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The final event of FullTilt’s Online Poker Series, or FTOPS has just finished.  5,287 player entered the $500+$35 Main Event, creating an enormous $2,643,500 prize pool.  Most of the world’s best online and live tournament professionals were on hand vying for a first place check of $456,056.  FullTilt was well represented, as 67 of its own “Red Pros” participated in the event, with five making the money.

Each FTOPS Event has its own host, and the Main Event’s host was no slouch.  Juanda has three WSOP bracelets to his name and a victory in the 2008 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event.   His WSOP bracelets, in PLO, 2-7TD, and Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo show he is a student of all poker games.  Juanda has appeared numerous times on million dollar cash games and High Stakes Poker.

Entering the final table as one of the chip leaders was “csimmsux” who won FTOPS Event #17 last year for over $488,000.  Immediately to his left was another player sporting an FTOPS Gold Jersey.  Fresh off his victory in FTOPS event #9 last week for over $115,000 “Luie Sojo” has to be having the best series of any player. Here’s how the final table started:

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)

First to go was Sojo who fell victim to a nice call from “clubflush5.”  A big flop for both players gave little hope to Sojo as he had to settle for 9th place and just over $34,000:

Seat 1: CHOOK2120 (2,913,324)
Seat 2: clubflush5 (3,268,668)
Seat 3: 23bigd23 (4,109,322)
Seat 4: dump22 (5,048,414)
Seat 5: supermanpunch (3,548,577)
Seat 6: PartyPimp (6,640,108)
Seat 7: csimmsux (5,689,055)
Seat 8: Luie Sojo (1,704,543)
Seat 9: KA1SERfknS0ZE (6,730,489)
CHOOK2120 posts the small blind of 80,000
clubflush5 posts the big blind of 160,000
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
23bigd23 folds
dump22 folds
supermanpunch folds
PartyPimp folds
csimmsux folds
Luie Sojo raises to 1,684,543, and is all in
KA1SERfknS0ZE folds
CHOOK2120 folds
clubflush5 has 15 seconds left to act
clubflush5 calls 1,524,543
Luie Sojo shows [As 8s]
clubflush5 shows [5s 5c]
*** FLOP *** [Ac 5h 8h]
*** TURN *** [Ac 5h 8h] [Qh]
*** RIVER *** [Ac 5h 8h Qh] [2h]
Luie Sojo shows two pair, Aces and Eights
clubflush5 shows three of a kind, Fives
clubflush5 wins the pot (3,629,086) with three of a kind, Fives

Getting this far only to go out on a pretty sick beat had to hurt.  Unfortunately for “supermanpunch” he knew the exact feeling when his Pocket Aces were busted by TT, leaving him out in 8th place for just over $46,000:

Seat 1: CHOOK2120 (2,628,324)
Seat 2: clubflush5 (4,912,411)
Seat 3: 23bigd23 (2,504,322)
Seat 4: dump22 (7,283,347)
Seat 5: supermanpunch (2,683,577)
Seat 6: PartyPimp (7,075,108)
Seat 7: csimmsux (7,144,122)
Seat 9: KA1SERfknS0ZE (5,421,289)
dump22 posts the small blind of 100,000
supermanpunch posts the big blind of 200,000
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
PartyPimp folds
csimmsux has 15 seconds left to act
csimmsux raises to 465,770
KA1SERfknS0ZE raises to 5,396,289, and is all in
CHOOK2120 folds
clubflush5 folds
23bigd23 folds
dump22 folds
supermanpunch calls 2,458,577, and is all in
csimmsux folds
KA1SERfknS0ZE shows [Ts Th]
supermanpunch shows [Ah Ac]
Uncalled bet of 2,737,712 returned to KA1SERfknS0ZE
*** FLOP *** [Qh 8h 3s]
*** TURN *** [Qh 8h 3s] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [Qh 8h 3s 8d] [Td]
KA1SERfknS0ZE shows a full house, Tens full of Eights
supermanpunch shows two pair, Aces and Eights
KA1SERfknS0ZE wins the pot (6,082,924) with a full house, Tens full of Eights

An interesting spot left “23bigd23” out in 7th place.  With only 3.5 BBs he open-shoved on the button with 66.  Unfortunately for him both blinds called and the BB, “PartyPimp” flopped a flush to bust him.

