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FTOPS Day 2: Three More Winners Crowned Including Brazil's João “joaosimaobh” Simão

FTOPS XXI

The Full Tilt Online Poker Series XXI (FTOPS XXI) continued on Monday with three more events from the 35-event schedule. After a full day of play, three more winners — João “joaosimaobh” Simão, “fowirls” and “gorskow” — were crowned and joined Michael "doneNdusted84" Kanaan, who took down Event #1: $216 No-Limit Hold'em Multi-Entry for $187,484.40, on the FTOPS XXI winner’s list.

Furthermore, with his win in Event #3: $1,060 No-Limit Hold'em Multi-Entry for $149,950 and a 94th-place finish in Event #1 for $931.94, “fowirls” sits atop the FTOPS XXI leaderboard with 300 points.

Here’s a summary of Monday’s tournaments:

Event #2: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six-Max

Event #2: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six-Max boasted a $75,000 guarantee that was surpassed when 527 players put up the buy-in, creating a prize pool of $105,400. The tournament attracted some stiff competition, including two-time FTOPS winner Mark “xqsays” Radoja, who previously won both FTOPS XIII Event #17: $322 6-handed NLHE Rebuy for $206,119.50 and FTOPS XVII Event #12: $535 Heads-Up NLHE for $89,088.

Radoja made it all the way to the final table and was within striking distance of his third gold jersey. Unfortunately for him, his run was cut short in seventh place for a small consolation prize of $2,318.80. Jeremiah “Believer8219” Vinsant followed Radoja out the door in seventh place for $3,689.

Brazil’s Simão did not suffer the same fate as the aforementioned finalists, however, and went on to defeat “BuratinBilTupoy” in heads-up play to capture the $23,188 first-place prize. Simão, who was making an effort to study games outside of hold’em, quickly took to Twitter to express his excitement:

João Paulo SimãoAMASSAAA !!!! ! CRAVADO FTOPS OMAHA H/L !!!!!! SEM PALAVRAS,PASSAR A ESTUDAR UMA NOVA MODALIDADE COM A FINALIDADE DE EVOLUIR O NLHE E,BOOOOM

*Roughly translated from Portugese the tweet reads: "WITHOUT WORDS, SPEND STUDYING A NEW MODALITY FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE EVOLVE NLHE AND BOOOOM.")

John Paul “joaosimaobh” Simão
John Paul “joaosimaobh” Simão

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$16527$105,400

PlacePlayerPrize
1stJoão “joaosimaobh” Simão$23,188
2nd“BuratinBilTupoy”$15,283
3rd“Anelps”$11,067
4th“Slonik555”$8,115.80
5th“wintyara”$5,797
6thJeremiah “Believer8219” Vinsant$3,689
7thMark “xqsays” Radoja$2,318.80
8th“paulique”$2,318.80
9th“karvakorva”$1,749.64

Event #3: No-Limit Hold'em Multi-Entry

The second event of the day, Event #3: $1,060 No-Limit Hold'em Multi-Entry, more than doubled its $300,000 guarantee by drawing 705 players and creating a prize pool of $705,000. As previously mentioned, “fowirls” won that event, and along with his 94th-place finish in Event #1, he took over the top spot on the FTOPS XXI leader board.

“forwirls” defeated some tough competition on his way to victory including FTOPS VIII Event #4: $216 Pot-Limit Hold’em winner “EMSBas”, who defeated a field of 1,076 to win $215,200 in that event. Unfortunately for him, he missed out on his second gold jersey and had to settle for a fifth-place finish for $45,825. Likewise, “rh300487”, who PokerNews’ own Kristy Arnett defeated in the finals of the 2010 MiniFTOPS Event #12: $50 Heads-Up Shootout to win $31,000 and the title of champion, once again missed out on a jersey by finishing in fourth place for $59,925.

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$1,000+$60705$705,000

PlacePlayerPrize
1st“fowirls”$149,950*
2nd“o daskalos”$125,000*
3rd“KnighTT 00”$79,312.50
4th“rh300487”$59,925
5th“EMSBas”$45,825
6th“nickyluvshu”$31,725
7th“HenrikX”$21,855
8th“C Darwin2”$16,920
9th“Oxotaments”$12,690

*Denotes heads-up deal.

Event #4: No-Limit Hold'em Rush Turbo

For the third time on Tuesday, an FTOPS tournament surpassed its guarantee. In this case, it was Event #4: $216 No-Limit Hold'em Rush Turbo drawing 1,018 players and creating a prize pool of $203,600, more than double the $100,000 guarantee.

Because this event was a Rush Turbo, it didn’t take long for a winner to be determined — just two hours and twelve minutes, in fact. Along the way, players like Chris “Moorman1” Moorman, Luke “_FullFlush1_” Schwartz and two-time FTOPS winner Jack “JackQKA” Ellwood all fell by the wayside; however, one familiar notable managed to make the final table: World Series of Poker bracelet winner Chance “Chances Cards” Kornuth, who was playing from Mexico. Although he had plenty of support, Kornuth didn’t have the cards and ultimately finished in sixth place for $9,162.

Poland’s “gorskow” went on to claim victory in Event #4 and took home a prize of $45,810.

Chance “Chances Cards” Kornuth
Chance “Chances Cards” Kornuth

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+$161,018$203,600

PlacePlayerPrize
1st“gorskow”$45,810
2nd“GaussPoker”$29,013
3rd“TyRusT”$21,479.80
4th“bond25459”$16,797
5th“ Velmuzhov”$12,725
6thChance “Chances Cards” Kornuth$9,162
7th“ACov24”$6,108
8th“PAVL1K”$4,581
9th“husaberg”$3,257.60

FTOPS XXI will resume on Tuesday with Event #5: $216 PL HA ($100K guarantee) at 1100 ET (1700 CET); Event #6: $216 H.O.R.S.E. ($25K guarantee) at 1400 ET (2000 CET), and Event #7: $322 NL Hold’em Super Turbo Knockout Multi-Entry ($150K guarantee) at 1700 ET (2300 CET). To view the schedule, head over to FullTiltPoker.com.

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