The Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) was nearing its final days as the Thursday and Friday tournaments wound down. With players anxious to take advantage of their last few opportunities to claim a coveted FTOPS title and get in on the millions of dollars in prize money, the tables were full and action-packed.
Event 18: $200 + $16 Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-Up
The popularity of PLO combined with that of heads-up tournaments led to Event 18, hosted by one of the newest Full Tilt pros, Soren Kongsgaard. A total of 803 players entered, bringing the prize pool to $160,600, a great deal more than the $100K guarantee. The field soon found its elite eight, then proceeded to the quarterfinals and the final four, where To Defy beat MrRenniW to make it to the finals, and Str8Forward defeated wcustudent87 to do the same.
The final heads-up match saw Str8Forward dart out to a significant lead, and the last hand began with the two seeing a flop. After Str8Forward led the betting again, To Defy check-raised all-in with , but that was no good against the of Str8Forward, who had the straight. The came on the turn, and the on the river ended it, giving Str8Forward the win and the $27,944.40 that went with it.
1st place: Str8Forward $27,944.40
2nd place: To Defy $16,702.40
3rd place: wcustudent87 $8,511.80
4th place: MrRenniW $8,511.80
5th place: rover454 $4,496.80
6th place: poker4adummy $4,496.80
7th place: daiylflaiydt $4,496.80
8th place: rooney_dives $4,496.80
Event 19: $300 + $22 No-Limit Hold’em 4x Shootout, 6-max
Shootouts are a unique way to mix up a NLHE short-handed table, and 1,202 players came out to try it on Thursday. The $360,600 prize pool trounced the preset $300K guarantee, and Full Tilt pro Brad Booth in the hosting seat, the tournament proceeded quickly toward the final table. All six finalists started with 600K in chips.
It only took discomonkey to lose two major hands to vadka to be eliminated first from the table, and vadka took the responsibility for ousting PickingYouApart in fifth place as well. d0wnosaur left in fourth place, followed by Jedi AllStar in third, courtesy of vadka.
The final match-up began with vadka holding a substantial chip lead over boNeZee, and that was still the case when the last hand occurred. boNeZee shoved all-in preflop with , but vadka called with the dominating . When the board produced , vadka became the latest FTOPS champion and claimed the $63,105 prize.
1st place: vadka $63,105.00
2nd place: boNeZee $39,666.00
3rd place: Jedi AllStar $26,395.92
4th place: dOwnosaur $18,030.00
5th place: PickingYouApart $12,621.00
6th place: discomonkey $8,654.40
Event 20: $200 + $16 No-Limit Hold’em, 6-max
Another NLHE short-handed event was the first event of Friday the 13th, and 2,360 players decided to pitch in to create a $472,000 prize pool, again catapulting past the $400K guarantee. Full Tilt pro Adam Noone presided over the action that saw fellow FTP Pro Huck Seed just miss the final table, exiting in 11th place. The last six players standing took their places at the final table with doezz in the chip lead with 3,163,147 and bankrollme87 holding the short stack of 1,261,317.
It was JBlaze20 leaving the table first, courtesy of Doctor_Fun, and bankrollme87 left in fifth place, also at the hands of Doctor_Fun. doezz saw his chip lead diminish and finally looked to double through lilfishy897, but instead was ousted when his trip fives were bested by a flush. doezz took a fourth place finish, and the previously dominating Doctor_Fun finally left in third place as lilfishy897 continued on a roll.
Heads-up started with lilfishy897 with a massive chip lead of 10,930,137 to the 869,863 of wesh cousin. But in a matter of relatively few hands, wesh cousin was able to double up and chip up enough times to take the lead. It was a monumental comeback that led to lilfishy897 finally moving all-in with pocket tens and wesh cousin calling with . The board was innocent enough with until the came on the river to give wesh cousin the win and $92,984 that went with it.
1st place: wesh cousin $92,984
2nd place: lilfishy897 $58,981.12
3rd place: Doctor_Fun $40,828
4th place: doezz $31,152
5th place: bankrollme87 $22,184
6th place: JBlaze20 $14,868
Event 21: $300 + $22 Razz
The last event before the weekend was the game players love to hate and hate to love. Razz drew 571 players to the tables, which led to the $171,300 prize pool, past the $150K guarantee. Full Tilt pro Kristy Gazes presided over the festivities, which included Peter “Nordberg” Feldman bubbling the final table with a ninth place exit. With that, the final eight gathered on one table with OnlyPlayRagz in the chip lead and Camz2895 bringing up the short stack.
Speaking of Camz2895, he was the first to exit in eighth place at the hands of OnlyPlayRagz, followed by FireGrill in seventh and thegosu in sixth. OnlyPlayRagz took the reigns again, eliminating jonstermonster in fifth place and Madame Maria in fourth, and gipsy1974 eliminated AA-RAY in the third place spot.
Heads-up began with OnlyPlayRagz and his 1,328,548 stack versus the 955,452 chips of gipsy1974, and play went on for quite awhile. When the final hand came about, it was gipsy1974 in the lead. OnlyPlayRagz began the action with a 9, and gipsy completed with a 6. OnlyPlayRagz raised, gipsy1974 reraised, and OnlyPlayRagz called to receive a J to the second 6 for gipsy1974. Finally, OnlyPlayRagz was all-in showing 9-J-K and turned up A-5 to go with it, while gipsy1974 showed 6-6-5 and turned over 7-3. Each received a 9 on sixth street, and that was enough to ensure a win for gipsy1974, along with the $39,724.47 in prize money.
1st place: gipsy1974 $39,724.47
2nd place: OnlyPlayRagz $26,123.25
3rd place: AA-RAY $18,157.80
4th place: Madame Maria $11,648.40
5th place: jonstermonster $7,194.60
6th place: thegosu $4,967.70
7th place: FireGrill $3,768.60
8th place: Camz2895 $2,569.50
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