Seat 1: CHOOK2120 (3,178,324)
Seat 2: clubflush5 (6,499,645)
Seat 3: 23bigd23 (824,322)
Seat 4: dump22 (5,188,347)
Seat 6: PartyPimp (8,970,108)
Seat 7: csimmsux (5,131,118)
Seat 9: KA1SERfknS0ZE (9,860,636)
dump22 posts the small blind of 120,000
PartyPimp posts the big blind of 240,000
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
csimmsux folds
KA1SERfknS0ZE folds
CHOOK2120 folds
clubflush5 folds
23bigd23 raises to 794,322, and is all in
dump22 calls 674,322
PartyPimp has 15 seconds left to act
PartyPimp calls 554,322
*** FLOP *** [Kc 8c 7c]
dump22 checks
PartyPimp has 15 seconds left to act
PartyPimp bets 3,000,000
dump22 has 15 seconds left to act
dump22 folds
PartyPimp shows [6c 2c]
23bigd23 shows [6d 6s]
dump22: wtf
Uncalled bet of 3,000,000 returned to PartyPimp
*** TURN *** [Kc 8c 7c] [9c]
*** RIVER *** [Kc 8c 7c 9c] [Ad]
PartyPimp shows a flush, King high
23bigd23 shows a pair of Sixes
PartyPimp wins the pot (2,592,966) with a flush, King high

As the blinds started to increase the action became fast and furious.  Going out in 6th place was “dump22” when his AJ failed to win a race against pocket 6’s.

Seat 1: CHOOK2120 (2,548,324)
Seat 2: clubflush5 (7,494,089)
Seat 4: dump22 (3,044,025)
Seat 6: PartyPimp (10,098,752)
Seat 7: csimmsux (6,396,674)
Seat 9: KA1SERfknS0ZE (10,070,636)
KA1SERfknS0ZE posts the small blind of 120,000
CHOOK2120 posts the big blind of 240,000
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
clubflush5 folds
dump22 raises to 720,000
PartyPimp folds
csimmsux folds
KA1SERfknS0ZE raises to 10,040,636, and is all in
CHOOK2120 folds
dump22 calls 2,294,025, and is all in
KA1SERfknS0ZE shows [6d 6h]
dump22 shows [Ac Js]
Uncalled bet of 7,026,611 returned to KA1SERfknS0ZE
*** FLOP *** [2h 9h 3d]
*** TURN *** [2h 9h 3d] [6c]
*** RIVER *** [2h 9h 3d 6c] [As]
KA1SERfknS0ZE shows three of a kind, Sixes
dump22 shows a pair of Aces
KA1SERfknS0ZE wins the pot (6,448,050) with three of a kind, Sixes

Eliminated in 5th place was “CHOOK2120” when once again a pocket pair (this time 8s) held up in a race:

Seat 1: CHOOK2120 (2,098,324)
Seat 2: clubflush5 (7,044,089)
Seat 6: PartyPimp (10,788,752)
Seat 7: csimmsux (6,306,674)
Seat 9: KA1SERfknS0ZE (13,414,661)
PartyPimp posts the small blind of 120,000
csimmsux posts the big blind of 240,000
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
KA1SERfknS0ZE folds
CHOOK2120 raises to 2,068,324, and is all in
clubflush5 raises to 7,014,089, and is all in
PartyPimp folds
csimmsux folds
clubflush5 shows [8s 8d]
CHOOK2120 shows [Kh 9h]
Uncalled bet of 4,945,765 returned to clubflush5
*** FLOP *** [4c Jd Qc]
*** TURN *** [4c Jd Qc] [5h]
*** RIVER *** [4c Jd Qc 5h] [Jh]
clubflush5 shows two pair, Jacks and Eights
CHOOK2120 shows a pair of Jacks
clubflush5 wins the pot (4,646,648) with two pair, Jacks and Eights

Csimmsux laid a perfect trap with Aces against a button raise from clubflush5, busting him in 4th place for nearly $139,000:

