A small buy-in paid off in a big way recently for three lucky Italian players at 888poker. The trio sat down for one of the site’s €1 BLAST Sit & Go tournaments and quickly found themselves playing for a jackpot prize pool of €1 million.
“AM,” a 54-year-old woman from the town of Mentana, ultimately walked away as the tournament’s big winner. She scored €700,000 for coming out on top and was shocked at her good fortune.
“When I realized that the €1 million jackpot had been hit,” she said in a news release, “I started screaming so much that my son got scared. I couldn’t believe it!”
Hitting it big at 888poker
While AM was the event’s big winner, the other woman and man at the table also fared well. Unlike traditional BLAST events, second- and third-place finishers also score a nice prize. Here are the payouts for all three players:
- 1st – ”ilaria200651” (aka AM), €700,000
- 2nd – ”ele76m”, €200,000
- 3rd – ”Adria74”, €100,000
The sudden windfall was nice, but AM has no plans of slowing down or making any major life changes.
No doubt the six-figure cash can come in handy however. She plans on using some to help her family.
“We are a family of workers, and we will continue to work,” she said. “But, at least, now we can realize our dreams. We have four children – the eldest is 35, the youngest 15.
“So, it’s important for us to give them everything they need – to send the youngest to a good university and to help the eldest with the house loan. And we can have a bigger house now, too.”
Second-place finisher, 44-year-old EM from the town of Civita Castellana in Viterbo, didn’t initially see the amount she was playing for.
“At the beginning, I didn’t realize it,” she says.
After she noticed the funds in her account however, EM understood how large of a BLAST she had actually been playing. She already has some plans for the money.
“Incredible!” she says of the win. “I will use it to renovate my house.”
The remaining €100,000 went to AC, a player from Sondrio. He was certainly pleased with his results as well.
How do BLAST Sit & Go tournaments work?
Players looking to get in a BLAST Jackpot Sit & Go will find three-handed tournaments with a randomly-set prize pool. Each winner-take-all game kicks off with a drawing to determine the prize pool.
The prize is most often double a player’s buy-in. However, the amount can also be several times the buy-in and even more, as these three lucky players found out.
Once the prize pool is determined, players receive a starting stack of 1,500 chips. The BLAST blind structure and prize pool distribution are determined according to a multiplier.
Participants then play as in a normal tournament. However, once a timer runs out, all three players are all in every hand until only one is left standing.
$1 million Big Shot qualifiers continue
Other 888poker players have a shot at a nice payday in September as well. The site is currently running a special version of the site’s popular Sunday Big Shot tournament.
The event normally features a $109 buy-in with a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool. Throughout September, however, 888 is running numerous starting flights culminating with the Big Shot Special Edition on Sept. 27 with a $1 million guarantee.
Players advancing past a starting flight then have an opportunity to play for a share of the massive prize pool. 888 is also offering numerous opportunities to play in the event at a bargain price. That includes:
- Day 1 Flight Freerolls
- 24/7 Day 1 satellites
- Winner Spinner contests awarding free Day 1 tickets
- Gift drops including free tournament seats