Turning $20 into six figures is pretty much the stuff dreams are made of. For one lucky player at 888poker Ontario, that dream became a reality when they bagged a massive $140,000 jackpot in a $20 BLAST tournament.
BLAST is 888poker’s brand of popular jackpot sit and goes, where players have a chance to land big prizes, with the biggest events featuring a prize pool of 10,000 times the buy-in amount. As of a few months ago, these tournaments have become available to residents of Ontario through the locally-licensed platform, and it did not take long for one of the big events to go off.
The winner took home $140,000, and this is the biggest single prize won by an individual player at the newly-founded 888poker Ontario platform, so it is a momentous occasion for the players and the operator alike.
Beating the Odds
BLAST tournaments with the 10,000x multiplier are not an everyday occurrence. The odds of triggering one of these are just 1 in 1,000,000. But, as rare as they might be, they do go off every once and again, as three very lucky Ontario poker fans found out, to their delight.
The three players paid $20 each to enter the highest available tournament tier, and then the random number generator landed in their favor, triggering the 10,000x multiplier, meaning they would get to compete for the prize pool of $200,000.
Most BLAST events feature a winner-takes-all format, but this is not the case with the biggest multipliers. As soon as the event started, all three players knew they would get at least $20,000 for their efforts.
When it was all said and done (and it did not take long at all), ‘Starplayer50’ emerged victorious, banking $140,000. The runner-up ‘lizzyroyal11’ received $40,000, while ‘brewerybabe1,’ who was the first to hit the virtual rail, still ended the proceedings $20,000 richer.
Just Another Day at the Office
888poker has seen its fair share of big BLAST winners over the years. While the Ontario platform may be fresh, the room has been successfully operating in many parts of the world for a long time, and the BLAST format has arguably been the most popular one with the players.
The room celebrated a similar momentous occasion in 2021 when three different players managed to trigger the $1,000,000 jackpot, taking home $700,000, $200,000, and $100,000, respectively. In Italy, 888poker has even managed to award a €1,000,000 jackpot in a €1 Special Edition BLAST tournament.
In Ontario specifically, there are four BLAST levels on offer at the moment: CAD $0.10, $1, $5, and $20. Each of these offers the maximum prize of 10,000 times the buy-in and a host of smaller multipliers (2x, 3x, 5x, 10x, 25x, and 100x).
The game starts as soon as three players register. Before the start, a random wheel decides the prize pool that players will compete for. Everyone starts with a stack of 1500 chips, but the blind levels vary depending on the prize multiplier.
BLAST has been a great success for 888poker ever since it was first introduced, and if the strong start is any indicator, the format will be just as successful in Ontario.