While high-stakes poker players have been flocking to PokerStars to compete in 2013 WCOOP tournament action, players on a tighter budget have been grinding the felt at sister site Full Tilt Poker’s MiniFTOPS XXIII.
MiniFTOPS XXIII concluded over the weekend with over $3.8 million awarded in prize money. Over the course of two weeks, 39 new MiniFTOPS champions were crowned and will each receive a silver MiniFTOPS jersey and avatar in addition to first place prize money. All final tablists can also proudly wear a limited-edition MiniFTOPS jacket.
While the final weekend had seven events on the docket that saw more than 27,000 players compete, the top two tournaments were the Two-Day Event on Saturday and Sunday and the Main Event yesterday. The $400,000 guaranteed prize pool of the Two-Day Event was shattered with $586,200 awaiting the in-the-money finishers.
Max “KaKeTKa” Lykov took a huge chunk of that cash by besting the field and earning $118,998. That field consisted of 2,931 players, with the top 279 pronounced as winners. Lykov was discussing a deal with the other two top finishers, “KnighTT 00” and “PsiQNic,” that might have seen him take home less. But luckily for “KaKeTKa,” the trio could not come to an agreement.
In the Main Event on Sunday, more than 10,863 players entered for $70 + $5, eclipsing the $750,000 guarantee by $10,863. It took 12 hours to reach the final table and the nine players who did shall be commended for negotiating such a large field.
Luke “LFmagic” Fields was the chip leader as the final table began and managed to amass all the chips in the end to earn $117,863. Fields competes in FTOPS events as well as MiniFTOPS, as his resume includes a $200,000 payday in FTOPS XX. “JOBYTOYCE” took home $79,843 as runner-up, edging out third place finisher “tyumenChere,” who pocketed $56,270 after a long and rewarding day in front of his computer screen.
Full Tilt will be hosting another FTOPS soon and will also run satellites to gain entries to the events. In the meantime, players who took home some of that $3.8 million in MiniFTOPS XXIII may want to transfer some funds over to sister site PokerStars. One week remains in the 2013 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) concluding with the $8 million guaranteed Main Event on Sunday, September 29.