The first open event of the Playground Women’s Series guaranteed prize pool of $5,000 but awarded far more! The tournament attracted a total of 80 entries, including 12 re-entries, which helped to more than double the prize pool guarantee and put the top 10 finishers in the money. In addition to the cash prizes for each open event, the top 5 finishers in each open tournament receive a direct entry into the Final. The top 10 point earners for the series (not including those who qualify automatically) will also receive an entry in the Final. Throughout the afternoon, the atmosphere in the tournament hall was friendly but competitive, and there was some top-notch poker on display. The tournament structure allowed for deep-stacked play, which became obvious when there were two tables remaining and the average chip stack was nearly 30 big blinds. Play slowed down …
Carla Ruggiero was faced with a tough situation as she had a very small stack when the tournament went three handed, but she managed to grind away until finally there was just way too much pressure on her remaining chip stack. She ended up ultimately falling in third place, taking home $1,480 for her play today, plus an entry into the championship final. She was happy though with how it all ended as she did walk away with more money than what the proposed ICM deal was offering to her.
The players have just come back from another break and Crystal Abouhanna has a clear lead with 865,000, followed closely by Kathy Sawers with 655,000. The players had the floor enter the numbers into the ICM calculator to see if maybe they could reach a deal, but in the end, they decided to play on. Here are the chip counts from the break: Right after the break, there were two more bustouts: 5th place: Therese Legault, $980 (plus an entry to the series final) 4th place: Danielle Sangollo, $1,240 (plus an entry to the series final)
Therese Legault has been on a heater on the final table. At first she had lost some chips, but she has now just cracked aces and taken 261,000 from Genevieve Champagne. That was just after she had won a few other key hands. Chips have also been flying to Crystal Abouhanna who is building a huge stack. Since the final table has started, there have been a few eliminations: 10th place: Diane Montour, $290 9th place: Audrey Verlomme, $370 8th place: Karen Greenwood, $470 7th place: Natalia Nogina, $600 Here are pictures of Therese Legault and Crystal Abouhanna, let’s see if they can now keep up the run good:
As expected as soon as play re-started after the deal was reached, the short stacks gave it their best efforts to double up and two eliminations happened quite rapidly. 12th place: Elvira Popescu, $175 11th place: Lisa Pedicelli, $175 Here are the final 10 players: Kevin L., The smiling dealer with the event trophy surrounded by 10 happy women!
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 …
The tournament is now heads-up between Denise Lepine and Claire Briere, playing for the trophy, the champion bragging rights, and a nice little $460 to go on top of the guaranteed payouts from the ICM deal as follows: Claire Briere: $1,690 Denise Lepine: $1,555
In a crazy cooler situation, Brigitte Korak got all of her chips into the middle with pocket queens and was called by Denise Lepine holding the pocket rockets. Korak was at least hoping to spike a queen when she saw the aces, but the deck had other ideas for her. Lepine flops quads and Korak was drawing dead. What a final table cooler. None the less, Korak took the blow with grace and congratulated her opponents, collecting $1,445 from the ICM deal. Fourth place: Brigitte Korak, $1,445 Before losing Korak in fourth, Pauline Briand had been eliminated in fifth place for $1,285.
Just before the players had went on their last break, they decided to ask the floor to calculate what the payouts would be on an ICM chip chop deal. As the tournament must play down to a winner, 5% of the remaining prize pool ($460) will also be removed from the prize pool and awarded to the eventual champion. Here are the numbers as per the ICM calculator: The players agreed to the deal. The play will now most likely speed up as all players have secured a decent payout for their competitive day of poker fun. Right after play resumed, Claire Briere was able to knock out Barbara Phillips so the table is now five-handed. Sixth place: Barbara Phillips, $1,080
Manon Dallaire did her best today and in the end, she finished in eighth place, collecting $410 and some good leaderboard points. A good effort for sure. Brigitte Metivier, a well known and dynamic player, tried her best but had no cooperation from the cards on the final table today and ended up leaving in seventh spot for $540.