Tommy Dion of Granby, QC has been crowned the Champion of the 8-Year Anniversary edition of the Playground 200! He outplayed, out-drew, and outlasted 706 players in the event to emerge as the Champion, and the final Playground 200 Champion of 2018.
It was clear that something really special was happening relatively early in the day when Tommy took over a clear chip lead after having started with just 165,000 in chips – the equivalent of 6bb! Once he took the lead, although he took a few hits, Tommy stayed among the top 2 or 3 players the entire rest of the way. When the tournament dropped to 6 players, they chose to do an ICM chop (reserving $1,503 for 1st place) and Tommy was in 2nd place for a $14,315 score – and a chance at the additional prize.
By the final hand of play the two remaining players were playing virtually blind, and all the chips got in with Tommy holding while his opponent, Patrick Rabouin-St-Laurent, held . The board ran out and Tommy’s King kicker to the pair on the board was good enough for the win!
2nd place: Patrick Rabouin-St-Laurent, $16,100