Sunday saw the conclusion of one of the most eventful Full Tilt Online Poker Series ever. And it all started with a historic event as something happened that Full Tilt has never seen in the 8 years of the series.
The bit of history didn’t go down at the Main Event though as it occurred during the two-day No Limit Hold’em tournament known as Event #21. Phil Ivey hosted this tourney that began on Saturday and the buy-in was a pricey $2,500 + $120. 899 people dug deep into their bank account to push the prize pool to $2,247,500 which was well past the guaranteed money of $1.5 million.
Getting to the part about history being made, “Halfrek” decided that one FTOPS win in Event #11 wasn’t good enough and wanted more. So Halfrek went about winning Event #21 and claimed the $516,925 that came with the victory. After taking down #21, this brought Halfrek’s total winnings to $859,420. More importantly, Halfrek became the first player to win two events in the same FTOPS and just the fourth to win multiple events over the history of the series.
Online stars Erich Kollmann and Jon “PearlJammed” Turner did very well too finishing 12th and 22nd while the famous ring announcer Bruce Buffer wasn’t far behind them at 30th place.
While Event #21 was finishing up on Sunday, #23 was just getting started. This 6-max Knockout No Limit Hold’em tournament was kind of a warm up to the Main Event but that didn’t stop 3,149 people from paying $240 + $16 to play.
This tourney was all about the heads-up play between “elheroe” and “Panamatony” who battled for first place. In the end, “elheroe” was the hero after finishing in the top spot and taking home $124,020 while Panamatony grabbed $78,221 for the second place finish. David Pham, who hosted Event #3, was the only Full Tilt pro to cash in as he finished in 235th place.
With 23 tournaments down, it was finally time for the Main Event in the Jennifer Harman hosted Event #24. It would feature the second largest field of the FTOPS at 4,750 people and their $500 + $35 buy-ins pushed the prize pool to $2,375,000.
The two players who battled their way to the top for the Main Event showdown were “Marmoss” and “cheesemonster”. When the online smoke cleared, cheesemonster was the victor and winner of $410,780 while Marmoss received $249,375 for getting second place. Surprisingly, Huck Seed was the only Full Tilt pro to end up in the top 300 as he placed in 282nd place.
With the Main Event in the bag, the 8th annual Full Tilt Online Poker Series comes to a close. It will be interesting to see if any winners from this year can claim first again in 2009. But that remains to be seen in FTOPS VIIII.