Full Tilt Online Poker Series

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The Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) was an online poker tournament series which ran on Full Tilt Poker. It was established in August 2006 [1] and was held approximately every three months.[2]

The FTOPS consisted of multiple tournaments in a variety of different poker games, each of which was hosted by a different Full Tilt professional.[3] FTOPS I consisted of eight Texas Hold 'em and Omaha Hold 'em tournaments,[1] but the series since expanded to include Stud, Razz, and mixed games, as well as knockout bounty, shootout, cashout, short-handed, and heads up tournaments.[3] With the FTOPS XIII in August 2009, Full Tilt added a charity event to the series to benefit Ante Up for Africa, hosted by Don Cheadle.[4] The main event was a $500 buy in No Limit Holdem tournament for FTOPS I to XV and $600 from FTOPS XVI onwards. The $2,100 Two-Day Event was for a long time the highest buy-in tournament in the series, but as of FTOPS XIX, the $10,300 Two-Day Heads-Up Event surpassed it.

The series featured a number of ongoing challenges that reward players for certain feats, such as winning 30 hands without showdown.[5] Players who made the final table are awarded an FTOPS jacket, and event winners were awarded an FTOPS gold jersey and an FTOPS gold jersey avatar to represent them at Full Tilt’s tables.[6] At the FTOPS XV in February 2010, any player who made the money in 17 of the 27 events would have received a $1 million bonus.[5]

While the FTOPs series included many notable performance by top poker pros, arguably the most notable feat was accomplished in August 2008, when poker pro Yuval Bronshtein, playing under his handle "Yuvee04" took down two FTOPS in the same day.[7][8][9] Bronshtein won four FTOPs total, which is also an all time FTOPs record.[10]

Full Tilt also ran the MiniFTOPS, which took place one month later and featured the same events at one-tenth of the original buy-ins.[11]

FTOPS Main Event winners[edit]

