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FTOPS First Week Recap

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The first week of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series V is now complete and the tournament series is heading into the home stretch. The first eight events awarded millions in cash prizes. Here's a look at who took home some of that money.

The opening event, a $216 No-Limit Hold'em tournament, attracted 4,165 players and created a prize pool of $833,000. ‘Kadabra' took first and collected $147,000 and change. Karina Jett, who along with husband Chip has played many of the FTOPS events, was the highest finishing red-lettered professional in 93rd place.

As I mentioned in a previous article , ‘SENDIT16' took first in the $216 HORSE event and got $51,800 for his efforts.

The players don't come out in droves for the Pot Limit Hold'em events like they do the NLHE events, but Event #3 $216 PLHE still attracted a field of 1,673. ‘JensV' was the lucky winner of the event and won nearly $62,000. Former PokerWorks blogger Michael Craig was the highest finishing Full Tilt Poker pro in 101st place.

The stakes were raised for Event #4 when the buy-in increased to $535 for the Pot Limit Omaha tournament. There were 622 starters and ‘bmqball' came out on top. First was worth almost $67,000 for him. Robert Mizrachi finished 36th in this event.

If PLO is tough on the wallet, then rebuy NLHE tournaments may be even tougher on the bankroll. With a buy in of $109, you knew there would be plenty of ramming and jamming early in Event #5. There were 1,678 entrants, 2,277 rebuys and 807 add-ons, creating a prize pool of $476,200. ‘GBecks' took first and $102,383. Allen Cunningham finished in 74th, leading the pros.

Event #6 was the event that a lot of more recreational players were looking forward to. The game, of course, was NLHE, but with a buy in of $322 the entry created a tantalizing prize pool yet was still affordable. Not surprisingly, the event had the largest field yet with 4,372 players creating a pot of $1.3 million and a first place prize of $231,615. ‘313OG' managed to make it through this minefield and capture that top spot. He started with 3,000 in tournament chips; now he can buy a house. Johnny Bax, who is not a red-lettered pro (but maybe ought to be), took 135th. Barny Boatman of The Hendon Mob was the highest finishing FTP pro at 345th place.

Despite the steep buy in -- $1,060 - Event #7, another NLHE tournament, attracted 1,282 players and created another monster prize pool of $1.28 million. ‘Round42' took the win and $262,000. J.J. Liu became the closest pro to reaching the final table of an FTOPS event when she finished in 10th place, which was worth $18,589.

Lastly, we have the eighth event, a $216 Omaha Hi-Lo tournament. The event attracted 1,073, meaning that in the first week of FTOPS every event except for the PLO tournament had attendance numbers in the four figures. (We will see if that continues to hold for the $2,620 NLHE event on Saturday.) ‘Klajessie' scooped enough pots in Omaha Hi-Lo to take down the crown and win $48,285. Top online player ‘Rizen' was 14th. Chris Ferguson came in 20th.

FTOPS will conclude on Sunday with the main event, a $535 NLHE tournament. Other events include: Event #9 $322 NLHE 6-max with rebuys, Event #10 $216 7 Stud, Event #11 $216 Limit Hold'em 6-max, Event #12 $2,620 NLHE and Event #13 $109 PLO with rebuys. We'll have more from these events in the coming week.

PLay FullTilt , you still have time to qualify and play in FTOPS V events.

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