Full Tilt’s new Multi-Entry format was expected to make an impact on the FTOPS XIX, the latest running of the online poker room’s series of multiple championships that is now run several times a year.
After 45 events and a guaranteed prize pool of $22,000,000, 19th running of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) came to a conclusion on the morning of Monday 21st February afte having set new records for field size and prize money.
The Main Event, the $600 buy-in tournament held on Sunday and hosted by Full Tilt Poker pro Erick Lindgren, attracted a total of 14,479 entries – thanks to the new Multi-Entry system that allowed players to enter the same tournament up to as many as six times – and generated a prize pool of just over $8,800,000. The event became the 21st-largest poker tournament ever held, anywhere, and the fourth largest held online. More than 10% of the field went away with a cash-rich feeling. The lowest prize money earned by the limpers out of the 1,890 “winners” had the sum of $868 to cover their buy-in and their time.
The huge field took 14 hours to shake down to a manageable 13 before the last few were shaved off to allow the final table to be set. At the time, the first prize was being chalked up as being of approximately $1.3 million in value with 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Blair Hinkle being considered the strongest candidate to be sporting the largest smile come Monday morning. Hinkle won the $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em event for the grand amount of $507,613. Hinkle went into the final table at the FTOPS XIX Main Event as the chip leader.
The final table was a fairly short-lived affair with “Colonel Mustard,” “beerocrat,” and “425wedabest” taking early baths and allowing “Buzgon” to seize the chip lead from Hinkle. In the early hours of the morning, the three remaining players negotiated a stunning pact in which Hinkle came out with over $1.1 million in chips although he wasn’t the chip leader at the time of the deal. Once the rems of the deal were finalized, the titlewas won by “GIAMPP.”
To harp on about the new Multi-Entry format, we can relay that the Full Tilt Poker Twitter feed relates that only two of the players to reach the final table, “GIAMPP” and “beerocrat”, needed only one entry into the tournament.