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The Canadian Poker Championships has come to a close after an exhilarating journey, in which players from all over the world and of all calibers of play gathered together to compete for the lion's share of a $2,000,000 prize pool.

Part of the World Cup of Cards at Playground Poker Club, this $2,000 + $200 NL Hold’em Re-entry event was composed of a healthy mix of recreational and professional players. With so many Phase 1 feeders, for which players were able to satellite into for as little as $2.20 on partypoker, this tournament gave the opportunity for any player to join the field and play for life-changing money, regardless of their bankroll. Over 336 entries were booked into Day 1 for $220 or less (spawning from 2,801 Phase 1 buy-ins), and an additional 563 direct buy-ins were made, bringing the total number of entries up to 899.

The money bubble burst at the very end of Day 2, with Leo Hackenbroch and James Rubin sharing 162nd place money due to simultaneous eliminations in hand-for-hand play. The other 161 runners locked in a payout, and 145 were left to bag onto Day 3, lead by Sebastien Labbe.

Through the 8 hours of play in Day 3, it was Winnipeg pro Patrick Serda who bagged the chip lead, fresh from a High Roller win online the day before. Former chip-leader Sebastien was still near the top of the leaderboard, having bagged a second place stack onto the final day.

21 players returned to the felts on Wednesday for the closing chapter of the CPC, and play took off with a fury, sending 5 players to the rail in less than half a level of play. As the day progressed, the action slowed down considerably with the pay jumps becoming increasingly more interesting.

When the final table was formed, Patrick and Sebastien were still occupying the top 2 spots on the leaderboard. Julian Volpe (9th place: $20,000) was the first casualty, and his last chips were claimed by Sebastien. Poker wizard Mike Leah took over the chip lead during 8-handed play after finding a key triple-up when his stack was beginning to dwindle.

Kevin finished off Sean Gomez (8th place: $26,000) after Daren Keyes took a big bite out of him with Ace-King over Pocket Queens, and Patrick Serda (7th place: $35,000) followed him to the rail shortly after.

With those hands, Kevin became the chip leader as play reached 6-handed play, even after Maurizio Lo Russo doubled through him with Ace-King over Pocket Kings. He regained some chips by eliminating Sebastien Labbe (6th place: $50,000) before seceding the top spot on the leaderboard to Daren, who eliminated Maurizio Lo Russo (5th place: $75,000) with an Ace-high flush over King-high flush.

4-handed action continued for the better part of two levels, where we saw the some resilient short stacks fend for their tournament lives. It was finally Mike Leah (4th place: $110,000) who broke the cycle, moving in his last few big blinds with Ace-Nine and being bested by Kevin's King-Jack.

Another level and a half went by before the next elimination took place, and it was Joel Giguere (3rd place: $156,000) who bit the dust in a two-part process. He first saw his flopped bottom two pairs be out-drawn by the pair and flush draw of Daren, before going down with King-Seven versus the Ace-King of Kevin.

This lead to heads-up play between Daren Keyes (479 million) and Kevin Rivest (387 million), who struck a deal before beginning the duel. Daren locked in $303,675 in the ICM deal, while Kevin secured $280,325, leaving an additional $56,000 and the Champion's Trophy for the eventual winner. They played back and forth for around 3 levels, with each player holding a considerable lead at some point. Daren started off strong and nearly had Kevin on the ropes, but Kevin kept his composure and managed to regain the lead after winning a string of hands.

Holding a 2-to-1 chip lead, Kevin min-raised to 33M from the small blind, and called Daren's 3-bet all-in of 232M. Kevin was in the lead with versus , and improved to a flush on the board to bring the Canadian Poker Championships to a close. He secured the additional $56,000 set aside in the deal, bringing his total payout up to $336,325, and was awarded the stunning CPC champion's trophy!


Canadian Poker Championships winner: Kevin Rivest - $336,325.00

Runner-up: Daren Keyes - $303,675.00

Last hand of play:

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!

Playground1000 Champion: Charles La Boissonière - $200,000.00

Playground1000 runner-up: Garrett Dansereau - $120,000.00

Last hand of play

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!

Payout specifics:

$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!

The $1.22M Jackpot has been won!The $1.22M Jackpot has been won!The $1.22M Jackpot has been won!The $1.22M Jackpot has been won!