Time for another WPT event; plus FTOPS XXI has its first winners
Prague day 1a leader Pasi Heinanen
It's time for yet another WPT event, as the tour pays a visit to the Czech Republic. Plus, in the world of internet poker it's time for another online festival as FTOPS is revived on the new Full Tilt.
We’ve only just seen two new WPT champions crowned last week, but already a new main event is underway as the tour stops off in a third different continent in just over a week. This time it is the turn of the Czech Republic to play host at the Kings Casino in Prague. There were just 115 players taking their seats for day 1a, but it would appear that organisers think that there are plenty more still left to come. All eleven WPT main events so far in season XI have had two starting days, but here in Prague there will be a day 1c as well to allow for extra sign ups. 55 players from day 1a have made it through to day 2, and with an average stack of 62,727 Finn Pasi Heinanen (193,800) and American Shannon Shorr (191,800) are leading the way so far.
Player numbers might have been dwindling at Full Tilt recently, but a new FTOPS series might be just the thing to attract players back with large prize pools on offer. The first event of the series was a $200 NLHE multi-entry tournament with a guarantee of $750,000. A total of 5,482 entries ensured that the total prize pool was actually over a million dollars though with $187,484 on offer for first place. That went to Michael “doneNdusted84” Kanaan who topped up his win with a smaller cash in one of his other entries as well. Dan Smith, playing as KingDan23, came very close to adding yet another big win to his already mightily impressive record for 2012 but 5th place was as good as he could get on this occasion.
Also earning themselves a shiny new avatar are joaosimaobh of Brazil who won Event 2 ($200 PLO8) for $23,188 and gorskow of Poland who outlasted 1,017 others in event 4’s $200 NLHE rush tournament for $45,810. The series will run until Dec 16th when it concludes with a $600 main event, although there will be a mini FTOPS soon after which will run into the new year.