After four Day 1s and a Day 2, today was the final day in the October Power Weekend edition of the Playground 200. After starting with 487 entries, by just after midnight on October 8th, just one player remained: Mykyta Kurilenko. Mykyta defeated Gary Lucci after about 50 minutes of heads up play following the elimination of Cristian Muset. The final 3 players had made a deal, but that didn’t stop them from playing hard to earn the additional $1,995 that came with the Championship, but at the end of the affair, only Mykyta was left standing. Or sitting, rather, and posing for the Champion’s photo.
When heads up play began, it seemed like it was destined to go in the other direction, that it might be written in the stars that Gary would win. And indeed through much of the heads up period, the table was definitely tilted in his direction and it seemed he could pick up pots at will. At one point, Gary was approximately a 5:1 leader. Eventually, though, Mykyta doubled through and after winning another moderate pot, it was time for the final hand. The players got it in preflop and exposed their hole cards:
And just like that Mykyta was named the Champion of Event #2, the Playground 200, and added the 1st place prize to his negotiated prize of $13,270. Congratulations!
Playground 200 Champion: Mykyta Kurilenko, $15,265
Final hand of play