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Tuesday featured FTOPS VII Event #10, which was one of the most sought after events of the series. The buy in was $1060, the highest in FTOPS VII so far, and had a guaranteed prize pool of one million dollars. Yes, you heard me right, one million dollars. But apparently, one million wasn’t good enough. When registration closed at 9:00 ET, the prize pool had reached over 1.6 million dollars. That means first place would be taking home just under $330,000; life changing money, indeed. The top 204 players would be paid, with the lowest possible payout being $1,484.10.

The cream of the Full Tilt professional crop came out for this event. Phil Ivey, Allen Cunningham, Former WSOP Main Event winner Huckleberry Seed, and David Benyamine just to name a few. Erick Lindgren, who was the winner of Event #9, came out to win an unprecedented two events in a row. Yet, none of them faired better than 570th place, not even close to the money. However, Brad Booth and Stefan Rapp did well, placing 65th and 60th respectively, for the same payout of $3,298.

The top online professionals in the world came out for this event as well. Top two MTT players (pocketfives.com) m8kingmoves and mr. menlo both entered but neither made the money. Top cash game professional pr1nnyraid played as well, but also did not make the money. Of the professionals that faired well, Tmay420 (13th ranked MTT player by pocketfives.com) and Roothlus (93rd ranked) received 21st and 25th respectively, both earning around $9,000. 70th ranked player RandALLin received 13th place. Afterwards he commented that 13th place, which was just missing the final table, was “brutal.”FTRer’s were present in this event as well. Sauce123, Massimo, and Johnny_fish all played, but none cashed.

When jcada99, who won the Sunday 750k guaranteed on Full Tilt a month earlier, was knocked out in 10th for just under $22,000, we had our final table.

The final table was full of experience to say the least. Corey “muchaka” Cheresnick had top 5 finishes in a WPT and WSOP event, and had a solid chip stack. GhettoFabolous (88th ranked MTT player by pocketfives.com) had won Super Tuesday on Poker Stars last year for just over $80,000. Drewkamm and TK420 US were experienced high stakes cash game players who had some tournament success as well. And Moscowflyer was a high stakes Omaha regular. It looked like with 6 professionals at the final table, the other 3 would have no shot.

However, we were down to five in the first forty minutes, and after an hour we were down to our last two. But surprisingly, we ended up with a player named gautchos and a player named fish_lovr heads up for 1st place and nearly $330,000. Gautchos had a 4 to 1 chip lead on fish_lovr when it all started. It wasn’t too long we saw fish_lovr all in twice for his tourney life, and it was finally all over.

Full Tilt Poker Game #5223805744: FTOPS Event #10 (35826773), Table 187 – 40000/80000 Ante 10K – No Limit Hold’em – 5:29:52 ET – 2008/02/12
Seat 2: fish_lovr (1,660,306)
Seat 6: gautchos (6,584,694)
fish_lovr antes 10,000
gautchos antes 10,000
fish_lovr posts the small blind of 40,000
gautchos posts the big blind of 80,000
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
fish_lovr raises to 260,000
gautchos raises to 6,574,694, and is all in
fish_lovr calls 1,390,306, and is all in
gautchos shows [2s 2d]
fish_lovr shows [Ks Th]
Uncalled bet of 4,924,388 returned to gautchos
*** FLOP *** [Kc 7s 5h]
*** TURN *** [Kc 7s 5h] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [Kc 7s 5h 8d] [Kd]
gautchos shows two pair, Kings and Twos
fish_lovr shows three of a kind, Kings
fish_lovr wins the pot (3,320,612) with three of a kind, Kings
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3,320,612 | Rake 0
Board: [Kc 7s 5h 8d Kd]
Seat 2: fish_lovr (small blind) showed [Ks Th] and won (3,320,612) with three of a kind, Kings
Seat 6: gautchos (big blind) showed [2s 2d] and lost with two pair, Kings and Twos

And then the very next hand.

