This year’s World Championship of Online Poker is in full swing at 꽁머니  , with players from around the globe competing for awesome prize pools in exciting tournaments. We’re fast-approaching the halfway mark of the series, so a huge amount of cash has already been won but, more importantly, there’s also a lot of it up for grabs. Event 28 wrapped up earlier this week, and the lucky winner to walk away with the number one spot was Schildy1984 of Austria, who received $206,280 for a job well done.

The World Championship of Online Poker is pretty much exactly what the name suggests. It can be seen as the internet’s answer to the World Series of Poker, and the PokerStars hosted series is by far and away the largest such online series around. This 2011 series boasts a massive combined guaranteed prize pool of $30,000,000, which is much larger than many were expecting given the withdrawal of PokerStars from the US market. The combined prize pool is spread over 62 events this year, which offer a great variety so players of any game should be able to find a tournament they’ll love.

Event 28 was one of the more standard formats, a simple No Limit Holdem tournament with no surprises. The buy-in was respectable at $1,000, and 1146 players decided to register and take their shot at the money. This many contestants lead to an almost doubling of the prizepool from its guaranteed $600,000 to the final figure of $1,146,000, to be divided among the top 135 players, with the winner allocated over $200,000. The event dragged on over two days before finally finishing less than an hour into September 15th.

After nearly two days of grueling button clicking and close decisions, the tournament got down to just three entrants, two players from Austria and one from neighboring Australia. The Australian player, delaney_kid, was Schildy1984′s first casualty, and was sent to the rail in third place. This gave Schildy1984 a slightly more than 3:2 chip lead against fellow countryman TheFan83 as Heads Up play commenced. While the chip edge was small, it was more than enough for Schildy who dispensed his opponent within a dozen hands when his flopped overpair turned a set to beat TheFan83′s two pair when the money went all-in on the river. Runner-up TheFan83 received just under $150,000 for his efforts, and the winner on the day Schildy1984 walked away with the pride, the title, and $206,280.00 in tournament winnings.

Event 3 of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series 9 was the first of its kind.  It was the first ever 4x shootout that the series has ever seen, but with a twist because it was also shorthanded.  Not quite knowing what to expect, Full Tilt gave the $216 buy-in a $250,000 guarantee.  However, 1,296 players came to try their luck, making the prize pool over $259k and awarding $45k of that to the winner.

This event was hosted by the red pro Greg Mueller, aka FBT (Full Blown Tilt).  He is a former professional hockey player turned poker pro and has since made WSOP and WPT final tables.  Unfortunately for him, we would not see a host win as he finished in 680 out of the money.  The pros that had the best showing were TheWacoKidd in 98th, Josh Arieh in 90th, Steve Zolotow in 52nd, Scott Clemens in 46th, Scott Fischman in 45th, and leading the back was the young at heart Stuart Paterson in 39th.  None of them broke the bank with their finish, but Paterson’s 39th place earned him $777.

But there were 6 players who were set on a good pay day, and the final table was worth at least $6,220.  After all the shootouts, stacks restarting, and blinds going up and down, CapTinBisKuiT defeated THEROBBOB20 heads up and collected over $45k for his FTOPS victory!  Congratulations to player CapTinBisKuiT and everyone who finished in the money in event 3 of the FTOPS 9, NLHE 4x 6-Max Shootout:

Event eight of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series IX came to an end last Sunday with “ryanbluf” the man who finished ahead of his competitors and claimed the $121,184.57 first place prize.

The event was a $240 + $16 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max Knockout tournament, and the format certainly seems to be a popular one. Drawing in the second biggest field so far – 3,007 runners. Full Tilt’s generous addition of $500,000 to the prize pool meant that it was up to the final 348 players to contest a pool of $615,400.

The tournament was hosted by Dr. Roy ‘The Oracle’ Winston. Roy is a certified medical practitioner and only recently gave up his curative pursuits to become a full time poker pro. The two WPT titles to his name have certainly justified his decision.

After “ryanbluf” in first were “luccin x” in second, who took home $76,432.68, and “miserd00d” in third, who received $52,432.08. The highest ranking Full Tilt pro was sky diving Finn Thomas Wahlroos, who is more well renowned for his cash game expertise. A 6th place finish and winnings of over $19,000 perhaps suggest that he should focus more of his attention of tournament play. The next highest famous face belonged to one of Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen’s prodigious proteges, David Pham. The two time WSOP bracelet winner was way down in 219th, but still picked up over $360 for his troubles. The only other FT pro to cash was young gun and 2006 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Madsen who ended his tournament in 264th place.

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