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The Sunday Scoop: Multi-Entries Make FTOPS More Than Mini
With Mini FTOPS and a full slate of Sunday Majors running, it was another big Sunday in the world of online poker.
No one expected the PokerStars Sunday Million to outdraw the 59,128-player field that shared the virtual felt last Sunday marking the event's fifth anniversary.
However, a rather sizable field of 10,352 did get in on the action yesterday, helping create a guarantee smashing $2,070,400 prize pool.
2010 SCOOP event winner fkasbergen made the final table, but could do no better than eighth leaving the top five to chop up the big money.
They did so, guaranteeing six figures for Cardinal2003 ($164,631.26), timmybwee ($145,402.12), and davianvalek ($141,927.11) while saving $30k for the winner.
In the end, Poloand's klorinho1 took it down, earning $172,400.82 with his end of the chop, but it was runner-up Graftekkel who booked the biggest payday, having secured $201,940.54 when the deal was struck.
A week after breaking a record itself, the $750,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up drew 5,213 with the top three players chopping up the lion's share of the prize pool.
stofzuiger ($141,696.94), AVAN77 ($111,599.04), and radik-dn ($107,277.43) agreed to a deal three-handed that left $10k for first, but things didn't change much after that, with stofzuiger adding the extra money to his end of the chop and all three players finishing right where they stood when the deal was struck.
Over on Full Tilt, Mini FTOPS XIX was the order of the day, with three events running.
Event #22 showed once again how successful the site's Multi-Entry events can be.
This $12+$1 Knockout Multi-Entry Tournament came with a $300,000 guarantee that was easily surpassed when 55,416 entered and a $554,160 prize pool was created.
Niki1515 grabbed the top prize of $79,937.58 and the glory of a Mini FTOPS title.
Event #23 was a $20+$2 Rebuy that drew 7,664 and created a $454,460 prize pool.
pokerlogic1 ($75,452.28) won the title after chopping heads-up with hotmark777 ($67,030.02).
But it was back to the Multi-Entry madness with Event #24, a $30+$3 No-Limit Hold'em Multi-Entry event.
This one drew 33,051 entries creating a $991,530 prize pool and although DNA2RNA got the big end of a multi-way chop, FiskenPPP went on to beat him heads up and collect the third Mini FTOPS title on offer Sunday.
Full Tilt still ran the usual slate of Sunday Majors as well, with live tourney grinder Will "The Thrill" Failla winning The Sunday Brawl under his WILLY-RUGS account, outlasting a field of 2,614 to claim a $106,128.40 first-place prize. Full Tilt pro and WSOP bracelet winner James Dempsey finished 11th.
And finally, Private ATM took down the $750k Guaranteed for $135,797.35. The event drew 3,835 ensuring there would be no overlay.