Event #3: $150 + $15 Women’s Series
Women’s Series Event #3 Champion: Cynthia PaquetteThe third installment of the Playground Women’s Series, Event #3, started at noon and attracted a total of 62 entries. The large turnout pushed today’s prize pool to $8,401. The atmosphere was pleasant while the players enjoyed some really good poker action as they battled to make it to the final table. After the blind levels increased to 30 minutes in length, patience was the word of the day as players waited to find the best possible spots before getting their chips into the middle. As the final table bubble approached, it took close to one full hour before the tournament saw Helen Bechard exit in 11th place. As soon as the players were seated on the final table they agreed to make a deal to pay the ninth and tenth spots, so that all players would be in the money. One by one the …
A fierce heads-up battleCynthia Paquette and Sylviane Cassini were almost even stacked when heads-up play commenced. The battle has been epic as both players simply refuse to give up. Paquette lost some chips earlier on but she keeps managing to double back up against Cassini. Just a few hands ago, Paquette moved all in with two pair on the flop and was called by Cassini holding a flush draw. Cassini hit her flush on the turn but Paquette just wouldn’t give up and she asked the dealer for an eight on the river, which he delivered, giving her a full house. On the last hand, Paquette shoved and Cassini made the call with . Once again, Paquette was behind pre-flop but then saw magic on the flop, giving her top pair. The turn and river were of no help to Cassini and Paquette, who started the hand with …
The tournament is now heads-upOver the last level three more players have been sent to the tournament desk to collect their payout slips. 3rd place; Ginette Ruest, $1,260 (plus entry to the Champion’s final) 4th place: Sheila Farrell, $920 (plus entry to the Champion’s final) 5th place: Jasmine Dopking, $670 (plus entry to the Champion’s final) The tournament is now heads-up between Cynthia Paquette and Sylviane Cassini. As the two players are pretty much even stacked, they decided to do an ICM chop and then will continue to play down to a winner who will receive 5% of the remaining prize pool. The deal works out as such: Cynthia Paquette: $1,950 Sylviane Cassini: $1,935 The players are now playing down to a champion who will receive an additional $206 along with the trophy and the bragging rights. Good luck to both competitors.
Arcamone, Beecraft and Fei are the next to leaveThere have been three more eliminations since the break: 6th place: Giuseppina Arcamone, $480 7th place: Karen Beecraft, $375 8th place: Feng Fei, $275
Paquette takes over the leadCynthia Paquette has now taken the lead with an impressive stack of 362,000 chips, and she is followed closely in second by Sylviane Cassini who is playing a stack of 344,000 chips. Here are the final table chip counts: Since the final table was formed, the following players have exited and headed to the cage to collect their payouts: 9th place: Kimberly Cole, $165 10th place: Lori Sanderson, $165
Event #4: $150 + $15 Women’s Series
Playground Women’s Series Event #4 Champion: Erica F. ($2,280)Playground, in association with the Women’s Poker Association, presented the Playground Women’s Series, a poker series exclusively for women! Players accumulated points through four open tournaments for a $5,000 guaranteed prize pool in each of the open events held monthly, while trying to earn a seat in the final which will play out tomorrow, Sunday January 19 at 12 noon. The series started back in October and there were previously three open events with today marking the fourth and final event of the series. The top five finishers from each of the open events have already secured a seat into tomorrow’s final, and, the top 20% of the field in each open event also earned tournament leaderboard points. The top 10 point earners from all four events also receive an entry into the grand final. Today’s event attracted a total of 56 entries (including five re-entries) which allowed …
Powell exits in third place ($1,146)Erica F. continues on a run-good heater on this final table and has just eliminated Lisa Powell in third place. Lisa was delighted with her play and her result as she was the first player to bustout early in the day but she then decided to fire a second bullet which was apparently a good investment. Well played. Third place: Lisa Powell, $1,146
Park exits in fourth after 4-way ICM is reachedOnce play went four-handed the players decided to look at the ICM numbers and see if they could reach a deal. The atmosphere was cordial and although Erica F. was holding the lion’s share of the chips in play, she was more than happy to agree to a deal and then just play down to a winner. As per Playground policy during events, 5% of the remaining prize pool would be removed and the players would then play down to a winner. The numbers worked out as follows: Erica F.: 822,000 chips, $1,980 Christine Park, 250,000 chips, $1,425 Lisa Powell, 126,000 chips, $1,140 Danielle Bracy, 195,000 chips, $1,313 The players agreed to the deal and within a few hands Christine park was eliminated in fourth place. Fourth place, Christine Park, $1,425
Benn eliminated in fifth ($575)Eric F. has been on a heater on the final table and now has over 60% of all chips in play. She just eliminated Joy Benn in fifth place. Fifth place: Joy Benn, $575
Korak exits in seventh ($275); Beattie in sixth ($405)Play has been fast and furious and two more players have been sent to the rail. Sixth place: Elizabeth Beattie, $405 Seventh place: Brigitte Korak, $275
Event Final: $150 + $15 Women’s Series
Women’s Series Final Champion: Christine ParkThe final installment of the Playground Women’s Series 2019 has come to an end as thirty women battled it out for the grand prize. The women in today’s event previously qualified in at least one of the four prior tournaments part of the Women’s Series . The top 5 finishers in each open tournament received a direct entry into the Finals and the remaining spots were filled by the Top 10 point earners on the Leaderboard, once the tournaments were complete. $10 was withheld from each buy-in to make up the final prize pool of $2,790. The women started the day in great spirits as many of them toasted mimosas and exchanged friendly banter. Once it was announced that only the top three would be in the money, play slowed considerably as many were cautious with their chips. The final table was reached after eleven …
In the money!The final three women have reached the money. Karen Greenwood and Denise Lepine were both eliminated after going all in against Brigitte Korak. Greenwood finished in fifth and Lepine in fourth. Lepine shoved her final hand pre-flop with a , prompting Korak to call with a . The board read which granted Korak the win with a pair of kings. Brigitte Korak is joined by Christine Park and Natalia Nogina to make up the top three.
Five remainThe field is just two spots away from being in the money as five women remain at the final table. Sylviane Cassini was eliminated in seventh position and Brigitte Metivier finished sixth. Metivier went all in against the current leader Christine Park. Metivier was dealt while Park had an . The board read . The turn and the river gave Metivier two pairs but Park was able to walk away victorious with a diamond flush.
Briere out in 8thThe table is shrinking and the women are getting closer to being in the money. Claire Briere has been eliminated by Natalia Nogina after both players went all in pre-flop. Briere Nogina Board Nogina jumped for joy as the board gave her a full house which in turn eliminated Briere to finish in eighth position.
Park pulls ahead, 8 remainEight women remain at the final table as play enters level thirteen. Christine Park eliminated Julie Poliquin in tenth as well as Danielle Bracy who finished in ninth. Bracy went all in with pocket tens but Park was able to narrowly beat her with a pair of jacks. Park now has a huge lead with 282,000 in chips which is worth 141 big blinds.