Full Tilt Poker launched a special online tournament this weekend alongside its sister site PokerStars. Beginning today and lasting until September 22, Full Tilt Poker is hosting the MiniFTOPS XXIII, which features a guaranteed $3 million in prizes available for the best players in the tournament.
The MiniFTOPS is a more affordable version of the FTOPS online poker tournament that went live from August 4 until August 18. But unlike the main FTOPS event, the MiniFTOPS requires only 10 percent of the buy-in for the main tournament, which in some ways makes the smaller tournament more appealing to players.
The buy-ins begin for as little as $11, but players are required to stake $75 on the final day of the MiniFTOPS tournament. The prize pool is a guaranteed minimum of $250,000 on the first day of the tournament, while the final day promises players a minimum $750,000 prize pool.
The FTOPS and MiniFTOPS events are some of Full Tilt Poker’s most popular tournaments, which could be discontinued next year. Rumours are circulating that the Rational Group, which owns Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars, is rebranding the Full Tilt domain as an online casino featuring a number of classic casino games. The new casino brand could lead to the suspension or elimination of Full Tilt’s popular online poker tournaments in favour of the larger tournaments available through PokerStars.
The success of the MiniFTOPS tournament in comparison to the World Championship of Online Poker powered by PokerStars may determine whether Full Tilt Poker continues with its own branded online poker tournaments. The PokerStars event also begins today, and will continue until September 29. PokerStars accountholders can also participate in a special Freeroll tournament on September 15 by using a special bonus code in partnership with Twitter.
September is definitely a popular month for poker fans – ready to go all in?