After an epic heads-up battle, Jaered Besse has emerged as the ultimate champion of the Playground 1000 in the 2018 Playground Winter Festival!
Jaered started the heads up portion of the tournament as a 35M to 15M underdog, but he battled hard and a couple of 30-minute levels in, he had a chip lead. He would relinquish that lead, however, and Jaered and opponent Ruben Perceval found themselves at exactly 50% – 50% with blinds up to 500K/1M!
The relative evenness of the stacks didn’t prevent anyone from trying to push the edge, and a few hands into level 36, Ruben open shoved from the button/small blind – only to find an instant call from Jaered.
Ruben was way behind, and couldn’t gain any ground on the flop and the turn/river sealed it for Jaered – he stacked the pot of the tournament and Ruben was left with nothing but scraps.
Those scraps hit the felt on the very next hand and Jaered made the call.
Jaered’s Jack-high was good and the tournament was over!
Playground 1000 Champion: Jaered Besse, $79,070.00
2nd place: Ruben Perceval, $77,500.00
Final hand of the tournament