Event #2 of the Women’s series was a massive hit again this month, attracting 81 entries who battled it out for more than 13 hours of play. There was some top talent here today from near and far, with players from Ontario as well as New York Sate and Vermont taking part. The structure of the four open events allows for really deep play throughout the 30-minute blind levels; the women were here to play some serious poker!
Thanks to the huge turnout, the $5,000 prize pool guarantee was easily exceeded, awarding $10,975 to the top 11 players, with payouts ranging from $240 to $2,705 for the champion. The top five finishers also received an entry into the Women’s Series Final, which takes place on January 19, 2020, and the top 20% of the field also received Women’s Series leaderboard points. The top 10 players on the leaderboard after the four open events will freeroll their entry into the final event.
Once the players were in the money, it didn’t take long to form the final table. On the final table, when play went six-handed, they had the floor work out the ICM chop numbers, and all of the players agreed to take the deal. There was still another $460 left in reserve for the tournament champion. Although a bustout occurred almost immediately after the deal, it took another two hours to finally decide a winner.
It came down to local players Denise Lépine and Claire Briere, who met in a deep-stacked heads-up match for the championship. Both players had similar stacks when heads-up play began, which made for a lengthy struggle. Eventually, a familiar tournament scenario played out; all the chips went in preflop with one player holding a small pair, the other with two broadway cards.
The board ran out . The ace gave the pot to Denise Lépine, who was crowned champion of Event #2 of Playground’s Women’s Series. Congratulations!
Event #2 Champion: Denise Lépine, $2,015
Last hand of play:
Runner-up: Claire Brière, $1,690