Full Tilt’s FTOPS XIII comes to a CloseAfter several weeks of intense competition the 2009 edition of Full Tilt Poker’s FTOPS has come to a close, unveiling bright new stars in the poker world and marking a record for the site’s venerable tournament series. Immense traffic and enormous cash prizes combined to make for a spectacular finale, all of which lead to the promise of an even larger showing for next summer’s edition.
With over 5,300 entrants to the FTOPS XIII Main Event the tournament quickly became the largest season of the series to date. The $500+$35 buy-in Main Event ended up hosting a $2,653,000 prize pool, a massive jackpot that lead to fierce competition. “Poligraph” emerged triumphant over the event, earning $453,663 for his troubles.
Close behind was “Inoriisss” with a $315,707 finish and Kameron “Kamdini” McRay with a still impressive $225,505 in winnings. The staggering prize pools were also present in the previously mentioned NL Hold ‘Em games as top competitors took home sums as high as $102,465 (in the Knockout) and $453,687 (in the 6-Max).
Big winners were also declared in the other lead-up events as well, making rich players out of almost every competitor that managed to make their mark on the proceedings. With each year making the Full Tilt Poker FTOPS into a bigger and bigger part of the summer gaming season, fans should be excited to see the fourteenth edition play out when it is announced next year.
Wink Bingo Embrace Social NetworkingNot being strangers to internet trends, Wink Bingo has embraced the massively influential movement of social networking as their newest platform for gaining publicity with their site. After launching fan pages and other interactive features through a Facebook profile Wink has now gone a few steps further, ensuring continued interest through social networking promos.
The Little O promotion is the first instance of this wider plan and is a marketing tactic intended to drum up interest for the Winktastic Big O £250,000 jackpot game set to take place on 13th September. Using a Facebook fan page Wink Bingo has managed to combine information with a tie-in contest in order to draw the most possible publicity from the already exciting jackpot.
The Little O promotion saw trivia questions posted on the Wink Bingo fan page. Fans answered the question via email and Wink awarded 10 free tickets to the Big O game to the first correct answer (and every tenth correct answer afterward until a limit of 100 was reached). The large number of fans added to the profile clearly demonstrates the success of such a innovative promotion.
The Little O fan page is further supplemented with other incentives as well, including giveaways like 5,000 loyalty points for every 50th fan subscribed to the profile. Wink Bingo’s decision to factor popular social networking services such as Facebook into their marketing plans demonstrates an intelligent recognition of new media and progressive advertising.
Gala Bingo Detail Line-up of August PromosFans of the Gala Bingo network are in for plenty of exciting gaming sessions as the summer draws to a close now that the site has unveiled its list of August promotional events. Plenty of guaranteed jackpots, special games and additional site features all combine to make the final four weeks of the season a great time to play at Gala Bingo.
The first week of August sees the site focusing on providing extra rewards for members of their Windicate system by allowing “Win Buddies” to share prizes with one another, handing out some extra money whenever one of their registered friends nets a cash reward. Normal prize earnings will be bulked up for all Wink Buddies, meaning that a 50p win can easily be turned into £1 by taking advantage of this promotion.
Guaranteed jackpots will also begin cropping up from now until the last days of August as Gala Bingo begins to turn rooms or bingo clubs into special, month-long prize arenas. Amoung those rooms hosting these big, cash guarantees are The Country Club, The Royal Club and The Seaside Club.
Gala Bingo has done a top notch job of ensuring user interest for their fans in the days to come. Along with the assortment of regular games and reoccurring features of the site, the impressive line-up of this August’s promotions are sure to make Gala Bingo a top destination through until (at least) summer’s end.