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Daniel Gagnon Wins Playground Poker Montreal Festival Main Event for $190,750

Daniel Gagnon

Day 4 of the Playground Poker Montreal Festival Main Event came to an end on Wednesday as the final nine players of a 1,063-entry field played down to a winner. After five levels of intense play, Daniel Gagnon emerged as champion to claim the title and $190,750 first-place prize.

Final Table Results

1stDaniel Gagnon$190,750
2ndNoeung Troeung$125,410
3rdThi Nguyen$89,700
4thYannick Lamarre-Delooz$72,690
5thJohn Helou$53,100
6thMichael Mellor$40,720
7thDaniel Gagne$28,350
8thAlex LAvigne$20,620
9thLorne Wechsler$15,360

According to the Playground Poker Blog, the first elimination of the final table occurred in Level 31 (60,000/120,000/20,000) when Lorne Wechsler bowed out in ninth place for $15,360, and then Playground Poker regular Alex Lavigne followed him out the door one level later. With the blinds at 75,000/150,000/25,000, Lavigne moved all in from the button for 2.025 million and John Helou called from the big blind.

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John Helou

Lavigne: {a-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}
Helou: {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}

Lavigne was in need of some help, but the {4-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop proved disastrous as Helou flopped a set. The {Q-Clubs} turn meant a fifth club would result in a chop, but that didn’t happen as the {8-Spades} blanked on the river. Lavigne took home $20,620 for his eighth-place finish.

After Daniel Gagne and Michael Mellor exited in seventh and sixth place, respectively, Helou took his leave in fifth. It happened in Level 33 (100,000/200,000/25,000) when Helou got his last 1.5 million all in preflop holding the {9-Hearts}{9-Spades} and was racing against the {a-Spades}{q-Spades} of Gagnon. The {2-Spades}{7-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop didn’t hit Gagnon directly, but it did give him a flush draw to go with his overs. The {6-Hearts} turn was of no consequence, but the {K-Spades} river was as Gagnon spiked his flush. Helou received $53,100 for his performance.

Minutes later, Yannick Lamarre-Delooz was eliminated in fourth place when his {k-Spades}{q-Spades} failed to overcome the {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} of Noeung Troeung, and then it was time for the last woman in the field to go. Thi Nguyen fell in Level 35 (150,000/300,000/50,000) when she moved all in for 2.4 million from the small blind. Gagnon, who had limped the button, made the call and Nguyen was in great shape to double.

Nguyen: {a-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
Gagnon: {a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}

Both players held an ace, but Nguyen’s kicker had her out in front. The {10-Spades}{3-Spades}{q-Clubs} flop changed nothing, though the {Q-Diamonds} turn put out chop opportunities. Gagnon could only win outright with a six on the river, and much to Nguyen’s dismay, it came when the {6-Clubs} spiked. Nguyen was eliminated in heartbreaking fashion and had to settle for third place and $89,700.

Gagnon took a 4-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Troeung, and it didn’t take long for him to finish things off. In what would be the last hand of the tournament, Troeung moved all in holding the {k-Diamonds}{j-Spades} and needed to improve against the {a-Diamonds}{9-Spades} of Gagnon. The {a-Spades}{j-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} flop gave both players a pair, but Gagnon’s aces were best. Neither the {10-Diamonds} turn nor {5-Hearts} river helped Troeung, and he took his leave in second place for $125,410 while Gagnon captured the $190,750 first-place prize.

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