FTOPS Wrap-Up: Points Leader Defends Position, Main Draw Champion Wins Big

Lee R. - December 18, 2014

Brazilian player takes home $212,000 as tournament champion.

Mark “Dipthrong” Herm warded off an early pack of challengers to maintain his reign atop the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) Standings as the FTOPS Main Event on Sunday successfully surpassed its $1,000,000 guaranteed payout.

Biggest Money Winners

The lion's share of the payout went to Brazil’s Nathaniel “natfalber11″ Falber, who took home $212,000 as champion after a marathon 13 hours of play in Event #3's 10-Game mix.

Another event of note was Event #29, which at $215 6-max limits topped a $200,000 Guarantee with a final prize pool of $227,200 divided among over 1,100 players.

The first place finisher in Event #29 was tua133, who is also a previous champion, having won a SCOOP title in 2012 for $42,544. That haul was surpassed with tua133's first FTOPS title Sunday, with winnings of $48,166.40.

Dipthrong also appeared on the radar in this tournament, placing fourth to take home $16,585.60. The defending champion put an exclamation point on a points title he already had in hand, moving him past 1000 points on the FTOPS Leaderboard.

Main Event Features Generous Promotion

The Main Event featured a seven figure prize pool which attracted a four figure field.

An interesting and lucrative promotion was Avatar's heads-up promotion featuring the giveaway of 12 FTOPS Main Event tickets, one for each day of the tournament, a $635 value each.

Swashbuckling Finish

Champion natfalber11 finished in grand style, taking a fully cashing final table at five figures, in a finish in which the next two top finishers paula35 and B1oshock also cracked the six figure mark in winnings for the tournament as well. 

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