Full Tilt Poker Game #5223807830: FTOPS Event #10 (35826773), Table 187 – 40000/80000 Ante 10K – No Limit Hold’em – 5:30:20 ET – 2008/02/12
Seat 2: fish_lovr (3,370,612)
Seat 6: gautchos (4,874,388)
fish_lovr antes 10,000
gautchos antes 10,000
fish_lovr posts the small blind of 40,000
gautchos posts the big blind of 80,000
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
fish_lovr raises to 260,000
gautchos raises to 800,000
fish_lovr raises to 3,360,612, and is all in
gautchos calls 2,560,612
fish_lovr shows [5c Ad]
gautchos shows [Ks As]
*** FLOP *** [7c Jh 2c]
*** TURN *** [7c Jh 2c] [6h]
*** RIVER *** [7c Jh 2c 6h] [Tc]
fish_lovr shows Ace Jack high
gautchos shows Ace King high
gautchos wins the pot (6,741,224) with Ace King high
fish_lovr stands up
gautchos stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 6,741,224 | Rake 0
Board: [7c Jh 2c 6h Tc]
Seat 2: fish_lovr (small blind) showed [5c Ad] and lost with Ace Jack high
Seat 6: gautchos (big blind) showed [Ks As] and won (6,741,224) with Ace King high

With that, FTOPS VII Event #10 was over and gautchos was named champion. Yet, even with a star studded final table, many who played with gautchos thought that he was, in fact, the best player there and won deservedly so.

Congratulations to gautchos and everyone at the final table!

Here were all the payouts:

