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FTOPS Day 8: Dani "Ansky451" Stern and Matty "DrewAce34" Levine Book Wins

FTOPS XXI

The Full Tilt Online Poker Series XXI continued Sunday with two more events from the 35-event schedule — Event #17 $129 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout and Event #18 $322 No-Limit Hold'em Multi-Entry.

The stars shined bright on Sunday as poker pros Dani "Ansky451" Stern and Matty "DrewAce34" Levine booked wins, and Alex "PostflopAction" Kostritsyn, Bryn "OneUponAStar" Kenney, McLean "PureProfitFour" Karr, and Keven "Stamdogg" Stammen collected nice scores.

Here’s a summary of Sunday's tournaments:

Event #18 No-Limit Hold'em Multi-Entry

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$224,487$1,046,100

Event 18 had no problem surpassing its $750,000 guaranteed prize pool as nearly 4,500 players generated a prize pool of $1,046,100. Many of the game's top talents made deep runs in this one, including Alex "PostflopAction" Kostritsyn (10th - $9,205.68), Ronald "ScarJo" Lee (21st - $3,347.52), Hiren "hustla16" Patel (23rd - $3,347.52), Robert "bobby kraut" Deppe (28th - $2,406.03) and Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen (31st - $2,406.03).

While each of the aforementioned pros fell short of glory, the final table was still loaded with superstars. Stern, McLean "PureProfitFour" Karr, Michael "m_hawk_1" Hawkins, Jamie "jables20" Burland and Bryn "OneUponAStar" Kenney were among the final nine competing for the top prize of $193,528.

Kenney got off to a fast start at the final table, eliminating "xiexz" on the first hand when his {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} held against "xiexz's" {K-Clubs}{9-Spades}. Three hands later, Karr four-bet jammed with {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} and Kenney called with {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. A {6-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop kept Kenney ahead, but the {A-Diamonds} hit the turn to give Karr the lead. Kenney, though, made a straight on the {7-Clubs} river to score another elimination.

Stern, the chip leader to begin the final table, felted Burland in seventh place. Down to less than ten big blinds, Burland found {A-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} on the button and went all in, but Stern woke up with {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} in the small blind. The pair held and Stern would stay quiet for a bit as Kenney went back to work.

Kenney scored a third bust when his {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} held against Michael "m_hawk_1's" Hawkins' {J-Clubs}{9-Hearts}, and then a fourth with {K-Hearts}{J-Clubs} against the {8-Spades}{8-Clubs} of "kakagun." A king on the turn gave Kenney the pot. Still, with four players, left, Kenney was third in chips.

Stern got back in the action and sent "luckylucano10" to the rail in fourth place. Making a stand with {K-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}, "luckylucano10" couldn't get there against Stern's {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}. On the next hand, Kenney doubled through Stern with {A-Hearts}{9-Spades} against {K-Diamonds}{J-Spades} to close the gap on Stern's lead, but Kenney would still wind up falling in third place. Down to about 14 big blinds, Kenney three-bet all in with {A-Spades}{3-Hearts} after Stern's opening raise. A call from Stern with {K-Hearts}{5-Hearts} led to the board running out {9-Spades}{8-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{8-Clubs}, giving the pot to Stern.

The chip counts were nearly even when heads-up play began as Stern held 10,669,909 to Just Speechless' 10,252,091. With the blinds and antes at 80,000/160,000/20,000, there was plenty of room to play. "Just Speechless" controlled the beginning portion of the heads-up match, but Stern turned the tables en route to his victory.

On the final hand at 100,000/200,000/25,000, Stern opened to 400,000 on the button. "Just Speechless" three-bet to 1,100,000 from the big blind, only to see Stern four-bet shove. "Just Speechless" called all-in for his remaining 8,403,252 with {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}. Stern trailed with {K-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}, but locked up the victory when the board ran out {9-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{2-Spades}{K-Clubs}{8-Hearts}.

PlacePlayerPrize
1Dani "Ansky451" Stern$193,528
2Just Speechless$135,993
3Bryn "OneUponAStar" Kenney$93,102.90
4luckylucano10$69,042.60
5kakagun$52,305
6Michael "m_hawk_1" Hawkins$38,810.31
7Jamie "jables20" Burland$27,721.65
8McLean "PureProfitFour" Karr$19,666.68
9xiexz$13,285.47

Full Tilt FTOPS 17: No-Limit Hold'em Knockout

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$120+$96,106$610,600

Two heavy hitters played heads-up for the FTOPS jersey in Event#17. Matty "DrewAce34" Levine battled Keven "Stamdogg" Stammen, and Levine emerged as the winner to collect $104,412. Stammen added $72,661 to his bankroll for finishing second.

Among the other notables who made deep runs in this one were Kevin "Sharp6810" Sharp (10th - $4,396.32), Kevin "-1SickDisease-" Eyster (42nd - $1,221.20), and Jonathan "xMONSTERxDONGx" Karamalikis (43rd - $1,221.20).

PlacePlayerPrize
1Matty "DrewAce34" Levine$104,412.60
2Keven "Stamdogg" Stammen$72,661.40
3JWeiSS31$51,901
4tilt thisAA$39,078.40
5asforr$29,278.27
6SheMustSayYes$20,149.80
7Helli_Hansen$13,127.90
8PinkPanther05$9,159
9callyoudownn$6,411.30

FTOPS XXI will resume on Monday with three more events: Event 19, $256 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo ($75,000 guarantee at 1100 ET), Event 20, $1,060 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max ($200,000 guarantee at 1400 ET), and Event 21, $216 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo ($50,000 guarantee at 1700 ET). To view the entire schedule, head over to FullTiltPoker.com.

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