It’s a busy month at 888poker. 888Live Sao Paulo just ended, the next festival in London has been announced and, to bridge the gap, you have the XL Eclipse series with almost 200 tournaments in between. The first weekend saw huge player fields to get things started including the Opening Event where 2,300 players generated a $345,000 prize pool. 888poker pro Parker Talbot is also off to a good start as he won an event, almost won another and secured his main event ticket.
ImTriggered is Player of the Weekend
The Opening Event gave ImTriggered – a player based in Costa Rica – the biggest payday of their online career. In fact ImTriggered not only took down the Opening Event and $58,200, they also final-tabled the $1,050 Whale for another $18,400 and finished 45th in the MegaDeep. What makes it even more impressive is that these were the only three tournaments ImTriggered played on the XL Eclipse opening day.
#7 Opening Event Final Table Payouts
The largest sum won on the first XL weekend, however, went to Germany. CllsDntMttr was victorious in the Whale and added $64,826 to his 888poker account.
Talbot Wins One ... and Almost Another
He’s one of the recent additions to the 888poker ambassador team and he’s quickly become one of the most successful. While streaming live on Twitch, Talbot went all the way in Event #12, The Sunday Tornado, and won $6.5k. At the same time he played in a $1k satellite to the XL Main Event and won a ticket.
"I think Day 1 of XL was a huge hit" said Talbot. "I'm biased of course as I shipped event #12 for 6.5k. This tournament was a pretty nice day saver for me. I think I still managed to lose $$$ on the day (1k whale) but overall it was a beauty ship with some nice hands 13 hours into the stream/session. I'm really really looking forward to playing more XL Eclipse events, other Sundays and some of the high roller events in particular."
After 13 hours of live streaming Talbot not only went back to the tables the next day he also played in the “Tornado” again – and finished second!
Get Your Hands Dirty
The Tornado seems to be pretty popular among 888 ambassadors. Former 888 pro Xuan Liu also made the final table of the Sunday edition and finished in 5th place. Dominik Nitsche added another two cashes to his 888poker resume when he became the only 888poker ambassador to cash in the Whale – the highest buy-in event of the weekend at $1,050 to play. Nitsche finished just off the final table in 16th while he also made the top 50 in the Opening event.
The XL series runs until September 24 with tournaments from $5 to $5,000 buy-in, so get your hands dirty and play. If you don’t have an account yet, use our download links on the PokerListings 888poker review page to get yourself an $888 bonus.