Full Tilt's FTOPS series rolled on yesterday, with yet another $1,000,000 Guaranteed No-Limit Hold'em tournament. This time, it was a $1,000+$60 tournament, putting the buy-in on par with preliminary events in brick-and-mortar tournament series. Despite the investment, or perhaps because of it, 1,332 players entered, creating a nice prize pool of $1,332,000. First place stood to gain $250,416, and 216 places were paid. This tournament was also different in that it started at 9 p.m. Eastern time, making it less friendly to European time zones.
Many Full Tilt "red" pros showed for this, including several players who are high-stakes cash-game specialists and don't play in as many tournaments, such as Gus Hansen and David Benyamine. The only cashes among this elite group of 27, though, were JJ Liu in 125th and Lynette Chan in 40th.
The final table, as in event 7, was a sea of unknowns with few prior cashes to their name. luckychewy is probably the most prolific, having won a $69 and a $109+rebuy event on Full Tilt and PokerStars, respectively, in back-to-back days in August.
First out was Da_Mad_Hatter, who open-shoved in the cutoff 45 seconds into the event. The lone caller was luckychewy, who turned over to Da_Mad_Hatter's . The board read and Da_Mad_Hatter won $19,447.20 for ninth.
Next was holla-athca-boy, who also open-shoved, this time under the gun, for 131,319. TopTizzlePizzle re-raised to 230,000 and everyone else folded. TopTizzlePizzle flipped to holla-athca-boy's . The board was and holla-athca-boy left in eighth for $25,308.
Next, uuhhhicall made a big raise to 225,500 with blinds at 17,000/34,000. "goodbye guys gg gl!!" said djmanga as he pushed his last 57,398 in. Nobody else called and uuhhhicall, taking some back, showed to djmanga's . The board was and djmanga was a pre-flop prophet, and out in seventh, earning $32,634.
On the next hand, with a dead small blind, PLAYMONEYPR0 shoved on the button. luckychewy called after requesting time, showing to PLAYMONEYPR0's . The board was and PLAYMONEYPR0 exited in sixth for $44,755.20.
Fourteen minutes, four players out. It would only take 12 minutes for the next elimination to occur, albeit after a five minute break. moneytree shoved in early position. "It's kinda a big all in. I guess," said moneytree09. TopTizzlePizzle called after requesting time, and showed to moneytree09's . The board was , giving Tizzle the river gutshot, and sending moneytree09 away with $62,604 in fifth.
Next, timmystrayer went all in in the cutoff, and TopTizzlePizzle again called time on himself, eventually calling with to timmystrayer's . The board was and timmystrayer left in fourth for $82,584.
Ten minutes later, uuhhhicall made a standard raise on the button and and luckychewy called in the big blind. The flop was . luckychewy checked and uuhhhicall bet about the same as he had before. luckychewy raised to 503,500, double what was in the pot. uuhhhicall shoved with and luckychewy called with . The turn and river were giving uuhhh the flush, and sending the unlucky luckychewy out in third for $107,226.
Entering heads up, uuhhhicall held only a slim 2.25 to 1 lead over TopTizzlePizzle. Twenty minutes of battling later, and uuhhhicall had increased that lead to 5 to 1. He shoved on the button with and TopTizzlePizzle called with . The board was . The nine on the flop did it, and TopTizzlePizzle left in second for $155,178, leaving $250,416 and the FTOPS Event 8 title on the table for the champion, uuhhhicall.
1st (uuhhhicall): $250,416
2nd (TopTizzlePizzle): $155,178
3rd (luckychewy): $107,226
4th (timmystrayer): $82,584
5th (moneytree09): $62,604
6th (PLAYMONEYPR0): $44,755.20
7th (djmanga): $32,634
8th (holla-athca-boy): $25,308
9th (Da_Mad_Hatter): $19,447.20