FTOPS XI has been an enormous hit so far, with huge fields creating large prize pools in the first 12 events.  Event 13, the $200+$16, one re-buy one add-on tournament followed suit.  The tournament had a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool, which was easily eclipsed.  1,210 players re-bought 861 times and 805 players took advantage of the first break add-on to create a $575,200 prize pool.

FullTilt Pro토토 꽁머니 Mikkelsen hosted the event which saw three FullTilt Pro’s make the money including Stuart Paterson, Martin Klaeser, and WPT and WSOP Bracelet holder David Pham. All in all 24 FullTilt Red Pro’s would play including high-stakes professional Richard “CHUFTY” Ashby, WSOP bracelet winner Eick Lidgren, and the one and only Mike “the mouth” Matusow.

Heading into the final table two players stood out from the rest.  “Kroko-dill”, winner of FTOPS X Event 24 for over $113,000 this past August, had a nice stack along with “darrenelias” who finished 2nd in the $1k Monday for nearly $59,000 last February and has multiple wins in big buy-in events on PokerStars.

Stacks were fairly even after “safeT1st” was eliminated in 5th place:

Seat 1: darrenelias (2,663,716)

Seat 3: Eppi80 (1,786,024)

Seat 4: jae_rod811 (440,154)

Seat 8: Kroko-dill (1,264,606)

Heading out in 4th place was “jae_rod811″ when he was unable to win a critical race versus Eppi80.  He takes home $46,735 for a hard-days work:

Seat 1: darrenelias (1,982,966)

Seat 3: Eppi80 (1,833,524)

Seat 4: jae_rod811 (1,018,308)

Seat 8: Kroko-dill (1,319,702)

darrenelias posts the small blind of 17,000

Eppi80 posts the big blind of 34,000

The button is in seat #8

*** HOLE CARDS ***

jae_rod811 has 15 seconds left to act

jae_rod811 raises to 83,450

Kroko-dill folds

darrenelias folds

Eppi80 has 15 seconds left to act

Eppi80 raises to 272,000

jae_rod811 has 15 seconds left to act

jae_rod811 raises to 1,014,308, and is all in

Eppi80 calls 742,308

jae_rod811 shows [9h 9d]

Eppi80 shows [Ac Kd]

*** FLOP *** [Ad Tc Jh]

*** TURN *** [Ad Tc Jh] [5h]

*** RIVER *** [Ad Tc Jh 5h] [8d]

jae_rod811 shows a pair of Nines

Eppi80 shows a pair of Aces

Eppi80 wins the pot (2,061,616) with a pair of Aces

Eppi80 was the next to go when his re-steal with J9o failed when he ran into darrenelias pocket Jacks:

Seat 1: darrenelias (2,635,466)

Seat 3: Eppi80 (672,382)

Seat 8: Kroko-dill (2,846,652)

darrenelias posts the small blind of 20,000

Eppi80 posts the big blind of 40,000

The button is in seat #8

*** HOLE CARDS ***

Kroko-dill folds

darrenelias raises to 102,500

Eppi80 raises to 667,382, and is all in

darrenelias calls 564,882

Eppi80 shows [9d Js]

darrenelias shows [Jc Jh]

*** FLOP *** [8h Jd 2c]

*** TURN *** [8h Jd 2c] [As]

*** RIVER *** [8h Jd 2c As] [8d]

Eppi80 shows two pair, Jacks and Eights

darrenelias shows a full house, Jacks full of Eights

darrenelias wins the pot (1,349,764) with a full house, Jacks full of Eights

Early on in heads-up play “Kroko-dill” won a huge pot all-in PF with AK vs. AQ.   The big pot gave him nearly a 10:1 chip-lead. However, with in 10 hands darrenelias would double his stack twice, cutting kroko-dill’s chip lead down to just 3:2.  Darrenelias would take the chip lead after winning pot in which both players flopped two pair.  Eventually darrenelias would assume a big chip-lead, and with a fortunate turn card took down the championship and over $126,000:

Seat 1: darrenelias (4,668,068)

Seat 8: Kroko-dill (1,486,432)

darrenelias posts the small blind of 25,000

Kroko-dill posts the big blind of 50,000

The button is in seat #1