The just concluded FTOPS XXI series gave online poker players and fans 15 days of exciting tournament action that culminated with Sunday's $600 + $40 buy-in Main Event that attracted 4,766 entries and a prize pool just under $3 million.
Combining all 35 FTOPS XXI events, a total of $13,043,037 was paid out in prize money. That total blew away the $7.5 million that had been guaranteed and only a couple of the 35 events were played at an overlay. The decision to host FTOPS XXI just one month following Full Tilt's relaunch on Nov. 6 turned out to be an astute marketing move by PokerStars' honchos.
Kudos go out to the many players who participated and made FTOPS XXI a huge success. Those players include Kevin “-1SickDisease-“ Eyster," who took two titles during the series, winning $79,608 in Event #33 Saturday and another $17,272.50 for Event #25 on Wednesday. Also, "callyoudownn," for successfully capturing the FTOPS XXI Leaderboard race, the prize of which is free entry to all FTOPS XXII events, excluding the two-day tournament.
For those players whose bankrolls have not yet reached the buy-ins required at FTOPS events, Full Tilt is wasting no time in staging MiniFTOPS XXI. Less than three weeks away and starting on Jan. 6, MiniFTOPS XXI will hold the same 35 events just completed at FTOPS XXI at about 1/10 the entry fees. The series will also run for 15 days and end with the Main Event on Sunday, Jan. 20 that features a $70 + $5 buy-in for No-Limit Hold'em and allows up to three entries per player. The Main Event's prize pool is a guaranteed $750,000.
Players who reach the final table at any MiniFTOPS event receive a MiniFTOPS jacket, while the champions will also take home a silver MiniFTOPS jersey and a special avatar to forever display at the Full Tilt tables. Of course, those prizes are in addition to the prize money.
Although the buy-ins at MiniFTOPS XXI are very affordable with 14 of the events at just $20 + $2, there are a multitude of satellites available where entries can be won at just a small fraction of the buy-in. So the many railbirds who watched FTOPS XXI action and were prohibited from playing by the entry fees have no excuse to not participate in MiniFTOPS XXI.