With the chip stacks to start heads-up play and the blind level they were playing, it was possible, even probable, that the 2-way match would end up taking a significant period of time. However, these players had something else in mind. Before the end of the first level of heads-up play, there was an all-in and a call – and a player at risk.
Julio Cacoilo opened the action preflop with a raise to 400K and Martin Gaudreault-Remillard made the call.
The action went check-check – a little bit of a surprise considering the wet board. The turn was – and the action heated up quickly. Martin opened to 500,000 only to face an all-in raise from Julio. Martin went pretty deep into the tank before calling – but call he did.
Martin was miles ahead with two pair and just one card left to come – and the river brought no solace to Julio: Martin had made a full house with the ! And just like that, the Champion was crowned!
For his efforts in the tournament, Martin receives $182,790 plus a WPTDeepStacks Championship Prize package (a $3,000 USD value), as well as the WPTDeepStacks trophy.
Event #17 Champion: Martin Gaudreault-Rémillard, $182,790 (plus a $3,810 Championship Package)
Final hand of play
2nd place; Julio Caciolo, $128,210