After a heads up battle that can only be described as epic, Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault has emerged as the Champion of Event #4 of the WSOP-C Playground, the $5,000 + $300 Super High Roller event. Igor Picone, a young Belgian player, put up a massive fight and on several occasions looked like he might come out on top. For his victory in the event, Marc-Olivier won $100,000 plus the coveted WSOP Circuit Ring, while Igor had to settle for $67,000 for second place.
Day 2 in the event started with just 11 players remaining, and by the end of the first three levels of play on the day there were 5 eliminations, the bubble was burst, and the first three players to be paid made their exit – Pablo Mariz in 9th place, Mike Leah in 8th, and Omid Shahbazian in 7th. Play was 6-handed and Marc-Olivier had managed to build a solid chip lead on the field.
What came next was a surprise – but the players at the table seemed to be less surprised than observers. Daniel Henderson had come into the day with a huge chip lead, and even at the first break of the day was in 2nd place with over 4M in chips – but he was the next to be eliminated. In just about a single level, Daniel had distributed chips around the table, with Marc-Olivier getting the final stacks. These additional chips put Marc-Olivier in a great spot with 5 left. By the time Jason James was eliminated in 5th, however, former short-stack Dominykas Mikolaitis had accumulated some and the 4 players were relatively even.
Next to go was Jean-Serge Baril in 4th place, putting Dominykas into the lead – but it was a lead he could not sustain and he ended up on the rail in 3rd place. Play turned to the heads up phase of the tournament – which turned out to be a real battle between two clearly skilled players. Marc-Olivier started as a big chip leader, but Igor took chips hand after hand after hand, most without a showdown and many without even a flop, until he had gained a solid lead… But getting to the top only means you can be knocked down – and just at the end of level 26, Marc-Olivier won a huge pot to re-take the 2-1 lead.
Following a short break and a few inconsequential hands between the players, Igor moved all in and found a call from Marc-Olivier… who learned very quickly that he was absolutely dominated in the hand. It looked like another change in the lead was in the works.
The board runout looked solid for the Ace-Queen Igor held: . He had top pair top kicker and the board had little in the way of good news for Marc-Olivier. There were back-door flush possibilities, and of course he could always spike a 6… or it could go like this:
Marc-Olivier had made the runner-runner straight for the win!
Event #4 Champion: Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault, $100,000 and the WSOP-C Ring
Final hand of play
2nd place: Igor Picone, $67,000