The action started at 8:00pm and by the time late registration came to a close, there were a total of 41 players who joined the field to battle it out on the felt, all trying to knock each other out in order to grab some chips along with a $50 bounty for eliminating a player.
Peng Peng and Michael Carrington were both on top of the leader board all night long, but hadn’t played against each other until the final table was formed. There were quite a few large stacks on the final table and Playground was represented by a few of their own dealers; Mike “Lagi”, Andrew “AJ” Johnson, and Madison “MadOne” Palaysi, all of whom played a really solid game. Ali Keshavarz, another familiar face at Playground events with a solid record of many deep runs also joined the crew.
Peng’s luck turned on him when he made the final table and he was out before the players reached the money. AJ also left before the money, but Mike Lagi was able to make it down to the final five when a deal was struck.
Madison played a great game and at one point it looked like he might end up being the champion, but he ended up falling in third place.
Once heads up play began between Carrington and Keshavarz, they had almost identical chip stacks and they decided to make another deal so that the tournament could end at a reasonable hour, as, both players want to return in a few hours to jump into the marquee event of the Power Weekend, the PG200.
Play only lasted a few hands between the two players, and once both players put all their chips into the middle, Carringtron was able to hit his King on the river to beat Keshavarz’s pair of nine’s. And just like that, Event #2 crowned a champion, Michael Carrington, from Ottawa, Ontario.
Event #2 champion, Michael Carrington, $1,364 plus five x $50 bounty chips
Last hand of play:
Second place, Ali Keshavarz, $1,240 plus bounty chips