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Mercier win highlights FTOPS XII
Following 12 days of poker that saw substantial overlays and domination by big name pros, the 12th edition of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series is in the books.
With 4,581 entrants, the FTOPS XII Main Event failed to reach its $2.5 million guarantee, wrapping up in the early morning hours Monday with a $432,400 win for Pocketownage420.
Just minutes later, the MiniFTOPS Main Event title and its $92,868.25 first-place prize was won by TesT_Tickler.
Top pros including Gavin Smith, Berry Johnston, and Russ "Dutch" Boyd all managed to snag titles during the series, but it was two-time 2007 WSOP final tablist Travis Rice who booked the biggest win, taking down the massive two-day $2,500+120 No Limit Hold'em event Sunday for $420,000.
PokerListings blogger Jason "treysfull21" Mercier actually led the event with 18 left before a massive meltdown saw him bow out 13th.
All was not lost for Mercier, however, as he managed an FTOPS win of his own just a day earlier, taking down the $100+9 Pot Limit Omaha w/Rebuys title for $86,602.50.
Although he has close to $3 million in live tournament earnings, the 2008 EPT San Remo champ told PokerListings this was his biggest online score to date.
"I think that I was just due, and played well and ran well," he said. "It felt pretty amazing to finally get a big online score under my belt.
"I had started to question whether or not I was even playing correctly online and whether or not I was even playing well, so this win meant a lot to me. Plus I'm looking forward to getting that jersey."
Including the $200k overlay in the Main Event, several events throughout the series failed to meet guarantees.
However, the MiniFTOPS series, running concurrently for the first time, attracted huge fields.
Now, with the 25-event FTOPS schedule through, the focus for the entire poker community will shift to the 2009 World Series of Poker, beginning in less than two weeks.
"It's always a great boost of confidence when you ship something, especially when you know you're going to be playing a ton of tournaments coming up," Mercier added.
"With how many events I am going to be playing at the series, I'm really happy I'm going to have some momentum and positive energy going into them."
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