Series Date Entrants Winner First Prize
FTOPS I August 2006 1,468 United States Crownnginger $161,480
FTOPS II November 2006 2,449 United States Spiked $224,653
FTOPS III February 2007 3,217 United States Traheho (Alec Torelli) $288,001
FTOPS IV May 2007 3,798 United States John_McClane17 $336,217
FTOPS V August 2007 4,578 United States CrazyZachary (Zachary Clark) $395,905
FTOPS VI November 2007 4,371 United States fkscreennames (Daryl Jace) $385,937
FTOPS VII February 2008 5,291 United States Reverse $456,401
FTOPS VIII May 2008 4,750 United States cheesemonster (Keith Lehr) $410,780
FTOPS IX August 2008 4,880 United States dubbeemin (Brian Mintz) $432,400
FTOPS X November 2008 5,225 United States Julian Verse (Va Shon Watkins) $450,708
FTOPS XI February 2009 5,287 United States csimmsux (Adam Geyer) $456,056[12]
FTOPS XII May 2009 4,581 United States Pocketownage420 $432,400[13]
FTOPS XIII August 2009 5,306 United States Poligraph (Matthew Waxman) $453,663[14]
FTOPS XIV November 2009 5,471 Germany zhivago2 (Heinz Kamutzki) $418,839[15]
FTOPS XV February 2010 5,645 United States JackQKA $237,644 (7-way deal)[16]
FTOPS XVI May 2010 4,534 United States Kirbynator $327,057.40 (3-way deal)[17]
FTOPS XVII August 2010 4,805 United States TyboVegas $423,057.41 (2-way deal)[18]
FTOPS XVIII November 2010 5,023 France JHoWn $411,932.13 (3-way deal)[19]
FTOPS XIX February 2011 14,479 Italy GIAMPP $877,949.74 (3-way deal)[20]
FTOPS XX May 2011 4,666 Brazil ArielBahia (Ariel Celestino) $346,696 (4-way deal)[21]
FTOPS XXI December 2012 4,766 Canada yadio1111 (Yann Dion) $453,229.40 (2-way deal)[22]
FTOPS XXII March 2013 3,653 Russia feel fine $392,332.20[23]
FTOPS XXIII August 2013 3,327 Germany Itahaschi $270,828.43 (3-way deal)[24]
FTOPS XXIV December 2013 2,755 Finland poksu pete $207,016.12 (3-way deal)[25]
FTOPS XXV April 2014 2,557 United Kingdom Firaldo87 (Niall Farrell) $236,232.74 (3-way deal)[26]
FTOPS XXVI August 2014 1,500 United Kingdom ponyo88 $153,962.72 (3-way deal)[27]
FTOPS XXVII December 2014 1,767 Brazil natfalber11 (Nathaniel Falber) $212,040[28]
FTOPS XXVIII March 2015 1,260 United Kingdom potta_x_potta (Mustapha Kanit) $239,400[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Full Tilt Poker FTOPS - Qualify for the FTOPS". www.pokersite.org.
  2. ^ "FTOPS Schedule Explained by Howard Lederer". 6 February 2009.
  3. ^ a b "FTOPS XV Schedule Announced". 6 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Domain Registered at Safenames". www.coinflip.com.
  5. ^ a b "%%TITLE%% - Online Gambling". www.onlinegambling.com.
  6. ^ "Full Tilt Poker and FTOPS Gold - Poker News Daily". 31 July 2009.
  7. ^ "Yuval yuvee04 Bronshtein Wins Two FTOPS Titles in the Same Day".
  8. ^ "Yuvee04 Wins Back to Back FTOPS Events". 13 August 2008.
  9. ^ https://www.pokerstrategy.com/news/world-of-poker/FTOPS-IX-yuvee4-Wins-Two-Events-In-One-Day_08417/
  10. ^ "Online Poker -- Raj 'BadcardsAA' Vohra Wins Two-Day FTOPS Event - Poker News".
  11. ^ "Poker News - Current News & Features from Around the Poker World". Pokerlistings.
  12. ^ "FTOPS XI Main Event: Adam 'csimmsux' Geyer Takes Top Honors".
  13. ^ "FTOPS XII Main Event: 'Pocketownage420' Captures Title".
  14. ^ "Sunday Briefing: Matt "Poligraph" Waxman takes the FTOPS Main Event".
  15. ^ "Zhivago2, Obiedman Win FTOPS XIV Poker Titles". 17 November 2009.
  16. ^ "FTOPS XV Main Event Ends in Seven-Way Chop". 22 February 2010.
  17. ^ "Casino Bonuses & Promotional Offers - Casino". www.fulltilt.com. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  18. ^ "Online Poker at Full Tilt Poker - FTOPS XVII: Main Event". Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2010-09-26.
  19. ^ "FTOPS: JHoWn Wins Main While Tennisassxy Takes Down Two-Day Event | BLUFF Poker News". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
  20. ^ "Blair Hinkle Scores $1 Million in FTOPS Main Event". www.cardplayer.com.
  21. ^ "Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino Wins FTOPS Main Event". www.cardplayer.com.
  22. ^ "FTOPS Day 15: Yann "yadio1111" Dion Wins Main Event for $453,229".
  23. ^ "FTOPS XXII Day 15: "feel fine" Wins Main Event; Kevin Eyster Takes Down High Roller".
  24. ^ "The Sunday Briefing: Toby Lewis Wins $2,000 FTOPS Event for $253,000".
  25. ^ ""sincinaty118" Wins $5m Sunday Million, FTOPS XXIV Concludes".
  26. ^ "The Sunday Briefing: Mike McDonald, Niall Farrell Chop FTOPS XXV Main Event".
  27. ^ "The Sunday Briefing: Espen Sørlie Chops Sunday Million and FTOPS Main Event for $312K".
  28. ^ "natfalber11 Wins FTOPS XXVII Main Event - PocketFives". 15 December 2014.
  29. ^ "lasagnaaammm Wins FTOPS XXVIII Main Event - PocketFives". 30 March 2015.

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