Many online poker players watch tournament series like the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) go by without being able to participate, usually due to bankroll limitations. Sure, there are satellites to allow players to win seats at a fraction of the cost, but many people miss those opportunities or win entries into only one or two events. The majority of the series passes them by. That is why Full Tilt Poker offers the MiniFTOPS.
It is a unique series that mimics the FTOPS with the tournament schedule but each of the MiniFTOPS buy-ins are set at 1/10th of those for the main series. That allows players to get in on the excitement for as little as $10 or $20, but it also means that satellites for the tournaments start at less than $1 or even just points. Players with the smallest of bankrolls can take their chances in the MiniFTOPS and put their skills to the test for some of the $6 million-plus guaranteed prize money to be found in the 27 events.
And just like at FTOPS time, MiniFTOPS offers some of the same bonus challenges. The MiniFTOPS Leaderboard challenge will allow the player with the most points from the grand total of events to win a prize package worth about $8,500 that includes entries to nearly every FTOPS XVI event to be held in the spring. There are also four other challenges, one being the Satellite Seat Challenge that awards seats into freerolls based on the number of satellites a player wins into any particular MiniFTOPS events. Other promotions include the Survivor Challenge, Hold’em Challenge, and Double Up Challenge, all of which track your play during MiniFTOPS tournaments and award points and freeroll seats - for events to be held at a later date - based on completing tasks and lists of challenges. All of these events are great ways to add excitement and extra money to your MiniFTOPS experience.
Of course, there are prizes in each MiniFTOPS event as well. In addition to the prize money at stake, each player who makes a final table wins a limited-edition MiniFTOPS jacket, and the winner will receive, in addition to that jacket, a silver MiniFTOPS jersey. And did we mention a cumulative $6 million in guarantees? Probably, but it deserves a second mention.
The first thing to do to get started is sign up for an account on Full Tilt Poker and use the bonus code “FTRAKEBACK27.” The use of that code will allow you to receive 27 percent of your rake back through regular play on the site, even during all of the MiniFTOPS events and satellites.
The second thing is to check out the schedule below and start seeking out satellites - or buy in directly - to events that suit your skills and preferences. There are plenty to choose from…
|Event 1 (Mar 10): ||$20+2 NLHE, $350K guar. |
|Event 2 (Mar 11): ||$24+2 PLO-8 Knockout, $75K guar. |
|Event 3 (Mar 11): ||$50+5 NLHE 3x Shootout, $35K guar. |
|Event 4 (Mar 12): ||$20+2 NLHE Cubed, $300K guar. |
|Event 5 (Mar 12): ||$20+2 NLHE 6-max, $75K guar. |
|Event 6 (Mar 13): ||$50+5 PLO 6-max, $150K guar. |
|Event 7 (Mar 13): ||$10+1 NLHE w/Rebuys, $350K guar. |
|Event 8 (Mar 14): ||$12+1 NLHE Knockout, $250K guar. |
|Event 9 (Mar 14): ||$50+5 NLHE Heads-Up, $200K guar. |
|Event 10 (Mar 14): ||$30+3 NLHE, $600K guar. |
|Event 11 (Mar 15): ||$20+2 Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8, $60K guar. |
|Event 12 (Mar 15): ||$100+9 NLHE, $400K guar. |
|Event 13 (Mar 16): ||$30+3 NLHE 4x Shootout 6-max, $150K guar. |
|Event 14 (Mar 16): ||$50+5 HORSE, $100K guar.|
|Event 15 (Mar 16): ||$20+2 NLHE Turbo, $200K guar. |
|Event 16 (Mar 17): ||$20+2 Seven-Game, $50K guar. |
|Event 17 (Mar 17): ||$30+3 NLHE w/Rebuys 6-max, $350K guar. |
|Event 18 (Mar 18): ||$20+2 NLHE Cashout, $60K guar. |
|Event 19 (Mar 18): ||$20+2 Stud, $40K guar. |
|Event 20 (Mar 19): ||$20+2 NLHE 6-max, $200K guar. |
|Event 21 (Mar 19): ||$30+3 Razz, $50K guar. |
|Event 22 (Mar 20): ||$250+16 NLHE 2-day 6-max, Ante From Start, $600K guar. |
|Event 23 (Mar 20): ||$10+1 PLO w/Rebuys, $150K guar. |
|Event 24 (Mar 20): ||$50+3 NLHE Super Turbo 6-max, $75K guar. |
|Event 25 (Mar 21): ||$24+2 NLHE Knockout 6-max, $300K guar. |
|Event 26 (Mar 21): ||$20+2 PLO Heads-up, $40K guar. |
|Event 27 (Mar 21): ||$50+5 NLHE Main Event, $800K guar. |