By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
With Full Tilt Poker’s introduction of Multi-Entry Tournaments, and more events than any other FTOPS series before it, the FTOPS XIX Tournament Series set record numbers when the dust settled.
The FTOPS XIX Main Event, hosted by Full Tilt Red Pro Erick Lindgren, drew a record 14,479 players, and the $8.7 million prize pool far exceeded the $3 million guarantee for the tournament. This would be the biggest prize pool on Full Tilt Poker to date. The $1.3 million for the winner also set a record for the largest first place prize on the site.
With players allowed six $600 entries, it was clear from early on that this would be a record breaking tournament for Full Tilt Poker. The $3 million guarantee was met before the tournament even started. It was also clear that it would also be a marathon for players lucky enough to last to the final table, with the tournament clocking in at nearly 15 hours from start to finish.
In the wee hours of Monday morning though, it was a player with just a single entry into the tournament that walked away as a champion and would earn the coveted FTOPS Champion Gold Jersey. Italian player GIAMPP officially finished first after a deal was struck that allowed Blair ‘blur5f6’ Hinkle to walk away with the most money, despite officially finishing in second place.
With three players remaining, and Hinkle holding a dominant lead, talk regarding a deal commenced and Hinkle, a 2008 WSOP bracelet winner, said that he would take $1,150,000 and let the other two players split the remaining prize pool up however they wanted. Somehow, the short stack, SirMad from Norway, made out with a pretty nice payday considering his stack size at the time of the deal.
FTOPS XIX Main Event Results
1st – GIAMPP – $877,949
2nd – Blair ‘blur5f6’ Hinkle – $1,162,949
3rd – SirMad – $805,440
4th – Nayza – $451,744
5th – WiLDmAn75 – $321,433
6th – J NOCK – $230,216
7th – 425wedabest – $165,060
8th – beerocrat – $121,623
9th – Colonel Mustard – $86,005
Mini FTOPS is just around the corner, download Full Tilt Poker today and grab your share of the $8 million guaranteed for just a tenth of the FTOPS prices.
Up to 30% Rakeback + €1000 Bonus
Up to 70% Rakeback + None Bonus
Up to 22.2% VIP Rakeback + $500 Bonus
Up to 30% VIP Rakeback + $600 Bonus
Up to 30% Rakeback + $1000 Bonus
Up to 27% Rakeback + $1000 Bonus