On the first day of the current installment of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS), one NLHE tournament marked its launch with the complete destruction of the $1 million guaranteed prize pool. The 6,275 players who came out made it a $1,255,000 pool and set the standard for the rest of FTOPS XI. And when the second and third events took place on Thursday, February 5, the same path was taken with high attendance and shattered prize guarantees.
Event 2 of the series was a $240 + $16 pot-limit Omaha/8 knockout tournament that drew 1,428 players to the virtual felt. As a result, the prize pool swelled past the $200K guarantee with a $285,600 total to be split appropriately among the top 162 finishers. Hosted by Full Tilt Poker pro Rino Mathis, the tournament saw a number of other FTP pros in the field. Martin Klaeser finished the highest of all of them in 52nd place, and Chip Jett made it to 102nd place.
When it came down to the final table, it was the elimination of Kozzop in tenth place, who collected $2,384.76 for the bubble spot, that led to the final nine being set as follows:
It wasn’t one of the initial short stacks who was first to go from the table; it was lauraj111, who moved all-in with . ray918273 called with . The board brought , and with no low, the entire pot went to ray918273 and his high hand. lauraj111 left in ninth place with $3,998.40.
As the shortest stacks continued to stay alive, it was crazyhorse76 who had become severely short with only 275,662, all of which went in preflop with . ramagem made the call with to see the board come in his favor with . crazyhorse76 was gone in eighth place with $5,712.00.
FANTOMEX was next to push all-in, and he did it with , only to be called by Chessmanrus and ramagem. Both of them checked all the way through the , and Chessmanrus showed for the win. FANTOMEX was ousted in seventh place with $7,996.80.
Soon after, ramagem and ray918273 got involved to see a flop of . It wasn’t until after the turn that ramagem pushed the remainder of his chips into the pot with , but ray918273 called all-in with . The gave it all to ramagem and sent ray918273 off the virtual table in sixth place with $12,180.80.
gamefreak237 was the next player to be at risk, calling all-in with to see another_rack’s hand of . The virtual dealer gave them , and the full house gave it to another_rack, leaving gamefreak237 out in the cold in fifth place with $17,136 to keep him warm.
OUEmoKid, better known in real life as Jason Potter, pushed preflop to a ramagem reraise. Potter showed , and ramagem called with . The two watched the board run out , and OUEmoKid accepted the fourth place finish and the $22,848 that went with it.
Three-handed action led to another_rack being all-in with , and ramagem was there for the call with . When the board showed , a flush turned into a full house for ramagem, eliminating another_rack in third place with $28,845.60.
Heads-up action began with ramagem and a dominant chip stack of 5,441,252, while Chessmanrus was going to have to catch up with only 1,698,748. But it was ramagem who continued to chip away at Chessmanrus, who finally moved his last 288,748 all-in with . ramagem called with , and the final board came to finish the game. Chessmanrus was forced to accept second place and $38,841.60.
The victory in Event 2 of the series went to ramagem, along with $61,404.00 in prize money.
Event 3 of FTOPS XI was the $200 + $16 stud tournament, which was hosted by Cyndy Violette. The crowd of 593 players who logged on and ponied up the entry created a prize pool of $118,600, leaving the $100K guarantee behind. As 64 players were set to finish in the money, the field thinned rather quickly to get there. And some of that money ended up in the hands of Full Tilt pros Huck Seed, who finished in 57th place and Josh Arieh in 45th.
With the eventual elimination of Concorde in ninth place, the final table of eight was set as follows:
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PrahladF, better known in poker circles as Prahlad Friedman, was the first at risk. With only 50,794 in his stack, he raised showing the , but AsMetzmagnyAs came through with a reraise showing the . By the time fourth street hit, Friedman pushed with () , but his opponent showed (). An came on seventh street to give AsMetzmagnyAs the win and eliminate PrahladF in eighth place, which was worth $1,779.
Crushingly_Long held on as long as possible, but his run at the final table would be crushingly short. He was all-in with a showing against four other players, but BeNzitO85 bet enough on fifth street to isolate against Crushingly_Long. The queens of BeNzitO85 were good enough to take the pot and send Crushingly_Long out in seventh place with $2,609.20.
Two players would be in jeopardy in the next hand that came to light after fifth street. Berry Johnston was all-in with (), as was 0maxpower0 holding (), and they were up against the monster stacks of chips of AsMetzmagnyAs and his (). Berry Johnston did look like a favorite to stay alive with a on seventh street and the flush, but AsMetzmagnyAs took a on the same street for the full house. Berry Johnston was gone in sixth place with $3,439.40, and 0maxpower0 was given fifth place status and $4,981.20.
AsMetzmagnyAs was quite simply on a roll. He took on indariva in a hand that saw indariva with two pair on sixth street, but AsMetzmagnyAs made a set on fourth street to take it, sending indariva out to sea in fourth place with $8,064.80.
InvisibleEnigma was also taken down by AsMetzmagnyAs. The former was all-in with ()(), but the two pair was no good against the wheel that came for AsMetzmagnyAs on seventh street. InvisibleEnigma was eliminated in third place with $12,571.60.
The final two players began the last of the action with AsMetzmagnyAs in the lead with 1,397,788 chips, but BeNzitO85 had climbed steadily into a solid second spot with 974,212 chips. Action saw the chip lead go back and forth, but finally, it was BeNzitO85 with the shorter stack and all-in on sixth street with (). AsMetzmagnyAs dominated with (), and it ended with BeNzitO85 accepting second place and the corresponding $18,086.50 cash prize.
AsMetzmagnyAs utterly ruled the final table, and despite a solid challenge at the end, came through as the ultimate victor for Event 3, claiming $27,503.34 for the feat.
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