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Full Tilt Fever: FTOPS XV Rolls on as Michael Craig Just Misses Stud Victory

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When the 15th installment of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) began on February 10, players were anxious for the online poker competition. While FTOPS is always exciting, a series starting just after the new year is much anticipated when the main focus of many players is on live tournaments. Those not able to travel around the world and compete in exotic locations like Australia, Uruguay, or Copenhagen rely on the internet to provide the competition they seek. And FTOPS is always at the ready with just what they need.

Events 11 through 19 bring the series closer to an end, and there was nothing if not excitement throughout the ten tournaments. While numerous Full Tilt Pros cashed in the events throughout the week, the only one to make a final table was blogger and poker player Michael Craig, who finished in fourth place in the stud event.

But the other live events going on around the world did have an impact on the field sizes and prize pools in these nine tournaments, as several of them didn’t meet the guarantees, thus requiring Full Tilt to add money to the pools and give the players overlays. The biggest one of nearly $50K was in the HORSE tournament, which was surprising considering the ever-increasing popularity of the game.

Nevertheless, nine new FTOPS winners were found through the week, all of them receiving an FTOPS jacket, jersey, and gold jersey avatar for use on Full Tilt in addition to their cash winnings. All of the details of the events and their winners are listed below:

Event 11: $200 + $16 Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8
Date: February 15
Host: Stuart Paterson
Guarantee: $200,000
Actual prize pool: $200,000 (Overlay: $21,000)
Registration: 895
Paid finishers: 108
Winner: YaAkylko ($40,500.00)
Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: Roy Winston - 28th place
Other Full Tilt Pro cashes: Aaron Bartley, Jens Voertmann

Event 12: $1000 + $60 No-Limit Hold’em
Date: February 15
Host: Gavin Smith
Guarantee: $1,500,000
Actual prize pool: $1,541,000
Registration: 1,541
Paid finishers: 162
Winner: Lance “kingpin023” Harris ($331,315.00)
Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: David Pham - 32nd place:
Other Full Tilt Pro cashes: Daniele Mazzia, Joao Barbosa, Isaac Baron, Huck Seed, Jordan Morgan, Mekhi Phifer, Jeff Madsen

Event 13: $300 + $22 No-Limit Hold’em 4x Shootout, 6-max
Date: February 16
Host: Hans Martin Vogl
Guarantee: $300,000
Actual prize pool: $300,000 (Overlay: $1,800)
Registration: 994
Paid finishers: 108
Winner: chickface ($46,500.00)
No Full Tilt Pro finished in the money.

Event 14: $500 + $35 HORSE
Date: February 16
Host: Esther Rossi
Guarantee: $300,000
Actual prize pool: $300,000 (Overlay: $48,500)
Registration: 503
Paid finishers: 64
Winner: Anna Rexic ($69,570.00)
Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: Chris Ferguson - 32nd place
Other Full Tilt Pro cashes: Artie Cobb, Huck Seed

Event 15: $200 + $16 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo
Date: February 16
Host: Leandro Pimentel
Guarantee: $600,000
Actual prize pool: $600,000 (Overlay: $24,000)
Registration: 2,880
Paid finishers: 279
Winner: Michael “Tazmaniapwnsyou” Glasser ($121,800.00)
Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: Allen Cunningham - 137th place
Other Full Tilt Pro cashes: Chris Ferguson, Jared Hamby

Event 16: $200 + $16 Seven-Game
Date: February 17
Host: Eli Elezra
Guarantee: $150,000
Actual prize pool: $150,000 (Overlay: $2,000)
Registration: 740
Paid finishers: 80
Winner: And Chips ($27,975.00)
Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: Nicolay Evdakov - 14th place
Other Full Tilt Pro cashes: Lee Watkinson, Frank Thompson

Event 17: $300 + $22 No-Limit Hold’em w/Rebuys, 6-max
Date: February 17
Host: Peter Feldman
Guarantee: $1,000,000
Actual prize pool: $1,101,000
Registration: 1,032
Paid finishers: 120
Winner: StackedYa ($174,553.50)
Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: Peter “Nordberg” Feldman - 20th place
Other Full Tilt Pro cashes: Steve Zolotow

Event 18: $200 + $16 No-Limit Hold’em Cashout
Date: February 18
Host: Aaron Bartley
Guarantee: $150,000
Actual prize pool: $156,400
Registration: 1,564
Paid finishers: n/a
Winner: onjacktallback ($54,699.42)
Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: Lee Watkinson - 18th place

Event 19: $200 + $16 Stud
Date: February 18
Host: Cyndy Violette
Guarantee: $100,000
Actual prize pool: $100,000 (Overlay: $12,800)
Registration: 436
Paid finishers: 56
Winner: nadremark ($20,256.44)
Last finishing Full Tilt Pro: Michael Craig - 4th place
Other Full Tilt Pro cashes: Berry Johnston, Chip Jett, Bruno Stefanelli

Only a few days remain in FTOPS XV, which means seven events are left, including the massive Main Event. Satellites are running around the clock for all of the tournaments, and possibilities of life-changing money are only some satellite attempts away. Take a few dollars or a few player points and turn them into the chance of a lifetime!

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