One of the biggest online poker events in the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) begins today with its 10th run. FTOPS X will last 12 days and will feature 25 different tournaments; a guaranteed total of $15 million will be offered in the prize pool which makes this the biggest FTOPS in the event’s history.
Each tournament will have its own professional poker player as the host; Mike Matusow will host the first event today: the $200 + $16 NL Hold’em 6-Max tournament which has a $1 million prize pool. The starting time for this event is 9:00 pm ET.
The action will really heat up on November 9th when Gus Hansen hosts a $300 + $22 NL Hold’em event with a prize pool of $1.5 million. The following day will feature another $1.5 million tournament: a $1,000 + $60 NL Hold’em contest with the host yet to be announced.
The highest buy-in of the FTOPS X will be the $5,000 + $200 NL Hold’em 6-Max tournament which has $2 million of guaranteed money in the prize pool – this two day event is expected to draw many of the top online players in the world. Once again the host hasn’t been announced yet.
As always, the biggest event will be held on the last day of the FTOPS, which is November 16th. This $500 + $35 NL Hold’em tournament will feature the most guaranteed prize pool: $2.5 million; people are still waiting to see who will host this event.
Some of the prominent hosts that will be involved with FTOPS X include: Jennifer Harman, Sigi Stockinger, Dario Alioto, Vitaly Lunkin, Matt Hawrilenko, Ryan Daut, Roland de Wolfe, Lee Watkinson, Aaron Bartley, Huck Seed, Erich Kollman, Thomas Bihl, and Perry Friedman.
The first FTOPS ran in August 2006 and offered $2 million for the total prize pool; 1,468 players entered and the top prize given out was $161,480.Since that time, the FTOPS has grown to be a much bigger event – FTOPS IX featured over $11.1 million in total prize money and the most money given to a single player was $432,400.27,493 players took part in FTOPS IX, but FTOPS X is expected to have an even bigger number of entrants.