After almost 9 hours of play and an ICM chop, the endurance and will to fight on at the final table was beginning to wear thin.
However, over three successive hands, Stephane Gauthier came out of nowhere and eliminated all three of his opponents, one after another.
Congratulations to Stephane for an excellent tournament!
The hand that won him 1st place is illustrated below, in which he pulled a flush on the river. Stephane defeated 2nd place finisher Christopher Turnbull. Christopher took home $2,695 and 10+ $100 bounty chips.
However, as mentioned above, this was the third hand in a row won by Stephane, each of which was an all in.
He previously defeated the 3rd place finisher Philip Schrier (who took home $2,035 + 2 $100 bounty chips) when Philip’s pocket pair of was routed by Stephane’s on a board.
Stephane had also defeated the 4th place finisher Hicham Hammoud just prior to taking on Philip. Hicham ended up taking home $2,330 + his bounty chips when his was absolutely crushed by Stephane’s on a board.
Altogether the final prize breakdown shakes out like so:
1st place: Stephane Gauthier – $2,585 + bounties
2nd place: Christopher Turnbull – $2,695 + bounties
3rd place: Philip Schrier – $2, 035 + bounties
4th place: Hicham Hammoud – $2,330 + bounties
Congratulations to all on an excellent tournament.