Seat 2: clubflush5 (5,356,082)
Seat 6: PartyPimp (7,207,078)
Seat 7: csimmsux (14,213,559)
Seat 9: KA1SERfknS0ZE (12,875,781)
PartyPimp posts the small blind of 140,000
csimmsux posts the big blind of 280,000
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
KA1SERfknS0ZE folds
clubflush5 raises to 715,000
PartyPimp folds
csimmsux has 15 seconds left to act
csimmsux calls 435,000
*** FLOP *** [2d 7c 8s]
csimmsux checks
clubflush5 has 15 seconds left to act
clubflush5 bets 1,200,000
csimmsux has 15 seconds left to act
csimmsux has requested TIME
csimmsux raises to 13,463,559, and is all in
clubflush5 calls 3,406,082, and is all in
csimmsux shows [As Ac]
clubflush5 shows [Th 2c]
Uncalled bet of 8,857,477 returned to csimmsux
*** TURN *** [2d 7c 8s] [Jc]
*** RIVER *** [2d 7c 8s Jc] [8h]
csimmsux shows two pair, Aces and Eights
clubflush5 shows two pair, Eights and Twos
csimmsux wins the pot (10,922,164) with two pair, Aces and Eights

For the first time in a race the pair did not hold, as PartyPimp shoved all-in with 44 only to lose to “csimmsux” A8o:

Seat 6: PartyPimp (5,502,078)
Seat 7: csimmsux (20,949,641)
Seat 9: KA1SERfknS0ZE (13,200,781)
PartyPimp posts the small blind of 140,000
csimmsux posts the big blind of 280,000
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
KA1SERfknS0ZE folds
PartyPimp raises to 5,467,078, and is all in
csimmsux has 15 seconds left to act
csimmsux has requested TIME
csimmsux calls 5,187,078
PartyPimp shows [4c 4s]
csimmsux shows [8c Ad]
*** FLOP *** [6d 8s 2h]
*** TURN *** [6d 8s 2h] [Kh]
*** RIVER *** [6d 8s 2h Kh] [3s]
PartyPimp shows a pair of Fours
csimmsux shows a pair of Eights
csimmsux wins the pot (11,039,156) with a pair of Eights

Heads-up play began with csimmsux holding a 2:1 chip-lead:

Seat 7: csimmsux (26,486,719)
Seat 9: KA1SERfknS0ZE (13,165,781)

KA1SERfknS0ZE would win a big pot early on in the match when his AK would hold against KQo, nearly evening the players stacks.The tournament would come down to one big and big missed draw, leaving csimmsux with his 2nd FTOPS title:

Seat 7: csimmsux (21,110,938)
Seat 9: KA1SERfknS0ZE (18,541,562)
csimmsux posts the small blind of 170,000
KA1SERfknS0ZE posts the big blind of 340,000
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
csimmsux raises to 880,000
KA1SERfknS0ZE calls 540,000
*** FLOP *** [4c 7s 9c]
KA1SERfknS0ZE checks
csimmsux has 15 seconds left to act
csimmsux bets 1,140,000
KA1SERfknS0ZE has 15 seconds left to act
KA1SERfknS0ZE raises to 3,400,000
csimmsux has 15 seconds left to act
csimmsux has requested TIME
csimmsux raises to 20,190,938, and is all in
KA1SERfknS0ZE calls 14,221,562, and is all in
csimmsux shows [Ks 9d]
KA1SERfknS0ZE shows [6s 8s]
Uncalled bet of 2,569,376 returned to csimmsux
*** TURN *** [4c 7s 9c] [Kd]
*** RIVER *** [4c 7s 9c Kd] [9h]
csimmsux shows a full house, Nines full of Kings
KA1SERfknS0ZE shows a pair of Nines
csimmsux wins the pot (37,083,124) with a full house, Nines full of Kings

FTOPS Main Event $2,500,000 Guaranteed
5,287 Entrants; $2,643,500 prize pool

1. csimmsux $456,056.62
2. ka1serfkns0ze $276,245.75
3. PartyPimp $177,643.20
4. clubflush5 $138,783.75
5. CHOOK2120 $104,418.25
6. dump22 $77,983.25
7. 23big23 $60,800.50
8. spermanpunch $46,261.25
9. Luie Sojo $34,365.50