A field of 4,805 players turned out for the $640 buy-in Main Event of the Mac-friendly 17th Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS). The tournament featured an overlay of over $100,000 and, when the smoke cleared, TyboVegas bested DQnk after a two-way deal. In a bit of irony, however, DQnk claimed the larger payday, banking a healthy $447,000. That total marked the most anyone had cashed for in FTOPS XVII. Not to be outdone, TyboVegas earned $423,000 for the win and claimed the coveted gold jersey.
A total of 720 players made the money and the top five banked six-figures each, not bad for a virtual poker tournament. The final table of the FTOPS XVII Main Event featured flagal43 (third place for $255,000), roo7227 (fourth place for $192,000), Ship_the_dollar (fifth place for $143,850), jfiiue4 (sixth place for $99,000), einstein007 (seventh place for $64,500), angrywhale (eighth place for $45,000), and JBurleson (ninth place for $31,500).
JBurleson turned in a fairly impressive FTOPS XVII, as he took down Event #19, a $535 No Limit Hold’em Shootout, for $76,000. All told, he pulled in more than $100,000 from the quarterly Full Tilt series, which will likely return in November or December for its final installment of the year.
In Event #29, a $2,100 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Two-Day tournament, McLean “PureProfitFour” Karr trumped the field and made $417,000. Karr is the reigning champion of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Bay 101 Shooting Star event and outlasted IReadYrSoul heads-up on Full Tilt this weekend. Second place was worth $278,000 and a total of 120 players finished in the money.
The Two-Day Event featured a small $12,000 overlay, but you won’t hear any complaints out of the other four players who reached the final table: Shawn “buck99” Buchanan (third place for $198,000), JaEs SiK (fourth place for $148,000), Kaninschen (fifth place for $106,000), and squeezeboxx (sixth place for $68,000). The Two-Day Event may favor players like Karr and Buchanan that have had success in the live poker world, where many high-stakes tournaments are held over multiple days.
Another mammoth tournament held over the weekend as part of FTOPS XVII was Event #32, a $256 No Limit Hold’em Knockout Six-Max. A little over $1 million was on the line and a field of 5,055 players turned out for the high-end bounty tournament. DrunkSpirit banked $193,000 for the win, edging out BgsaPnaples heads-up. Others that made the final table included IamTron (third place for $82,093), mich_alumni (fourth place for $60,660), mminteresting (fifth place for $44,484), and Instigator84 (sixth place for $30,330).
Finally, we can’t discuss FTOPS XVII without mentioning the largest Rush Poker event held, a $163 No Limit Hold’em Rush Rebuy. This rough-and-tumble tournament featured nearly 1,600 players and a prize pool of nearly $1 million. Full Tilt’s fast-paced Rush Poker format is the centerpiece of much of the site’s advertising and, at the end of the sixth FTOPS XVII Rush event on the docket, Dalbaiyob knocked out David “Davidp18” Peters for the title. Both earned at least $150,000 following a heads-up chop.
RPM Poker pro Chris “cdbr3799” Dombrowski took third place for $96,399 in the final Rush Poker tournament, while Laurence “whatariver1” Houghton finished in fourth place for $76,356. Others who found their way to the final table included colenel decker (fifth place for $57,267), slaskovic (sixth place for $41,041), TakeltBack (seventh place for $26,725), wheelguy (eighth place for $19,089), and meireles23 (ninth place for $13,362).
Visit Full Tilt Poker to relive all of the action from FTOPS XVII. The site boasts a fully downloadable Mac client complete with all of the bells and whistles of its Windows counterpart.