Over 45,000 players registered for the game289 XIX Main Event. This tournament was multi-entry so entrants could purchase multiple $75 entries and increase their chances of cashing. The prize pool ballooned to a whopping $3.2 million. Poker pros and amateurs brought their “A Game” to the tables as they stared at the $450,000 top prize.
Full Tilt Red Pro Andy Bloch hosted the MiniFTOPS XIX Main Event. Bloch is probably best known for his runner-up finish to Chip Reese in the 2006 WSOP $50k Horse Event. He has amassed over $4 million in winnings through live poker tournaments. Bloch holds two degrees from MIT and a JD from Harvard Law. Unfortunately, Bloch’s six entries failed to make the money in the MiniFTOPS Main Event.
Besides Bloch, Team Full Tilt Poker was represented well. The MiniFTOPS Main Event attracted Red Pros like Allen Cunningham, Annette_15, Taylor Caby, and Phil Gordon. Damian Salas, an Argentinan pro, outlasted all of the pros before exiting in 136th position.
In the end, two players, KOMIJENDO and Demon1531 struck a deal during heads-up play. The chop gave KOMIJENDO over $396,000 and Demon1531 walked away with nearly $361,000.
As MiniFTOPS XIX rolled along, action continued to be hot as players took their shot in the $20 + $2, 6-Max, NL Hold’em Multi-Entry Tournament that was Event 37. After it was all said and done, 20,209 separate entries ended up battling it out for the $404,180. This easily surpassed the $200,000 guarantee from Full Tilt Poker.
The host of Event 37 was Rob Hollink. Hollink is an established live pro who, in addition to his one World Series Of Poker bracelet, has amassed over $3 million in career earnings. Hollink only had one entry in his tournament, but he played well enough with the one entry to squeak into the money, placing 2375th and collecting $32.33. 16 other Red Pros joined Hollink in this tournament. Only three pros joined Hollink in making the money, though. Roy Winston had an entry finish 2283rd, Scott Clements had an entry finish 2150th and Trond Eidsvig had one of his four entries finish 857th.
One player did happen to finish better than the Red Pros and the rest of the field. Prom222 outlasted all the entries in the enormous field to finish first. He collected $43,936.35 after a three-way deal. Second place finisher poker_shark0920 actually fared better in the deal, collecting $44,620.41.
Congratulations to all those who cashed in Event 37 of MiniFTOPS XIX. Here are the results from the final table:
MiniFTOPS XIX Event #37 – NL Hold’em, 6-max, Multi-Entry Tournament
Buy-In: $20 + $2
Prize Pool: $404,180