Marc-Étienne McLaughlin was crowned Champion of the World Cup of Cards’ highest buy-in tournament! He got the best of Pierre-Paul Paulin, after a heavy heads-up match. Pierre-Paul held his own, fighting back proudly, but when the dust settled, Marc-Étienne had all the chips.
Marc started the match with a 2-to-1 lead, which was quickly evened out. But a big pot was about to be built. Pierre raised to 20K, and was then re-raised to 46K, which he called. The flop came . Marc checked, and Pierre put in 48K, which was quickly called. On the turn, Marc check-called 110K, and the appeared, which was checked by both players. Marc turned over the , and only one person knows with certainty if that was good before the river. For us, one thing was certain: Marc-Étienne now had a substantial lead.
After that, there has been a lot of back and forth action, but it seemed like McLaughlin always managed to earn a little more on his wins, the mark of a true grinder. He was subtly leaning on Pierre-Paul, frequently putting him on important decisions. Then came the crack.
Pierre bump-raised to 20K, and Marc called. The flop came . Marc check-called 25K, and the was checked by both. The came on the river – not exactly a brick. This is where it gets interesting. Marc checked. Pierre placed a 50K bet, which was just over a half-pot bet. Marc thought for a few seconds, then glanced over at his opponent’s stack, and announced all-in. That bet was about 350K effective. Pierre-Paul decided to take his chances with the , and called. Marc tabled , and at that moment became our high roller Champion!
Now, how did he check that river? Only a few can answer that question.
Congratulations to both players for putting on a great show!
$5,000 + $400 NL Hold’em 8-Max Champion: Marc-Étienne McLaughlin, $78,830
Runner-up: Pierre-Paul Paulin, $53,350
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