The third day of the 11th Full Tilt Series of Poker featured its second Hold ‘em event so far. The FTOPS is known for the large variety of styles and variations on show throughout its event calendar, and event #4 was no exception. The $300 + $22 tournament followed a Shootout format, in which each table acts as if it were a single table sit and go, with the winner of each round advancing to the next. A total of three tables per player would need to be navigated over the six hour running time, with 729 entrants battling it out for the top prize.
As with all FTOPS events one of Full Tilt’s marquee “red name” pros was in line to host the proceedings. In charge of event #4 was young ace Scott Fischman. The former poker dealer, and member of youthful pro-poker collective “The Crew,” is the youngest player ever to win 2 WSOP bracelets. At his World Series debut in 2004 he netted the top prize in a No Limit Hold ‘em event, only to follow it up with a H.O.R.S.E bracelet just a few days later. Since then he has amassed 10 WSOP cashes, a WPT title, a record 13 cashes at the PokerStars World Championships of Online Poker, with live tournament winnings of over $2,200,000.
The eventual winner was well known online player Julian Verse, known in the real world as Va Shon Watkins. Under his Full Tilt screen name, as well as Vinnie Verse on PokerStars, he has amassed an impressive collection of tournament wins, raking up over $500,000 in online tournaments cashes since August 2008. In fact, he is no stranger to FTOPS success, having walked away with the biggest prize of all in FTOPS X. His main event victory netted him $450,000 and fully established his name as one of the top internet players. In second place was ClockWyze for $30,618, and in third was donivan31 for $21,870.
Although host Scott Fischman failed to make the money, a number of his Team Full Tilt compatriots did walk away with some reward. The highest placed pro was Scott Montgomery in 26th, who was one of just three “red” players to finish inside the 81-strong list of cash winners. Montgomery made a name for himself just a few months ago as a member of the mythical November Nine, making the final table of the 2008 WSOP main event. Finishing in 5th place landed him a prize of $3,000,000, and his high placing was no flash in the pan. As well as picking up 3 other WSOP cashes that year, he also competed in the Bellagio Cup IV during his main event off-days, finishing 4th for $34,000.
The only other two Full Tilt pros to end up within the money were Stuart “The Donator” Paterson (67th) and Vitaly Lunkin (73rd). Paterson, a successful sports bettor, has a WPT final table to his name as well as a cash in the 2006 WSOP main event. Lunkin, a Russian backgammon and Rengu master, picked up his first WSOP bracelet at last year’s WSOP, winning a $1.5k No Limit Hold ‘em event, taking home $630,000.
The Full Tilt Online Poker Series XI culminates on February 15th, where John Juanda will host a No Limit Hold ‘em event featuring a guaranteed prize pool of $2,500,000. Check back at Flop Turn River for more coverage of the FTOPS over the coming weeks.
Here are the top nine finishers:
1 Julian Verse