It was a whirlwind weekend of FTOPS XI tournaments - two days, five events, $1.9 million in guarantees, more than $3.4 million paid out to Full Tilt Poker players. And there is still another week left in the series for more of the online poker public to grab a piece of the action.
Event 6 kicked off the weekend with a $500 + $35 pot-limit Omaha tournament to be played six-handed. The guarantee was set at $300K, but that was quickly surpassed when the 896 registered players bumped the prize pool up to $448K. Full Tilt pro Gus Hansen hosted the tournament, and when the final table was ready, it looked as follows:
The Great Hug 394,876
PLO action got underway and quickly saw the tables turned on the chip leader, as KipsterDK was the first to go. He got involved with NoPasaran, all-in after the turn on a board. KipsterDK was holding a ten for the pair but looking for a straight draw with A-Q, while NoPasaran had kings for trips. The on the river sent KipsterDK out in sixth with $15,456.
Next to go was the original short stack, The Great Hug, when his straight draw couldn’t compete with the actual straight of NoPasaran, leaving The Great Hug with a fifth place finish and $24,192. NoPasaran then took care of ATLANTIS_DK with a full house, leaving ATLANTIS_DK with $34,048 for fourth place. Next at risk was THE_GOLDMINE, who came up against no other than NoPasaran, only to see his straight and flush draws busted and NoPasaran win the pot with a straight. THE_GOLDMINE accepted third place and $44,800.
Heads-up action began with NoPasaran dominating with 4.267,062 versus the 1,108,928 of Ketse. It didn’t take long before NoPasaran finished off the table. Ketse wasn’t all-in until after the entire board showed , but NoPasaran showed for the flopped nut flush. Ketse’s hand was simply mucked and he took $62,720 for second place.
NoPasaran rightfully earned the victory and the $95,648 that went with the FTOPS win.
Event 7 began later in the day on Saturday. Full Tilt pro Michael Tureniec was the host of the $100 + $9 no-limit hold’em tournament with rebuys and was ready for serious action. And that’s what happened when the 2,235 players tallied up 3,286 rebuys and 1,361 add-ons, crushing the $500K guaranteed with a prize pool of $688,200. When the final table was set with an extraordinary amount of chips in play, it looked as follows:
The Universe112 2,996,693
bustin busters 1,353,886
Avril Sharapova 781,650
The first to go from the table was Shpadoones, when his K-Q was busted by bustin busters’ A-K when two more aces came on the flop. Shpadoones left in ninth place with $8,258.40. bustin busters wasn’t done busting opponents and took on Rovermeover, who moved all-in with pocket fives. bustin busters turned over A-10 and took it when a ten came on the river. Rovermeover left in eighth place with $11,001.20. And again, bustin busters took on another player in apestyles, better known as Jon Van Fleet. bustin busters was all-in with K-6 suited, and apestyles looked good with A-8, except when the board brought a king on the flop. Nothing else could help apestyles, who was ousted in seventh place with $15,828.60.
But bustin busters took a hit by losing a significant pot to Avril Sharapova, and the dynamics of the table suddenly shifted. bustin busters pushed his last 300K into the pot with K-J and was called by The Universe112 and his A-Q. The board bricked, leaving bustin busters busted in sixth place with $23,398.80.
GiveMeUrCookies decided to battle TheUniverse112. The former moved with A-Q, but TheUniverse112 flipped pocket aces. The board gave GiveMeUrCookies a straight draw, but it didn’t materialize, and he was out in fifth place with $35,786.40. Next at risk was jornx, whose pocket sixes were up against the A-10 of Spiderweb80. The board brought an ace on the river, and jornx was gone in fourth place with $50,926.80. But Spiderweb80 didn’t hang on to those chips for long, as he shoved them all on a flop. Spiderweb80 was the all-in caller holding , but Avril Sharapova showed for two pair. The turn and river blanked, sending Spiderweb80 out in third place with $67,443.50.
Heads-up play began with TheUniverse112 and his 5,672,006 holding only the slightest of leads over Avril Sharapova’s 5,331,494 stack. But Avril Sharapova was never able to gain much ground, finally dipping below the 4 million-chip mark and shoving with pocket fours. TheUniverse112 called with pocket sevens, and the board fell to officially deem Avril Sharapova the second place finisher with $90,842.40 for the effort.
TheUniverse112 finished in first place in Event 7, for which he was awarded a $140,358.39 first prize.
