Mini FTOPS Set to Roll at Full Tilt PokerSaturday, January 5th, 2013 by Ryan
The talks of Full Tilt Poker are swirling, and if you haven’t heard anything about Full Tilt in the past few months, then you may not be paying much attention to the online poker world. It all started back on Black Friday when Full Tilt Poker was shut down and things basically went crazy. It started with the talks of a potential Ponzi scheme for Full Tilt Poker, and there were huge names being thrown out about their roles in the whole deal. Full Tilt was completely shut down, and even international players found themselves attempting to try to find ways to get their money off of the site. For over a year the money was all stuck online for both international players and United States based poker players. Things cleared up in a very weird way though, and that’s about where we are at now.
Before the talks about the Groupe Bernard Tapie buying Full Tilt Poker and setting up a deal to pay back players, the massive online poker site PokerStars came out of the woodworks to get a deal done. This meant that Stars had purchased Full Tilt Poker and that they were going to set up the plan to repay players. They have done just that for international players, and a deal to repay United States players is in the works as well. PokerStars not only re-launched Full Tilt Poker as their sister site, but they’ve done it with the same software as before that players know and love. They changed some of the promotions and different small parts of the site such as the loyalty program, but things are back to growing and heading in the right direction for Full Tilt Poker.
One thing that didn’t change was the massively popular Full Tilt Online Poker Series. This series is also called FTOPS, and before Black Friday it drew in a massive number of players for the tournament series, and some huge prize pools also. When Full Tilt was re-launched back in November, it took only until December for the site to run the FTOPS for their players. This most recent series was the 21st official running of it, and even though the site was just getting off of the ground, PokerStars was confident in the fact that they would be able to draw in quite a few players and have some great pay days. While things went well during the FTOPS, they have decided to come back with another popular option in the Mini-FTOPS XXI.
As you could probably guess by the name, the idea behind the Mini FTOPS is that it is a smaller group of tournaments in comparison to the high buy-in’s of the FTOPS events. As you can imagine though, since the tournaments have smaller fields, there is a very good chance (based on the past) that there are likely going to be some huge fields for these tournaments. In past Mini FTOPS, we’ve seen prize pools that have had first place prizes getting very large, including some six figure pay days for players, so expect some great poker in these events.
The action starts off THIS Sunday, on January 6th, and is going to run over a two week span until the 20th of January. The events vary throughout the 35 different tournaments, and the action at the end of the series is going to feature a $70 Main Event. The 35 different events offered are going to give away more than $3 million in total guaranteed prize pools throughout, and there is also going to be a leader board for all of the players. The leader board is going to award the top players with some additional cash and prizes to go along with their winnings.
The first event that will take place is a No Limit Hold’em Multi-Entry tournament that is $20+$2. There are also going to be Pot Limit Omaha events, Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, HORSE, Rush tournaments, Super Turbo events, Deuce to Seven tournaments, Six Max events, Knockout events, Razz, 7 Card Stud, and other options as well. The tournament buy-in levels are going to vary anywhere from $11 up to $109, so there are tournament levels for all types of players. Even the high stakes players will want to take part in these tournaments because of the huge prize pools that are going to be offered.