Black Friday may have kept US players from playing in game289 XX Event 42, but 302 players from across the globe still ponied up the $500+$35 needed to play in the event. These players battled it out head to head in this heads-up No Limit tournament that offered a $200,000 guarantee.
Nine Full Tilt red pros competed in the tournament, including poker pro James Akenhead. Of the nine pros that competed, only two were fortunate enough to make the money. Red Pro Martin Kabrhel, who has won 3 Eastern Poker Tour events and has over $2 million in tournament earnings finished 47th for $900. Pascal Lefrancois, a Canadian poker player who finished 11th in the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event for $635,000, finished 38th, also earning $900.
One player outlasted the rest, though. HaiducF made it through a gauntlet of players to finish first in Event 42. He made a deal at the final table with second place finisher snakaa and earned $32,700, while snakaa took home $30,700.
Full Tilt Poker’s FTOPS XX introduced an event yesterday for players who like to live life in the very, very fast lane. This Tournament was a $515+20 Super Turbo KO Event (300 chips to start), meaning that the action would be absolutely fast and furious. It was so fast, in fact, that it was actually over in the almost mind-numbing time of 1 Hour and 44 minutes. That’s right, it took just a shade under 2 hours for “as666666lan” to vanquish this field, collect about 25 Knockouts along the way, and rake in the first place prize of $43,100.
There were a handful of red pros in this event, but none cashed and really no one even came close. It is difficult to take much from that, except to say that if you put a whole bunch of fighter planes into a very small hangar and ask them to take off, some are going to crash. In other words, this event did not allow for huge amounts of strategy and tact, so it’s no knock on the pros that they weren’t able to outplay the field. The top finishing red pros, however, were Mike McDonald (95th), and Eunjong Byun (80th). With the tournament paying the top 46 finishers, both competitors finished just slightly outside of the money.
Once the Final Table was seated, it was clear that this event was not going to take very long to come to an end. The average stacks were pretty shallow at this point (not that there were enough chips in play to make them deep), and there were players heading out the door on almost every orbit. As666666lan continued to play with aggression and fearlessness, and his persistence was rewarded when he took home the title, the gold avatar, and the $43,100.
Betong Wins FTOPS XX Event 32
U.S. players may not be able to play on Full Tilt Poker, but that didn’t stop 657 players from putting up the $300+$22 to play in FTOPS XX Event 32, a No Limit Hold’em freezeout with $100,000 guaranteed. The amount of players pushed the total prize pool to $197,100.
Only five Full Tilt Poker red pros competed in Event 32. Of the five pros that competed, only Mike McDonald was able to make the money. McDonald is a successful Canadian tournament player and is the youngest player to win a European Poker Tour event. As of February 2010, McDonald had over $2,100,000 in tournament earnings.
The man of the hour, though, was a player named Betong. Already having won over $89,000 by finishing 2nd in a $750,000 guaranteed event in 2010, Betong added to his tournament winnings by finishing first in Event 32 and winning $48,289.50.