FTOPS XI Event #4, $300+22 NLHE Triple Shootout: Watkins Returns to Winner's Circle
Event #4 of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series XI, $300+$22 NL Hold'em Triple Shootout, drew a full house. The cap of 729 entrants was reached and first place offered $45,927. Notable finishes included MrRenniW in 18th ($1,858.95), Connor "negroblanco" Drinan in 21st ($1,312.20), Chris "fisheater111" Walsh in 22nd ($1,312.20), Boris "fratboy247" Kravets in 24th ($1,312.20) and Scott Montgomery in 26th ($1,312.20). Highlighting the final table was Va Shon "Julian Verse" Watkins, winner of the FTOPS X Main Event. The lineup was as follows:
Va Shon "Julian Verse" Watkins
Each player started with 243,000 and the first to be eliminated was Thin_Hamster at 2,000/4,000/500. After a failed bluff attempt, Thin_Hamster was down to 11,016 and was all in the next hand with against jolly001's . The board came and Thin_Hamster was out in ninth place for $2,952.45. The next to exit was sentin at 2,500/5,000/600. From the cutoff, sentin opened to 12,500 and jolly001 called out of the big blind. The flop came and jolly001 check-called sentin's 18,250 bet. The hit the turn and jolly001 led out for 45,000. Sentin shoved with and jolly001 called all in with . The river was the and sentin was down to 55,000 chips. The next hand sentin shoved with and jolly001 called with , finishing the job as the board ran out . Sentin finished in eighth place for $4,155.30.
Despite eliminating the first two players to depart the final, jolly001 went out in seventh, at the 5,000/10,000/1,000 level. Donivan31 shoved from the small blind with and jolly001 called all in from the big blind for 170,776 with . The board ran out and jolly001 was sent home in seventh place for $6,123.60. Departing a few hands later was scrapper41. After shoving all in for 126,174 with , Va Shon "Julian Verse" Watkins isolated with . The board rolled out and scrapper41 headed to the rail in sixth place for $8,748. PeachyMer was on the losing end of the next coin flip. All in with , she faced off with ClockWyze, who held . The board brought a king on the flop and PeachyMer did not catch up, collecting $12,028.50 for fifth place.
Lauraj111 fell at 8,000/16,000/2,000. In the cutoff lauraj111 opened to 48,000 and ClockWyze re-raised all in with the bigger stack on the button. Lauraj111 called all in with AhTc, but trailed ClockWyse's . The board ran out and lauraj111 took home $16,402.50 for a second final-table finish of FTOPS XI thus far. Donivan31 bid adieu shortly thereafter. A raising war pre-flop ended with donivan31 being all in for 657,300 with , crushing Va Shon "Julian Verse" Watkins' . However, the board rolled out and the reigning FTOPS main event winner pulled off the unlikely suckout to eliminate donivan31 in third for $21,870.
Heads-up play began with the following chip counts:
Va Shon "Julian Verse" Watkins - 1,358,402
ClockWyze - 828,598
It didn't take very long for the chips to get in the middle. On the final hand, ClockWyze opened to 32,000 and Watkins re-raised to 108,775. ClockWyze then popped it up to 355,555 and Watkins shoved. ClockWyze called all in for 673,249 with and it was off to the races against Va Shon Watkins' . An ace found its way onto the table to give Watkins the victory as the board ran out . ClockWyze collected $30,618 for finishing as runner-up, while the winner of FTOPS XI Event #4 was Va Shon "Julian Verse" Watkins for $45,927.
1. Va Shon "Julian Verse" Watkins - $45,927
2. ClockWyze - $30,618
3. donivan31 - $21,870
4. lauraj111 - $16,402.50
5. PeachyMer - $12,027.50
6. scrapper41 - $8,748
7. jolly001 - $6,123.60
8. sentin - $4,155.30
9. Thin_Hamster - $2,952.45