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Full Tilt FTOPS Main Event Recap - First Prize a Whopping $336k

Full Tilt FTOPS Main Event Recap - First Prize a Whopping $336k 0001

The Full Tilt Online Poker Series [FTOPS] concluded its ten-day run with a magnificent Main Event. The event --- more specifically, FTOPS #10 --- drew nearly 4,000 players with an eye on more than a third of a million in first-prize money and irrevocable FTOPS bragging rights.

Full Tilt FTOPS #10 (Main Event): $1,500,000 Guaranteed NL ($500+35 buy-in)

This season's FTOPS Main Event saw 3,798 players registered for the event, building a prize pool of $1,899,000. That purse wasn't the largest of the night, but the first-place money of $336,217.95 was easily the evening's largest prize. 522 players made it to the money, and the top 15 spots each made at least $10,000 for their night's work. 'John_McClane17' lived up to his 'Die Hard' nickname by amassing over $3.1 million in chips, leading the way to the final table.

The first final-table exit occurred immediately, as a short-stacked 'SN8WMAN' made a move from the small blind with {k-Spades}{5-Diamonds}, only to be called by 'RastaAl' from the big blind with {k-Hearts}{8-Spades}. RastaAl took down the pot and notched the knockout when the board offered {6-Spades}{9-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}. A couple of dozen hands later it was RastaAl on the wrong side of the elimination equation. On this hand, RastaAl had {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades} to the {a-Hearts}{j-Spades} of 'IdahoQueens,' but the {10-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} board gave IdahoQueens the Broadway straight.

The chain of knockouts continued moments later. IdahoQueens opened with {a-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}, then saw 'KingDan23' make an all-in re-raise. KingDan23 had made several re-raises in earlier hands to take down pots pre-flop, but this time IdahoQueens made the call to find KingDan23 with a real hand {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs}. It got worse from there, as KingDan23 flopped a set and won easily when the {q-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{10-Clubs}{6-Spades}{k-Hearts} board was complete. The hand pushed KingDan23 to nearly $8 million in chips, twice the level of second place. KingDan23's stack jumped again when he won a race with {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} against 'boNeZee's {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}, the board arriving {9-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}. boNeZee's departure left five players in the running.

KingDan23 made it three in a row by picking off 'amatos,' who was low on chips and made a move with {j-Spades}{5-Spades}. KingDan23 made the call from the big blind with {k-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}, and picked up the pot as the board showed {2-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{a-Spades}{3-Spades}{8-Diamonds}. 'CroqueMonsieur' finally slowed KingDan23's run by doubling through with queens against KingDan23's sixes.

A huge three-way pot saw 'sicklol' bounced to the rail in fourth. KingDan23, with over $9 million in chips and the blinds at $60,000/$120,000 pushed all-in from the button with {k-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}. Both John_McClane17 and sicklol, the small and big blinds, respectively, were under $2 million at this point. John_McClane17 made the call from the small blind with {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}, and sicklol thought it over and also made the call from the big blind, with {a-Spades}{j-Hearts}. The board itself presented a diamond flush --- {q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} --- but John_McClane17 held the {a-Diamonds} for the nut flush and the knockout, having sicklol slightly outchipped.

John_McClane17 caught a fortunate river to continue his surge back to the lead. This time he held {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} to KingDan23's {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs} and after a {q-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} flop, a {4-Clubs} turn, and a {8-Clubs} river for the straight, induced a call from KingDan23 on a $1.8 million-chip river value bet. KingDan23, though, doubled through against CroqueMonsieur moments later to climb back into the war, winning an ace-vs.-king kick matchup when both players missed a garbage board. The two players butted heads in two more large pots soon after, with KingDan23 getting the better of the trade after winning with pocket kings against CroqueMonsieur's A-8.

CroqueMonsieur's night finally ended when he moved in for his remaining chips with {j-Hearts}{9-Clubs}, and KingDan23 made the call with {a-Spades}{6-Spades}. The board came {2-Hearts}{3-Spades}{7-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}, pairing KingDan23's ace and marking the start of heads-up play.

Heads-up action started with KingDan23 holding a narrow lead, which he gradually worked up to a 3;1 margin. John_McClane17 roared back, however, first doubling through with pocket queens, then doing so after rivering a straight and getting KingDan23 to call an all-in push. KingDan23 wasn't quite through, catching two jacks --- the second on the river --- to stay alive after catching the worst end of an AJ-against-QJ matchup.

The end came in similar fashion. The chips went in with KingDan23 having the better of it with {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts} to John_McClane17's {a-Diamonds}{7-Spades}. A {7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{5-Clubs} flop paired John_McClane17's seven, but left KingDan23 with twelve outs twice for survival. None of those outs arrived, however, as the {q-Hearts} turn and {k-Diamonds} river dashed KingDan23's last chance. John_McClane17's pair of sevens held up for the clincher in a $336,000 win.

Final standings:

1st ($336,217.95): John_McClane17

2nd ($203,193): KingDan23

3rd ($132,930): CroqueMonsieur

4th ($104,824.80): sicklol

5th ($78,618.60): amatos

6th ($58,299.30): boNeZee

7th ($43,677): IdahoQueens

8th ($34,182): RastaAl

9th ($25,446.60): SN8WMAN

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