The 2014 PEI Poker Challenge took place this past weekend, June 6-8, at Red Shores Race Track and Casino in Charlottetown, PEI. 240 participants bought into the event to try to run up their 8,000 chip stack into poker glory, creating a sold-out field, along with a $72,000 prize pool.
48 players survived the qualifying flight to come back on Sunday to battle it out for the $20,000 first prize. Heading into the final day, Dale Babineau held the chip lead with 87,750. Jessi Wheatley was close behind with 87,625, followed by Matt Wilkins (80,800), Sean Hoskin (76,400), and Paul Drust (73,575) rounding out the top-five stacks.
Out of the five largest stacks heading into the day, only Wilkins did not cash. Hoskin was the first to fall, bowing out in 19th place for $720. Drust was next, falling in 15th for $792. After taking their top stacks into the day, Wheatley and Babineau fell just short of the 10-handed final table, busting in 12th and 11th respectively.
The final table saw Emile Johnson (10th for $1,116), Nick Hennebury (nineth for $1,620), Kendrick Banks (eighth for $2,340), Glenn Hill (seventh for $3,060), Boyd Rose (sixth for $3,780), Anthony Doucette (fifth for $4,500), Jeff Kennedy (fourth for $5,220), Lawrence LeBlanc (third for $7,200) all fall, leaving Trent Hopper and Robbie Richard to battle heads up for the $20,000 first prize and the PEI Poker Challenge bracelet. Eventually, Robbie Richard from Saint John, New Brunswick was crowned the winner of the PEI Poker Challenge, adding $20,000 to his bank account.