Michael McKinnon has done it again! The winner of Event #4 in this October Power Weekend has now added a second Power Weekend Championship to his list of successes here at Playground Poker Club – he has won Event #12, today’s $90 + $10 + $25 NL Hold’em Bounty tournament.
The event attracted 128 players, far surpassing the number required to meet the $5,000 guaranteed prize pool. The solid turnout for the event was matched by the speed it took to play – even with so many players to start, the tournament was in the money by about 5:30pm and the final two tables continued at a steady pace such that the whole tournament was over just after 8:00pm.
Heads up play between Michael and Steve Daunier was very interesting, in that Steve had been among the chip leaders for most of the afternoon, and coming to 1-on-1 play, enjoyed about a 10:1 chip advantage. No one was holding the cards too tightly by that point, however, and it didn’t take long for Michael to chip away at the lead and eventually to move into the lead himself – by a small margin. Counts were so close by the final hand that it was only determined after the full hand runout who had been at risk.
The hand itself was quite conventional. Michael raised all-in from the button/sb and Steve – though sensing he was weak – nevertheless made the call.
Steve hadn’t gotten this far by relying on miracles, and there was no miracle in store for him in this hand. The board ran out and Michael’s Ace-Ten high gave him the win! And when the stacks were counted down, we all found out that Michael had the lead – and now had all of the chis! Congratulations!
Event #12 Champion: Michael McKinnon, $1,803
Final hand of play
2nd place: Steve Daunais, $1,890