The largest prize of the 2016 World Cup of Cards (WCC) was won on Tuesday evening at Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec.
Event #24 of the WCC featured a $1,650 Card Player Poker Tour (CPPT) $400,000 guarantee. A total of 359 entries were received across the two Day 1 starting flights. Topping the entire field was Brady Hinnegan, earning the champion's trophy and a first-place prize of $110,000.
Final Table Results:
|2||Tomas Larivee Magni||$78,000|
|6||Man Sze Chow||$26,500|
The second-largest guarantee of the World Cup of Cards drew some of the area's top talent to the tables. A number of Canada's top players took to the felt but failed to make a deep run. Global Poker League's Montreal Nationals Team Manager Marc-Andre Ladouceur, WCC High Roller champion Marc-Etienne McLaughlin, Sam Chartier, Ruben Perceval, Laurence Grondin, and WCC leaderboard front-runner Charles La Boissonniere, were all unable to find success.
In total, 36 players made the money, and a few to bust in the money included Marco Caza (29th — $3,200), Kyle Janisse (25th — 3,500), Rodney Ramalho (22nd — $4,000), and Carter Swidler (15th — $6,600).
The first casualty of the final table was Ian Tang. Tang got it in preflop holding ace-king, racing against against Karim-Olivier Kamal's pocket jacks. Kamal would fade the board to knock out Tang in 10th. Tyler Wilson was the next to go. He was crippled by Kevin Rivest a few hands before his elimination, running his ace-queen into Rivest's ace-king. Wilson found himself all-in in the big blind moments later and was unable to make a hand.
Rivest couldn't put his newly found chips to good use. Not too long after busting Wilson, Rivest made a huge call on a river shove from Elie A, with just a pair of aces. Unfortunately for him, Elie A had flopped the second-nut flush and milked Rivest for all his chips, busting him in eighth place.
Philippe Belley found himself all-in and at risk preflop with ace-jack, but dominating the ace-ten of Kamal. The board, however, had other ideas, providing a ten for Kamal and sending Belley to the rail in seventh.
The final lady standing in the field, Man Sze Chow, had a very healthy stack throughout the final two days until a hand with Laurence Louie cut it in half. Louie had made a big river bet into an already sizeable pot and Chow paid it off, mucking when Louie tabled trip deuces, which he had hit on the river. A few hands later, Chow shoved preflop with ace-seven, finding a call from Kamal with pocket nines. The nines held and Chow was escorted to the payout desk.
The wildest hand of the event was the one that precursed Kamal's dismissal. Kamal opened for 125,000 in late position, Elie A made the call on the button, and Tomas Larivee Magni three-bet to 375,000. Both Kamal and Elie A called, and the three saw a flop of king-ten-seven with a heart flush draw. Magni led out for 875,000 and only Kamal made the call. The seven of spades fell on the turn and both players checked to the four of clubs on the river. Magni tossed a chip out announcing he was all-in. Kamal snap-called. Kamal's hand was the first to hit the table, revealing pocket tens. Magni turned over kings, scooping the monster pot! Magni finished Kamal off a couple hands later with pocket eights, besting Kamal's ace-deuce.
Next to go was Louie. On the losing end of a classic race against Brady Hennigan, Louie was left short and shoved from the button with king-eight of diamonds. Elie A woke up in the big blind with pocket nines and held to dispose of Louie in fourth.
Over two hours went by before the next elimination. Hinnegan, Magni, and Elie traded the chip lead back and forth, passing chips from one seat to the next. Eventually, Elie A got crippled after losing a race with king-queen to Hinnegan's pocket tens. A few hands later, it was Elie's turn to have the pocket tens. He moved all-in preflop and was called by Hennigan, holding ace-ten. Hennigan channeled his inner Barry Greenstein and hit an ace on the river to set up a heads-up showdown with Magni.
Hinnegan began the battle of the final two with a slight chip advantage and carried it towards the end. On the final hand, with blinds at 75k/150k, Magni limped in on the button and Hinnegan checked from the big blind. The flop came king-queen-nine with a club flush draw, and both players checked to the six of clubs on the turn. Hinnegan bet 200,000 and Magni called. The five of spades completed the board on the river and Hinnegan fired 300,000. Magni raised all-in and Hinnegan snap-called, flipping over jack-ten of diamonds, for a flopped straight. Magni turned over queen-five off but his two pair was not enough and his run for the title would come up one player short.
The 2016 WCC is quickly coming to an end, with just one more day of play remaining. The final two events will play down to winners on Wednesday, along with Day 3 of Event #1: NL Hold'em Quantum, where the winner will earn a top prize of $50,000.