The Sunday Scoop: FTOPS Overlays Abound

Mike McDonald
Mike "Timex" McDonald came close to capturing FTOPS glory Sunday.

The absence of U.S. players was clearly felt on the second Sunday since the principals of three of online poker's biggest sites were indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice and poker players in the U.S. were shut out of the action.

Full Tilt Poker continued on with the 20th edition of FTOPS.

Event #22, a $120+$9 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout Multi-Entry tournament, drew 10,650 entries, helping create a $1,065,000 prizepool that barely pushed past a reduced $1 million guarantee.

After a chop at the top, obvisobv collected $146,900 and the title beating 1millionbankrol ($130,000) heads-up.

2011 EPT Berlin winner Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky made the final table, but could do no better than eighth.

In the meantime, Event #24, a $300+$22 No-Limit Hold'em Multi-Entry tournament was forced to use entry fee money to cover its $1,250,000 guarantee after seeing just 3,942 entries.

Canadian Full Tilt Pro and EPT Dortmund champ Mike "Timex" McDonald made tenth, but could only watch as a another chop at the top saw imperior walk away with the title and $205,500 once he took care of tokyo09 ($173,250) heads-up.

Finally, 642 entries, 755 rebuys and 492 add-ons still left Event #23, a $150+$13 rebuy, short of its $300,000 guarantee.

Full Tilt was forced to kick in and cover an almost $17k overlay while Red Pro and 2011 EPT Copenhagen champ Michael Tureniec was forced to watch winner adametes ($56,935.71) chop up the big money with maksimus78 ($52,007.87) and TheClaimer ($44,056.42) after he finished fourth for $26,250.

Over on PokerStars, lowered guarantees meant six-figure scores were few and far between for the second straight week.

Lebanese player abeainy managed to pull one out of the $200+$15 Sunday Warm-Up, collecting $105,630 after beating up on a final table that included Johan "busto_soon" Van Til.

And of course, with the Sunday Million drawing 6,552 players to create a $1,310,400 prizepool and surpass its now $1 million guarantee, there were a couple of $100k-plus prizes to be found there.

A chop among the top four gave fourth-place finisher steintommy a $106,176.69 payday, DreamOnDream barely missed six-figures grabbing $97,000 for third, and VanDerPelto went on to win the title and $131,000 after defeating Belabacsi ($156,000) heads-up.

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