The Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) is off and running with its thirteenth version, with three tournaments completed and a host of events still left to run before the Championship Event on August 15th.
News is good so far for the first three events as each tournament exceeded their guarantees. In the kickoff to this year’s schedule, World Series of Poker 40th Anniversary $40K Champion Vitaly Lunkin was the host of a $200 No Limit Hold’em tournament on Wednesday evening that drew a sizeable field of 5,712 and beat the guarantee by approximately $170,000. While Lunkin was unable to cash in the tournament, Full Tilt professional Christian Kruel finished in 193rd place for a slight return on his investment. The final table saw the last five players implement one of the new features at Full Tilt and chop up the money by chip counts; after playing out the remainder of the game to determine an official champion, “Deception Pt” was the victor.
On Thursday, two events took to the stage on the Full Tilt battleground. WSOP bracelet holder Scott Fischman served as the host for a $300 No Limit 4x Shootout tournament and online veteran Scott Clements helmed a $200 Omaha Eights or better event. Both tournaments exceeded their guaranteed buy ins, with the Shootout drawing 1,193 players (slightly over $100K over the guarantee) and the Omaha tournament pulling 1,086 runners ($17,000 over the guarantee).
Fischman was able to cash in his event, along with fellow Full Tilt pros Peter “Nordberg” Feldman and David “The Dragon” Pham, and the final table played out to the end. After the smoke cleared from the Shootout, “jive32” vanquished “CooLJohN22222” to take the $62,632 first place prize and the championship. Clements wasn’t as fortunate as Fischman to cash in his tournament, but Kruel earned his second cash of FTOPS XIII and was joined by fellow Full Tilt pros in 2007 WSOPE H.O.R.S.E. champion Thomas Bihl and four time WSOP bracelet winner Artie Cobb. A five way chop was implemented at the final table and, after playing down for an official winner, “UgA7211” was crowned the champion.
While these three events have been ripe with players and extra money over the guarantees, there are still plenty of chances to get in on the action of FTOPS XIII. Satellites are running daily for the remaining events, with other tournaments on the schedule running at the same time. Each tournament has its own particular host and the schedule does draw out the cream of the Full Tilt Poker stable.
On Sunday, 2005 WSOP Player of the Year Allen Cunningham will host one of the larger guaranteed tournaments prior to the Championship Event when the $1.5 million No Limit Hold’em tournament runs. The $300 buy in event should draw the cream of the poker world – both online and live – to take their shot. On Monday, 2005 Tournament of Champions victor Mike “The Mouth” Matusow hosts a unique half-Pot Limit Hold’em/half Pot Limit Omaha tournament with a $200,000 guarantee. The buy in for this event is only $200 and should be hotly contested by strong players. The Championship Event, a $2500 buy in tournament with a $2 million guaranteed prize pool, will be hosted by Patrik Antonius and is a two-day event. Potentially the victor of FTOPS XII, “Pocketownage420,” will return to defend his title.
There is still time to get in on FTOPS XIII! For a full look at the schedule, visit Full Tilt Poker to learn more.

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