Online poker pros dominate FTOPS events

Darren Elias
Darren Elias picked up an FTOPS XI win Tuesday.

Full Tilt Poker tripled up on tournaments in the Full Tilt Online Poker Series XI Tuesday, bringing players a No-Limit Hold'em rebuy and add-on event, some H.O.R.S.E. and a No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Six-Max event.

The first two events for the day each had $300,000 guaranteed prize pools while the turbo event bumped up to a $500,000 guarantee, ensuring that plenty of online poker players would want to play.

The first event on tap was the $200+$16 No-Limit Hold'em with one rebuy and one add-on, hosted by Dag Mikkelsen. With 1,210 players buying in to the event, the prize pool was boosted to $575,200, with the winner taking home $126,544.

Among the 135 players in the money were Stuart Paterson and David Pham, but it was Darren "darrenelias" Elias who picked up the win.

This isn't Elias' first time at the poker rodeo. He also had a final-table appearance in a February 2008 FTOPS event where he cashed for $50,000.

The $500+$35 H.O.R.S.E. event hosted by Andy Bloch on Tuesday wasn't quite as popular as some of the other events have been. It drew 703 players, which was still good enough to improve the $300k guaranteed prize pool to $351,500.


Ali Nejad cashed in 27th place and Erick Lindgren made the money in 69th place, while Casey "bigdogpckt5s" Jarzabeck picked up the win and the $75,572.50 top prize.

This is Jarzabeck's second FTOPS win. He won the FTOPS X $300+$22 No-Limit Hold'em event with $1.5 million guaranteed prize pool in November 2008 as well.

The $200+$16 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Six-Max event capped off the night on Tuesday and also drew in the biggest playing field.

More than 2,500 players were hungry for a piece of the $500,000 guaranteed prize pool, which ended up at $505,600 once registration for the event was closed.

The only Full Tilt Poker pro among the 306 players who cashed was Scott Fischman, who landed in 198th place to win $364.03. The winner was a less well-known player called daCav04. He picked up $99,582.98 for the win.

Despite his relative anonymity compared to other winners from Tuesday, daCav04 also has seen past success at FTOPS events. In November 2008 he final-tabled the FTOPS X Event 11 for a $120,000 win as well.

Action continues today in the FTOPS XI with two more events. Ross Boatman is hosting a $200+$16 Omaha Eight-or-Better event with a $150,000 guarantee. It started at 2 p.m. ET.

Vivek Rajkumar will host a $1 million guaranteed $300+$22 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max with rebuys event starting at 9 p.m. ET.

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