Event #21 of the World Cup of Cards, the $100 + $10 Crazy Pineapple 8-Max Re-entry, was an action-packed and fun-filled affair. Drawing a turnout that made a total of 90 entries, this single-day event easily surpassed the prize pool guarantee of $5,000 to award $8,730 in prizes to the top 12 players.
The action got off to a fast start this afternoon and rarely showed signs of slowing down. The chips made their way around the felts quickly, especially in the early levels before the end of the late registration and re-entry period as many players took advantage of the structure to fire additional bullets. Mario Savard dominated the field through the first two breaks with a massive chip lead, but he ran out of steam and gave way to this event’s eventual champion, Sabin Levesque. Levesque maintained one of the largest stacks in play for most of the afternoon before taking the outright chip lead in Level 14.
Levesque had the largest stack when play began at the final table. But he stayed out of the fray for the most part, as other players were responsible for most eliminations. This event’s runner up, Charli Azoulay, ran hot at the final table and sent several players to the rail, eventually building a stack to rival Levesque’s. But Levesque kept his focus and determination, even after doubling up Azoulay in the early stages of heads-up play. Levesque grinded his way back to the chip lead before the blinds caught up to the two finalists and provoked a preflop all in. Levesque was ahead went the chips went in and hung on through the runout to claim victory. Congratulations!
Crazy Pineapple 8-Max Re-entry Champion: Sabin Levesque, $2,120
Second Place: Charli Azoulay, $1,620
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