The 28th edition of the Full Tilt Online Series of Poker (FTOPS) kicked off on Sunday, March 15, with the first event, a $250 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament that attracted 2,246 participants and nearly doubled the $350,000 guarantee set by the host Full Tilt.
The inaugural event of the FTOPS XXVIII saw "mt19631994" leave $99,430 richer at the end of a decisive heads-up match he played against "random_chu", who walked away with $68,921 for his second-place finish.
On Sunday, the second event of the FTOPS played out, a $500 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament won by "mexican212" for $65,769. With 644 participants, the event more than doubled its $150,000 guarantee and awarded a $305,900 total prize pool to the top 80 finishers.
As usually happens for these big events, the tournament attracted many top names as Team PokerStars Online Mickey "Mement_mori" Petersen and Mike McDonald who closed in 16th and 30th position for a payday of $2,508 and $1,774, respectively.
Done with its inaugural day, the FTOPS will continue Monday with three more events including a $100 buy-in six-max hold'em tournament, a $250 buy-in hold'em Rush Poker tournament, and a $250 buy-in fixed-limit H.O.R.S.E event.
Satellites for the events are currently underway at Full Tilt.
15 Days, 35 Tournaments, $4 Million in Guarantees
FTOPS XVIII will keep online poker players busy until March 29, when the series will get to celebrate the marquee $1,000 buy-in, $1 million guaranteed Main Event. Until then, the series will run according to an action-packed schedule featuring a total of 35 tournaments that will distribute $4 million in guaranteed prizes.
As usual, the 28th edition of the FTOPS includes a large number of no-limit hold'em tournaments, with buy-ins ranging from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $2,500.
Players who love different poker variants will also get their share of action, as this edition of the FTOPS features a satisfying number of H.O.R.S.E., pot-limit Omaha, pot-limit Omaha hi-lo, six-card Omaha, seven-card stud hi-lo, and razz events.
The schedule also includes two mixed-game events, one with a 10-game format on March 19 and another with a 25-game format on March 27.
Entry formats of these events vary as well, with multi-entry, triple-chance, and multi-day tournaments all on the slate.
As said, the buy-ins for FTOPS start at $100, and Full Tilt is also accommodating lower-limit players by hosting plenty of satellites starting at $0.11 or 100 Full Tilt Points.
Besides the $4 million in guarantees, the FTOPS XXVIII will also celebrate the winner of the FTOPS leaderboard with a Black Card sponsorship that will provide him or her a full four months worth of 100-percent rakeback on play.
Here is a look at the entire FTOPS XXVIII schedule:
|Event||Date||Time (ET)||Game||Type||Buy-in||Guaranteed Prize Pool|
|1||Sunday, March 15||13:30||NL Hold'em||Reentry||$250||$350,000|
|3||Monday, March 16||12:30||NL Hold'em||6-Max Megastack||$100||$50,000|
|4||14:30||Fixed H.O.R.S.E.||Full Ring||$250||$25,000|
|5||16:30||NL Hold'em||Turbo Rush||$250||$70,000|
|6||Tuesday, March 17||12:30||PL Omaha H/L||6-Max||$250||$30,000|
|8||16:30||NL Hold'em||Multi-Entry Flipout||$100||$50,000|
|9||Wednesday, March 18||12:30||NL Hold'em||5-Max||$100||$50,000|
|11||Thursday, March 19||12:30||Mixed 10-Game||6-Max Multi-Entry||$500||$50,000|
|13||Friday, March 20||12:30||Fixed 7-Stud Hi/Lo||Full Ring||$250||$20,000|
|14||14:30||NL Hold'em||Rebuy Rush||$100||$75,000|
|15||Saturday, March 21||12:30||NL Hold'em||Multi-Day||$2,500||$350,000|
|16||14:30||PL Omaha||6-Max Triple Chance||$500||$60,000|
|17||Sunday, March 22||11:30||NL Hold'em||Knockout||$250||$200,000|
|20||Monday, March 23||12:30||NL Hold'em||8-Max||$250||$75,000|
|21||14:30||Fixed Razz||Full Ring||$500||$25,000|
|22||16:30||NL Hold'em||Full Ring||$250||$60,000|
|23||Tuesday, March 24||12:30||NL Omaha H/L||6-Max||$250||$30,000|
|24||14:30||NL Hold'em||Full Ring||$500||$100,000|
|25||16:30||NL Hold'em||Super Turbo Knockout||$250||$75,000|
|26||Wednesday, March 25||12:30||PL 6-Card Omaha||6-Max||$250||$35,000|
|28||Thursday, March 26||12:30||NL Hold'em||4-Max||$250||$50,000|
|30||Friday March 27||12:30||Mixed 25-Game||6-Max Reentry||$250||$25,000|
|31||14:30||NL Hold'em||1 Rebuy, 1 Add-On||$100||$50,000|
|32||Saturday, March 28||12:30||PL Omaha||Rush||$250||$40,000|
|33||14:30||NL Hold'em||Turbo 5-Max||$100||$40,000|
|34||Sunday, March 29||11:30||NL Hold'em||Full Ring||$250||$200,000|
|Main Event||13:30||NL Hold'em||Reentry||$1,000||$1,000,000|
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