Event #6: $300 + $30 Tag Team
Tag Team Champions: Team RavaryEvent #6 of the September Power Weekend, the $300 + $30 Tag Team, brought out a boisterous field of 84 teams. The healthy turnout easily surpassed the $20,000 guarantee and allowed 11 teams to reach the money. The tournament hall was buzzing with excitement throughout the morning, afternoon, evening and night as players shuffled back and forth from their shared stacks, discussing strategy and sweating hands at every opportunity. In the end, it took 28 levels of play for this event to reach its conclusion. The final table was a seesaw battle that saw the chips move from one team to another; every team that reached the final table went through some major swings in the process. Ultimately, it was Team Ravary that prevailed. They quietly maintained one of the larger stacks in play from the beginning to the end of this event, without ever …
Team Blais out in thirdTeam Blais has just had its run ended by Team Ravary. As with most of the hands at the final table, the chips went in the middle preflop. It was for Team Blais against Team Ravary’s . The ducks stayed ahead on the flop and turn, but the river put the fourth heart on the board, giving Team Ravary a jack-high flush. Heads-up play is now underway between Team Javier and Team Ravary.
Three teams going for the winFollowing the elimination of Team Audet in fourth place, only three teams remain in the Tag Team. Team Audet had a strong run in the late stages, but they came up short in a critical hand when their lost a preflop all in against Team Ravary’s that cost them most of their stack. They were eliminated shortly after and went to collect their $2,700 payout. Here is a look at the last three teams standing: Team Javier Team Ravary Team Blais
Five teams leftTeam Tremblay has been eliminated in eighth place. It was a preflop all in where Team Tremblay had the best of it with against , but the board did not work out in their favour as their opponents’ pair on the turn was enough to take down the pot and send Team Tremblay to the rail. The team will collect $900 for their final table appearance. Team Peltier was eliminated in seventh place, which earned them $1,200 for their efforts. The next bustout was Team Goncalo, eliminated by Team Audet in a preflop clash between two premium hands. It was pocket aces for Team Audet against Team Goncalo’s pocket queens. The aces stood, sending Team Goncalo to the cashier to collect their $1,600 payout.
Big lead for Team JavierOnly eight teams remain at the final table. Team Javier, who had a huge chip advantage over the field earlier in the afternoon, has returned to the front of the pack with a commanding chip lead. The first team to exit after the field reached the money was Team “TLB,” who collected $560 for their efforts. They were followed shortly after by Team Beaudry, who cashed $620 for their tenth place finish. In ninth place was Team Sauve, good enough for a $750 payout. The chip counts of the remaining teams are listed in the following table.
Event #7: $100 + $10 Single Rebuy
Kristofer Coulombe takes down the $100 + $10 Single RebuyEvent #7, the $100 + 10 Single Rebuy, attracted a total of 84 players plus an additional 24 rebuys to create a prize pool of $10,476, more than double the $5,000 guarantee that was in place tonight. The action started off at high speed and continued that way until the tournament got close to the bubble. Once the bubble burst, the final table was formed in less than one level of play. The final table saw a mix of very experienced players including Karim-Olivier Kamal, who plays some of the larger tournaments across the globe, as well as Nick “Shooter McGavin” Soller, who shipped Event # 5, the $100 + $10 Freeze, last night after placing 20th in the Playground 200 earlier. Soller had an early exit, and Kamal ended up going deep but ultimately fell in fourth place, leaving Andreas K, Kristofer Coulombe and …
An ICM deal was reachedThe players asked the floor to pause the clock and they agreed to an ICM deal as follows: Roberto Parent, 450,000 chips, $1,775 Kristofer Coulombe, 915,000 chips, $2,050 Andreas K., 720,000 chips, $1,956 There is still another $305 that is left for the winner. Andreas busted out a few hands later and it went heads-up between Parent and Coulombe.
Kamal is out in 4th placeAndreas K. let it be known that he was getting tired and told the other players that he would be fine if he busted out sooner rather than later. When he saw the flop of in a heads-up pot with Karim-Olivier Kamal, he decided to play all his chips. Kamal made the call with . Andreas opened up . It looked like Kamal was going to take most of Andreas’s stack, but the poker gods had another idea in mind. The turn was the , which put Andreas ahead with two pair, and the river was the which didn’t help Karim. Andreas had him covered, and Karim exited in fourth place for $1,160.
Bernier’s AK no good, exits in 5th placeKristopher Coulombe put his chips in with and got a call from Mario Bernier with . The board ran out and Bernier left in fifth place $880 richer than he was before.
Five-handed chip countsHere are the chip counts at the break:
Event #8: $100 + $10 6-Max Re-entry
6-Max Re-entry Champion: Francois SemaanThe 6-Max Re-entry was a fun-filled and action-packed affair that took in 117 entries. The short-handed format helped bring about 22 re-entries and put a massive amount of chips in play. And all those chips were put to use early and often, as this event played down to a winner faster than anyone expected. Francois Semaan had a slow start to the day, but after the first break of the afternoon he went on a heater that would last until the end of the tournament. It started with getting maximum value from pocket aces on two occasions which allowed him take the chip lead, one that he would not relinquish. On the money bubble, it was Semaan who brought the field into the money by cracking aces with pocket sevens. Shortly after play began at the final table, Semaan still had the chip lead, and …
Avetisian finishes fifth, Skye busts fourth, Inthouray in thirdThe 6-Max Re-entry is now a heads-up battle between Diego Aguilar and Francois Semaan. These two players have sent everyone else from the final table to the rail in quick succession. Vladimir Avetisian will collected $880 for his fifth place finish. Cole Skye and Tommy Inthouray will collect $1,160 and $1,540, respectively.
Sublime run for SemaanThere seems to be no stopping Francois Semaan in the 6-Max Re-entry. After dominating the field for most of the day, Semaan just took out two more players in a dramatic three-way all in. Semaan’s improved to take out pocket nines and pocket kings, after the three players were all in preflop. Ibrahim Ozor was eliminated in sixth, good enough for a $500 payout. Marc-Antoine Plaisance finished in sixth and earned $660.
The final tableThe frenetic pace of the 6-Max Re-entry shows no signs of slowing down. Players have been busting out one after the other, bringing about the final table after only 16 levels of play. Francois Semaan still controls the largest stack in play, but Cole Skye is quickly closing in on him after eliminating a series of players in the lead up to the final table. The following table contains the positions and payouts of the players who made the money but fell short of the final table.
In the money!The money bubble has just burst on the 6-Max Re-entry. Fittingly enough, the end of hand-for-hand play was brought about by longtime chip leader Francois Semaan. Semaan called Giuseppe Vaccaro’s preflop all in while holding pocket sevens, and he flopped a seven to crack Vaccaro’s pocket aces. The remaining players are now in the money and everyone is assured of a payout of at least $180.