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FTOPS XXVIII Underway with $4 Million in Guaranteed Prizes


The 28th edition of the Full Tilt Online Series of Poker (FTOPS) kicked off on Sunday, March 15, with the first event, a $250 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament that attracted 2,246 participants and nearly doubled the $350,000 guarantee set by the host Full Tilt.

The inaugural event of the FTOPS XXVIII saw "mt19631994" leave $99,430 richer at the end of a decisive heads-up match he played against "random_chu", who walked away with $68,921 for his second-place finish.

On Sunday, the second event of the FTOPS played out, a $500 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament won by "mexican212" for $65,769. With 644 participants, the event more than doubled its $150,000 guarantee and awarded a $305,900 total prize pool to the top 80 finishers.

As usually happens for these big events, the tournament attracted many top names as Team PokerStars Online Mickey "Mement_mori" Petersen and Mike McDonald who closed in 16th and 30th position for a payday of $2,508 and $1,774, respectively.

Done with its inaugural day, the FTOPS will continue Monday with three more events including a $100 buy-in six-max hold'em tournament, a $250 buy-in hold'em Rush Poker tournament, and a $250 buy-in fixed-limit H.O.R.S.E event.

Satellites for the events are currently underway at Full Tilt.

15 Days, 35 Tournaments, $4 Million in Guarantees

FTOPS XVIII will keep online poker players busy until March 29, when the series will get to celebrate the marquee $1,000 buy-in, $1 million guaranteed Main Event. Until then, the series will run according to an action-packed schedule featuring a total of 35 tournaments that will distribute $4 million in guaranteed prizes.

As usual, the 28th edition of the FTOPS includes a large number of no-limit hold'em tournaments, with buy-ins ranging from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $2,500.

Players who love different poker variants will also get their share of action, as this edition of the FTOPS features a satisfying number of H.O.R.S.E., pot-limit Omaha, pot-limit Omaha hi-lo, six-card Omaha, seven-card stud hi-lo, and razz events.

The schedule also includes two mixed-game events, one with a 10-game format on March 19 and another with a 25-game format on March 27.

Entry formats of these events vary as well, with multi-entry, triple-chance, and multi-day tournaments all on the slate.

As said, the buy-ins for FTOPS start at $100, and Full Tilt is also accommodating lower-limit players by hosting plenty of satellites starting at $0.11 or 100 Full Tilt Points.

Besides the $4 million in guarantees, the FTOPS XXVIII will also celebrate the winner of the FTOPS leaderboard with a Black Card sponsorship that will provide him or her a full four months worth of 100-percent rake back on play.

Here is a look at the entire FTOPS XXVIII schedule.

EventDateTime (ET)GameTypeBuy-inGuaranteed Prize Pool
1Sunday, March 1513:30NL Hold'emReentry$250$350,000
2 15:30NL Hold'em8-Max$500$150,000
3Monday, March 1612:30NL Hold'em6-Max Megastack$100$50,000
4 14:30Fixed H.O.R.S.E.Full Ring$250$25,000
5 16:30NL Hold'emTurbo Rush$250$70,000
6Tuesday, March 1712:30PL Omaha H/L6-Max$250$30,000
7 14:30NL Hold'em6-Max$500$75,000
8 16:30NL Hold'emMulti-Entry Flipout$100$50,000
9Wednesday, March 1812:30NL Hold'em5-Max$100$50,000
10 14:30Fixed Hold'em8-Max$250$20,000
11Thursday, March 1912:30Mixed 10-Game6-Max Multi-Entry$500$50,000
12 14:30NL Hold'emHeads-Up$100$20,000
13Friday, March 2012:30Fixed 7-Stud Hi/LoFull Ring$250$20,000
14 14:30NL Hold'emRebuy Rush$100$75,000
15Saturday, March 2112:30NL Hold'emMulti-Day$2,500$350,000
16 14:30PL Omaha6-Max Triple Chance$500$60,000
17Sunday, March 2211:30NL Hold'emKnockout$250$200,000
18 13:30NL Hold'emReentry$500350,000
19 15:30NL Hold'emRebuy$100$100,000
20Monday, March 2312:30NL Hold'em8-Max$250$75,000
21 14:30Fixed RazzFull Ring$500$25,000
22 16:30NL Hold'emFull Ring$250$60,000
23Tuesday, March 2412:30NL Omaha H/L6-Max$250$30,000
24 14:30NL Hold'emFull Ring$500$100,000
25 16:30NL Hold'emSuper Turbo Knockout$250$75,000
26Wednesday, March 2512:30PL 6-Card Omaha6-Max$250$35,000
27 14:30NL Hold'emRebuy$100$75,000
28Thursday, March 2612:30NL Hold'em4-Max$250$50,000
29 14:30PL HA8-Max$250$25,000
30Friday March 2712:30Mixed 25-Game6-Max Reentry$250$25,000
31 14:30NL Hold'em1 Rebuy, 1 Add-On$100$50,000
32Saturday, March 2812:30PL OmahaRush$250$40,000
33 14:30NL Hold'emTurbo 5-Max$100$40,000
34Sunday, March 2911:30NL Hold'emFull Ring$250$200,000
Main Event 13:30NL Hold'emReentry$1,000$1,000,000

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