The 11th installment of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) came to an end on Sunday, February 15, with its final and main event. After 24 events had already found winners and awarded well over $15 million in prize money to online poker players around the world, players and fans tuned in on Sunday to participate in and/or watch the $500 + $35 main event.
As in each tournament of FTOPS XI thus far, the guarantee set by Full Tilt was crushed by the number of players who entered. That number was 5,287, which created a $2,643,500 prize pool and first prize of more than $450K.
With Full Tilt pro and 2008 WSOP Europe champion John Juanda in position as the tournament’s host, a total of 67 Full Tilt pros took seats among the masses, with only a few of them making the money and Brandon Adams finishing the highest of them all in 402nd place. In all, there were 738 players who cashed in the tournament but only nine at the coveted final table.
The starting chip counts were as follows:
Seat 1: CHOOK2120 4,755,158
Seat 2: clubflush5 1,906,834
Seat 3: 23bigd23 2,547,161
Seat 4: dump22 5,503,414
Seat 5: supermanpunch 1,607,481
Seat 6: PartyPimp 5,270,108
Seat 7: csimmsux 6,785,550
Seat 8: Luie Sojo 2,624,144
Seat 9: KA1SERfknS0ZE 8,652,650
Two familiar FTOPS names were at the table - Luie Sojo who claimed an FTOPS XI title in Event 9 of the series, and csimmsux, who won an event in the previous FTOPS series. Both boasted their FTOPS gold jersey avatars, and the rest of the players knew they were facing proven winners.
But Luie Sojo was one of the shorter stacks and would have to take a big chance to stay in contention for an FTOPS main event title. He made his move preflop with but found a caller in the big blind, clubflush5 with pocket fives. The board brought an ace and an eight on the flop to give Luie Sojo two pair, but they were accompanied by a five, giving clubflush5 trips. The entire board ran out , which eliminated Luie Sojo in ninth place with $34,365.50.
Next to go was supermanpunch, who initially came back from a very short stack but got involved in a hand with KA1SERfknS0ZE, who moved all-in preflop. supermanpunch quickly called all-in for his last 2,458,577 with pocket aces, and KA1SERfknS0ZE showed pocket tens. The board looked to be cooperating with a flop and turn, but the came on the river to crack the aces and eliminate supermanpunch painfully in eighth place with $46,261.25.
A player that had been unable to gain much ground at the final table was 23bigd23, and when reduced to less than 1 million chips, he finally moved all-in preflop with pocket sixes. He was called by dump22 from the small blind and PartyPimp from the big blind to see the flop, which prompted a 3 million-chip bet from PartyPimp and fold from dump22. PartyPimp showed for the flopped flush, and the on the turn and on the river changed nothing. 23bigd23 was sent away in seventh place with $60,800.50.
In short order, another player was at risk. It happened preflop when KA1SERfknS0ZE pushed all-in with pocket sixes and dump22 called all-in with . The race was on but ended on the turn, as the entire board ran out . dump22’s pair of aces was no good against trips and left him out in sixth place with $77,983.25.
Soon after, CHOOK2120 and his short stack were all-in preflop with , and clubflush5 reraised all-in to isolate, then showed pocket eights. The board came down to leave CHOOK2120 out in the cold in fifth place, though $104,418.25 in prize money might have provided a little warmth.
The next hand took a little longer to play out, but there was a plan in place the entire time. Initial action began with clubflush5 making a raise and csimmsux simply calling from the big blind to see a flop of . clubflush5 bet, and csimmsux raised all-in for more than 13 million chips. clubflush5 called all-in for less with and bottom pair, while csimmsux showed the pretty pocket aces. The turn and river came and , and clubflush5 was eliminated in fourth place with $138,783.75.
Three-handed action saw PartyPimp as the shortest stack by nearly 3-to-1, and in an effort to double up, he moved all-in preflop with pocket fours. csimmsux was there with and the call, and the race was on until the flop brought what csimmsux needed. The entire board came , and the fours were busted, leaving PartyPimp out in third place with a substantial $177,643.20 for the effort.
Heads-up play began with the following chip counts:
Seat 7: csimmsux 26,486,719
Seat 9: KA1SERfknS0ZE 13,165,781
Though KA1SERfknS0ZE was able to come back and nearly even the chip stacks, it was csimmsux who remained in control of the two-player table. The last hand began with csimmsux raising from the button and KA1SERfknS0ZE calling to see a flop. csimmsux was the first to bet, and KA1SERfknS0ZE check-raised. That promopted an all-in move from csimmsux holding for top pair, and a call all-in from KA1SERfknS0ZE with for the draws. But the turn of gave csimmsux two pair, and the on the turn brought the full house. KA1SERfknS0ZE was forced to accept second place and the $276,245.75 prize.
The winner of the FTOPS XI main event was csimmsux, better known in real life as Adam Geyer, who was awarded $456,056.62 for the accomplishment.
The full list of payouts at the main event final table were as follows:
1st place: csimmsux $456,056.62
2nd place: KA1SERfknS0ZE $276,245.75
3rd place: PartyPimp $177,643.20
4th place: clubflush5 $138,783.75
5th place: CHOOK2120 $104,418.25
6th place: dump22 $77,983.25
7th place: 23bigd23 $60,800.50
8th place: supermanpunch $46,261.25
9th place: Luie Sojo $34,365.50
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