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FTOPS XI Event #13, $200+16 NL Hold'em (1R/1A): Darren 'darrenelias' Elias Wins

FTOPS XI Event #13, $200+16 NL Hold'em (1R/1A): Darren 'darrenelias' Elias Wins 0001

Event #13 of the eleventh Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS XI), $200+16 NL Hold'em (1R/1A) easily topped its pre-tourney $300,000 guarantee. The number was nearly doubled after 1,210 entrants, 861 rebuys and 805 add-ons. The total prize pool was $575,200, with first place offering $126,544. Notable finishers falling short of the final included Kenny "Hixx" Hicks in 10th ($4,889.20), Carter "ckingusc" King in 18th ($2,502.12), Jaroslaw "YanniYankiev" Jaskiewicz in 24th ($1,984.44) and David Pham in 27th ($1,984.44). The chip leader to start the final table was Kroko-dill, who won an event in FTOPS IX. The chip counts to start the final table were as follows:

Kroko-dill - 1,226,172

Eppi80 - 1,125,381

Julian "jae_rod811" Rodriguez - 1,053,721

nimzon - 777,200

Im yr bad beat - 615,615

Darren "darrenelias" Elias - 531,958

charoff - 413,788

safeT1st - 303,456

holdidona - 107,209

The first to exit the final was holdidona, at the 10,000/20,000/2,500 level. From middle position, holdidona went all in for 104,709 with {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and Im yr bad beat called from the cutoff with {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. A queen came on the flop and it would be enough to send holdidona to cashier in ninth place for $8,628. At 12,000/24,000/3,000, nimzon said goodbye to the final table. Under the gun, nimzon opened to 60,000 and, acting next, Kroko-dill popped it up to 192,000. In middle position, Darren "darrenelias" Elias re-raised all in for 540,508, and action folded back to nimzon who re-shoved for 865,200. Kroko-dill called instantly with {q-Spades}{q-Hearts} and led nimzon's {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts}, but trailed Elias' {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}. The board ran out {4-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and Darren Elias won the main pot to triple up. Kroko-dill won the side pot to eliminate nimzon in eighth place for $12,079.20. Toward the end of the level, charoff busted after making a move with {10-Clubs}{8-Clubs}. Unfortunately for charoff, Julian "jae_rod811" Rodriguez woke up with {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} and the board brought no help for charoff, who finished in seventh place for $16,680.80.

Im yr bad beat departed at 14,000/28,000/3,500 after shoving from the button for 279,824 with {a-Spades}{5-Spades}. In the big blind, safeT1st called with {a-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} and won the pot when the board rolled out {j-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{3-Hearts}{8-Clubs}. Im yr bad beat took home $25,884 for sixth place. Those chips weren't safeT1st's for long. At 17,000/34,000/4,000, safeT1st limped in from the cutoff and Darren Elias raised to 96,500. Action folded back to safeT1st, who shoved for 377,692 with {5-Spades}{5-Diamonds} and Elias called holding {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}. The board ran out {k-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{3-Hearts} and safeT1st headed to the rail in fifth place for $35,259.76. Julian "jae_rod811" Rodriguez busted later in the level after a preflop raising war. Rodriguez's tournament life was on the line with {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} against Eppi80's {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}. The board came {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} and Julian "jae_rod811" Rodriguez was out in fourth place for $46,735.

Eppi80 succumbed in third at 20,000/40,000/5,000. Darren Elias raised to 102,500 in the small blind and Eppi80 shipped it in for 667,382 from the big blind. Elias called with {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts} and had Eppi80's {j-Spades}{9-Diamonds} crushed. The board came {8-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{a-Spades}{8-Diamonds} and Eppi80 collected $58,239. At the beginning of heads-up play, Darren Elias held a slight chip lead, and he went on to win the tournament at the 25,000/50,000/6,000 level. Elias raised to 120,000 and Kroko-dill called, bringing a {9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{9-Spades} flop. Kroko-dill checked, Elias bet 112,500, and Kroko-dill check-raised to 250,000. Elias called and the {8-Hearts} hit the turn. Kroko-dill moved all in for 1,110,432 and Elias snap-called with {6-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} for the straight. Kroko-dill held {7-Spades}{5-Spades} and needed a five to win or six to chop. Neither came as the {j-Clubs} fell on the river. Kroko-dill earned $80,528 for second place, falling short in his effort to return to the winner's circle, as Darren "darrenelias" Elias took down FTOPS XI Event #13 for $126,544.

Final Results:

1. Darren "darrenelias" Elias - $126,544

2. Kroko-dill - $80,528

3. Eppi80 - $58,239

4. Julian "jae_rod811" Rodriguez - $46,735

5. safeT1st - $35,259.76

6. Im yr bad beat - $25,884

7. charoff - $16,680.80

8. nimzon - $12,079.20

9. holdidona - $8,628


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