FTOPS XXII Day 15: "feel fine" Wins Main Event; Kevin Eyster Takes Down High Roller
The 22nd installment of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series came to a close on Sunday. FTOPS XXII featured 38 events and awarded more than $15 million in prize money, with many of the game's top talents shining bright throughout the two-week poker festival.
The flagship event of the series was Sunday's $640 buy-in re-entry Main Event which attracted 3,653 entrants to generate a prize pool of $2,191,800. The eventual winner was Russia's "feel fine" who outlasted a relatively unknown group at the final table to take down the $392,332 top prize. The Russian defeated Javier "anguila" Etayo heads-up for the title and his first FTOPS jersey. The $271,783 score was the biggest of Etayo's career.
Also coming to a close on Sunday was the two-day $2,100 buy-in Event #34. Eighty-six of the original 776 players returned on Sunday to play for the $333,680 top prize, and Kevin "-1SickDisease-" Eyster went on to win his third FTOPS jersey in the past two series. Eyster began the day second in chips and continued to build throughout the day, eventually defeating high-stakes cash-game superstar Sami "LarsLuzak" Kelopuro heads-up for the title. It capped off an incredible week for Eyster; he also finished second place in the 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Event Main Event at The Lodge Casino on March 26 for $85,852
The third event on Sunday's FTOPS slate was Event #37, a $256 buy-in no-limit hold'em knockout tournament with re-entries. "KaKeTKa," another Russian, completed a very profitable series by winning the event $126,675. He finished fifth on the FTOPS XXII Leaderboard after making several final tables during the two-week series. Mike "CuteIsWhatIAim4" Telker and Tom "7tHEcROw7" MacDonald also made the final table of Event #37 to lock up five-figure paydays.
Here's a look at the final results from Sunday's FTOPS XXII action:
FTOPS XXII Event #34: No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max Re-Entry ($1M Guaranteed)
|1||Kevin "-1SickDisease-" Eyster||$333,680|
|2||Sami "LarsLuzak" Kelopuro||$218,832|
|5||Ronald "ScarJo" Lee||$85,360|
Notable Finishes: George "gkap13" Kapalas (9th - $24, 832), David "Davidp18" Peters (11th - $18,624), Carter "cswidler" Swidler (20th - $9,156), Dylan "InvisibleEnigma" Linde (22nd - $9,156), Darren "darrenelias" Elias (24th - $9,156)
FTOPS XXII Event #37: No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max Knockout ($750K Guaranteed)
|2||Tom “7tHEcROw7” MacDonald||$83,250|
|4||Mike "CuteIsWhatIAim4" Telker||$43,500|
|5||P E 2 Y Jl 9l P||$28,500|
Notable Finishes: Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen (7th - $12,000), Steve "Zugwat" Silverman (16th - $4,350), Steve "StevoL_7" Leonard (27th - $3,000)
FTOPS XXII Main Event: No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry ($2M Guaranteed)
|2||Javier "anguila" Etayo||$271,783|
Notable Finishes: James "TheFatFISH" Obst (17th - $8,767), Jordan "Jymaster11" Young (22nd - $6,137), Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser (31st - $4,602), Carter "cswidler" Swidler (40th - $4,602)
With FTOPS XXII coming to a close on Sunday, John "kleath" Leathart locked up the series leaderboard with 755 points. Leathart won his first FTOPS title in Event #32 and had numerous deep runs across the series to earn the honor. By finishing first, Leathart received a custom Full Tilt Poker avatar and an $11,000 package for FTOPS XXIII, which includes a buy-in for every event except the $2,000 two-day event. Others finishing in the top 10 of the leaderboard were Mark "xqsays" Radoja, Christer "Betong" Johansson and Karolis "karolis666" Grybauskas.
FTOPS XXII Leaderboard
|1||John "kleath" Leathart||755|
|3||Mark "xqsays" Radoja||686|
|4||Karolis "karolis666" Grybauskas||669|
|8||Karolis "karolis666" Grybauskas||520|
Now that FTOPS XXII is behind us, it's time to get ready for Full Tilt Poker's MiniFTOPS XXII, which kicks off on Sunday, April 21. MiniFTOPS features the same events as FTOPS, but all at approximately one-tenth of the buy-in. The full MiniFOPS XXII schedule can be found at FullTiltPoker.com.