Online Poker Roundup – FTOPS XVIII

There was plenty of poker activity in Cyberspace last week, as the Full Tilt Online Poker Series XVIII drew to a close and the usual suspects turned out at the high stakes tables.

Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies logged 957 hands at the Full Tilt online tables over the course of the week, recording enormous losses. The Finnish poker professional was up $2.3 million for 2010 but has booked incredible losses of almost $3 million since the start of October, leaving him down around $1.8 million on the year.

Sahamies posted a comment on his Facebook page stating that he was likely to take a break from playing poker, as he is on the worst downswing of his career.

One player who is most definitely not out of form is Daniel “jungleman12” Cates, who is up around $4.6 million this year and is easily the highest earning poker professional so far in 2010. Cates did endure a losing week though, dropping around $250,000.

In a recent interview, Cates admitted to nagging Tom “durrrr” Dwan as he is getting frustrated at the slow pace of the pair’s “durrrr” Challenge match, though he is hopeful that the two will soon be facing off at the Full Tilt high stakes again.

Cates said, “I thought it would go a lot faster. I heard from Tom that he would end whatever he was busy doing in the end of October, so hopefully we will see some action soon… I would like it to go faster”. Cates is up around $650,000 on the “durrrr” Challenge so far, but over four-fifths of the match is yet to be completed.

Sunday saw the Main Event of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series XVIII, which was hosted by Gus Hansen and won by “JHoWn”, who picked up $411,932.13 for the victory. The final three players agreed a deal, but it was “JHoWn” who eventually took the title.

5,023 bought into the $600 + $40 No Limit Hold’em poker tournament , which created a total prize pool of just over $3 million.

Other highlights of FTOPS XVIII included the two day event which was hosted by Michael Mizrachi or WSOP “November Nine” fame, Dave Colclough’s $300 + $22 Pot Limit Omaha tournament and Mike McDonald’s $120 + $9 No Limit Hold’em tournament, which attracted 9,718 players.

As always, the Full Tilt Online Poker Series is followed by an identical schedule of poker tournaments but with smaller buy-ins. The Mini-FTOPS XVIII kicks off on December 8th and begins with a $20 + $2 No Limit Hold’em event. The $70 + $5 Main Event will play out on December 19th.

For more information on Mini-FTOPS XVIII, check out Full Tilt Poker’s website.

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