888poker’s XL Winter Series is finally over, dealing its final hand this week. The official figures are now out, and overall, the latest edition of the festival has been a huge success!
Key Facts & Figures
The XL Winter Series kicked off on January 16 featuring $1.5 million in total guarantees across 44 events. It was 888poker’s first major tournament series of the year and it delivered. The festival managed to crush its original guarantee by nearly 20% after awarding $2,043,810 in total prizes.
Of the 44 events, 39 surpassed their guarantees, some by a huge margin. Among the best performers was Event #12: $33 PKO which crushed its initial guarantee by a massive 80%. The $250 buy-in Main Event collected the biggest final prize pool of $546,000, way above its $500,000 advertised guarantee.
Two other tournaments went past their guarantees by more than $20,000. A total of 17 out of the 44 events generated at least $10,000 extra in their guaranteed prize pools.
Only five tournaments fell short of hitting their guarantees but they were just minor deficits. Just two events recorded overlays that were too big to be covered by the rake collected. For both of those tournaments, 888poker had to put in $6,306, but overall, the operator was able to collect over $170,000 in fees, meaning the series still delivered decent gains for the operator.
Players competed for $2,043,810 in total prize money for total buy-ins of $3,079. The series attracted 28,536 unique players and 7,400 re-entries, bringing the total entries across the 15-day festival to nearly 36,000. Each tournament attracted an average of just under 650 unique entries and more than 815 total entries.
Huge Prize Pools
In terms of the amount of prize pools collected, multiple events on the schedule stood out. First was Event #12 which recorded the biggest jump in guarantee of more than 80%. The tournament featured $10,000 in guaranteed prize money and collected an extra $8,030.
Event #4, an $88 buy-in event, attracted 613 entries to generate $49,040 in total prize pool. That translates to a 63.47% increase on the $30K initial guarantee. The Mini Main Event which had a guarantee of $50K also went beyond that figure after paying out $62,700 for a small buy-in of only $33. It was one of three events that pulled in over 2,000 entries and the fourth biggest in terms of prize pool.
Satellite Winner Takes Down Main Event
The Main Event produced the biggest prize pool and the biggest win after collecting an extra $46,610. The tournament was taken down by Russia’s “D.Bogachev” after outlasting 2,326 entries. The winner took home $71,278 in top prize in what was labeled as a “Cinderella story”.
According to 888poker, D.Bogachev competed in hundreds of $1 buy-in microstakes tournaments before winning his way into the XL Winter Series Main Event via satellite, ultimately turning his tiny investment into a $71,000 payday.
The other winners at the festival were “Farrugia_1” (Event #22), “Ildar0365” (opening event), “Savchencko1” (Mini Main Event), and Ian Simpson (Event #25).
The entire series was dominated by the Russian, German, and British poker players, with participants from Brazil, Belarus, Sweden, Ukraine, Canada, Ireland, Finland, Turkmenistan, and Finland also winning at least one title.
Strong Start to 2022
888poker capped off 2021 via the XL Autumn Series which was generally a mixed bag. While the Main Event managed to smash its $1 million guarantee, several tournaments did not manage to hit their targets.
Now, with the recent success of the XL Winter Series, 888poker has had a strong start to the year and it will look at maintaining the positive figures for the rest of 2022.