When Full Tilt Poker announced its Jackpot SNGs, the online poker community didn’t hesitate to jump on the bandwagon and the first winner emerged soon after. A Russian girl won the big prize when the remaining players at her table split a jackpot worth $15,000 and she was the last player standing. More recently, the poker room added the $50 buy in Jackpot Sit & Gos, with a top prize of $100,000.
This is not the only place where one can enjoy the thrills of a tournament with lottery-style prize pools, as PokerStars runs its own Golden SNGs. The difference is that the latter only run for a limited period of time, which means that players have a narrow window of opportunity to take advantage. In the wake of Full Tilt SNGs’recent success it is only fair to assume that more players will be willing to participate and the $50 buy in Jackpot Sit & Gos will have a solid fan base.
It didn’t take long for a winner to be crowned, as plenty of players sat down at these tables, hoping to have their prize boosted by the random multiplier. Full Tilt Poker announced that the winners will have their profits increased by a random multiplier between 2 and 2,000. The fact that the jackpot was only expected to be triggered roughly three times for every 100k events played, didn’t have a deterring effect on players hoping to win big.
The difference between the recently added Jackpot Sit & Gos and those that were running live at Full Tilt Poker, is that the winner would only claim 75% of the prize, instead of winning the entire amount. This means that the runner up will get 15% while the one who finishes in the 3rd will not go home empty handed, but receive 10%.
When the game client revealed the fact that the players were competing for significantly more than they were expecting, the remaining three players realised how high the stakes were. “gismoR1”from Austria was lucky enough to make three-handed play but was the first one to be sent to the rail, leaving two Australians to compete for the trophy.
At this stage, it was clear that the winner would claim $75,000 and the one finishing in the second place would have to settle for $15k. The discrepancy was so high that the two Aussies decided not to let luck decide the outcome of this game and chose to split the money evenly. They used the Full Tilt’s automated tournament deal making function and as a result, each of them took home exactly $45,000.
This is how the money was distributed at the end of the richest Full Tilt Poker Jackpot SNG:
1st FdotFloss (Australia) –$45,000
2nd SirSion (Australia) –$45,000
3rd gismoR1 (Austria) –$10,000