Event 8 was the first of three events to be held on Sunday, and there was no better way to kick off the day’s tournaments than with a $240 + $16 NLHE knockout with short 6-handed tables. The guaranteed prize pool was $600K, but the 4,411 entrants made it a whopping $882,200. Full Tilt pro Bruce Buffer hosted the event that saw well-known pro Adam “Roothlus” Levy finish on the final table bubble, taking $17,026.46 for the seventh place finish. The last six players were then established as follows:
Alfa Alex 2,115,760
The action began when TPEHEP got involved with USCphildo, with betting leading them to a flop, turn, and river. USCphildo made the all-in move, and TPEHEP called all-in, but when USCphildo showed A-K for trip kings, TPEHEP simply mucked and left in sixth place with $26,466. Alfa Alex was next on the chopping block, calling all-in preflop from the big blind with . Chancew showed , and the river brought a king to eliminate Alfa Alex in fifth place with $38,816.80.
Michael1123 was the next player at risk, but it merely began with some betting against RSGII before the flop, and again for the turn. Michael1123 then pushed all-in with pocket eights, but RSGII was there with 10-9 for trips, and the on the river gave him the win. Michael1123 was ousted in fourth place with $52,932. USCphildo, code name for online pro Phil Collins, tried to make it to heads-up, but found himself all-in after a flop. USCphildo had A-K, but RSGII called with K-J, which remained the winning hand. USCphildo took a third place finish and the $71,634.34 that went with it.
The final two began heads-up action with RSGII and his 17,417,437 holding a substantial lead over Chancew and his 4,637,563 chips. But Chancew mounted a comeback that eventually found him in the chip lead. In fact, he came to own a 10-to-1 lead at one point, at which point, RSGII called all-in preflop with for his stack of under 1 million. Chancew showed , and the board came to give RSGII a second place finish and $103,217.40.
Chancew won the NLHE knockout tournament and claimed $168,517.84 for the accomplishment.
Event 9 was a special capped event because of the heads-up format. The $500 + $35 NLHE heads-up event gave a guarantee of $500K, but the 1,332 players created an actual pool of $666,000. With Team Full Tilt member Chris Ferguson as the host, the rounds began. On the way to the finals, Full Tilt pros like Josh Arieh finished in 34th place, and Ryan Daut finished in the next round in 18th place.
Ultimately, the final four involved match-ups between Plz_Stop_Lookin and bigdogpckt5s, and Luie Sojo and rivercrime. The former of each pairing won, leaving bigdogpckt5s out in fourth place and rivercrime out in third, both receiving $35,298 for their efforts.
The final match pegged Luie Sojo against Plz_Stop_Lookin, during which Luie Sojo climbed to an early chip lead. Never looking back, he didn’t hesitate to call when Plz_Stop_Lookin pushed all-in preflop for his last 1,815 chips with pocket eights. Luie Sojo was right there with pocket kings, and the board ran out to eliminate Plz_Stop_Lookin in second place, which was worth a $69,264 prize.
Luie Sojo became the heads-up champion with $115,884 in cash for the feat.
Finally, Event 10 got underway as the last of the five weekend tournaments in the FTOPS XI series. With John Phan as the host, the $300 + $22 no-limit hold’em tournament got underway, and with 5,325 players, it bypassed the $1.5 million guarantee with a $1,597,500 prize pool. The largest single tournament in the series thus far saw 738 players cash in the event, but when the majority of them were busted, there were nine remaining at the final table:
It was the short stack of Drow that went all-in first with , and BUSTYOU79 was there with pocket nines. The board brought a pair of fives and a straight draw for Drow, but nothing panned out, leaving him out in ninth place with $20,767.50. In order of short stacks, J4d3dr4g0n was the next up and pushed it with pocket sevens, only to find himself up against the queens of Jerms13. The dealer had no seven to offer J4d3dr4g0n but an eighth place finish and $27,956.25 to show for it.
Facing a reraise from gboro780 preflop, TorontoToro pushed all-in for 2,664,328 with , and gboro780 showed pocket queens. The board blanked with , and TorontoToro, also known as Pat Pezzin, left the tournament in seventh place with $36,742.50. Next up was ilovemypuppy, all-in with pocket fives but covered and dominated by the pocket jacks of Jerms13. The board blanked and left ilovemypuppy to love a sixth place finish and $47,126.25. And it only took a few minutes for nevermo to push the rest of his stack with from the small blind, only to find Shoomie calling with . The board blanked and sent nevermo out in fifth place with $63,101.25.
Jerms13 lost his chip lead and momentum, not to mention a good deal of chips when Shoomie doubled through him. His last 1,310,976 went all-in with pocket eights versus the of gboro780. With a queen on the flop, Jerms13 was gone in fourth place with $83,868.75. And Shoomie couldn’t keep his chips either, finally shoving with . BUSTYOU79 called with , and the board came to eliminate Shoomie in third place with $107,352.
Heads-up action began with gboro780 dominating with 17,421,922 in chips versus the 9,203,078 of BUSTYOU79. Moments later, after a series of raises and an all-in from gboro780, BUSTYOU79 called all-in with . gboro780 turned over pocket fours, and the board ran out to eliminate BUSTYOU79 in second place with $166,938.75.
The victory, title, and $275,600.70 for Event 10 of FTOPS XI went to gboro780.
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