Day 2 Completed
|Prize Pool||400,000 CAD|
|Blinds||20,000 / 40,000|
Day 2 Completed
Jeff Cormier Wins World Cup of Cards $10K High Roller
New Brunswick's Jeff Cormier has claimed the 2017 World Cup of Cards $10,000 6-Max High Roller. Cormier topped a field of 39 entries Thursday evening at Playground Poker Club to capture the Champion's trophy and a top prize of $160,000.
Final Table Results:
For Cormier, the win marks his largest-ever live-recorded tournament cash and almost doubles his career live recorded earnings which will push over $400,000 when tonight's results get posted. No stranger to deep runs at Playground Poker Club either, this is Cormier's ninth cash at the Kahnawake poker room.
Just 11 players returned for action on Day 2 but with late-registration open until the start of play, the field quickly doubled in size. All in all, there were 39 entries total with 26 unique players and 13 re-entries.
The likes of Pascal Lefrancois, Ami Alibay, Philippe D'Auteuil, Sam Chartier, and 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel all fired away but missed their mark and busted before the final table got underway.
Once the unofficial final table of seven was set, partypoker Team Pro Kristen Bicknell saw her stack reduced to below 10 big blinds and shoved from the button with jack-five. Unfortunately, Cormier woke up with aces and Bicknell couldn't crack them.
With just the top five making the money, none of the final six wanted to leave empty-handed. Jonathan Karamalikis was the first to put himself at risk, scoring a double that left Engel with crumbs. Engel busted soon after, bursting the money bubble.
Francois Billard found a good spot to keep his run going, moving all-in with ace-ten and getting Cormier to call with king-queen. A ten in the door was a pleasant sight for Billard but the jack and nine behind it were not. Cormier flopped a straight and Billard couldn't improve.
Cormier claimed his next victim after JK Kastner shoved with pocket tens, running into Cormier's queens and a heads-up battle was set after David Ormsby ran into Karamalikis' pocket aces to fall in third.
Heads-up play began rather even with Karamalikis taking an early lead. Cormier quickly reversed the lead and started to pull away. On the final hand, Karamalikis shoved with ace-eight, right into Cormier's pocket kings.
The World Cup of Cards is winding down and that means it's time for the Canadian Poker Championship. The headlining event of the WCC features a $2,200 buy-in with a guarantee of $2,000,000. The first of four live flights kicks off on Friday with Day 1a underway at noon.
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Jonathan Karamalikis Eliminated in 2nd Place ($97,000)
Jeff Cormier had the button and paused for a moment before putting in a raise to 100,000. Jonathan Karamalikis looked down at his cards and promptly announced "All-in". Cormier snap-called, beating Karamalikis in the pot.
Karamalikis was the player at risk and had some catching up to do with ace-high, up against two kings.
The flop came and Karamalikis still needed to hit an ace or some running cards to improve and stay alive. The turn was the and Karamalikis was down to just an ace for outs. The river was the and Karamalikis couldn't improve, making him the runner-up in the $10,300 No Limit Hold'em 6-Max High Roller for $97,000.
Cormier locks up the win, the trophy and $160,000 for his efforts today.
A full recap will be posted shortly.
Time for a Short Break
The final two players have completed another three levels and will return to action after a 15-minute break. Here is how they currently stack up.
Cormier Takes Karamalikis to Value Town
Jonathan Karamalikis raised to 65,000 on the button and Jeff Cormier called.
The flop came and both players checked to the on the turn. Cormier led out for 70,000 and Karamalikis thought for a moment before deciding to call.
The river was the and Cormier thought for a moment before firing out a bet worth 175,000. Karamalikis went into the tank but eventually called.
Cormier tabled for two pair tens and eights. Karamalikis mucked for a pair of jacks and Cormier raked in the pot.
Heads-Up Play Begins
Jeff Cormier and Jonathan Karamalikis are about to being battling heads-up.
Cormier starts off with a slight lead with 2,068,000 chips, up against Karamalikis' 1,858,000.
The two players are guaranteed $97,00 but have their eyes on the first-place prize of $160,000
David Ormsby Eliminated in 3rd Place ($58,000)
After half of David Ormsby's chips were shipped over to Jonathan Karamalikis a few hands before, Ormsby put himself at risk shoving preflop for 297,000 with and got calls from Karamalikis holding in the small blind and Jeff Cormier with in the big blind.
The flop was and Karamalikis bet 275,000 forcing Cormier out of the hand. Ormsby needed help but found nothing on the run-out, falling in third place.
Players have decided to take a break at their leisure and will be back somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes. Stay tuned and check out the Live Stream via the tab above.
Jeff Cormier holds an overwhelming chip lead with 2,456,000, with Jonathan Karamalikis in second with 798,000 and David Ormsby sitting on 760,000.