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729 players battled it out in the $535 Triple Shootout, Event 3 of FTOPS XV. The prize pool of $364,500 was just above FTOPS XV – Event #3’s guarantee of $350,000. The $364,500 prize pool matched the purse of FTOPS XIV’s triple shootout.

In a shootout format, tables are not balanced as players are eliminated. Instead, each table plays until there is one player remaining, much like a Sit N Go. The winners of the first table advance to form the subsequent table. In a triple shootout, players must win 3 tables in a row to claim ultimate victory.

In the end, Ronald Lee, who plays as ScarJo on Full Tilt Poker took down Event 3 for just over $76,000. Lee is a force to be reckoned with. He won the $200 Sunday Mulligan on Full Tilt for $55,000 in late 2009, and has several five figure scores on both Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. The momentum shifted ScarJo’s way eight-handed. daPHUNNIEman, who finished runner-up in the Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guaranteed, opened to 13,5000 in middle position and ScarJo 3-bet to 40,000 in the BB. The flop came 55Q rainbow, and ScarJo led out for 48,000, daPHUNNIEman called. ScarJo bet 78,000 on the turn 7 and daPHUNNIEman called. The river brought the King of Diamonds and ScarJo shoved. daPHUNNIEman made the call, and ScarJo showed Kh9d for top two pair. daPHUNNIEman mucked and was eliminated in eighth place, shipping 40% of the chips to ScarJo. ScarJo controlled the table the rest of the way to claim ultimate victory.

Although no Full Tilt Poker Pros made the final table, players may have recognized a few names. The third place finisher, Halfrek, gained fame by winning two FTOPS VIII events for over $800,000. Along with Halfrek, daPHUNNIEman and POCKET FIVE who have all enjoyed considerable success on the electronic felt. Last month, POCKET FIVE finished runner up in the UB $75k guaranteed.


1.) ScarJo – $76,545
2.) Ebolarama – $51,030
3.) Halfrek – $36,450
4.) eaglemann – $27,338
5.) ComputerhandQ7 – $20,048
6.) hbacademyvb – $14,580
7.) POCKET FIVE – $10,206
8.) daPHUNNIEman – $6,926
9.) Miguel Santiago – $4,921