The Mini Full Tilt Online Poker Series (MiniFTOPS) is a series of 25 poker tournaments aimed at small-stakes players. The series features the same tournaments as the regular FTOPS series, which played out last month, but with buy-ins that are one-tenth as large. This allows people with modest bankrolls to participate for small buy-ins and potentially turn it into a small fortune on Full Tilt Poker.
Last weekend, the action was incredibly hot and heavy at the tables. Event #6 started up on Saturday with host Roberto Romanello and the $50+$5 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max tournament. The guarantee was set at $100,000 and eventually had 2,649 participants to swell the prize pool all the way to $132,450. The top 306 players were paid, with the bubble folks getting $79.47 for their efforts. The final table paid a minimum of $1,708, with the top three taking in five-figure scores. The final five each did very well for their modest buy-ins, with “PavelPavel” finishing in fifth for $6,158, “Call Tarzan” in fourth for $8,675, “Str8Forward” in third place for $11,417, “BOMSKOK” in second place for $16,529, and finishing in first place was “rikv17” for a whopping $26,087.
Christiane Klecz was the host for Event #7, a $10+$1 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy that featured a $250,000 guarantee. With a huge player pool of 11,205, the prize pool blew past the guarantee all the way up to $337,210. The top 945 players in this one cashed, with those on the bubble receiving $67.44. The final table paid a minimum of $3,372, with the top six guaranteed at least $9,779. The top five were all five-figure winners and a deal was made when the tournament was down to just two players. First place “paulgees81” took in $57,546 and runner-up “imdakiing” won a cool $48,000.
A huge event kicked off the Sunday action with host Adam Schoenfeld and Event #8, a $24+$2 No Limit Hold’em Knockout Six-Max tournament. The $200,000 guarantee was left in the dust amid 15,762 registrants, swelling the prize pool to $315,240. Once again, the final five were all guaranteed a five-figure payday. A rare five-away deal was made that guaranteed all players an large sum of money. The deal worked to pay eventual champion “R3lAAxx” $28,524, second place finisher “Rippey56” $19,514, third place player “P0K3RDUUDE” $35,135, fourth placer “zekenasty” $22,235, and fifth place “Berezutskiy” $17,357.
Just two hours after the start of Event #8, the next event took place, a $50+$5 No Limit Hold’em Heads Up tournament. With 4,015 players participating, the guarantee was surpassed to $200,750 from the original $150,000. In the final matchup, “JMac227” scored the victory and won $30,714, while runner-up “Since A Youngin” received $17,063.
Event #10 wrapped up Sunday’s MiniFTOPS action with a $30+$3 No Limit Hold’em tournament hosted by Chip Jett. The staggering field of 17,879 was the largest of the weekend and shot the prize pool up to $536,370. The top seven players all received at least $10,000, with seventh place finisher “CJW-LFC” getting $10,089 after a long day of play. Sixth place went to “kommie” ($13,945), fifth place to “Gomer30” ($18,772), fourth place to “StudentQkiu” ($26,818), and third place “themango69” ($37,545). There was no deal struck when the match was heads-up and in the end, “ToM RoX 420” took down the tournament and its $80,455 grand prize. For finishing second, “AceWPT” took in a respectable $53,637.
The MiniFTOPS XIV Main Event will take place on Sunday, December 20th, a $50+$5 No Limit Hold’em tournament. Players can play in one of the many around-the-clock satellites already going at Full Tilt Poker or buy in direct for $55. For regulars of the site, you can use your Full Tilt Points to register for the event. Visit Full Tilt Poker for more information.
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