Sunday December 2nd has been marked on many a calendar since the re-launch of Full Tilt Poker last month as the start of FTOPS XXI and 15 days of top online poker action.
35 championship poker tournaments are scheduled over the next two weeks offering more than $7.5 million in guaranteed prize money to players who cash in any of the events – plus some additional special prizes for those who reach the final table.
Everybody who makes the final table of any FTOPS XXI event will receive a limited edition FTOPS Jacket, with the winner also receiving a gold FTOPS jersey and a prestigious gold-jersey avatar to display when playing on the Full Tilt Poker tables or in any future FTOPS XXI event.
Today´s highlight is the $216.00 buy-in FTOPS #1 which starts the series at 1.30pm server time (6.30pm GMT). The tournament is a multi-entry event with a $750,000 guaranteed prize pool in which players are allowed to enter up to three times within the first ten levels.
Although players who bust out early can use the multi-entry facility to re-enter the tournament, the benefit of multi-entry tournaments is that you can have multiple seats in the same tournament right up until the point when there are insufficient tables to keep the multiple entries apart (at which point the two shortest stacks merge).
It is a great concept if you have never played it before – provided you have the funds to buy-in multiple times – and is almost certain to mean that the guarantee in FTOPS XXI #1 will be smashed!
Last Minute Satellites
If the $216.00 buy-in for FTOPS #1 is a little beyond your bankroll, you are looking to get some additional value for your dollar or fancy having a multi-entry in reserve, a last minute $55.00 turbo satellite is available on Full Tilt Poker at 11.15 server time (4.15pm GMT) in which 50 seats are guaranteed to FTOPS #1.
Players can also qualify for FTOPS #1 through Full Tilt Poker´s “Steps” Sit n Go tournaments. A Step 5 ticket is required to enter today´s FTOPS XXI #1 tournament.
Even More Reasons to Get Involved
Not only will players be competing for their share of $750,000, a gold jersey and the prestige of being an FTOPS winner, but also to earn points in Full Tilt Poker´s Leaderboard Challenge. The top 72 players in today´s FTOPS #1 will receive “Leaderboard Challenge” points and, when the whole Full Tilt Online Poker Series is concluded, the player who has collected the most points will win free entry to the majority of tournaments in FTOPS XXII.
Finally, those missing out on an FTOPS cash by the narrowest of margins – the last player to be eliminated before the money or “bubble boy” – will be invited to play in a “Bouncebackability” freeroll on the 22nd December with a buy-in to the FTOPS XXII Main Event available for the winner.