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888 Super XL Series Crushes Guarantees, Buzz Builds for $1m Main
The ever-growing 888poker Super XL Series has reached its halfway point and if the numbers from the first four days are a sign of things to come, it's building to a big finish.
Just about half of the 40 scheduled events are now in the books and most have easily surpassed the guarantees with huge turnouts and impressive prize pools.
Both the $88,888 Crazy 8 Super XL Kickoff and the $250,000 Opening Event drew huge numbers over the weekend with 1,558 players (and 681 rebuys) in the Opening Event building a prize pool of $335,850.
Events are ongoing daily on 888poker with a Main, Mini and Turbo version of each tournament and action building towards the $1,050 buy-in, $1,000,000 guaranteed Main Event this coming Sunday.
Satellites for the ME are running now and on Sunday, just a few hours before the start of the Main Event, a $215 buy-in satellite will guarantee 50 seats.
Poker According to Garp
While the big turnouts have created a feeding frenzy for players at all buy-in levels, one notable player who's already enjoyed the spoils of the Super XL Series is Sweden's Tobias "bale_11" Garp.
With a structure based on this summer's WSOP event the tournament took just 12 hours and three minutes to complete despite 911 players.
Garp is on quite a roll on 888 as he also recently won the $50,000 TURBO Mega Deep event for $11,880.90 and the $20,000 Saturday Crocodile for $5,837.25.
Also enjoying a nice start to the Super XL Series is Canada's jewelrunna, who bested 1,064 players to win the $215 Mega Deep, which also crushed its guarantee and built a $212,800 prize pool.
While the Sunday Main Event is the big carrot on the end of the stick there are still plenty of big events on the schedule this week including Event #15, the $400,000 GTD High Roller, and Event #32, the $50,000 6-Max.
If you want to watch some of the action via livestream, 888poker pro Dominik Nitsche is playing virtually everything on his Twitch channel.