Amazing weekend at Full Tilt Poker as pros’ clash it out for the most prestigious titles of the FTOPS and Cinderella stories come through yet again!
Since the FTOPS is in full swing, this tournament recap will be a little different and much larger than usual. First we will take a look at the biggest regular tournaments and then the FTOPS tournaments for each day.
All in all, the weekend produced some amazing results and action began to heat up from the very first tournaments on Friday.
The Friday Night Fight produced one of the toughest final tables of the weekend with big names across the table. Joseph “jaliberta17” Liberta and JP Kelly are regular visitors at such final tables but this one ended early for both of them. On the other hand, 3rd place finisher “gosuoposun1” made the final table of the Friday Night Fight for the second week in a row and not only that, he and 2nd place finisher “Budnikov” would go on to make FTOPS final tables later in the weekend!
In the end, amongst all that talent, Anthony “holdplz” Spinella came out on top and took down the first weekend major for $15,390!
Friday Night Fight
$54,000 prize pool
- holdplz $15,390 (Anthony Spinella, High Stakes tournament pro with $4m in cashes)
- Budnikov $9,720 (Dmitriy, High stakes tournament pro with $2m in cashes)
- gosuoposum1 $7,020 (High stakes tournament pro with $2m in cashes)
- nebo_blizko $5,535 (High stakes tournament pro with $1m in cashes)
- ScarJo $4,050 (High stakes tournament pro with $2m in cashes)
- jaliberta17 $2,970 (Joseph Liberta, High stakes tournament pro with $500K in cashes)
- Betong $2,025 (High stakes tournament pro with $1.5m in cashes)
- Divalent $1,620
- MavFish $1,215 (JP Kelly, High stakes tournament pro with $1m in cashes)
Along with the Friday Night Fight, two FTOPS events were scheduled for Friday and big names were all over the final tables yet again!
In Event #14, Lars Luzak failed to take advantage of a relatively soft final table and ended up in 5th place, but another pro from Poland “darek1987pl” did not miss out on that opportunity and secured himself an FTOPS title along with $36,636.60!
Event #15, on the other hand, produced quite a final table! For starters the tournament was a six-max multi-entry tournament and a Norwegian player Omegatrust managed to take two entries two the final table! Unfortunately for him, he faced some tough competition.
4th place finisher “bond25459” final tabled the Super Seized Sunday last week and this performance was no less impressive!
In 2nd place we find none other than Jon “Pearljammer” Turner who final tabled the Saturday Six-Max last week.
But the day belonged to the winner of Event #15 – “Budnikov”! That’s right, hours after his runner up performance in the Friday Night Fight, this Russian pro crushed another impressive field and cashed another $30,257.50!
FTOPS Event #14
$171,600 prize pool
- darek1987pl $36,636.60 (Tournament pro from Poland with $400K in cashes)
- moreno61 $24,024
- ALFeRICH $17,160
- abregarp $13,041.60
- LarsLuzak $9,266.40 (Lars Luzak, well known High Stakes tournament and cash game player)
- Allinchinus $5,920.20
FTOPS Event #15
$123,500 prize pool
- Budnikov $30,257.50 (Dmitriy, High stakes tournament pro with $2m in cashes)
- Pearljammed $19,883.50 (Jon Turner, Well known High Stakes tournament pro with more than $5m in cashes)
- Omegatrust $14,202.50
- bond25459 $10,497.50 (High stakes tournament pro with $700K in cashes)
- paigowpro $7,410
- Omegatrust $4,940
After the pro’s dominated the Fridays majors, Saturday saw a change of pace as relative unknowns emerged to take down multiple majors!
The Saturday Six-Max final table again saw a lot of familiar faces, including Jeff Hakim and Kevin MacPhee, but eventually Swedish player r4ndomr4gs was the best at navigating the final table and came out with a win for $18,081!
The weekly PLO major ExPLOsivo was the only Sunday tournament to be won by a pro as “NeverScaredB” took advantage of the soft final table to secure a $8,354.50 first place prize.
$73,800 prize pool
- r4ndomr4gs $18,081
- Private ATM $11,881.80 (High Stakes tournament pro with $2m in cashes)
- Pyszalek $8,487 (High Stakes tournament pro with $2m in cashes)
- Wu_Wizard $6,273 (Kevin MacPhee, High Stakes tournament pro with $5m in cashes)
- mikethefish09 $4,428
- YoungSupremacy $2,952 (Jeff Hakim, High Stakes tournament pro with $6m in cashes)
$31,000 prize pool
- NeverScaredB $8,354.50 (High Stakes tournament pro with $3.5m in cashes)
- Badring $5,580
- Banisher666 $4,030
- cheap cheap $2,945
- MTstackin88 $2,015 (High Stakes tournament pro with $2.7m in cashes)
- _OprahW1 $1,395
FTOPS Event #16 was a heads up event and interestingly enough, the final battle was played out between two players from Ukraine, who made a deal prior to deciding the champion and both took home around $25,000. This was the biggest cash up to date for both players!
