Full Tilt has come a long way from its first FTOPS (Full Tilt Online Poker Series) in 2006, which offered $1 million in eight events. Starting April 23, FTOPS XVI will offer a whopping $18 million in 30 different events, each hosted by a poker pro.
The series, which all leads up to the Main Event, includes Knockout, Shootout, Turbo, and Super Turbo events in a variety of games. As bonuses to the huge prize pools, Full Tilt has several promotions to go along with the series. Its FTOPS prizes, Satellite Challenge and Tournament of Champions make winning even sweeter, while the “Bouncebackability” Freeroll can help players recover from a tough loss. Finally, once the series ends, Full Tilt will run the MiniFTOPS starting May 7.
The series kicks off with a $750K tournament, but the biggest events are the deep stacked Two-Day Event and, of course, the final Main Event. With a $2,000+$100 buy-in, the Two-Day is the most expensive event in the series. However, that buy-in can pay off well with $2 Million in guaranteed prize money. The event starts May 1 and takes two days to complete because every player starts with 6,000 chips – three hundred times the big blind! On Sunday May 2nd, it’s time for the Main Event: a $600+$40 buy-in with a prize pool of at least $3 Million. On Monday May 3rd, the series will be over and the winners will be millionaires.
As an added bonus, Full Tilt has prizes for anyone who makes it to a final table at any event. If you get to one of these tables, you win a special FTOPS jacket to show off your accomplishment. If you come in first, you also get a gold jersey for your avatar and entry to the Tournament of Champions. The Tournament of Champions is a free event open to all FTOPS winners in the past year – over 300 players. Win this event and you get a free prize package to attend the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas. If you play in the Tournament of Champions, be sure to use your new gold jersey avatar. Finally, the player who finishes first on the leaderboard wins free entry to all events in the next FTOPS and a custom Full Tilt avatar like the ones the pros have.
There are even bonuses for qualifying for events through satellites. In the FTOPS Satellite Challenge, you win money by qualifying for an event multiple times. The first time you qualify, you get entry. Each time after that, you win the buy-in as prize money. For every event, the person who wins the most satellites gets two more event buy-ins, and the person who comes in 2nd gets one. For the Main Event, that would be an extra $1280! All prizes are awarded in Tournament Dollars, which can be used for buy-ins or exchanged for cash.
There’s a bonus for a tough loss too. If you are the last player eliminated before the money in any FTOPS event, you are allowed to compete in the “bouncebackability” freeroll. Win this, and you get a free buy-in for the Main Event in the next FTOPS.
The action doesn’t end here. A week after FTOPS is over, Full Tilt begins MiniFTOPS, with more than $7 million in prize money for one tenth the buy-in. Starting May 2nd, MiniFTOPS will feature the same events as FTOPS for a fraction of the cost. Most of the same promotions apply here: final tablists win a free MiniFTOPS jacket, winners get a silver MiniFTOPS jersey avatar and entry to the MiniFTOPS Tournament of champions, where another WSOP Main Event entry is up for grabs.
FTOPS is a month away, but the satellites and the Satellite Challenge are already running. If you’re not already a member, join Full Tilt today to play for your share of millions of dollars in prizes.