With over 10 events on the schedule some days, the results of the 888poker XL Eclipse series have come in with lightning speed over the first week.
Some results, though, have stood out more than others.
Several regular poker grinders demonstrated their prowess over the first week of the massive series and three players won two events.
888poker pro Chris Moorman, meanwhile, made his first Eclipse final table and showed as usual why he's one of online poker's all-time greats.
Double Winners Do It Again
Every poker player knows how difficult it is to play for 10 hours+, continually make good decisions, not get bad beat and eventually prevail in an online tournament with hundreds or more players.
Only a few players, however, know what it feels like to do it twice.
During the XL Eclipse series Ukrainian player Roman 'Romeopro33' Romanovskyi became the first to know after he took down Event #27, the $15k Tornado, for $5.3k.
Within 24 hours he also claimed Event #36, the $500k High Roller, for over $100k.
Over the weekend Cristian progree69 Sampaoli and GSwarrior30 caught up with Romanovskyi. GSwarrior30 took down his second $15k guaranteed event on Sunday morning while Sampaoli didn’t even need a week to win both a $20k Monsoon and a $15k Tornado.
Swedish 888poker regular Anton 'anteen' Bertilsson hasn't won an event but has already made five final tables during this XL Eclipse series.
Germany’s luckyr1ver managed to reach the final table twice in one day, just like his fellow player allesrigged did one week ago.
Moorman Nearly Clinches First XL Title - Again
888poker’s own Chris Moorman – to date the most successful online tournament player ever – played up to his reputation when he final-tabled the 800-player Sunday Monsoon.
On his 11th cash of this XL series Moorman eventually finished in third place for $5.3k. It marked the end of an astonishing weekend that saw Moorman final-table four events in less than two days, although one of them was not an XL Eclipse tournament.
On Saturday night Moorman came third in a $50k Octopus at a final table with Ole Schemion, Jerry Ödeen and the eventual winner 1LevelAbove, who also has an XL Inferno title.
Schemion getting some hands in.
Moorman went on to finish seventh in the Monsoon on Saturday, just to run deep again in the same tournament one day later.
Arends Big Weekend Winner
Jans Arends has been one of the most successful players online over the last two or three years and he doesn’t show any signs of stopping.
Playing as Graftekkel online, Arends won the $250k Whale at 6 AM CET Monday morning.
Arends cashed for $64,930 but is used to winning even bigger numbers, coming third in a previous XL main event for $112,000 and second in the Sunday Million for more than $200,000.
See below for the final-table payouts of this XL weekend’s biggest tournament.
|1||Jans Graftekkel Arends||Netherlands||$64,390|