A big weekend at Full Tilt as the kickoff of the FTOPS series provided plenty of great tournament actions. Many pro’s put up great performances including Chris Moorman in one of the FTOPS Events, but let’s begin with an overview of the regular weekend tournaments.
Friday Night Fight
$32,800 prize pool
As always the action kicked off with the Friday Night Fight and well known pro’s were dominating the action in the relatively small field tournament. No deal were made as TJ Ulmer, a well established high stakes pro took first place for a nice $10,496 payday.
Runner up “BgsaPnaples” was probably disappointed after loosing the HU battle to TJ, but he would come back the next day with a vengeance.
1. DarkHorse19 $10,496 (TJ Ulmer, High Stakes tournament pro, former 1K Monday and Sunday Brawl winner)
2. BgsaPnaples $6,396 (High Stakes tournament pro with nearly $2m in cashes)
3. s00tedj0kers89 $4,592 (Kory Kilpatrick, High Stakes tournament pro, multiple FTOPS Event winner)
4. derdings $3,608
5. pedroviski $2,624
6. dead-unreal $1,968
7. milldollbaby $1,312
8. kleath $984 (Bjorn Kleathersson, High Stakes tournament pro with nearly $5m in cashes)
9. gosuoposum1 $820 (High Stakes tournament pro with nearly $2m in cashes)
$58,800 prize pool
6-max action rolled out on Saturday and 3 of the 6 players on the final table were very notable. Fifth place finisher was the one and only Jon “PearlJammer” Turner, an online tournament legend who has been crushing the games for years.
“BgsaPnaples” decided to come back with his vengeance early and placed fifth for another $5,174, making that a second major final table appearance in two days!
The eventual champion was another high stakes pro Matias Gabrenja, who took down $14,700 for his efforts and apparently six-max is his favorite structure, since he would go on to make an FTOPS final table appearance the next day!
1. Tatute $14,700 (Matias Gabrenja, High Stakes tournament pro with nearly $1m in cashes)
2. OMGlmBlack $9,672.60
3. OHMYDAYUM $7,114.80
4. BgsaPnaples $5,174.40 (High Stakes tournament pro with nearly $2m in cashes)
5. Pearljammed $3,704.40 (Jon Turner, Well known High Stakes tournament pro with more than $5m in cashes)
6. Takter $2,469.60
$100K Double Deuce
$109,420 prize pool
The grinders did not stand a chance in the Double Deuce as the final table was completely overrun by recreational players and lower stake regs. The lonely high stakes pro “Soepgroente” could not fully take advantage of the soft final table and finished in fifth place. No deals were made as the $18,710.82 first place prize went to “Tiago_Dias”, which is his biggest cash up to date.
1. Tiago_Dias19 $18,710.82
2. Jeremi_g $13,020.98
3. ImDaPoker $9,300.70
4. E4SY $7,002.88
5. Soepgroente $5,246.69 (High Stakes tournament pro, WCOOP Event winner and FTOPS runner up)
6. DCfreier $3,610.86
7. Barrao01 $2,352.53
8. Argois $1,641.30
9. Regisbr $1,148.91
Super Sized Sunday
$233,400 prize pool
While the Double Deuce final table was more or less soft, the Super Sized Sunday brought the toughest final table of the weekend with 8 high stakes pros battling for first and $58,350 that came with it.
Among the many pros occupying the final table were well known names like Aaron Been and Chance Kornuth. Surprisingly no deals were made, as Chance went on to win the whole thing after a long battle.
1. Chances Cards $58,350 (Chance Kornuth, High Stakes tournament pro with $1.5m in cashes)
2. jaliberta17 $37,344 (Joseph Liberta, High Stakes tournament pro, former Friday Night Fight winner)
3. MASSH $28,008 (High Stakes tournament pro with $1m in cashes)
4. timorm1 $21,589.50 (High Stakes tournament pro with nearly $1m in cashes)
5. drjovaside $16,338
6. SpanishKey $11,670 (Aaron Been, High Stakes tournament pro with $2.5m in cashes)
7. chaz_man_chaz $7,585.50 (Charlie Combes, High Stakes tournament pro with $3m in cashes)
8. bond25459 $5,835 (High Stakes tournament pro with $600K in cashes)
9. chicagocards1 $4,668 (High Stakes tournament pro, former SCOOP Event winner)
Big game of the Week (PLO)
$28,500 prize pool
This week the big game was Pot Limit Omaha and 285 players showed up for the weekly finals. Two high stakes pros “Jambeyang” and “Wu_Wizard” were the two biggest sharks at the final table, but both came up short finishing 3rd and 4th respectively.
Mid stakes pro NexNex went on to win the tournament for a healthy $7,410 payday.
1. NexNex $7,410
2. Bloodslut $4,702.50
3. Jambeyang $3,562.50 (High Stakes tournament pro with $1.5m in cashes)
4. Wu_Wizard $2,778.75 (High Stakes tournament pro with $5.1m in cashes)
5. Callyoudownn $2,066.25
6. Pedroviski $1,496.25
7. T8urmoney $997.50
8. ForgetMyself007 $783.75
9. ToCcSa $598.50
The Sunday Mulligan
$113,200 prize pool
The Sunday Mulligan final table saw the pros outnumbered again as a lot of recreational players made the final table. In fact, for 4th place finisher “1SuPeRfIsHy1” this was only the fifth tournament that he has played on Full Tilt Poker!
