Event #15 of the World Cup of Cards, the $100 + $20 + $100 Crazy Pineapple 8-Max 50/50 Bounty Re-entry, brought out a big field and greatly surpassed the prize pool guarantee.
The early levels were full of wild action as the bounty chips and the all the potential options offered by an extra hole card induced plenty of big pots and pre-flop all ins. This tournament kept up a frantic pace following the end of the re-entry period all the way to the final table. Once the nine finalists claimed their seats following the re-draw, the play took on a different character. The players each had their sights set on the first place, as the tight and determined play showed. There were some relatively short stacks still involved when play began at the final table, but once they were eliminated the remaining players had plenty of blinds to work with.
Giovanni Massa was eliminated in fifth place at the hands of Emmanuel Francoeur. Massa raised all in following Francoeur’s flop bet on a board. Massa had for top pair, but Francoeur’s pocket queens withstood the runout. Massa collected $960 for his fifth place finish.
Jason Clarke was the next player to leave the final table. His pre-flop shove with pocket kings was called by Francoeur, who held and rivered a flush, eliminating Clarke in fourth place. Clarke pocketed $1,270 for his deep run.
Francoeur was the next to hit the rail. After his chip stack went on some wild swings, Francoeur was eliminated by Shawn Daigle. The two got their chips in the middle on a board when they each held a pocket pair. Daigle had the best of it with pocket eights, and the runout did not help Francoeur’s pocket sixes. Francoeur earned $1,700 for his third place finish.
It came down to Daniel Pepin and Shawn Daigle. Pepin arrived at the final table with the largest stack, but Daigle gained a lot of chips from Francoeur’s elimination and had a big chip lead when heads-up play began. After a brief discussion about a potential ICM chop, the two decided to play it out and put a quick end to the tournament from there. They traded a few blinds back and forth before the decisive hand. On the last hand, Pepin had the betting lead and fired on both the turn and the river with Daigle calling along. Pepin slowed down on the river with a check, opening the door for Daigle, who moved all in. The shove was quickly met by a call, and Daigle revealed the championship hand. Congratulations!
Event #15 Champion: Shawn Daigle, $3,014
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