Event 20, a $100 + $10 NL Hold’em 8-Max, has come a close as heads-up play just ended after just about 15 minutes of back and forth. With the Champion’s trophy sitting by their side and $400 waiting for the winner to be decided, players were cautious. There was some limping, some checking, and a few all-in hands favoring the shortest stack.
When Jean-François Daunais took almost all of Mario Pagé’s chips, he was a big favorite to take this tournament down. Mario caught a small break by doubling up, but then came the fatal hand. Daunais had , and Mario was holding . The shortest stack was in a dire spot, as both players shared a card and he had the worst kicker.
The flop came , hitting that higher kicker. The continuation was just a formality, and Jean-François pumped his fist in victory.
$100 + $10 NL Hold’em 8-Max Champion: Jean-François Daunais, $2,090
Runner-up: Mario Pagé, $1,420
Last hand of play