The closing event of the Playground Winter Festival has attracted an impressive 199 player field! Not bad for a Tuesday night! You’ll find a number of familiar faces across the tables as well, as staff members are allowed to participate in this final event.
David Bolduc Hamel went on a run in the last few levels, and used this momentum to propel himself into 1st place! Heads-up with opponent Harley Stoffmaker only lasted a few orbits, and on the last hand, it was David and his that were the favorite against Harley’s . The board gave a bit of a sweat for both players, but inevitably David’s pair of jacks were good on the board.
David took home a $4,500 prize for his victory. Congratulations!
Event 13 Champion: David Bolduc Hamel – $4,500
Last hand of play:
Runner-up: Harley Stoffmaker – $3,205
David Bolduc Hamel is on a roll on this final table, and just scored his second knockout. He opened to 70,000 form UTG, and was put to the test by an all-in of 337,000 from Nacime Boulahfa from the button. After a minute in the tank, David made the call.
It started off well for Nacime, as he flopped two pair, but David caught up with a straight on the board
Moments later, Jean-Philippe Caron moved in his short stack, and Harley made the call, committed by the big blind.
Harley’s straight was good enough to bring us down to three players. However another casualty occurred on the next hand, as Adam Hamaoui moved in for his last 275,000 from the small blind, and was called by David in the big blind.
They both paired the board, but David’s pair of aces was best on the board.
5th place: Nacime Boulahfa – $1,400
5th place: Jean-Philippe Caron – $1,875
3rd place: Adam Hamaoui – $2,400
David Bolduc Hamel opened to 35,000 from the cutoff, and was followed by Marcello Iacovella on the button. Harley Stoffmaker then 3bet to 75,000 from the small blind, which both players called.
Harley checked the flop, leaving the door open for David, who fired 125,000. Marcello announced an all-in for a little more, and Harley folded. David snapped, and turned over a flopped set with . Marcello and his wasn’t drawing dead, until the turn paired the board, sealing the deal.
6th place: Marcello Iacovella – $1,075
Two simultaneous eliminations occurred just before the final table, and so the official final table will begin with only 6 players left!
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Table – Seat,Name,Chip Count [attr sort=desc]
Table 54 – Seat 2,Jean-Philippe Caron,”231,500″
Table 54 – Seat 3,Adam Hamaoui,”120,000″
Table 54 – Seat 4,David Bolduc Hamel,”386,000″
Table 54 – Seat 5,Marcello Iacovella,”267,500″
Table 54 – Seat 6,Harley Stoffmaker,”1,225,000″
Table 54 – Seat 7,Nacime Boulahfa,”295,000″
Event 13 is in the money! Congratulations to our remaining 13 players, who are all chasing that $4,500 first prize!
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Table – Seat [attr sort=asc],Name
Table 53 – Seat 1,Roger Stacey
Table 53 – Seat 2,Marcello Iacovella
Table 53 – Seat 3,Philip Richard Elliot
Table 53 – Seat 5,Nacime Boulahfa
Table 54 – Seat 1,David Bolduc Hamel
Table 54 – Seat 4,Adam Hamaoui
Table 54 – Seat 5,Daniel Schreiber
Table 54 – Seat 6,Jean-Philippe Caron
Table 57 – Seat 2,Harley Stoffmaker
Table 57 – Seat 3,Francis Trudeau
Table 57 – Seat 4,Rodney Lawrence
Table 57 – Seat 5,Nicholas Soller
Table 57 – Seat 6,NT
Level 16 photos:
Event 13 is now down to it’s final 15 players, found across 3 tables, which means with two more eliminations, players will be in the money!
After only a few minutes of heads-up play between Sergio Vigano and Hugo Fontaine, we saw a hand develop that lead to a champion being crowned. Sergio Vigano opened to 900,000 on the button, and was 3bet by Hugo to 1,600,000. He then moved all-in, and was found a quick call.
Hugo tabled his lucky pair of , which had at two occasions in this tournament won him a huge pot. This time however, the pair of 3s was not so lucky, as it came second best to Sergio’s on a board showing .
With that hand, Sergio claimed the victory in this Main Event of the Playground Winter Festival, taking home a sweet $86,640 prize!
Playground Winter Festival Main Event Champion: Sergio Vigano – $86,640
Main Event Runner-Up: Hugo Fontaine – $80,000
We’ve reached heads-up play here in the Main Event of the Playground Winter Festival, and it is between Hugo Fontaine and Sergio Vigano. Just before play started, the players came to an agreement, and decided to take $80,000 each, and play for the difference and the title. The winner will take home $86,640 total!
Best of luck gentlemen!
Around half the field is gone in the 6-max, but there is still a lot of poker to go as 61 players remain in action.
level 7 photos: