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Pascal Lefrançois has won the $10,000 + $400 NL Hold’em High Roller event in the 2016 Playground Poker Fall Classic presented by partypoker.net! Lefrançois secured the victory by beating Mark Radoja in heads up play after the two of them had dispatched the 39 other players vying for the title. For his victory. Lefrançois won $128,000, the winner’s share after a deal had been concluded with 2 players remaining.

Pascal Lefrançois and Mark Radoja played heads-up for about a half-hour. For those two to end up playing heads-up was a natural outcome, as they had played a lot of hands together since the formation of the final table. They were constantly testing each other in a variety of different scenarios, as if to prepare for the match to come.

They started the heads-up match with even stacks, and were playing for $8,000.00, having split the rest of the pool evenly. Playing 10K/20K/a3K, there were 61 big blinds in play. They played small ball poker, seeing a lot of flops and dancing around one another. Radoja was the first to get a significant chip lead, getting to a 3 to 1 ratio pretty quickly. But then Lefrançois fought back, and eventually the tables were turned, favoring Lefrançois by the same margin. After losing a few more blinds, Radoja set a trap by limping from the button. Lefrançois took the bait, and shoved from the big blind, for an effective bet of 12.5 big blinds (Radoja had 250K left). Radoja made the call and simply opened his hand.

Mark Radoja:
Pascal Lefrançois:

Lefrançois was not in great shape – until the community cards were dealt. The board came , hitting Pascal just enough to give him the pot, and the two friends immediately stood up to shake hands.
Lefrançois crowned Champion of the High Roller
Winning an event during the Playground Poker Fall Classic is about to pay off even more!

Every event winner will win a seat in an exclusive freeroll tournament to be held during the Playground Winter Festival (Jan/Feb 2017) – in addition to the amazing trophy and their cash prize. The winner of the Champions’ Freeroll will earn a seat in the first ever $3,200 + $300 partypoker.net WPT Playground. With a maximum of just 17 entries, this freeroll is one of the great values in poker!
Announcing… the Champions’ Freeroll
With the end of the World Cup of Cards comes the final tally in the festival-long WCC Event Leaderboard race. Congratulations to Charles La Boissonière on a runaway victory! By the end of the festival he had amassed an amazing 1,647.9 points, surpassing Jason Conforti in 2nd place by 255 points! Joey Boczek put up a great battle as well coming in 3rd with 1,379.1 pts.

For his victory, Charles has won a USD $6,000 Caribbean Poker Party prize package, including flights for 2 to Punta Cana, accommodation at the Hard Rock Punta Cana and a USD $2,750 buy-in for the partypoker Million event with $2M Guaranteed!

The second place prize goes to Jason Conforti, who has won a “Full Red Bull Experience” package at the 2017 Formula 1 Montreal Grand Prix.

The Week 4 Leaderboard winner was Mark Howie, whose 401.8 points in the final week of the WCC have won him a USD $530 tournament ticket to the weekly Caribbean Poker Party qualifier tournament on partypoker. This tournament takes place every Sunday at 4pm, and has 2 x USD $6000 packages guaranteed!

Please contact Player’s Services at Playground Poker Club and provide them with your partypoker ID and/or contact information to receive your prizes.

WCC Event Leaderboard: Congrats to Charles La Boissonnière