On Thursday, 888poker announced that due to the huge impact of the 2017 Super XL Series, it would be raising the stakes for the Super XL Champion of Champions Event on Jan. 31. According to 888poker, this year's festival is the most successful online tournament series in 888poker history.
This special freeroll event at 8 p.m. GMT is an invite-only affair for the top 18 players on the Super XL Champion of Champions Leaderboard.
The top three winners will each receive a package to the 2017 World Series of Poker with the winner walking away with a package to the 2017 WSOP Main Event valued at $12,500. Players are guaranteed a minimum of a $160 tournament ticket just for qualifying. In total, $22,830 in prizes will be awarded in this tournament.
Super XL Champions of Champion Prizes
|1||$12,500 WSOP Main Event package|
|2||$3,000 WSOP Crazy 8's package and $1,050 WSOP Main Event qualifier ticket|
|3||$3,000 WSOP Crazy 8's package|
|4-5||$600 tournament ticket|
|6-18||$160 tournament ticket|
Champion of Champions Leaderboard
Currently, Fabrizio "DrMikee" Gonzalez leads the way with 276.92 points, thanks to an impressively strong performance. Thus far, Gonzalez has won Event #8: $80,000 Super XL - Crazy 8 for $20,010, took fourth place in Event #17: $200,000 Super XL - Whale for $17,718 and finished in second place in Event #28 $350,000 Super XL - High Roller for $62,930.
Gonzalez, who was ranked the top player in the world for months on the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings before slipping to second place, is once again the top dog in the rankings with his impressive run during the Super XL Series. Here is a look at how the top 18 currently stack up with still two dozen Super XL events left on the schedule.
Super XL Champion of Champions Leaderboard
|1||Fabrizio "DrMikee" Gonzalez||276.92|
|4||Carlos "Tacuara87" Branco||239.78|
|8||Peter "Not_the_Same" Nigh||227.43|
|10||Doug "PulledPorker" Lang||221.56|
|13||Esko "MrBester" Virri||216.02|
|15||Gleb "Ti0373" Tremzin||210.72|
|16||Antonin "Tudlenudle" Duda||203.74|