US Ex-Pat Kevin Eyster Snags First FTOPS Title

Kevin Eyster
Kevin "1SickDisease" Eyster headlines the day's FTOPS winners.

Two more events played out yesterday in Full Tilt Poker's latest online tourney series with relocated US pro Kevin “1SickDisease” Eyster taking down his first FTOPS title.

Eyster came out on top in the $322 Heads-Up Pot-Limit Omaha event while the second tournament of the day, a $322 rebuy event, was won by Costa Rican player Grayson "swish3113" Ramage.

All told $342,000 in FTOPS-cash was handed out yesterday on Full Tilt Poker and we've got the full details below.

Eyster Headlines Big Day for US Players

After Black Friday American poker pro Kevin "1SickDisease" Eyster was forced to relocate north of the border and yesterday it paid off by way of his first FTOPS title.

Eyster smashed his way to victory in the competitive heads-up PLO event, eventually closing out the final match against fellow American ex-pat Joey “Mtstackin88” Spanne to win $17,272.

Spanne, originally from California, is now playing online poker from Spain.

Kevin “kice32” Iacofano finished fourth, narrowly missing his first FTOPS title. Iacofano had a runner-up finish in an FTOPS event in 2007, a WCOOP win in 2009 and a victory in the Sunday Million earlier this month.

32 players in total cashed in this event including recent FTOPS winner João Paulo Simão (12th) and Chance “Chances Cards” Kornuth (31st).

Out on the bubble was Sebastian "p00cket00" Sikorski, who defeated Chris Moorman to win FTOPS #5 just last week.

Here are the top eight results for FTOPS XXI #25:

  • 1. 1SickDisease - $17,272
  • 2. MTstackin88 - $9,870
  • 3. crystal2k - $5,111
  • 4. kice32 - $5,111
  • 5.goodfellko - $2,643
  • 6. 50cm - $2,643
  • 7. Mefisto6661 - $2,643
  • 8. bernontherock - $2,643

Grayson "swish3113" Ramage Scores in FTOPS #26

Costa Rican Grayson "swish3113" Ramage was the day's biggest winner, prevailing against a field of 294 to win the $322 Six-Max rebuy event.

gray31 on PokerStars, Ramage has earned more than $3.1 million playing online tournaments.

Brandon Meyers
Brandon Meyers at the LA Poker Classic.

Canadian SCOOP winner Mutha Flushaa came second, adding to his roughly $1.6 million in online earnings.

Brandon "norajean" Meyers came frustratingly close to winning his second FTOPS in less than a week, finishing fourth. Meyers took down FTOPS #12 on Saturday for $40k.

Also cashing in this event were Andrey “Kroko-dill” Zaichenko (10th), Thayer “THAY3R” Rasmussen (14th), Jason “jdpc27” Wheeler (24th) and Scott Clements (34th).

Here are the full final-table results for FTOPS XXI #26:

  • 1. swish3113 - $65,160
  • 2. Mutha Flushaa - $42,082
  • 3. IKillU2012 - $30,408
  • 4. norajean - $22,263
  • 5. groengras - $15,747
  • 6. neoforastero - $10,588

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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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