There was a new Sunday Major in the 888poker lobby this past weekend.
Dubbed The Great 8 it’s a $88 buy-in tournament played 8-handed with 8,888 starting chips.
Low buy-in players might recognize the format as it echoes the popular 8-8-8 event – a daily event with an $8.88 buy-in that regularly draws 500-700 players and gives them plenty of room for deep-stack play.
The new Major certainly agreed with Russian player BillyBon8, who swept to victory in the first Great 8 to top a weekend where he also won the Baby Whale.
Double for BillyBon8
Last year BillyBon8 had an amazing couple of days on 888poker in November. He first won the Lightning 6-Max and then 48 hours later won the Crocodile.
This time around, he won tournaments simultaneously.
For a player to take down two tournaments on one day is a rare feat but BillyBon8 did it again in the new Great 8 and the biggest Sunday Major, the Baby Whale.
There were 582 entries in the Great 8 including 888poker pro Chris Moorman, who finished 51st, but BillyBon8 was the last man standing.
That was worth almost $9k, but he didn’t stop there.
BillyBon8 also prevailed against the strong player field the Baby Whale always has. 888poker pro Parker Talbot, for example, finished in 24th.
At the final table BillyBon8 survived highly profitable players like DonkMaster99 and eventually both Jans Graftekkel Arends and Simon Isildur1337x Mattson, who finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Overall the $320 event had 378 entries to generate a prize pool of $113,400.
888poker Baby Whale Final Table Payouts
Germaxii Maxes Out
Despite BillyBon8 being a double winner, the player of the weekend was arguably Argentinian player germaxii.
The former XL Eclipse winner had six tournament cashes this weekend -- four of which were final tables.
Germaxii is now at 24% ITM rate and 135% ROI for this year. Impressive stats and proof that playing online profitably is still possible.
Daily Super Hero Freerolls!
It's difficult to make deep runs in tournaments but 888poker will give you plenty of chances to make one yourself - for free.
Three different Super Hero freerolls run daily with $3,000 prize pool each and you can win tickets to play in them just by spinning the wheel when you open your 888poker lobby.
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