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The Canadian Poker Championships has come to a close after an exhilarating journey, in which players from all over the world and of all calibers of play gathered together to compete for the lion's share of a $2,000,000 prize pool.

Part of the World Cup of Cards at Playground Poker Club, this $2,000 + $200 NL Hold’em Re-entry event was composed of a healthy mix of recreational and professional players. With so many Phase 1 feeders, for which players were able to satellite into for as little as $2.20 on partypoker, this tournament gave the opportunity for any player to join the field and play for life-changing money, regardless of their bankroll. Over 336 entries were booked into Day 1 for $220 or less (spawning from 2,801 Phase 1 buy-ins), and an additional 563 direct buy-ins were made, bringing the total number of entries up to 899.

The money bubble burst at the very end of Day 2, with Leo Hackenbroch and James Rubin sharing 162nd place money due to simultaneous eliminations in hand-for-hand play. The other 161 runners locked in a payout, and 145 were left to bag onto Day 3, lead by Sebastien Labbe.

Through the 8 hours of play in Day 3, it was Winnipeg pro Patrick Serda who bagged the chip lead, fresh from a High Roller win online the day before. Former chip-leader Sebastien was still near the top of the leaderboard, having bagged a second place stack onto the final day.

21 players returned to the felts on Wednesday for the closing chapter of the CPC, and play took off with a fury, sending 5 players to the rail in less than half a level of play. As the day progressed, the action slowed down considerably with the pay jumps becoming increasingly more interesting.

When the final table was formed, Patrick and Sebastien were still occupying the top 2 spots on the leaderboard. Julian Volpe (9th place: $20,000) was the first casualty, and his last chips were claimed by Sebastien. Poker wizard Mike Leah took over the chip lead during 8-handed play after finding a key triple-up when his stack was beginning to dwindle.

Kevin finished off Sean Gomez (8th place: $26,000) after Daren Keyes took a big bite out of him with Ace-King over Pocket Queens, and Patrick Serda (7th place: $35,000) followed him to the rail shortly after.

With those hands, Kevin became the chip leader as play reached 6-handed play, even after Maurizio Lo Russo doubled through him with Ace-King over Pocket Kings. He regained some chips by eliminating Sebastien Labbe (6th place: $50,000) before seceding the top spot on the leaderboard to Daren, who eliminated Maurizio Lo Russo (5th place: $75,000) with an Ace-high flush over King-high flush.

4-handed action continued for the better part of two levels, where we saw the some resilient short stacks fend for their tournament lives. It was finally Mike Leah (4th place: $110,000) who broke the cycle, moving in his last few big blinds with Ace-Nine and being bested by Kevin's King-Jack.

Another level and a half went by before the next elimination took place, and it was Joel Giguere (3rd place: $156,000) who bit the dust in a two-part process. He first saw his flopped bottom two pairs be out-drawn by the pair and flush draw of Daren, before going down with King-Seven versus the Ace-King of Kevin.

This lead to heads-up play between Daren Keyes (479 million) and Kevin Rivest (387 million), who struck a deal before beginning the duel. Daren locked in $303,675 in the ICM deal, while Kevin secured $280,325, leaving an additional $56,000 and the Champion's Trophy for the eventual winner. They played back and forth for around 3 levels, with each player holding a considerable lead at some point. Daren started off strong and nearly had Kevin on the ropes, but Kevin kept his composure and managed to regain the lead after winning a string of hands.

Holding a 2-to-1 chip lead, Kevin min-raised to 33M from the small blind, and called Daren's 3-bet all-in of 232M. Kevin was in the lead with versus , and improved to a flush on the board to bring the Canadian Poker Championships to a close. He secured the additional $56,000 set aside in the deal, bringing his total payout up to $336,325, and was awarded the stunning CPC champion's trophy!


Canadian Poker Championships winner: Kevin Rivest - $336,325.00

Runner-up: Daren Keyes - $303,675.00

Last hand of play:

The Playground1000 was the 20th event in the World Cup of Cards, and a total of 867 entries took place for this tournament which boasted a $1,000,000 guarantee. Starting flights were available online at partypoker and live at Playground Poker Club, with all qualifiers reunited on Monday evening for Day 2. The top 100 players secured themselves a payout, with a staggering $200,000 top prize set aside for the eventual winner.

Once Day 3 was complete, 24 players were still in the race and they returned to the felts for Day 4 to play down to a winner. As play neared the final table, it was Donghai Lu who was leading the way with a considerable chip lead. Alexander Puchalski (9th - $10,000) and Aaron Czaja (8th - $15,000) were eliminated in the first few orbits of the final table, and shortly after Jason Mandanici-Turcot stormed up the leaderboard by eliminating Carlos Gerones (7th - $22,500).

Marc Guerbilsky (6th - $30,000) was the next casualty after an unfortunate cooler saw his chips shift over to Charles La Boissonnière, losing with versus . Charles went on a heater after that hand, eliminating partypoker pro Natalia Breviglieri (5th - $40,000) in 5th place, and then taking out Donghai Lu (4th - $54,500) in a two-part process.

During 3-handed action, big-stacked Charles was putting pressure on his opponents with an aggressive style of play, and managed to eliminated Jason (3rd - $80,000) in a battle of the blinds to bring the event into heads-up play. He began the duel with a 7-to-1 chip lead over heads-up opponent Garrett Dansereau, and within a few minutes the final hand took place.

With around 15 big blinds in front of him, roughly 10% of the chips in play, Garrett open-shoved from the small blind and found a call. He tabled and was trailing the of Charles, who went on to win the hand with a runout. With it, Charles was crowned our Playground1000 champion, taking home a the $200,000 top prize, along with a WCC Champion's Trophy and a set of Monster headphones!

Playground1000 Champion: Charles La Boissonière - $200,000.00

Playground1000 runner-up: Garrett Dansereau - $120,000.00

Last hand of play

In the past few days, partypoker has released upgrades to its desktop and mobile clients. The lobby and game play interfaces have both been improved in this first round of updates – making it more of a pleasure than ever to play on partypoker!

The changes were made after gathering feedback from a wide range of players. The thing that stands out the most about both the lobby and table updates is the darker colour scheme, which will be easier on the eyes for players and big improvement for those playing long sessions.

As well, the simplified one-click lobby has been removed and all of the attention now goes to the traditional lobby view. Very few players were reported to have used the simplified lobby - and now, improving the traditional view will be the focus of continuing development. In this update filters have been made collapsible to provide more space, and in the future partypoker plans further enhancements to the tournament lobby. As well, a very practical improvement has been made to the Sit & Go HERO lobby - it is now possible to differentiate between 3- and 4-handed games.

In the official partypoker news release, Managing Director of partypoker Tom Waters said: "We acknowledge that our poker product needed some love. We have been working on this project for a number of months with the support of a large group of players. We have been testing the phase 1 release over the past couple of weeks and the feedback from the players has been extremely encouraging. There are many more enhancements in the pipeline and I am confident that by the end of 2017 our players will be delighted with the improved look and feel and the usability of the software. We know what the bigger issues are and believe that these upgrades will address all of those. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to feedback and suggested improvements. I hope that the new partypoker player experience is to everyone's liking."

See the full news release from partypoker.
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