FTOPS XXI: Full Tilt's Tourney Series to Return in December

Full Tilt’s famous FTOPs, its quarterly online poker tournament series, will return about a month after the site launches.

The next series is scheduled for December 2-16, according to Shyam Markus, the Poker Room Manager at the new Full Tilt Poker, who posted the news in a 2+2 forum today.

Along with PokerStars’ WCOOP and SCOOP series, FTOPS used to be one of the most important dates on the online tournament pro’s calendar. The series consists of usually around forty events, with buyins ranging from $100 right up to $10k, covering NLHE, PLO, FL and mixed rotation games.

FTOPS XIX held in February 2011—the last series before Black Friday—culminated in a $640+$40 main event, with a first prize over $1m. There was also a $10k heads up event and 2-day $2k NL event. The subsequent FTOPS XX, held just after Black Friday, was a rather more subdued series, and the prize pool guarantee was lowered by $5m following the US blackout. The main event winner took home just shy of $350k.

The schedule for FTOPS XXI has not yet been announced. With a month between launch and the start of the series, enough time has been reserved to run satellites for the events.

Also updated today was the Full Tilt website, which added a countdown clock in the upper right hand corner, marking the “days to launch” until November 6.

Last week, Gus Hansen was named the face of the new Full Tilt, and Markus said today that “we’ll be announcing a couple more pros before re-launch. From there it’s anyone’s guess!”

The accounts of non-US players are expected to be open and available for cashout once the site is reopened. US players are still waiting on the US Department of Justice for withdrawal details.