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FTOPS XI, Event #1: Unlucky Queens Make David 'muckducks' Cairns a Winner

FTOPS XI, Event #1: Unlucky Queens Make David 'muckducks' Cairns a Winner 0001

The eleventh Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS XI) kicked off with a $200+$16 no-limit hold'em poker featuring a million-dollar guarantee. Event #1 drew a crowd of 6,275 for a total prize pool of $1,255,000 and a first-place prize of $216,512.60. The top 738 spots paid. Among the best finishes from notable players were Dan "Wretchy" Martin in 13th place ($8,722.25), Chris "Cmoney3" Kline in 19th ($4,518), Josh "professorpeanut" Will in 21st ($4,518), Jeremiah "Believer8219" Vinsant in 37th ($2,761), Jagz7 in 42nd ($2,761), Mohsin "chicagocards1″ Charania in 48th ($2,196.25) and Matt "MattSuspect" Molinari in 50th ($2,196.25). Nearly eleven hours after the cards were dealt to 6,275, just nine remained. The chip counts to start the final table were as follows:

David "muckducks" Cairns - 8,847,150

sticky seat - 8,542,663

John "John Newcombe" Newcombe - 3,679,525

amster_ATX - 2,037,866

headbang - 1,846,196

two8off - 1,805,256

song1234 - 1,566,232

Almerud - 1,529,339

ich_bin_pro - 1,520,773

The first to be sent home from the final table was amster_ATX at 80,000/160,000/20,000. From the cutoff, amster_ATX shoved for 977,054 with AsTs, but ran into headbang's {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} in the big blind. The board came {q-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{3-Clubs}{k-Spades}{6-Clubs} and amster_ATX was out in ninth place for $16,315. Next to bust was ich_bin_pro. David "muckducks" Cairns opened for 400,000 in early position and ich_bin_pro raised all in for 780,773 with {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}. Cairns called with {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs} and took down the pot when the board rolled out {k-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{6-Spades}. A total of $21,962.50 went to ich_bin_pro for the eighth-place finish.

Song1234 left on a low note at 100,000/200,000/25,000. From the cutoff, sticky seat raised to 525,555 and song1234 went all in from the small blind for 2,018,129, backing {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. Sticky seat called and revealed {k-Clubs}{k-Spades} and when the board ran out {a-Hearts}{9-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}, song1234 was eliminated in seventh place for $28,865. Almerud departed a few hands later after losing a race to two8off. Almerud held {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} to two8off's {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} and the board brought neither an ace nor a ten. The sixth-place finish earned Almerud a $37,022.50 payday. Late in the level, headbang's tournament ended as well. In the cutoff, sticky seat raised to 600,000 and headbang went all in for 1,198,250 from the small blind with {a-Spades}{k-Spades}. Pot-committed, sticky seat called with {j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}. The board rolled out {5-Hearts}{8-Spades}{2-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{j-Hearts} as sticky seat paired up on the river to send headbang to the rail in fifth place for $49,572.50.

At 120,000/240,000/30,000 two8off was felted. From the small blind, two8off shoved for 1,751,690 with {a-Clubs}{4-Hearts}, but ran into chip leader sticky seat's {7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}. The board came {j-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{5-Hearts} as two8off went out in fourth place for $65,887.50. John Newcombe went out in third at 140,000/280,000/35,000. From the small blind Newcombe raised to 660,000 and sticky seat called out of the big blind. The flop came {2-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{4-Spades} and John Newcombe check-raised all in for 4,921,492 holding {j-Spades}{j-Hearts}. Sticky seat called with {9-Spades}{6-Spades} and trailed, but the turn and river came 8h and 9d as sticky seat rivered trips to win. John Newcombe earned $84,336 for the third-place showing. The chip counts at the start of heads-up play:

sticky seat - 23,901,715

David "muckducks" Cairns - 7,473,285

The counts became nearly even when Cairns was fortunate with {a-Clubs}{6-Spades} against sticky seat's {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. An ace fell on the flop and Cairns closed the gap significantly. The heads-up battle lasted for almost two levels before the key hands occurred. David Cairns was in dire straits at 170,000/340,000/40,000. After a series of raises preflop, Cairns was all in with {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts} against sticky seat's {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}. The flop and turn came {9-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{k-Spades}{8-Diamonds} and things looked bleak, but the {7-Diamonds} hit the river and Cairns took a big lead with the two-outer, again leaving sticky seat's pocket queens a loser. He won the match a while later at 200,000/400,000/50,000. Sticky seat opened to 1,111,111 and David Cairns shoved with the big stack. Sticky seat wasted little time and called all in for 9,692,357 with {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}. It led Cairns' {j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}, but the flop came {8-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{q-Clubs} to give Cairn the then-nut straight. The turn and river came {q-Spades} and {5-Diamonds} as sticky seat bowed out as the runner-up for $131,147.50. David "muckducks" Cairns' triumph in FTOPS XI Event #1 at <a rel="nofollow" href="">Full Tilt</a> was worth $216,512.60.

Final Results:

1. David "muckducks" Cairns - $216,512.60

2. sticky seat - $131,147.50

3. John Newcombe - $84,336

4. two80ff - $65,887.50

5. headbang - $49.572.50

6. Almerud - $37,022.50

7. song1234 - $28,865

8. ich_bin_pro - $21,962.50

9. amster_ATX - $16,315

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