The $100 + $20 +$100 bounty tournament started at 7:00pm and attracted a total of 222 bounty hunters fighting it out for a piece of the $20,868 prize pool in addition to the $100 bounty for each player that was knocked out.
As soon as play started, you can start to hear the dealers announce “all in” on different tables as there was great incentive to try to knock out another player. By the time the first break came around, the players at the top of the leader board had already accumulated between three to four times the average chip stack. Kevin Klun took the lead, followed by Nabil Nahoul and Nicolas Cyr. Nahoul stayed near the top of the pack all night long, and was joined by Moti Hadad, and the two dominated the action. Nahoul ultimately fell, but Hadad made it to the final table and when he finally hit the rail in seventh place, he had amassed a total of 17 $100 bounty chips, in addition to his payout of $870.
The final table lasted for hours as no deal was made between the players. David Brillon played a great game and was in serious contention for the win, but in the end, the poker gods weren’t routing for him this time. When play went three handed, Bill Kontaratos had the lead but Nicolas Cyr shot ahead when he hit a flush on the turn in a three way all in that knocked out Daniel Pepin in third place. Bill kept trying to come back, but Cyr had some run good happening in his favour. The two players had finally made a deal heads up, doing an even chop and playing down to a winner for 2% of the original prize pool (as per Playground event rules), which meant another $420 additional to go to the winner.
On the final hand of play, with the huge blinds chipping away at their stacks, Cyr shoved and was called by Kontaratos holding . Cyr’s timing was spot on: he made a straight on the flop, with a re-draw to a straight flush. and then the on the turn and on the river didn’t help to improve Kontaratos, while giving a flush to Cyr, and, just like that, Event #5 crowned a champion, Nicolas Cyr.
Event #5 Champion, Nicolas Cyr, $4,149 plus bounties
Last hand of play:
Second place: Bill Kontaratos, $3,729