The $200 + $20 Grand Prix Canada was the marquee event of the 2020 World Cup of Cards, featuring a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. This epic event was presented in conjunction with partypoker LIVE and five online starting flights were presented on partypoker. Along with the 10 live Day 1s at Playground, this edition of the Grand Prix Canada collected 2,990 entries, which was more than enough to surpass the massive prize pool guarantee.
In all, 410 players advanced stacks to Day 2 and reached the money. Day 2 was a frantic affair that took the qualifying players down to the final 16 in about 11 hours of play.
Day 3 also got off to a fast start, with tournament lives at risk from the very first hand of play. The final table arrived quickly and put some high-level poker on display, as the finalists demonstrated great skill and determination. With major pay jumps from one spot to the next, the stakes were high. But everyone involved played their best poker when it mattered most.
Eventually, it came down to a heads-up match between Prosper Azoulay and Alexandre Fournier. Azoulay had a chip lead of more than 2:1 over Fournier, and the two players agreed to an ICM chop of the remaining prize pool, which left an additional $14,000 for the eventual champion. The ICM numbers were as follows:
First Name Last Name Stack ICM Payouts:
Alexandre Fournier 93,000,000 $56,800
Prosper Azoulay 200,050,000 $69,210
After play resumed, the heads-up match continued for quite some time. The final hand came about after Azoulay had lost a series of pots. He moved all in with in hopes of picking up the blinds and ante, which were now quite substantial, however, Fournier made the call with . The board ran out . Fournier took it down thanks to a pair of jacks that gave him an additional $14,000, the stunning Grand Prix Canada trophy and life-long bragging rights. Congratulations!
Grand Prix Canada Champion: Alexandre Fournier, $70,800
Second Place: Prosper Azoulay, $69,210
Last Hand of Play:
The Final Table: