FTOPS XIX-Canadians Cash In


FTOPS XIX, an online poker series, wrapped up recently on Full Tilt and as we would hope and expect, the series of 45 events wasn’t without top Canadian player results. The recent addition of some “Multiple Entry” events that allow players to multi-table the same tournament certainly helped to crush overlays in all but one event.

It also provided a convenient punch line for many Sorel Mizzi cracks, as his ban from playing on Full Tilt poker was finally lifted, allowing him to play the events with several stacks, without needing multiple accounts or breaking any rules. Will Sorel ever catch a break from the poker media? Doesn’t appear anytime soon. “Imper1um” wasn’t the star of this particular show however, but several familiar Canadian poker players did leave their mark.

Mike “SirWatts” Watson showed his skills in several of the lesser mastered and mixed game events, scoring himself a coveted jersey in Event #13 winning the $200+16 Limit Seven Card Stud Hi/Low. The first place finish was worth $27,086, an amount he would add another $24,489 to with a 5th place finish in Event # 30, a $500+39 Multiple Entry 9 game mixed,6 max. His overall performance over this installment of FTOPS earned him the 14th spot for the series leader board.

Ontario player, Mike “GoLeafsGoEh” Leah came quite close to bagging his second jersey, making a two way deal worth over $110,000 and playing heads up for a small portion and the bragging rights for Event #14, a $200+16, No Limit Hold’em. Mike moved into 13th spot for the all time FTOPS leader board, just behind ever consistent Saint Catharine’s player  Casey “bigdogpckt5s” Jarzabek, who now holds 11th spot and is just shy of 4 million dollars in career online winnings. John Racener, who everyone will remember being defeated heads up in the 2010 WSOP Main Event by Montreal’s Jonathan Duhamel, currently holds the top spot on the all time FTOPS leader board, but our boys are closing in.

On the note of Montreal players, one such known on FTP as “IfHeDiesHeDies”, netted a respectable $80,028 for a 4th place finish in Event #33, a $300+22 NLH, 6 max. Perhaps the biggest winner of the series as far as Canadian players go however was Mike “CuteIsWhatIAim4” Telker from Vancouver. Not only did 3rd place finish in Event #18, a $109 NLH Re-buy net him $60,348 the real score was in Telker’s two way deal in the $1000+60 No Limit Hold’em Multiple Entry Event #27. In the end, Mike claimed the win and the lion’s share, bagging over $408,000!

Other notable Canadian FTOP Final Table finishes included; “Tom44411” with a 5thplace finish in Event #37 worth $57,913 and Kitchener’s Jesse “DEESGOTCHA” Dee also had a fifth place in the Limit Five Card Stud Event #5. “Korjae” from Georgetown Canada finished 7th in Event #7, a $216 HORSE. “King_lewis8” of Peterborough finished 5th in Event #10 for a healthy $67,016 and last on our list is “MrSmokey1” from Chilliwack. His deep 3rd place finish in Event #11, a 7 Game Mix earned a decent days pay of $18,348.  With FTOPS record breaking prize pools from start to finish; we are sure Canadian online poker players will be marking their calendars for the next Full Tilt Online Poker Series.

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Jon Harnish
35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.


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