Satellite Winner Takes Down the 888Poker XL Main Event 07 Feb

A $1 grinder from Russia turned a satellite win into $71,278 and the XL Winter Series title this week.
The 888poker XL Winter Series Main Event concluded with something we sadly do not see very often these days in poker, a small stakes satellite winner taking it down.
Russian player 'D'Bogachev' had an average buy-in of just $1 going into this $250 buy-in Main Event, but thanks to a satellite win he was playing for the lion's share of a $546,610 prize pool.

He managed to complete that rare feat we have all tried to emulate since Chris Moneymaker lit the fuse to the poker boom, which is to turn a satellite win into a championship title. He took it down for $71,278 after defeating fellow Russian player 'bloodny' heads-up.

The biggest satellite score from last few years is certainly Blaž 'Scarmak3r' Žerjav, who turned $5,50 into $1,364,687 payday on partypoker's MILLIONS Online Main Event. You can check interview with Scarmak3er here. The biggest recent story is also Josef Gulas Jr, who won WSOPE Main Event for €1,276,712 after qualifying in from €250 satellite. Read the full story here. And we shouldn't forget about our chess fans as Estonian chess Grandmaster Ottomar Ladva turned $530 into $525,089 during 2021 MILLIONS Online series.

Final Table Replay

You can watch the replay of the final table below:

888Poker XL Main Event Final Table results

Position Player Prize
1st D.Bogachev $71,278
2nd bloodny $51,709
3rd chrissop14 $37,443
4th sergebezb $27,331
5th alexos888 $20,115
6th Stephen 'Steve00085' Burt $14,758
7th Dara 'Doked' O'Kearney $10,932
8th Eg1D1 $8,144
9th Marcmks16 $6,122