Place Player ID $ Won
1 gautchos $329,800.00
2 fish_lovr $211,896.50
3 muchaka $148,410.00
4 BWgot_milf $110,483.00
5 Drewkamm $79,152.00
6 TK420 US $53,592.50
7 GhettoFabolous $33,309.80
8 Moscowflyer $33,309.80
9 sprime $21,931.70
10 jcada99 $21,931.70
11 MTNeer $16,160.20
12 sleaterx $16,160.20
13 ScoopAndStack $12,202.60
14 SBRounder $12,202.60
15 pupon $12,202.60
16 MONTE KIFFIN21 $9,894.00
17 AvertBet $9,894.00
18 ViP_MoDee $9,894.00
19 Donnieslasko $8,245.00
20 Wisdom9 $8,245.00
21 Tmay420 $8,245.00
22 ATM4Life $8,245.00
23 playa_n_pimp $8,245.00
24 Silent Asazin $8,245.00
25 Roothlus $6,925.80
26 13571113 $6,925.80
27 SkewpTroop $6,925.80
28 ThePastor555 $6,925.80
29 YoungSupremacy $6,925.80
30 uuhhhicall $6,925.80
31 bdubyaHoos $5,771.50
32 BigBuxNoWhammy $5,771.50
33 Bond18 $5,771.50
34 ddodger $5,771.50
35 kanoa2006 $5,771.50
36 Bedard $5,771.50
37 garage13 $4,782.10
38 badbeat123 $4,782.10
39 charder30 $4,782.10
40 thechemist83 $4,782.10
41 Blind Supremacy $4,782.10
42 DrCaligula $4,782.10
43 TwoSixSooted $3,957.60
44 holding trips $3,957.60
45 misdirection81 $3,957.60
46 southside1 $3,957.60
47 UHBigTex $3,957.60
48 Thin_Hamster $3,957.60
49 mad00house $3,957.60
50 ThaWicker $3,957.60
51 Schoitl $3,957.60
52 mattster24 $3,957.60
53 FU_15 $3,957.60
54 ComeOnPhish1 $3,957.60
55 Rachel0226 $3,298.00
56 funfan21 $3,298.00
57 crackhAAd $3,298.00
58 BabyJesus22 $3,298.00
59 Baden1 $3,298.00
60 Stefan Rapp $3,298.00
61 LouNY $3,298.00
62 ocklind $3,298.00
63 OutPlayAsians $3,298.00
64 dacityismine $3,298.00
65 Brad Booth $3,298.00
66 Pink DuffleBag $3,298.00
67 HouseLover $2,803.30
68 s3ver $2,803.30
69 HipHopNDontStop $2,803.30
70 liveandletdie22 $2,803.30
71 just luckyAA $2,803.30
72 BluntzForMe $2,803.30
73 jchasek $2,803.30
74 holla-athca-boy $2,803.30
75 mamachka11 $2,803.30
76 ycall $2,803.30
77 Kadabra $2,803.30
78 ProRiverDinger $2,803.30
79 MacChow $2,803.30
80 bobcards2 $2,803.30
81 Ansky451 $2,803.30
82 Murzilka $2,803.30
83 StevoL_7 $2,803.30
84 dreamguy4real $2,803.30
85 G-Diddy20 $2,308.60
86 Incubus1988 $2,308.60
87 tapakan $2,308.60
88 DirtyWormHunter $2,308.60
89 Mission74 $2,308.60
90 Zacpacker $2,308.60
91 I_U_I $2,308.60
92 tbopping $2,308.60
93 im2tight $2,308.60
94 Boosted J $2,308.60
95 SamH133 $2,308.60
96 loganboy $2,308.60
97 MoB-Achilles $2,308.60
98 beastiemik $2,308.60
99 HalcyonDays $2,308.60
100 DETLIT21 $2,308.60
101 marques07 $2,308.60
102 MotherFlusher $2,308.60
103 pokerarg $1,978.80
104 Padam Adat $1,978.80
105 Hihhuli $1,978.80
106 supervorot $1,978.80
107 Goods123 $1,978.80
108 Nordeste $1,978.80
109 discooo $1,978.80
110 McAnton $1,978.80
111 playwithme79 $1,978.80
112 Dirky D $1,978.80
113 SkinnyRick $1,978.80
114 6speed $1,978.80
115 turnkiller $1,978.80
116 Hajduk57 $1,978.80
117 TlMEX $1,978.80
118 get raked $1,978.80
119 JohnyCashOut2 $1,978.80
120 darrenelias $1,978.80
121 Payton3434 $1,813.90
122 DoughHater $1,813.90
123 Claw1980 $1,813.90
124 sayarlsea $1,813.90
125 The Sum $1,813.90
126 StackedCrooked $1,813.90
127 A_Anter $1,813.90
128 piriformis $1,813.90
129 TalkTo $1,813.90
130 tuna_fish_tank $1,813.90
131 clockwood05 $1,813.90
132 adamoos $1,813.90
133 TopTizzlePizzle $1,813.90
134 pocketrockets11 $1,813.90
135 JohnnyGstaks $1,813.90
136 Alllllright $1,813.90
137 Azimut $1,813.90
138 jklaen $1,813.90
139 CDriver399 $1,813.90
140 ShipItBiatch1 $1,813.90
141 chirpy $1,813.90
142 whitehorse5 $1,813.90
143 OffMePlaya $1,813.90
144 daddythecaddy $1,813.90
145 dank stax $1,649.00
146 Monster Kill $1,649.00
147 BUBBLESftt $1,649.00
148 PimpOwnage $1,649.00
149 redspeeder $1,649.00
150 StinkeU $1,649.00
151 cane3418 $1,649.00
152 x Shades $1,649.00
153 Mai916 $1,649.00
154 comhood $1,649.00
155 tictac95 $1,649.00
156 Ace93rd $1,649.00
157 momoznutz $1,649.00
158 mountainvalley $1,649.00
159 amak316 $1,649.00
160 HateItOrLoveIt $1,649.00
161 alimoche $1,649.00
162 Shady Poker $1,649.00
163 Midlake $1,649.00
164 buck99 $1,649.00
165 poloq $1,649.00
166 samuelw21 $1,649.00
167 RAYZERR $1,649.00
168 CrayonBox $1,649.00
169 azziv $1,649.00
170 eLOceano $1,649.00
171 isuckoutonu2 $1,649.00
172 Arbianight $1,649.00
173 ActionJeff $1,649.00
174 CzarBushov $1,649.00
175 mikeyb444 $1,484.10
176 timesmog $1,484.10
177 Whose House $1,484.10
178 crackin_ty $1,484.10
179 BigStikk $1,484.10
180 shipthepeps $1,484.10
181 Pwnasaurus $1,484.10
182 UgottaBkiddin $1,484.10
183 sammymoe $1,484.10
184 floes $1,484.10
185 Mement_mori $1,484.10
186 footwedge $1,484.10
187 mostrighteous1 $1,484.10
188 SmokeSomthin $1,484.10
189 HowBadDoIRun $1,484.10
190 IWEARGOGGLES $1,484.10
191 p2kelly $1,484.10
192 letters2006 $1,484.10
193 JEEZY111 $1,484.10
194 vikihris $1,484.10
195 Shwaguy22 $1,484.10
196 backrhodes $1,484.10
197 LagTart $1,484.10
198 Scott Fischman $1,484.10
199 HazMeRico $1,484.10
200 VEGAS4EVER $1,484.10
201 martyyy $1,484.10
202 maxxscam $1,484.10
203 bluemarlow2 $1,484.10
204 The Fiend 34 $1,484.10