It was a highly successful December run of the MiniFTOPS, as the series awarded $5,540,300 over the course of its 25 events. Every tournament in the popular online poker series found solid registration numbers that took each prize pool well over the guarantees set by Full Tilt Poker.
Though the series of low buy-in tournaments neglected to find mass support amongst many of its more well-known professional players, many of them did participate in addition to hosting events. But the lack of pro power allowed more amateur players to boost their end-of-year bankrolls and accrue some solid finishes and wins for their list of 2009 accomplishments. The MiniFTOPS served its purpose and produced stellar results in the process.
With that, let’s look at the results of the final five events, including the Main Event:
Event 21: $30 + $3 Razz, 6-max Date: December 18 Host: Frank Thompson Guarantee: $30,000 Actual prize pool: $46,620 Registration: 1,554 Winner: Zipfed ($8,776.26) Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: Scott Fischman (96th place)
Event 22: $250 + $16 No-Limit Hold’em (ante from start), 2-day Date: December 19 Host: Perry Friedman Guarantee: $400,000 Actual prize pool: $605,500 Registration: 2,422 Winner: hidden1s ($108,417.73) No Full Tilt Pro finished in the money.
Event 23: $10 + $1 Pot-Limit Omaha w/rebuys Date: December 19 Host: Scott Fischman Guarantee: $75,000 Actual prize pool: $139,100 Registration: 4,289 Winner: Erly ($27,541.80) Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: Lee Watkinson (87th place)
Event 24: $12 + $1 No-Limit Hold’em Knockout Date: December 20 Host: Mike Swick Guarantee: $150,000 Actual prize pool: $222,400 Registration: 22,240 Winner: montana059 ($18,668.24) Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: Eddy Scharf (403rd place)
Event 25: $50 + $5 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Date: December 20 Host: Howard Lederer Guarantee: $600,000 Actual prize pool: $799,350 Registration: 15,987 Winner: syyyke_mann ($82,465.24) Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: Allen Cunningham (859th place)
And lastly, the winner of the Tournament Leaderboard challenge was Str8Forward, a former FTOPS champion who garnered five cashes, including two final tables, which totaled 428 points. Str8Forward became the proud owner of a prize package that will give him/her entries into nearly every FTOPS XV tournament, which is estimated to be worth $7,500…and more if parlayed into cashes in the next FTOPS series.
The last MiniFTOPS of 2009 is now over, but look for another series to begin in early 2010. In order to be ready when the series is announced, sign up for your Full Tilt Poker account now. And don’t forget to use the bonus code “FTRAKEBACK27” to receive 27 percent of the rake from ring games and tournaments back as a bonus.
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