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FTOPS XI has been an enormous hit so far, with huge fields creating large prize pools in the first 12 events.  Event 13, the $200+$16, one re-buy one add-on tournament followed suit.  The tournament had a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool, which was easily eclipsed.  1,210 players re-bought 861 times and 805 players took advantage of the first break add-on to create a $575,200 prize pool.

FullTilt Pro Dag Mikkelsen hosted the event which saw three FullTilt Pro’s make the money including Stuart Paterson, Martin Klaeser, and WPT and WSOP Bracelet holder David Pham. All in all 24 FullTilt Red Pro’s would play including high-stakes professional Richard “CHUFTY” Ashby, WSOP bracelet winner Eick Lidgren, and the one and only Mike “the mouth” Matusow.

Heading into the final table two players stood out from the rest.  “Kroko-dill”, winner of FTOPS X Event 24 for over $113,000 this past August, had a nice stack along with “darrenelias” who finished 2nd in the $1k Monday for nearly $59,000 last February and has multiple wins in big buy-in events on PokerStars.

Stacks were fairly even after “safeT1st” was eliminated in 5th place:

Seat 1: darrenelias (2,663,716)
Seat 3: Eppi80 (1,786,024)
Seat 4: jae_rod811 (440,154)
Seat 8: Kroko-dill (1,264,606)

Heading out in 4th place was “jae_rod811” when he was unable to win a critical race versus Eppi80.  He takes home $46,735 for a hard-days work:

Seat 1: darrenelias (1,982,966)
Seat 3: Eppi80 (1,833,524)
Seat 4: jae_rod811 (1,018,308)
Seat 8: Kroko-dill (1,319,702)
darrenelias posts the small blind of 17,000
Eppi80 posts the big blind of 34,000
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
jae_rod811 has 15 seconds left to act
jae_rod811 raises to 83,450
Kroko-dill folds
darrenelias folds
Eppi80 has 15 seconds left to act
Eppi80 raises to 272,000
jae_rod811 has 15 seconds left to act
jae_rod811 raises to 1,014,308, and is all in
Eppi80 calls 742,308
jae_rod811 shows [9h 9d]
Eppi80 shows [Ac Kd]
*** FLOP *** [Ad Tc Jh]
*** TURN *** [Ad Tc Jh] [5h]
*** RIVER *** [Ad Tc Jh 5h] [8d]
jae_rod811 shows a pair of Nines
Eppi80 shows a pair of Aces
Eppi80 wins the pot (2,061,616) with a pair of Aces

Eppi80 was the next to go when his re-steal with J9o failed when he ran into darrenelias pocket Jacks:

Seat 1: darrenelias (2,635,466)
Seat 3: Eppi80 (672,382)
Seat 8: Kroko-dill (2,846,652)
darrenelias posts the small blind of 20,000
Eppi80 posts the big blind of 40,000
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Kroko-dill folds
darrenelias raises to 102,500
Eppi80 raises to 667,382, and is all in
darrenelias calls 564,882
Eppi80 shows [9d Js]
darrenelias shows [Jc Jh]
*** FLOP *** [8h Jd 2c]
*** TURN *** [8h Jd 2c] [As]
*** RIVER *** [8h Jd 2c As] [8d]
Eppi80 shows two pair, Jacks and Eights
darrenelias shows a full house, Jacks full of Eights
darrenelias wins the pot (1,349,764) with a full house, Jacks full of Eights

Early on in heads-up play “Kroko-dill” won a huge pot all-in PF with AK vs. AQ.   The big pot gave him nearly a 10:1 chip-lead. However, with in 10 hands darrenelias would double his stack twice, cutting kroko-dill’s chip lead down to just 3:2.  Darrenelias would take the chip lead after winning pot in which both players flopped two pair.  Eventually darrenelias would assume a big chip-lead, and with a fortunate turn card took down the championship and over $126,000:

Seat 1: darrenelias (4,668,068)
Seat 8: Kroko-dill (1,486,432)
darrenelias posts the small blind of 25,000
Kroko-dill posts the big blind of 50,000
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
darrenelias raises to 120,000
Kroko-dill calls 70,000
*** FLOP *** [9c 5d 9s]
Kroko-dill checks
darrenelias has 15 seconds left to act
darrenelias bets 112,500
Kroko-dill raises to 250,000
darrenelias calls 137,500
*** TURN *** [9c 5d 9s] [8h]
Kroko-dill bets 1,110,432, and is all in
darrenelias calls 1,110,432
Kroko-dill shows [7s 5s]
darrenelias shows [6d 7h]
*** RIVER *** [9c 5d 9s 8h] [Jc]
Kroko-dill shows two pair, Nines and Fives
darrenelias shows a straight, Nine high
darrenelias wins the pot (2,972,864) with a straight, Nine high

FullTilt FTOPS Event 13 $200 1r+1a $300k Guaranteed
1,210 Entrants; $575,200 prize pool

1. darrenelias $126,544
2. Kroko-dill $80,528
3. Eppi80 $58,239
4. jae_rod811 $46,735
5. safeT1st $25,259.76
6. Im yr bad beat $25,884
7. charoff $16,680.80
8. nimzon $12,079.20
9. holdidona $8,628