Virtual Rail: 888Poker prepare for XL Eclipse; Canadians win big on GGPoker


A round-up of news from the online realm with 888Poker outlining their plans for their next XL Eclipse and Canadians bring home more than bacon with a successful weekend in the GGPoker high rollers.

virtual-rail-888poker-prepare-for-xl-eclipse-canadians-win-big-on-ggpokerThe year began with a spectacular lunar eclipse, and it will end with an equally stunning solar eclipse. Unfortunately, amateur astrologers will have to be in Australia or specific parts of Asia to witness the phenomenon. The rest of us will have to make do with the XL Eclipse Championship – one that you can observe from your bedroom.

The 11-day tidal wave will batter 888Poker’s coastline between September 12-22 with 34-events, promising more than $1.4m in GTD prize money.

888Poker has chosen not to go down the Elon Musk route of using nukes to terraform. Instead, the online poker giant maintains the same landscape that has been so successful in the past. That means three-tiers, and buy-ins ranging from $5.50 to $320.

Eight events offer guarantees of $50,000 or more, including the $109 buy-in, $50,000 GTD Opening Event, and the $320 buy-in $100,000 GTD High Roller. The busiest day of the week will be Sep 22, culminating in three Main Events:

$5.50 buy-in, $15,000 GTD Micro Main Event
$33 buy-in, $50,000 GTD Mini Main Event
$250 buy-in, $500,000 GTD XL Main Event

Here is the schedule in full.

The last time 888Poker wore their XL cloak, it had the word ‘Inferno” stitched into its lapel, and hurried through 34 tournaments over 11-days, awarding $3,404,919 in prize money, and $657,176 in first-place prizes.

The $250 buy-in, $500k GTD Main Event attracted 2,136 players, beating the guarantee by a mere eight buy-ins, and Russia’s ‘Den1sk4PP’ won the $70,252 first prize after cutting a three-way deal. The $33 Mini Main Event pulled in 2,434-entrants, and the $5.50 buy-in Main Event attracted 3,562-entrants.

GGPoker excels

GGPoker is fast becoming the go-to online poker site for high stakes action, and this weekend, they held a $25,000 buy-in and $10,000 buy-in events.

The $25,000 buy-in event attracted 32-entrants, and ‘RockyMarciano’ defeated ‘PyramidOfSkulls’, in heads-up confrontation to win the title and $236,366, after the pair had cut a deal. ‘PyramidOfSkulls’ won’t be too concerned with his runner-up finish, after collecting the lion share of the prize money in that deal ($295,681).

The top three finishers all hailed from Canada, as did the winner of the $10,000 buy-in event where ‘chapdelaine’ beat the 30-entrant field to win the $130,816 first prize.

Canada’s holograms failed to flicker as efficiently over at PokerStars. Austria’s Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker, beat Canada’s Elio “bigfox86” Fox to win the $40,146 first prize in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller on PokerStars. The event pulled in 84-entrants, and Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche finished sixth in that one.