The inaugural Canadian Grand Prix has crowned its champion and that champion is none other than Richard Figiel who took full advantage of the re-entry format, and now has a career-best tournament score of $49,385 to brag about.
Figiel bought into four Day 1s but failed in his quest to progress to Day 2 so decided to buy into Day 2 directly for $1,100. It turned out to be one of the best poker decisions he has ever made because he went all the way and secured the winner’s trophy and the lion’s share of the $500,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Of the 481 players returned for Sunday’s Day 2, only 46 navigated their way through to the third and final day’s play, each guaranteed $1,250 for their efforts. By the time Ludovic Doucet bust in 11th place, setting the ten-handed final table, the minimum any of the players would take home was $4,630.
Canadian Grand Prix Final Table Draw
Within 10 minutes of the final table action commencing, Sofiane Boulila was all-in with on an flop in a hand with Richard Moreau who held . The on the turn locked up the hand for Moreau, rendering the river inconsequential.
Shortly after Boulila’s demise, Mark Sloane pushed all-in with and looked in good shape against the dominated of Moreau. That was until the board ran to gift Moreau a full house, which sent Sloane to the rail.
The flurry of early eliminations continued with the exit of Adam Cader in eighth place. The very next hand after Sloane had bust, Cader moved all-in preflop with and Moreau snap-called with to put his opponent at risk of elimination. The five community cards fell to bring Cader’s run to an end.
Daniel Dagenais then headed to the sidelines when he lost all but half-of-a big blind when Karla Leduc’s beat his , and Dagenais fell on the next hand when his failed to improve against Kegan Cummings’ .
Six-handed play continued for 90-minutes before the remaining players stopped the clock so they could discuss a deal for the remaining prize money. Discussion proved successful and a deal was struck that left $10,000 for the eventual champion. However, the deal also meant if Neil Macleod or Leduc won they would not win an additional $50,000 because the Golden Chip in their possession was now null and void.
First to bust after the deal was finalised was Leduc who got her chips in with [Kx][Kx] and lost to Moreau’s [Ax][Qx] that made a straight on the [9x] board.
Moments after Leduc’s demise, Cummings handed his stack over to Figiel when his lost to Figiel’s with the five community cards running , then mere minutes later Figiel picked up ace-king again, which held against the of Macleod to send him to the cashier’s desk.
Three-handed play only continued for 15 minutes because on a board reading , Moreau bet 3,500,000, Figiel raised to 9,000,000 and then called when Moreau moved all-in. Moreau showed , Figiel the , and when the turn was followed into play by the river, heads-up was set.
Less than 30 minutes later and the tournament was over. Figiel completed his button, Paul Mohorea made it 4,600,000 to play, and Figiel called. Mohorea then check-called a 2,000,000 bet on the flop. The landed on the turn and Mohorea checked again. Figiel moved all-in, and Mohorea called.
It was for Mohorea and the for Figiel, which had improved to trip nines. The river was not one of Mohorea’s outs and he bust in second place, leaving a delighted Figiel to be announced as the Canadian Grand Prix champion.
Canadian Grand Prix Final Table Results
*reflects a six-handed deal