Event 1 at Playground Poker Spring Classic Exceeds Expectations

Steve Pouliot

The 2014 Playground Poker Spring Classic is well underway now, with the first event already in the books. The three-day $150 event provides a unique opportunity for players with a small bankroll to get some experience in a multi-day tournament format, and while Playground Poker’s expectations for the turnout were high enough to set a $100,000 guarantee, the turnout was even higher than expected.

The guarantee was crushed before the end of Day 1b, and when all was said and done, 1492 entries were processed for a whopping prize pool of well over $200,000. After three days of grueling action (or more, since players were allowed to re-enter on multiple Day 1s), the tournament came down to heads-up between Steve Pouliot, the chip leader for most of Day 3, and Daniel Charette.

Before play began heads up, the two players made a deal, leaving $3,500 on the table to play for and splitting the $57,367 left over from the nearly $61,000 originally pegged for the top two spots. Heads-up play began with Pouliot in a commanding chip lead, but Charette battled back, doubling up twice to nearly level the stacks. It was ultimately not to be for Charette, however, even when he got the rest of his stack in good with {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades} against {4-Hearts}{4-Clubs}. When the board ran out {6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{3-Clubs}, Pouliot took down the championship bracelet with the straight. After the deal, Pouliot took home $32,184 to Charette’s$28,683.

1Steve Pouliot$32,184.00
2Daniel Charette$28,683.00
3Raffi Garabetian$16,860.00
4Tony Stratopoulos$12,405.00
5Shawn A Martell$9,140.00
6Kevin Blais$6,740.00
7Derek Boucher$4,960.00
8Mathieu Fournier Gamelin$3,650.00
9Michael Malm$2,695.00

The action is far from over at Playground, as Event 2 and 3 ran while Event 1 was still in progress, and satellites for the World Poker Tour Main Event starting Thursday are now running daily at Playground.

PokerNews Canada will be on site and reporting the action, so keep checking in for the latest information.

* Photo and results courtesy of Playground Poker Club.

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