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Full Tilt Fever: FTOPS XIV Sees zhivago2 Claim Main Event Victory

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It seemed to fly by so quickly. The 14th running of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) has already come to an end with solid results. Only four of the 25 events did not have sufficient registration to eclipse the guarantees, which is an improvement over past series. And all in all, registration for the 25 events hit 54,823, and exactly $18,153,100 in prize money was awarded to the top finishing players. Full Tilt can chalk FTOPS XIV up to another success.

The last six events found Full Tilt Pro Johan Brolenius with two cashes, John Cernuto barely missing a final table in Event 21, and Gary Jones making it to fourth place in Event 22. But it was well-known young online pro Adam Junglen who came close to winning the Main Event, missing that victory by only two spots. The big names were certainly out in force to mix it up with the amateurs in FTOPS, which is what the series aims to do.

The results of the final six events of the series are listed here.

Event 20: $200 + $16 No-Limit Hold’em
Date: November 13
Host: Andy Bloch
Guarantee: $400,000
Actual prize pool: $560,600
Registration: 2,803
Winner: Steve “UFman2” Burkholder ($102,240.40)
Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: Johan Brolenius (45th place)

Event 21: $300 + $22 Razz, 6-max
Date: November 13
Host: Nick Schulman
Guarantee: $150,000
Actual prize pool: $150,000
Registration: 493
Winner: BaDnEwS216 ($18,060.17)
Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: John Cernuto (11th place)

Event 22: $2500 + $120 No-Limit Hold’em, Ante from start, 2-day
Date: November 14
Host: James Akenhead
Guarantee: $2,000,000
Actual prize pool: $2,345,000
Registration: 938
Winner: Patrick “obiedman” O’Brien ($539,350.00)
Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: Gary Jones (4th place)

Event 23: $100 + $9 Pot-Limit Omaha Rebuy
Date: November 14
Host: Josh Arieh
Guarantee: $400,000
Actual prize pool: $424,100
Registration: 1,167
Winner: Chris “Genius28” Lee ($93,302.00)
Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: Vitaly Lunkin (10th place)

Event 24: $120 + $9 No-Limit Hold’em Knockout

Date: November 15
Host: Steven Begleiter
Guarantee: $800,000
Actual prize pool: $983,200
Registration: 9,832
Winner: little chief17 ($125,959.96)
Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: Johan Brolenius (113th place)

The FTOPS XIV Main Event boasted of a fantastic turnout of 5,471 players, which took the prize pool past the $2.5 million guarantee to $2,735,500. At the final table of the event, which didn’t hit until the sun was coming up over the East Coast of the United States, Adam Junglen was by far the most well-known player at the table, and he was able to take his solid chip stack into three-handed play. It was then that the last three players struck a financial settlement for the rest of the prize money, though they played on to see Junglen take a third place finish. Heads-up battled for almost 50 hands before zhivago2 ultimately took a significant lead and forced ItsTime2Win to get his money all-in with {A-Clubs}{3-Clubs} on a {9-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} flop. zhivago2 was there with {J-Clubs}{J-Spades}, and though the {6-Clubs} came on the turn, the {3-Hearts} hit on the river to give zhivago2 the FTOPS Main Event victory.

Event 25: $500 + $35 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event
Date: November 15
Host: Tom Dwan
Guarantee: $2,500,000
Actual prize pool: $2,735,500
Registration: 5,471
Winner: zhivago2 ($418,839.16)
Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: David Colclough (250th place)

With that, the 14th installment of FTOPS concluded, but rest assured that the next series will be up and running in the first few months of 2010. To get ready and start preparing to take down an FTOPS title of your own, download Full Tilt Poker ( now, and use the bonus code “PKRWORKS” to cash in on the 100% deposit bonus and take part in weekly $500 freerolls to boost your bankroll.

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