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Hirn Claims 888Live Austria Crown; Big Names Share the Slopes
Big-name players, a breathtaking panoramic view of the Alps and new host Tatjana Pasalic turned the first 888Live event of 2016 into a highlight of the winter.
For France's Eliot Hirn it also turned into an €8,610 payday.
The smash-hit 888Live Series rolled into Innsbruck, Austria for its first event of the year over the weekend and packed the slopes and tables.
The showcase main event drew a field of 128 players at a buy-in of €440, of which no less than 60 players qualified online.
Nitsche, Lövgren, Torelli Can't Resist
The 888Live series is aimed at the low buy-in poker player with a reasonably priced main event and additional sports or cultural activities in beautiful locales.
Sometimes even the pros can't resist, either.
Two of the players from 888’s own pro team – Sofia Lövgren and Dominik Nitsche, who’s currently in the top 20 of the GPI - came to Innsbruck to enjoy the world-class skiing and poker.
High-stakes pro Alec Torelli also made an appearance as he was visiting Milan with his wife and she always wanted to visit Innsbruck.
Tatjana Pasalic debuted as the host of the event and joined in on the slopes on the day prior to the poker tournament.
The prize pool of €41,820 was shared among the top 15 players with the winner scheduled to take away €11,710.
All three pro players mentioned above made Day 2 for a shot at it with Torelli having the overnight chiplead.
Lövgren finished in 46th place after she ran kings into aces while Nitsche made it to the last four tables but was then sucked out on by T-5 against his A-Q for 36th place.
Torelli went all the way to the unofficial final table before finishing in 10th place. The finale was eventually a France vs Italy affair with Italian Ivan Mairhofer entering heads-up with a chiplead over Eliot Hirn.
The last three had already struck a deal with eventual third place finisher Michael Hill from Austria. It gave Mairhofer the largest chunk of money but left €990 for the eventual winner.
The poker gods were with the French, though, as Hirn came back to win the last hand by finding a set on the board with deuces versus jacks.
Official Final Table Payouts
- Eliot Hirn, FR, €8,610
- Ivan Mairhofer, ITA, €8,740
- Michael Hill, AUT, €6,700
- Matthias Fahrion, GER, €3,510
- Marian-Inout Farcas, RU, €2,530
- Zeynal Danisman, AUT, €2,150
- Hector Caldero Urbina, ESP, €1,780
- Andrea di Fusco, ITA, €1,440
- Antony Mezzaroba, FR, €1,150
All the players who busted on Day 1 were allowed to play in 888poker’s unique €4,000 bounty freeroll as well.
888Live now likely moves on to Marbella, Spain, for its next event where the series celebrated a great turnout last year. Check a quick clip below: