Full Tilt Poker, the second largest online poker room in the world, has announced the details of the 12th Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS). It is a slate of high guarantee tournaments that brings the site considerable traffic due to the massive fields. Each Series lasts approximately one to two weeks and offers tournaments in a variety of games and formats. This time around, FTOPS XII will offer 25 events starting on May 6th and have a prize pool of $16 million plus another $2 million when combined with the MiniFTOPS series of micro-stakes events.
For Mac poker players, Full Tilt Poker is one of two major sites that offer an actual downloadable Mac client. This has made Full Tilt one of the favorite rooms among Mac poker players and, if you haven’t checked out its Mac client, it’s extremely impressive and worth looking at. Plus, Full Tilt has some of the best action in the industry.
Each tournament in the series will be hosted by a Full Tilt Pro and includes knockouts, shootouts, and turbos plus a special Two-Day Event that has a whopping $2 million prize pool. Full Tilt Poker is also giving away prizes on top of the prize pools including a limited-edition FTOPS jacket to anyone who makes the final table of an FTOPS XII event. Anyone who receives a jacket also gets a gold football jersey plus access to the gold jersey avatar. Finally, for the person who finishes first on the FTOPS XII leader board, a custom Full Tilt Poker avatar and a special prize package that includes entry into every FTOPS XIII Event (except for the Two-Day Event) will be given away.
FTOPS XII kicks off on May 6th at 21:00ET with host Erick Lindgren and a $200+16 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max tournament that has a prize pool guaranteed at a million bucks. Other notable tournaments that have million dollar (or more) guarantees include the $300+22 No Limit Hold’em event on May 10th, the $1000+60 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Ante from Start event, the $300+22 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Rebuy on May 13th, the $2,500+120 No Limit Hold’em Two-Day Event, the $120+9 No Limit Hold’em Knockout, and the $500+35 No Limit Hold’em Main Event.
Other interesting events of note include the $500+35 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max event with a $400,000 guarantee, the $500+35 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up event with a half-million dollar guarantee, and the $200+16 Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up tournament with a $150,000 guarantee.
The good news for micro0 and low-stakes players is that every single tournament has a series of satellite challenges. Players can play the same satellite tournament over and over even if they’ve already won an entry and accumulate T$ credited by Full Tilt Poker.
For players who don’t want to satellite into the big events, Full Tilt Poker has a fantastic promotion called the MiniFTOPS XII series that will guarantee over $2 million in prize money. The MiniFTOPS features the exact same events as the aforementioned FTOPS XII series, but at one-tenth of the buy-in. The series highlights include the MiniFTOPS Two-Day Event, which is a $250+16 buy-in and sports at least $200,000 in guaranteed money. The Main Event of the MiniFTOPS boasts a $50+5 buy-in and a $500,000 guarantee. Naturally, Full Tilt also has the same satellite availability for these tournaments, where players can get in for as little as $0.50 or just 50 Full Tilt Points. Every MiniFTOPS event will start five minutes after its FTOPS counterpart.
Don’t think that the free swag is just for the big FTOPS events because Full Tilt announced that the MiniFTOPS participants will also have access to a MiniFTOPS jacket if they reach the final table of any event. The winner from each event will receive the jacket and a silver MiniFTOPS jersey along with their money. Finally, for the person who finishes first on the MiniFTOPS leader board, they will receive the same special prize package as the FTOPS winner.
This FTOPS coming in May is shaping up to be one of the best and exciting in online tournament poker history. With a diverse array of events and the announcement of the MiniFTOPS series plus extensive satellite tournaments running immediately to both levels of FTOPS events, Full Tilt Poker will definitely be the place to get the best tournament action.