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FTOPS XXII Day 12: Chris "maxxscam" Back and Bolivar "Ramux" Palacios Win Gold

  • Brett CollsonBrett Collson
Bolivar Palacios

Day 12 of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) XXII was a bit quiet with only two tournaments on the slate. But Chris "maxxscam" Back made some serious noise, winning Event #30 for $23,800 and nearly making the final table in Event #31, eventually bubbling in 10th place.

chris backweeee!!! won the early #FTOPS and final table bubbled the late one in 10th :S #teammoanitin #jerseysontopofjerseys

Back bested a field of 560 in the afternoon $216 No-Limit Hold'em Event to win his second career FTOPS title. In FTOPS XVI in 2010, Back won the $322 Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-Up event for $43,500. He defeated "3p3nipa" heads-up for the title on Thursday.

A few hours later, Back was sitting on the final table bubble of Event #31 with 10 players remaining but was unable to reach back-to-back finals (no pun intended). Notables David "betudontbet" Emmons, John "kleath" Leathart and Bolivar "Ramux" Palacios (pictured) were among the final nine, and Palacios went on to win the title for $15,900. The victory was his first in an FTOPS event, but the biggest FTOPS score for this highly regarded player from Panama came during FTOPS XX when he took runner-up in a $1,000 no-limit hold'em event for $64,510.

There were no changes atop the FTOPS XXII Leaderboard as "galinka02" kept his lead over Mark "xqsays" Radoja, Christer "Betong" Johansson, John "kleath" Leathart, among others. The leaderboard winner will be rewarded after the conclusion of the FTOPS Main Event with an $11,000 packages for FTOPS XXIII plus a custom Full Tilt Poker avatar.

Here's a look at the results of the FTOPS XXII events from Day 12:

FTOPS XXII Event #30: No-Limit Hold'em ($100K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Chris "maxxscam" Back$23,800
7thehunter 44007$3,584

Notable Finishes: Russell “rdcrsm” Carson (17th - $784), Matt "All In At 420" Stout (24th - $560)

FTOPS XXII Event #31: H.O.R.S.E. ($60K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Bolivar "Ramux" Palacios$15,900
5John "kleath" Leathart$3,000
9David "Betudontbet" Emmons$1,110

Notable Finishes: Chris "maxxscam" Back (10th - $810)

FTOPS XXII resumes on Friday with two more events:

  • Event #32: $$109 No-Limit Hold'em Rush ($75K Guaranteed)
  • Event #33: $322 2-7 Triple Draw Limit 6-Max ($50K Guaranteed)

The two weeks of FTOPS action will conclude Sunday with the $640 buy-in Main Event, which features a $2 million guaranteed prize pool. In total, more than $4 million in cash will be awarded during the five events across Saturday and Sunday. The final weekend of FTOPS XXII begins Saturday at 11:00 ET with the prestigious two-day $2,100 NL Hold'em 6-Max event, which boasts a $1 million guaranteed prize pool.

“With over $4 million guaranteed and the coveted title of FTOPS champion to be won across the five remaining events, there’s still plenty of action for players to go for FTOPS gold," said Sarne Lightman, head of marketing at Full Tilt Poker.

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