pool of this season’s Full Tilt Poker토토 꽁머니 , got underway last night at 21:00 ET. The $1,000 + $60 No Limit Hold’em Second Chance tournament brought out 1,630 hopefuls, helping the prize pool to sweep past the $1.5 million guarantee to a whopping $1,630,000! Players that busted within the first two hours of the tournament were given the mercy of a second chance, one 5000 chip rebuy for free! Nine hundred seventy-two players took advantage of the rebuy. In the end, only one could claim the title and that winner was Steve Silverman, better known as “Zugwat.”
Young and rising poker pro Nick Schulman hosted the event. This pro’s continued success is marked by several notable wins, including the 2005 WPT World Poker Finals at Foxwoods for $2.1 million. He had just turned 21, making him the youngest winner of a WPT event. He has also cashed in four World Series of Poker events, placed second at the 2007 WPT $10K No-Limit Hold ‘em at Foxwoods, and accquired over $3.3 million in tournament earnings. However, all of Schulman’s past success and experience didn’t hold out for him time. Nick Schulman busted out before making the money in 538th place.
Forty-five other red pros showed up for the event, including Allen Cunningham, Ryan Daut, Huckleberry Seed, David Pham, Scott Fischman, Jared Hamby, Matt Hawrilenko, and Chau Giang. Of the forty-five, only four made it into the money. Jared Hamby, also known as “TheWackoKidd,” made the deepest run, finishing in 100th place for $2,282.
No one, however, could keep up with Zugwat. Zugwat, a champion known throughout several different poker sites, took down the event for a total of $350,450! Not bad at all!
Full Tilt kept their FTOPS series going strong last night with their largest guarantee of the tournament so far. Event #10 was a $300 + $22 No Limit Hold’em event in which each player started with a “Super Stack” of 5,000 chips. The guarantee for this tournament was a healthy $1.5 million, which was covered easily as 5,325 players enrolled for this event, creating a final prize pool of $1,597,500.
John Phan was the host of Event 10. Phan of course had a “pretty good” 2008, winning 2 World Series of Poker bracelets (1 in the $3,000 NL Hold’em event and the other in the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw event). His nice run continued in ’08 as he final tabled the World Poker Tour’s $15k buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event and went on to capture the top spot in the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event. That one was a $9,500 buy-in NL HE event. In addition to quickly becoming one of the most feared tournament players in the world, Phan was named the 2008 Player of the Year by both Bluff and Card Player.
Joining Phan to represent Full Tilt were 49 fellow Red Pros, including Mike Matusow, Scott Fischman, Huck Seed, David Singer, Allen Cunningham, and Chris Ferguson. Ferguson happened to be the first Red Pro to get knocked out of this tournament, but not many of his fellow pros were much more fortunate. In fact, of the 50, only 9 were able to make the money. Roy Winston was the top Red Pro for this event, finishing up at 17th, for a win of $7,827.75.
The winner for Event 10 in this year’s FTOPS was gboro780, who was able to outlast the large field and was rewarded nicely for the effort – $275,600.70. In all, 738 players made the money as John Phan and Full Tilt closed out another great FTOPS XI event. Here was the final table and payouts: