Alexandre Lavigne Defeats Antonio Esfandiari Heads Up for WPT Montreal Seat
Playground Poker Club recently held Antonio Esfandiari’s Survivor Series. The unique series boasted four different events. For three of the events — $110, $220, and $330 no-limit hold'em freezeouts — all players were paid out the prize pool equally once the field was down to the final 10%.
The other event, listed as Event #2, was a $550 no-limit hold'em reentry tournament that played out with a normal pay structure with an added bonus: the winner was awarded an opportunity to play Esfandiari in a best-of-three heads-up match for a WPT Montreal ticket worth $3,850.
The tournament saw 134 total entries battling for their cut of $64,990. Alexandre Lavigne took down the title and the $16,000 first-place prize. Lavigne then went on to sweep Esfandiari in their first two heads-up matches to claim the WPT Montreal Main Event ticket, making a third match unnecessary. Lavigne will be looking for his second-straight WPT Montreal final table. He finished sixth in 2013 for $98,574.
The $110 Event #1 drew 190 runners, building a prize pool of $19,000 and paid the final 19 $1,000 each. Event #3 saw 112 hopefuls. The $220 entry fee from each amassed to $22,400 and 11 of them took home $2,000 with the 12th-place finisher getting the extra $400. The final event, Event #4, received 78 players buying in for $330. Nine spots paid out $2,600 each from the $23,400 prize pool.
Playground’s next series is just a couple weeks away. Starting August 22, Playground Poker Club Montreal Festival will kick off its first of 16 events. The festival also features a $1,100 Main Event with a $1,000,000 guarantee.
Montreal Festival has already been the site of some drama. PokerStars was the original sponsor of the event and suddenly withdrew last week due to unforeseen circumstances. Read more about it here.
* Photo courtesy of Playground Poker Club.