High Stakes pro Brendon Rubie went on to make it to heads up versus a player from Poland, but fell short as the Pole went on to win $28,300.
1. TakeIt2NextLVL $28,300
2. Brendooor $17,546 (Brendon Rubie, High Stakes tournament pro with $2.5m in cashes)
3. SaccoinaKK $12,735
4. 1SuPeRfIsHy1 $9,905
5. pmahoney22 $7,358
6. AtomPinguin $5,377
7. The-Toilet 0 $3,509.20 (Faraz Jaka, High Stakes tournament pro with $2.6m in cashes)
8. delaney_kid $2,830 (High Stakes tournament pro, former Sunday Brawl winner)
9. goSuckout $2,207.40
FTOPS Event #1 (NL Irish)
$304,400 prize pool
And now let get to the FTOPS events. Four events were held over the weekend and the prize pools soared!
The first event was the newly added NL Irish Poker and a lot of players turned out to try their luck. A few pros made the final table, including Griffin “Flush_Entity“ Benger, who appeared multiple times on final tables of the 1K Monday and The Sunday Brawl, but he couldn’t reach the end of the rainbow and ended up finishing in 9th place.
Seems like the addition of Irish Poker to Full Tilt Poker has not gone unnoticed in Ireland as a recreational player “Gambling9to5” took down 7th place for a nice $8,827 payday.
Deals were not very popular this weekend and the first FTOPS event was not an exception as high stakes pro “Hitthehole” took down the whole thing for a $60,880 first place prize.
1. Hitthehole $60,880 (High Stakes tournament pro with nearly $3m in cashes)
2. tiltass33 $40,485.20
3. Jymaster11 $28,918 (Jordan Young, High Stakes tournament pro with nearly $4m in cashes)
4. USoGotPwned $21,612.40
5. isinm2006 $16,133.20
6. strimbeqq $11,871.60
7. Gambling9to5 $8,827.60
8. boludo2010 $6,392.40
9. Flush_Entity $4,535.56 (Griffin Benger, Stakes tournament pro with nearly $4.2m)
FTOPS Event #2 (NL Holdem)
$850,000 prize pool
Event #2 kicked off a few hours later and this time players were battling it out with good old NL Holdem.
Two notable pros made it to the final table, but both fell short finishing in 9th and 8th places. When the tournament got down to 4, the remaining players made a deal which ensured $100K+ paydays for three of them and an $80K payday for one of them. This was the biggest cash up to date for all of the final 4 players.
1. DMaradona $104,223.12*
2. Bard_Aces $102,782.11*
3. KostasZ $100,480.52*
4. Player_017 $81,644.25*
5. El viejo lobo $41,650
6. floppin_ell $28,900
7. PinkPanther05 $19,550
8. Clotilda $13,600 (High Stakes tournament pro with nearly $5m in cashes)
9. Motionless Me $9,350 (High Stakes tournament pro with nearly $2m in cashes)
FTOPS Event #3 (PLO)
$85,000 prize pool
Event #3 kicked off on Monday with only 399 runners and again, the pros were not the dominant force of the final table. However, navigating the field was Chris Moorman, a very well know British pro who successfully closed out the final table for the $21,250 first place prize.
1. MoormanI $21,250 (Chris Moorman, High Stakes tournament pro with nearly $9m in cashes)
2. Hudzzzzz $13,175
3. daniel levi1 $9,775 (High Stakes tournament pro, former 1K Monday winner)
4. Effi101 $7,650
5. Casminco $5,737.50
6. aDrENalin17 $4,250
7. Numpter $2,762.50
8. Jambeyang $2,125 (High Stakes tournament pro with $1.5m in cashes)
9. Meneerbeer $1,700
FTOPS Event #4 (NL Holdem)
$784,000 prize pool
There was no 1K Monday this week as it was replaced by FTOPS event #4 with the same buy-in. Almost 10 times the usual amount of players entered the 1K tournament creating an impressive prize pool.
The final table was evenly split between recreational players and pros, one of who was Matias Gabrenja, winner of the Saturday Six-Max 2 days ago! He wasn’t so lucky this time though as he had to settle for 6th place.
A deal was made when the play got down to 3 with all players involved receiving $100K+, but eventually “Keinebeine” took down first place with “C Darwin2” being the runner up. Amazingly, between them these two players have only 200 tournaments played at Full Tilt Poker!
1. Keinebeine $131,298.09*
2. C Darwin2 $124,673.20*
3. Jadedjason $102,551.91* (High Stakes tournament pro with $2.5m in cashes)
4. Antesvante $60,368 (High Stakes tournament pro, former Sunday Million winner)
5. Andrzejus $43,120
6. Tatute $27,440 (Matias Gabrenja, High Stakes tournament pro with nearly $1m in cashes)