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FTOPS goes out with a bang

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The home stretch of the fifth Full Tilt Online Poker Series was as thrilling as expected, with more than 600 players for a $2,500 buy-in event and more than 4,500 for the finale.

First off, Event #9 created a slightly better than $1 million prize pool with its rebuy structure. The $300 + $22 No-Limit Hold'em event had 1,133 entrants, 1,652 rebuys and 569 add-ons. The $210,000 winner was ‘mattyv' while Paul Wasicka was the highest finishing pro in 27th place. John D'Agostino was close behind in 30th.

In Event #10 $200 + $16 Stud Hi, we finally had a pro make the final table when ‘Max Pescatori' came in 4th, which was worth nearly $7,000. The winner of the 596 player event was ‘lileor99', who took home $29,850. Johnny Bax, who holds a World Series of Poker stud bracelet, came in 12th.

Nearly 1,200 turned out for Event #11 $200 + $16 Limit Hold'em 6-max. With the short-handed game, the action was pretty fast for a limit event, and with 1,171 players the first-place prize was almost $48,000. ‘Donhaka' was the winner and the highest finishing pro was Eddy Scharf in 10th position.

Although it wasn't the main event, Event #12 was the true big one thanks to the $2,500 + $120 buy in. Think of it as the equivalent of the $50,000 HORSE event at the WSOP compared to the $10,000 main event. There were 648 entrants, creating a prize pool of just over $1.6 million. Feb. 2 may have to make way for Aug. 19, as ‘Grndhg25' claimed the top spot in the two-day event and took home $396,900. Several pros were bunched up in the 50s - Eddy Scharf finished 54th, while David Chiu took 55th and Max Pescatori went out in 58th. Host Phil Ivey didn't quite make the money in 95th place.

Event #13 Pot-Limit Omaha drew 873 players for the initial $100 + $9 buy in, but the prize pool as the rebuys came in. There were 1,799 of those, as well as 420 add-ons, creating a $309,000 prize pool. The winner was ‘csimmsux', who got $72,662, while the highest finishing pro was Huck Seed, who squeaked into the money in 80th place.

Unsurprisingly, the $500 + $35 NLHE main event drew a monster crowd - 4,578 players ponied up the money to play. The prize pool was $2.29 million and 648 players got paid. ‘CrazyZachary' came out on top of the carnage and won $395,000. Not a bad day's work. Paul Sexton came in 25th, leading the stable of Full Tilt pros.

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