s WSOP Europe Main Event in Rozvadov.
None other than XL Main Event champion CllsDntMttr prevailed and will now proceed to use his clearly on-point tournament skills live at the King’s Casino in November.
CllsDntMttr Backs ME win with CoC Title
If you win the Main Event of a major tournament series like the XL Eclipse you at least have some claim to the “player of the series” crown but many will say ‘anyone can win a single tournament.’
If you also win a high buy-in event like the Whale during the same series, your claim gets a little stronger.
If you then proceed to win the tournament played only by players who have also won an event during the series, you’re king of the hill.
For the XL Eclipse, that’s CllsDntMttr.
Zeniok30 from Lithuania came second in the CoC and will won a trip to the main event at 888Live London this October while RendOss from Russia received a $1,050 tournament ticket for finishing third.
Kaktus26rus Takes XL Triple Crown
Over the course of the series 10 players managed to bag two titles. In Event #169 out of 197, Kaktus26rus from Russia amazingly did it a third time.
Having won a $15,000 Breeze with 324 players and then a $100,000 guaranteed Quarterback, Kaktur26rus also took down a $15,000 guaranteed Lightning to become the only player with three XL Eclipse titles.
Combined, these three tournament wins added almost $30k to the Russian’s 888poker account.
Sampaoli First to Win Inferno & Eclipse Titles
With just one edition of both the Inferno and the Eclipse series in the books, there’s just one player who managed to win a tournament in either series.
Argentinian regular Cristian progree69 Sampaoli took down one of the last events of the XL Inferno series back in May.
He came back to play in the Eclipse and it paid off again. Sampaoli was the last player at the table of Event #35 – a $20,000 guaranteed Monsoon.
Sampaoli outlasted 509 players to give a $5k boost to his poker account.
Parker Talbot Carries 888poker Flag
888poker ambassadors are all over the action in the big XL series, not only because they want to represent the operator but also to claim one of the coveted event titles.
This time Parker ‘tonkaaap’ Talbot led the way for them and took down the Sunday Tornado on the very first day of the series and finished runner-up the day after.
Chris Moorman had a third-place in the $50k Octopus and another 3rd in the Sunday Monsoon while Xuan Liu, former 888poker ambassador, also made a final table.
888Live in London up next
With the XL Eclipse series finished the 888poker event machine moves to the Aspers Casino in East London for another booming live poker festival.
Online satellites for the Opening and the Main Event are running until October 5. Head over to our 888poker review to get your own account and be eligible for our $888 sign-up bonus.
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