News And Updates
The Playground1000 was the 20th event in the World Cup of Cards, and a total of 867 entries took place for this tournament which boasted a $1,000,000 guarantee. Starting flights were available online at partypoker and live at Playground Poker Club, with all qualifiers reunited on Monday evening for Day 2. The top 100 players secured themselves a payout, with a staggering $200,000 top prize set aside for the eventual winner.
Once Day 3 was complete, 24 players were still in the race and they returned to the felts for Day 4 to play down to a winner. As play neared the final table, it was Donghai Lu who was leading the way with a considerable chip lead. Alexander Puchalski (9th - $10,000) and Aaron Czaja (8th - $15,000) were eliminated in the first few orbits of the final table, and shortly after Jason Mandanici-Turcot stormed up the leaderboard by eliminating Carlos Gerones (7th - $22,500).
Marc Guerbilsky (6th - $30,000) was the next casualty after an unfortunate cooler saw his chips shift over to Charles La Boissonnière, losing with versus . Charles went on a heater after that hand, eliminating partypoker pro Natalia Breviglieri (5th - $40,000) in 5th place, and then taking out Donghai Lu (4th - $54,500) in a two-part process.
During 3-handed action, big-stacked Charles was putting pressure on his opponents with an aggressive style of play, and managed to eliminated Jason (3rd - $80,000) in a battle of the blinds to bring the event into heads-up play. He began the duel with a 7-to-1 chip lead over heads-up opponent Garrett Dansereau, and within a few minutes the final hand took place.
With around 15 big blinds in front of him, roughly 10% of the chips in play, Garrett open-shoved from the small blind and found a call. He tabled and was trailing the of Charles, who went on to win the hand with a runout. With it, Charles was crowned our Playground1000 champion, taking home a the $200,000 top prize, along with a WCC Champion's Trophy and a set of Monster headphones!
One of the elements that was responsible for a ton of the buzz at Playground Poker Club as the World Cup of Cards began was the huge Bad Beat Jackpot. The Primary BBJ had grown to over $1.22M over the past several months of cash game play... until August 17th at about 5:30pm, when the huge jackpot was finally hit as a runner runner straight flush in spades to the Queen beat Quad Jacks.
The Primary BBJ at Playground Poker Club is a progressive jackpot that starts at $250,000. The minimum qualifying hand starts at Quad Aces and goes down every 4 weeks to a minimum of Quad 8s. The qualifying hand had been at that lowest qualifying hand level for many weeks and the Jackpot kept growing.
According to the players, the hand was played pretty slowly. Preflop, there was a raise and two calls, so three players saw the flop of . Elphege D, the eventual loser of the hand, held in early position, and chose to slow play - all three players saw the turn . Again there wasn’t much action.
Following the hand, Shane G (the player who won the hand), who held , reported that he was precisely aware of what he needed and the implications of hitting his card, because he was pretty sure his opponent had a monster. Lo and behold, the came on the river. He had hit his one-outer to make the runner-runner straight flush to the Q!
With that, the celebrations were on! Confetti "bombs" were set off, victory music to blasted throughout the room, and the wait staff brought champagne for everyone! It was an unforgettable experience - and not just because of the huge prizes!
$460,149 for hand loser - Quad Jacks (Elphege D)
$230,088 for hand winner - Spades straight flush to the Q (Shane G)
$32,870 for each of the 7 other players at the table
$1,224 room share for each of the other Hold’em cash players when the hand was hit.
Have no fear - if you didn't win a piece of this huge jackpot - it resets to an impressive $250,000 - so if your great hand is beaten by an even greater hand, you can still win a big pile of cash!