Chris “Jesus” Ferguson was on hand to host Event #19 of FTOPS XII, a $200+$16 Fixed-Limit Hold’em Event. The tournament drew just over 1,000 players, creating a $206,400 prize pool. FullTilt was well-represented in Event 19, with eighteen of their sponsored professionals on hand including some big names. Allen Cunningham, holder of five WSOP bracelets and a 4th place finish in the Main Event, was unable to make the money, busting in 551st place. David “the Dragon” Pham, was one of the first players eliminated, going out in 981st place. In fact, only one FullTilt “Red Pro” made the money, Eric Froehlich. In 2005, Froehlich shipped one of the first WSOP Events he ever played, becoming the youngest person to ever win a bracelet. Unfortunately he did not have as much success in Event 19 as his 103rd place finish was only good enough for $309.60.
The biggest name making the final table was 6th place finished “ozenc” who has won the Sunday Second Chance on PokerStars twice! Two of the more notable players making the final table, “laburro” and “RJules”, ended up playing each other for the title. While both have had mild success online, neither had won a major event before. RJules had shipped the $55 events on PokerStars in the past including the Nightly $70k for just over $14,000 last December. Laburro, known to some as “thor”, nearly took down the Wednesday Quarter Million on PokerStars in June, taking third for $25,800.
Eventually laburro was able to outlast RJules, taking down the title, $43,034.40, and most importantly, the vaunted FTOPS Gold Jersey Avatar. Congratulations goes to all 120 who made the money and the six players making the final table!
FTOPS Event #19 $150k Guaranteed
120 Entrants; $206,400 prize pool
1. laburro $43,034
2. RJules $28,690
3. mjj864579 $20,434
4. jbass83 $15,274
5. the aviator1 $10,939
6. FatChipStack $7,018