Event #25 of the World Cup of Cards, the $100 + $10 8-Max Re-entry, drew a large afternoon turnout of 118 entries including 23 re-entries, enough to more than double the prize pool guarantee.
The players in this event made two deals to re-distribute the prize pool; the first was made to provide the player on the money bubble a small cash of $150, and the second was an ICM chop of the remaining prize pool when three players, Chris Arvanitis, Yannick Labattaglia and Eric Guindon, remained. According to the terms of the ICM chop, each of the three finalists locked up a significant profit for the day and left $230 for the eventual winner. After the deal was made, the first player to exit was Eric Guindon, who earned $1,955 in the process.
It then came down to a heads-up battle between Arvanitis and Labattaglia. At this stage, the trophy and bragging rights meant more to the players than the remaining cash, and they showed their determination with tight and cautious play at the outset. The chip lead changed hands several times before the blinds reached nosebleed heights and provoked a series of pre-flop all-ins. In the end, Labattaglia’s out flopped Arvanitis’ to give Labattaglia the extra prize money, the cherished trophy and bragging rights as a WCC event champion. Congratulations!
Event #25 Champion: Yannick Labattaglia, $2,391
Last hand of play:
Runner-up: Chris Arvanitis, $1,880