One of the more expensive events in 289bet XVIII kicked off late Monday evening. Event #16, a $100+$9 buy-in 6-max Super Stack tournament, attracted more than 3,800 players. The $300,000 guaranteed championship eventually ended up with a $380,300 prize pool with more than $74,000 slated for the winner. The tournament was hosted by FullTilt sponsored professional Hulya Pehlivanlar. As Turkey’s best female poker player she has garnered a lot of attention over the past few months on the tournament scene. A former professional chess player, Pehlivanlar broke into poker earlier this year with a second place finish worth $28,000 at the Merit Poker Festival. In July she once again finished in second place at the Mediterranean Poker Cup for $70,000. Just one month later she finally broke through into the winners circle at the FullTilt Poker Cyprus Classic where she won the $2,500 NL Hold’em Event for $29,950.
Joining Pehlivanlar in Event #16 were 25 other FullTilt professionals including Toto Leonidas, Lee Watkinson, Isaac” Menlo” Baron, David Pham, and Adam Schoenfeld. Svetlana Gromenkova was the only professional able to crack the top-100 with a 71st place finish worth $475. With out a notable professional at the final table Event #16′s $74,177 first-place prize was truly up for grabs. Being a 6-max event the final table was fast-paced and aggressive. With fewer players at the table competitors are forced to widen their ranges as the blinds hit them much more often than at a typical 9-handed table. First to bust was Juan “xHustler10x” Medolla who took home $11,599 for his 6th place finish. The mid-stakes grinder nearly won the $150k Guaranteed on FullTilt earlier this year before losing heads-up for $27,688.
Fifth-place finisher “AnimalCrack” was a relatively unknown player entering the final table having failed to register a five-figure score before yesterday. His $17,113 cash was about four times as big as his previous best score, a 2nd place finish in the $28k Guaranteed last month for $4,905. Even more obscure a player was “hazelnut101″ who finished in 4th place for $24,149. This just proves how great an opportunity the MiniFTOPS series has become; it gives players of all bankroll levels a chance at a big score. Someone who knows all about big scores, “PHHSKid99″, was our next bust-out in 3rd place. The high-stakes pro nearly won FTOPS Event #1 earlier this year before falling heads-up and “settling” for a $175,783 payday. His $31,565 payday yesterday was just the second five-figure score of his career on PokerStars.
Heads-up play came down to “ctowncrack” and “whoMikeB” in a battle for more than $28,000. Neither player had seen much success online and it would have been understandable if they had decided upon a chip chop. However, both players decided to gamble it up and give the rail a bit of a show. In the end it was “ctowncracka” who was able to take down the title and a massive $74,177 first-place check. The five-figure score was easily the biggest this small-stakes grinders career and represents nearly all of his profit on FullTilt after nearly 3,000 events. Once again FullTilt and its FTOPS championships prove that on any given night you could walk away with a life-changing score!
Congratulations goes to ctowncracka and all 432 players making the money in MiniFTOPS XVIII Event #16!!!
MiniFTOPS Event #16 $300k Guaranteed
3,803 Entrants; $380,300 prize pool
- ctowncracka $74,177
- whoMikeB $46,016
- PHHSKid99 $31,564
- hazelnut101 $24,149
- AnimalCrack $17,113
- xHustler10x $11,599