Those looking to play in a value-packed tournament this weekend need look no further than the $200K XL Winter #17 – Mystery Bounty 8-Max at 888poker. The $160 buy-in event has a whopping $200,000 guaranteed, but early indications are that there could be a significant overlay.

The tournament needs 1,333 players to hit the $200,000 guarantee, but only 330 have bought in across the opening seven flights. Another 14 Day 1s run from 6:00 p.m. GMT on January 21 through to 6:40 p.m. GMT on January 23, and 888poker could be looking at a $50,000 overlay if the current attendance trends continue.

Players in the $200K tournament sit down with 10,000 chips and are permitted to purchase up to ten rebuys, which are available for three hours. Day 1 action concludes after the 18th level, or when only 14% of the field remains, with anyone progressing from Day 1 finding themselves in the money.

Day 2 shuffles up and deals at 8:00 p.m. GMT on January 23, starts at Level 19, and sees the mystery bounties enter the mix. A $20,000 jackpot bounty waits to be won, with other wallet-filling amounts including at least two weighing in at $6,000 and at least six envelopes containing $2,000.

$22 satellites are available if the $160 buy-in is out of the constraints of your bankroll.

Romania Strikes Gold Again in the XL Winter Series

After winning two of the four opening events, Romania has another 888poker XL Winter champion in “bucurestean.” The Romanian came out on top in the $30,000 XL Winter #06 – Mystery Bounty Turbo Deep, outlasting 101 opponents and capturing the largest slice of the $30,600 pie.

The largest mystery bounty was worth $3,000, and it went to Brazil’s “s.totuli” who busted in 12th place. Their total prize of $3,366 was beaten only by the champion and the runner-up. The mystery bounty element was also kind to another Brazilian, “JTaichou,” who crashed out in 25th place and missed out on a piece of the main prize pool, but they did pull out a $1,500 bounty from the golden envelope.

Tom Hall
Tom Hall had to make do with a third-place finish

British grinder Tom “sheeeeeeet” Hall almost came away with the victory but ultimately had to make do with a third-place finish that earned him a total of $2,583. Hall’s exit left bucurestean heads-up against Canadian “algsxr,” a regular at the 888poker tables. The Canadian busted in second place, but thanks to capturing a total of $4,350 worth of bounties, received only $98 less than the champion. Second place paid $7,158 with bounties included, with the winner heading into the night with $7,254 in tow.

$30,000 XL Winter #06 – Mystery Bounty Turbo Deep Final Table Results

Place Player Country Bounties Prize Total prize
1 bucurestean Romania $2,957 $4,297 $7,254
2 algsxr Canada $4,350 $2,808 $7,158
3 Tom “sheeeeeeeet” Hall United Kingdom $750 $1,833 $2,583
4 DmitrypetR Ukraine $450 $1,333 $1,783
5 CoCoMic Romania   $982 $982
6 CPU0r   $1,028 $748 $1,777
7 D3ML4R Montenegro $192 $585 $777
8 Vandangoz Brazil $192 $460 $653
9 Ioanahor Romania $385 $397 $783

888poker Casts The Wizard’s Spell and Gives Away $300,000

XL Winter Results So Far

Event Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool Champion Country Prize
#01 $50,000 Mystery Bounty Mini Opening $55 1,135 $56,750 VERYPOTATO Lithuania $5,337*
#02 $120,000 Mystery Bounty Opener $109 1,174 $120,000 ovidiu_maciu Romania $12,758*
#03 $50,000 Mystery Bounty HR Opener $525 97 $50,000 Raise1In Lithuania $18,875*
#04 $20,000 PKO 8-Max $109 276 $27,600 CoCoMic Romania $4,347*
#05 $5,000 PKO 8-Max Mini $1 564 $5,640 Notfor Germany $885*
#06 $30,000 Mystery Bounty Turbo Deep $320 102 $30,600 bucurestean Romania $7,254*
#07 $12,000 Mystery Bounty Turbo Deep Mini $33 421 $12,630 FullMoonSky Lithuania $1,613*
#08 $15,000 6-Max $109 190 $19,000 Ydavidy77 Sweden $4,940
#09 $7,500 6-Max Mini $33 272 $8,160 fscheifer1 $1,876  
#10 $20,000 Mystery Bounty $55 489 $24,450 01100 Thailand $3,114*
#11 $5,000 Mystery Bounty Mini $5.50 1,304 $6,530 Danija888 $721*  

*includes bounty payments

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