After Samuel Pouliot was eliminated, the players declined to re-run numbers for a deal, even though he had been the only one to say no during the previous negotiation, and play continued for about half a level. After a while, though, the players mutually agreed to re-count the stacks and consider another deal based on current stack sizes.
On request, tournament staff brought back proposed payouts for each player, but two players had issues with these – including one of the most (if not THE most) experienced player in the field, Patrick St-Onge. There was some discussion from all sides – all of it very civil, of course – and while this was going on, Cynthia Paquette was furiously writing down a different proposal on a tattered printout of the prize pool.
And from the jaws of defeat – it seemed plain there were be no deal – Cynthia proposed the following: $7,000 for the three shorter stacks, $12,000 for the two big stacks, and $9,600 for the in-between player…
…and they had a deal that everyone was happy with.
The 5-Year Extravaganza Champions are: Patrick St-Onge ($7,000), Kathy Sawers ($7,000), Jeremy Chandler ($12,000), Steve Winters ($9,600), Richard Lord ($12,013), and Cynthia Paquette ($7,000).