The 16th event of the 2016 World Cup of Cards finished up on Monday evening when Richard Figiel took down the last pot to claim the champion’s trophy and a first place prize of $49,385.
Event #16: $109 partypoker Canadian Grand Prix had a $500,000 guarantee with 11 starting flights played out live at Playground Poker Club and countless online satellites via partypoker. Player’s also had the chance to buy-in directly into Day 2 for 10x the price and receive 10x the starting stack. In total, the event received a massive field of 3,341 entries. More than 150 of them failing to qualify and paying the hefty price to get a second chance on Day 2.
Figiel was one such individual to do just that. After firing multiple bullets with hopes of building a stack for Day 2, Figiel arrived Sunday morning and purchased his seat. Figiel joined 480 other hopefuls to take a seat inside Playground, already guaranteed to leave with a cash prize.
After 12 levels of play on Day 2, just 46 returned to play down to a champion on Day 3. With the elimination of Ludovic Doucet in 11th place, the final table of ten was set. Once down to six-handed, play stalled and multiple levels went by without an elimination. The remaining six players paused the clock to discuss a deal. Here is how the members of the final table stacked up:
|FIRST NAME | PRÉNOM||LAST NAME | NOM||SEAT | SIÈGE||STACK | TAPIS|
A unique feature of the Grand Prix was the existence of a Golden Chip. Both Neil MacLeod and Karla Leduc were playing with one. If they were to win, they would receive a cash bonus of $50,000. Any deal would void the bonus.
After seeing the ICM numbers, the players were given the option of stopping play right then and there, voiding the Golden Chips and leaving with their share of the prize pool or play it out, leaving $10,000 and the trophy to the eventual champion. Paul Mohorea immediately stated he wanted the deal but to play for the trophy. With that, $10,000 was removed evenly from their six shares, and play resumed. Here are the payouts from the final table.
|RANK | POS||FIRST NAME | PRÉNOM||PRIZE | BOURSE|
Richard Moreau had a commanding lead early on at the final table, backed in large part by eliminating the first three players. First, he disposed of Sofiane Boulila when he turned a flush to beat Boulila’s flopped middle-pair. Next was Mark Sloane, who got it in preflop with ace-king to Moreau’s ace-eight. Moreau however, flopped two-pair and turned a fullhouse to send Sloane to the rail.
The very next hand, Adam Cader shoved preflop with ace-queen but ran into Moreau’s pocket queens. Daniel Dagenias fell in seventh when he called a Karla Leduc shove with pocket jacks but lost the race to Leduc’s ace-king. Dagenaid was left crippled and busted with less chips than the big blind the next hand.
Once the deal was in place, play loosened up and Figiel took over. In quick succession, he knocked out Leduc, Kegan Cumming, MacLeod, and Moreau, setting a heads-up battle with Paul Mohorea. Figiel had a significant chip lead at the start of head-up play and would not relinquish it.
On the final hand, Richard limped, Mohorea raised to 4.6M, and Figiel called. The flop came :9h :Td :9d and Mohore check-called a 2M bet. The :Qc fell on the turn and Mohorea checked again. Figiel announced he was all-in to hear Richard go all-in, and Mohorea went into the tank. He eventually made the call, tabling :Qh :Th but Figiel turned over :7s :9s. Figiel’s trip nines were ahead and when the :4d dropped on the river, the tournament was over.