Stephane Blouin-Verroeulst has won the Playground 200 in the February 2019 Playground Power Weekend, defeating David Bolduc Hamel in a tough heads up battle between two players that were clearly playing at the top of their game.
Stephane had started the heads up match with a slight lead, and this was maintained through the initial level of 2-way play until the break – he had about a 3:2 chip lead. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. However during the break, he seems to have found a new focus, and within 10 minutes of play (perhaps even a little less), Stephane was up to a 5:1 advantage and the writing was on the wall.
The final hand of the tournament came when Stephane called in the small blind, and then snapped off David’s shove from the bb.
Just like that, Stephane became the Playground 200 Champion!
In addition to their cash prizes, the top 3 players in the Playground 200 have each won a $1,655 seat in the next MILLIONS North America STEP 3 Satellite! The funds for these prizes was taken from the overall prize pool before the payouts were calculated.
Playground 200 Champion: Stephane Blouin-Verroeulst, $19,949 plus a MILLIONS STEP 3 satellite seat
Final hand of play
2nd place: David Bolduc Hamel, $14,050 plus a MILLIONS STEP 3 satellite seat