The kickoff event to the Playground Poker Winter Festival has just come to an end, and the 1,197 entry-field has been reduced to just one single player, our The Wild $150 Champion – Karim Idrissi!
Through 4 starting flights, 240 players managed to bag chips onto Day 2, of which 117 secured a cash prize. Once the clock ran out in Day 2, only 29 players remained with chips in hand. Daniel Le was leading the pack at the time, however a few hands mid-way through Day 3 saw him fall in 10th place.
By the time the field had been reduced to the final table, it was Karim Idrissi who was in the driver seat. He managed to hold on to the chip lead until action fell 3-handed, at which point Alexandre Gaudreau chipped his way into chip-lead. A 3-way ICM deal was struck at this point, allocating $20,451 to Alexandre, $18,619 to Arnold Yaxley, and $18,482 to Karim – with an additional $3,000 was set aside for the eventual tournament champion, as stipulated by the rules.
Alexandre was the first to get eliminated after the deal, and heads-up play began between Arnold and Karim – with Karim holding a 3-to-1 chip advantage. Before long Arnold found two quick double-ups to put him in the lead, and the two continued back-and-forth for the better part of 3 levels.
After 90 minutes of heads-up play, Arnold min-raised to 1-million from the button, and Karim 3-bet to 2.5 million from the big blind. With showing, Karim lead out for 2.5 million, and quickly called when Arnold moved all-in for just over 8-million. Arnold tabled and was far behind the of his opponent. Karim had the tournament locked-in by the turn, and the was dealt as a formality.
With that pot, Karim claimed victory in this opening event to the Playground Poker Winter Classic, collecting a cool $21,482 along the way, as well as the Champion’s Trophy.
The Wild $150 Champion: Karim Idrissi – $21,482.00
The Wild $150 Runner-up: Arnold Yaxley -$18,619.00
Last hand of play