Event #17 also saw an unknown Norwegian player “hopaneng” coming out on top of the 459 player field to win the whole thing for $30,294 and “paula35” had a relatively easy cruise through the final table of Event #18 for a nice $13,000 payday.
FTOPS Event #16 (HU)
$131,500 prize pool
- SATORI1985 $25,813.75*
- Shepa777 $24,813.75*
- just_the_nuts $9,533.75
- xMONSTERxDONGx $9,533.75 (High Stakes tournament pro with $4.5m in cashes)
FTOPS Event #17
$137,700 prize pool
- hopaneng $30,294
- canofcorn22 $19,966.50 (High Stakes tournament pro with $3m in cashes)
- player541 $14,458.50
- BBQchicken1 $10,740.60
- Big Huni $7,573.50 (Chris Hunichen, High Stakes tournament pro with $5m in cashes)
- Chemztry $4,957.20
FTOPS Event #18
$50,000 prize pool
- paula35 $13,000
- StoneFace007 $8,250
- Hanamichi23 $6,250 (Daniel, High Stakes tournament pro with $1m in cashes)
- KolaBeldi_Jr $4,875
- lukiboy44 $3,625
- NovaSky $2,625
- InvisibleEnigma $1,750 (Dylan Linde, High Stakes tournament pro with $3m in cashes)
- Kongdori $1,375
- Manlachance $1,050
Sunday saw the biggest tournaments of the week on Full Tilt Poker and with them came the toughest final tables and the biggest Cinderella stories of the week!
The final table of the $100K Double Deuce saw no established pros’, so the big money was up for grabs by virtually anyone. Eventually Portuguese player “JPereiraMartins” took down first place for $20,167.74 and it turns out that he was the least experienced of the whole table with only 58 tournaments played at Full Tilt Poker before this impressive win!
The Super Sized Sunday saw the return of the pros’ as they occupied the entire final table. Among them TJ Ulmer, who won the Friday Night Fight just a week ago, but despite his best efforts, he had to settle for 5th place. Bolivar “Ramux” Palacios proved to be the toughest of the bunch and came out on top for $57,450!
The Sunday Mulligan was probably the biggest highlight of the weekend for several reasons.
- last week Faraz Jaka has navigated a big field to final table this very same tournament and this week he did it again.
- Each and every one of the players at this final table was a well established pro.
- Making a back to back final tables in the same Sunday major and facing the toughest final table of the weekend, Faraz still managed to take down first place for $30,527!
$100K Double Deuce
$117,940 prize pool
- JPereiraMartins $20,167.74
- Blazinchron $14,034.86
- MagnatG $10,024.90
- Lucksallugot $7,548.16
- dimi1972 $5,655.22
- Duffy421 $3,892.02
- SirEllwood $2,535.71
- Timetosplit $1,769.10
- Da Mexican POOH $1,238.37
Super Sized Sunday
$229,800 prize pool
- Ramux $57,450 (Bolivar Palacios, High Stakes tournament pro with $1.3m in cashes)
- MagicCoin $36,768
- MatveichukR $27,576 (Matveichuk Roman, High Stakes tournament pro with $1.4m in cashes)
- thereal_bandito $21,256.50 (Sebastian Saffari, High Stakes tournament pro with $2m in cashes)
- DarkHorse19 $16,086 (TJ Ulmer, High Stakes tournament pro with $5m in cashes)
- Arise_pt $11,490
- kid_bramm $7,468.50 (Christopher Brammer, High Stakes tournament pro with $3m in cashes)
- joga_pra_cor $5,745 (Tomás Paiva, High Stakes tournament pro with $1.6m in cashes)
- Sally21671 $4,596
Big game of the Week (NL Irish)
$22,500 prize pool
- Lyktstolpe $5,850
- m_hawk_1 $3,712.50 (High Stakes tournament pro with $2m in cashes)
- _SA17A_ $2,812.50
- Mausezahn $2,193.75
- blackDonii $1,631.25
- Palimpsesto $1,181.25
- Roothlus $787.50 (Adam Levy, High Stakes tournament pro with $4m in cashes)
- ult1mo $618.75
- silvestri 9 $472.50
The Sunday Mulligan
$124,600 prize pool
- The-Toilet 0 $30,527 (Faraz Jaka, well know High Stakes tournament pro)
- AmplifiedSample $19,001.50 (High Stakes tournament pro with $1.1m in cashes)
- S_Dot111 $14,017.50 (Shyam Srinivasan, High Stakes tournament pro with $6.1m in cashes)
- Voleurdejetons9 $10,902.50 (Antoine Giroux, High Stakes tournament pro with $600K in cashes)
- aJarov $8,099 (Anton Yakuba, High Stakes tournament pro with $1.1m in cashes)
- domino20 $5,918.50 (High Stakes tournament pro with $2m in cashes)
- CupcakeThePig $3,862.60 (High Stakes tournament pro with $1.1m in cashes)
- Belabacsi $2,990.40 (High Stakes tournament pro, WSOP Event winner)
- random_chu $2,367.40 (High Stakes tournament pro with $1.4m in cashes)
Sundays FTOPS Events were no less exiting as Brandon Barnes came out on top of a huge 4817 player field in Event #19 to clinch an FTOPS title and $85,500!
Event #20 saw the biggest prize pool of the weekend, which meant that someone was going to end up with a solid 6-figure payday. The final table was packed with pros’ gunning for the cash and the title, but out of nowhere came out an Argentinean player “Thekillerxxx” who only played 200 tournaments on Full Tilt Poker prior to this event and beat all the pros’ for the biggest payout of the weekend – $166,222.50! So a big congratulations is in order to the Argentinean player and hopefully we will see him at the top of such prestigious tournaments again!
FTOPS Event #19
$500,000 prize pool
- CompleteDonk $85,500 (Brandon Barnes, High Stakes tournament pro with $1.6m in cashes)
- Zsiffin $59,500
- Ticiz $42,500
- PlayaPlaya333 $32,000
- bigbear1989 $23,975
- beny76xx $16,500
- inhidonks $10,750 (High Stakes tournament pro with $3.4m in cashes)
- 4high20 $7,500 (Marco Ruggeri, High Stakes tournament pro with $700K in cashes)
- champione10 $5,250
FTOPS Event #20
$850,000 prize pool
- Thekillerxxx $166,222.50
- Matfrankland $116,805 (Mathew Frankland, High Stakes tournament pro with $2m in cashes)
- Lordjosejose $79,966.50 (High Stakes tournament pro with $500K in cashes)
- SPEKTAH $59,301 (High Stakes tournament pro with $600K in cashes)
- Shane Gamble $44,925
- Abbaddabba $33,334.35
- Mpiyavv $23,810.25 (Labat Antoine, High Stakes tournament pro with $600K in cashes)
- Pussole $16,891.80
- NoBadBeatsPlz $11,410.95 (Matt Kay, High Stakes tournament pro with $5.5m in cashes)
The 1K Monday was replaced with a 1K FTOPS Event yet again, so action switched mainly to the FTOPS on Monday with no regular major tournaments being played out.
The PLO Event #21 saw two returning pros’ who already had a final table appearance this weekend and both of them completed pretty good runs. “Private ATM” final tabled the Saturday Six-Max and put on a good performance at this final table which was good for 5th place and $7,210. “gosuoposum1” who has made two Friday Night Fight final tables in a row doesn’t seem to be loosing any heat as he placed 3rd adding another $12,360 to his impressive weekend scores.
The pros’ took complete control of Event #22 as “eisenhower1” and “o daskalos” made a deal HU which left them both with a 90K payday. “eisenhower1” went on to win the HU match for the FTOPS title.
Another relatively soft final table came up in Event #23 and Czech pro Czlol managed to take advantage. $50,122 is the biggest cash of his career and a good bankroll booster!
FTOPS Event #21 (PLO)
$103,000 prize pool
- rh300487 $25,750 (High Stakes tournament pro from Brazil with $3m in cashes)
- ITrashYou $16,480
- gosuoposum1 $12,360 (High Stakes tournament pro with nearly $2m in cashes)
- BBQchicken1 $9,527.50
- Private ATM $7,210 (High Stakes tournament pro with $2m in cashes)
- tunafish99 $5,150
- Bard_Aces $3,347.50 (Jonathan Bardier, High Stakes tournament pro with $2m in cashes)
- MarcaoAA $2,575
- LeeLo4ka $2,060
FTOPS Event #22
$445,000 prize pool
- eisenhower1 $91,559.28* (One of Swedens top High Stakes tournament players)
- o daskalos $88,665.72* (High stakes tournament pro with nearly $1m in cashes)
- Athanasios 9 $51,175 (Athanasios Polychronopoulos, High stakes tournament pro with nearly $2.5m in cashes)
- Xqsays $40,050
- TyRaeL X $30,037.50
- StrungOut1 $22,250 (High stakes tournament pro with nearly $2.5m in cashes)
- HardcoreParkour $14,462.50
- Gribnogrib $11,125 (High stakes tournament pro with nearly $1.5m in cashes)
- Inhoo $8,900
FTOPS Event #23
$263,800 prize pool
- Czlol $50,122 (High Stakes tournament pro with $600K in cashes)
- Roczilla $34,742.46
- SIR_Breaker $24,533.40
- magikstick8 $18,466 (High Stakes tournament pro with $5m in cashes)
- lostpuppy90 $13,717.60
- Peeeej1312 $10,024.40
- MrLepota $7,122.60
- game153 $5,012.20
- negroblanco $3,429.40 (Connor Drinan, High Stakes tournament pro with $1.5m in cashes)