Every few months, Full Tilt Poker gives players the types of tournaments and guaranteed prize pools that they crave, all wrapped up in a 2-week package called the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS). With a variety of game choices, buy-ins, and start times, people all over the world can log on to the event(s) of choice and play for hundreds of thousands of dollars…each day.
FTOPS XI got underway on February 4th with Event 1, the $200 + $16 no-limit hold’em tournament boasting of a $1 million guarantee. With Team Full Tilt member Howard Lederer serving as the host, the tournament started the series with a bang - 6,275 players and a $1,255 prize pool to be divvied among the top 738 finishers.
Lederer himself finished in the money, as the 697th place finish was good for a $326.30 cash. Lee Watkinson was the top finishing Full Tilt Pro, ending his run in 211th place, which was worth $727.90 in prize money. When enough players had been eliminated after more than ten hours of action, it was TakeYourMoneY89 eliminated in tenth place (with $11,859.75) to make way for the final table, which was set as follows:
Seat 1: sticky seat 8,542,663
Seat 2: Almerud 1,529,339
Seat 3: amster_ATX 2,037,866
Seat 4: song1234 1,566,232
Seat 5: muckducks 8,847,150
Seat 6: headbang 1,846,196
Seat 7: John Newcombe 3,679,525
Seat 8: two8off 1,805,256
Seat 9: ich_bin_pro 1,520,773
Sometimes, things fall apart at the final table. amster_ATX wasn’t the shortest stack coming in but consistently lost chips until less than one million were left. At that point, amster_ATX pushed the rest of it with and was called by headbang holding pocket kings. The board had some outs but not enough when it came =, and amster_ATX was gone in ninth place with $16,315.00.
Next to sink past the one million-chip mark was ich_bin_pro, who took a chance with pocket jacks. muckducks called with , and the board came down in favor of the latter with . Trips for muckducks equaled an eighth place finish for ich_bin_pro, which was worth $21,962.50.
With muckducks and sticky seat running away with the majority of the chips in play - more than 20 million combined - the other five players knew they would need to move soon. song1234 did it when he looked down at pocket tens, but it was sticky seat with pocket kings who called. The board blanked with , and song1234 finished in seventh with $28,865.00.
The double-up process had been good to two8off earlier in the evening, getting him off the uber-short stack, so when Almerud pushed all-in preflop, two8off was there with pocket nines and the call. Almerud showed , and it was off to the races. The dealer didn’t give Almerud anything to work with as he dealt , pushing him out in sixth place with $37,022.50.
Latest to hit short-stack status was headbang, so he pushed with preflop. sticky seat called with , and it looked like headbang might double up when the flop came . The on the turn wasn’t ideal, but it was the on the river that gave the pot to sticky seat. headbang was out, likely with a headache, in fifth place. The $49,572.50 wasn’t a bad pain reliever, though.
John Newcombe and two8off were the short stacks during four-handed action, holding steady under three million chips but facing the other two monster stacks of sticky seat and muckducks. two8off eventually made a move with , but sticky seat called with pocket sevens. The board was innocent and brought , eliminating two8off in fourth place with $65,887.50.
John Newcombe made an attempt at a comeback and climbed back up, even coming close to the chip lead with more than 17 million chips at one point. But his two opponents weren’t having it and finally worked John Newcombe back down to a relatively short stack. He got involved in some preflop betting with sticky seat to see a flop of , which was when it all went in. sticky seat made a bet, at which time John Newcombe check-raised all-in for 4,921,492 chips. sticky seat called with for top pair, and John Newcombe showed pocket jacks for the overpair. The turn of was harmless, but the on the river made trips for sticky seat and sent John Newcombe to the virtual rail in third place with $84,336.00 in prize money.
Heads-up play began with sticky seat in the driver’s seat with a 3-to-1 lead over muckducks and his 7.5 million chips. muckducks began a surge, doubling through sticky seat when his A-6 cracked pocket queens, and then doing it again with muckducks’ pocket sevens turned to trips on the river to crack yet another pocket pair of queens for sticky seat.
sticky seat was then quite the short stack. Facing muckducks and his close-to-26 million chip stack, sticky seat was able to double through with K-Q over the A-8 of muckducks when a king came on the turn. With just over 10K in chips, sticky seat went for it again, moving all-in preflop with . muckducks called with and the outcome couldn’t have been more certain when he flopped a straight. The entire board read , and the tournament was over.
Second place and $131,147.50 went to sticky seat, while muckducks claimed victory in the first FTOPS XI event. muckducks was awarded $216,512.60 for the feat.
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