João Paulo Simão Adds FTOPS Title to WCOOP Win

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Photo courtesy of Neil Stoddart for PokerStars Blog.

Brazilian pro João Paulo “joaosimaobh “ Simão picked up an FTOPS title last night to go with the WCOOP bracelet he won in 2010.

The latest Full Tilt Online Poker Series is picking up speed with more than $1 million awarded over the second, third and fourth events.

FTOPS Day 2 saw a Rush Poker tournament, a six-max Omaha Hi/Lo event and a $1,000 multi-entry for the higher rollers.

And while Simão won over $23,000 he was by no means the day’s biggest winner with two players snagging six-figure scores and a total of 246 global grinders getting paid.

Read on for highlights and results from FTOPS XXI #2-4.

FTOPS #2: Brazil Bags Omaha Hi/Lo Title

The first non-Hold’em event of this FTOPS attracted 527 players, tipping the pay scales with $105,400 in the pot. That was well ahead of the $75k guarantee originally slapped on the tournament.

Professional poker player João Paulo “joaosimaobh “ Simão from Brazil battled his way to heads-up and closed the door on Russian BuratinBilTupoy.

Simão has earned more than $1.2 million playing online under screennames joaosimaobh on Full Tilt and INeedMassari on PokerStars.

Also making the final table was Jeremiah "Believer8219" Vinsant who now leads the FTOPS Leaderboard competition.

Jeremiah Vinsant
Jeremiah "Believer8219" Vinsant.
 

Here are the full final-table results for FTOPS XXI #4:

1. joaosimaobh - $23,188
2. BuratinBilTupoy - $15,283
3. Anelps - $11,067
4. Slonik555 - $8,115
5. ntyara - $5,797
6. Believer8219 - $3,689

FTOPS #3: First High Buy-In Event Doubles Guarantee

If there were lingering doubts about how customers would react to Full Tilt Poker reopening its doors they were laid to rest when registration closed on FTOPS #3.

705 buy-ins were paid in this $1,060 Multi-Entry No-Limit Hold’em tournament, putting more than $700k up for grabs with a pair of six-figure paydays waiting for the final two players.

After roughly ten hours of poker only fowirls from Canada and o daskalos from Cyprus remained.

The two players made a deal heads-up with the Canadian going on to take $149k and the title, while his European opponent walked with $125k for second.

Here are the full final-table results for FTOPS XXI #4:

1. fowirls - $149,950
2. o daskalos - $125,000
3. KnighTT 00 - $79,312
4. rh300487 - $59,925
5. EMSBas - $45,825
6. nickyluvshu - $31,725
7. HenrikX - $21,855
8. C Darwin2 - $16,920
9. Oxotaments - $12,690  

FTOPS #4: WSOP Winner Chance Kornuth Final-Tables

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Chance Kornuth at the 2012 LA Poker Classic.
 

Over 1,000 players bought into this Rush Poker tournament but it took barely two hours for Polish player gorskow to come out on top and pocket the $45,810 first-place prize.

In the end Poland edged out Brazil with GaussPoker taking second and $29,013.

Finishing sixth and narrowly missing his first major online title was American poker pro Chance “Chances Cards” Kornuth.

Kornuth won a WSOP bracelet in 2010 and has more than $1.3 million in online tournament earnings. He took down just over $9,100 for his finish yesterday.

Here are the full final-table results for FTOPS XXI #4:

1. gorskow - $45,810
2. GaussPoker - $29,013
3. TyRusT - $21,479
4. bond25459 - $16,797
5. Velmuzhov - $12,725
6. Chances Cards - $9,162
7. ACov24 - $6,108
8. PAVL1K - $4,581
9. husaberg - $3,257

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About Matthew Showell

Matt Showell was born and raised in the fair city of Vancouver, Canada. He now spends the bulk of his time traveling the globe, reporting on the world’s biggest poker tournaments. Matt has lived and breathed poker since the end of high school when he learned the most common variants at home games with his friends. In university he made his living playing low-stakes cash games and multi-table tournaments online while following the professional circuit on television and the Internet and in magazines.

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