Felix Schulze has emerged as the first champion of Full Tilt Poker’s innovative Flipout tournament. The German player succeeded in reaching the final table and grabbed the first ever Flipout title in Austria after beating a player field of 184. He won a free seat worth €5,300 to the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Vienna Main Event.

The venue of the innovative Flipout event was the Hofburg Palace, and a large number of prominent poker players had taken part in the event, which was a live Flipout freeroll. This was the first Flipout tournament of its kind held after Full Tilt Poker launched the format recently.

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Among those who took part in this historic event were Full Tilt Poker pros Gus Hansen and Viktor Blom and Full Tilt Poker ambassadors Andras Nemeth, Hana Soljan, Dermot Blain, and Roberta Cezarescu. Members of Team PokerStars Pro Jan Heitmann and Marcel Luske had also taken part in the event and so had Micky Petersen, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Dale Philip, and Matthias Brander as representatives of Team PokerStars Online.

Flipout tournaments are based on a unique format, in which players have to bet all-in in the first round of the tournament. The surviving players are then moved to a multi-table format with a guaranteed cash prize each. Flipout tournaments, therefore, move at top speed as they eliminate pre-bubble gaming. They also help players win cash prizes really fast and allow those who couldn’t make it to the final table to start playing another Flipout tournament. Thanks to this format, players need not spend too much time in a tournament that does not favor them.

The participants of the first ever Flipout freeroll went all-in on their first hands, but only nine of them emerged as the finalists and played for the first place prize of a free seat to the EPT Main Event. The players who finished sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth were Hakan Can, Benjamin Mertens, David Vamplew, and Thomas Putzenlechner, respectively, and each of them won a free tournament seat worth €120.

The player who finished fifth was Richard Kapun, and the player who finished fourth was Vlad Lache. They each received a tournament entry worth €220. Holger Hubner, who busted just before the heads-up play began, won a tournament seat worth €330. Andras Nemeth, the runner-up, won a seat worth €550; and the champion Felix Schulze was rewarded with a seat to the EPT Vienna Main Event.

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