$1,100 Playground1000
$1,100 Playground1000
Day 3 Completed

Aaron Czaja Leads Playground1000 into Final Day

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Aaron Lawrence Czaja
Aaron Lawrence Czaja

The penultimate day of the partypoker LIVE Playground1000 has narrowed the field down to the final 24 players. Day 3 of the $1,000,000 guaranteed $1,100 event saw 132 players return to action with just 100 of them making the money.

partypoker Team Pro Kristen Bicknell was the very first casualty of the day flopping two-pair but running into an opponent's flopped top-two. Fellow Team Pro Natalia Breviglieri (1,300,000) faired much better, securing her first cash on Canadian soil. Breviglieri is still in the hunt but will return on Day 4 with the second shortest stack.

Other notables falling before the bubble popped include World Series of Poker Main Event champions Jonathan Duhamel and Ryan Riess, Peter Chien, and Pierre Paul Paulin.

Hand-for-hand play only lasted one hand when the field reached the money bubble. John Pihlak returned from break with less than one big blind which he was forced to pay resuming play in the big blind. Pihlak was dealt deuce-eight and was crushed by Rong Xu's pocket kings leaving the field in the money.

Familiar faces failing to continue on the journey but busting with some consolation on Day 3 include Day 1a chipleader Georges Hallak (99th - $2,000), Samuel Gagnon (84th - $2,500), Andrew Watt (80th - $3,000), Sam Chartier (72nd - $3,500), William Blais (60th - $4,000), David Guay (50th - $4,500), and Day 2 chipleader Armand King (34th - $5,500).

Carrying the torch into Day 4 is chipleader Aaron Czaja. Czaja bagged 9,030,000 after the eight levels of play on Day 3. Czaja made a very impressive call on the river of a jack-high board with just top pair after Ruben Perceval semi-bluff shoved all-in to claim the largest pot of the tournament by far.

Alexander Puchalski has the second largest stack after mustering a strong 8,100,000. Kyle Janisse (6,505,000), Fakher Alizai (5,470,000), and Maurice Simard (4,885,000) round out the top five.

Day 4 is set to kick off at 1 p.m. local time and will continue until a champion is crowned. Once the final table is set, there will be a cards-up live-stream on a slight delay. Stay tuned to the blog for more details.

Here is a look at the prizes still left to fight for:

PlacePrize (CAD)
1200,000 CAD
2120,000 CAD
380,000 CAD
454,500 CAD
540,000 CAD
630,000 CAD
722,500 CAD
815,000 CAD
910,000 CAD
10-128,500 CAD
13-157,750 CAD
16-187,000 CAD
19-246,250 CAD

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Tags: Aaron CzajaAlexander PuchalskiAndrew WattArmand KingDavid GuayFakher AlizaiGeorges HallakJohn PihlakJonathan DuhamelKristen BicknellKyle JanisseNatalia BreviglieriPeter ChienRong XuRuben PercevalRyan RiessSamuel ChartierWilliam Blais

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Aaron Czaja CA
Aaron Czaja
CA 9,030,000 -670,000
Alexander Puchalski ca
Alexander Puchalski
ca 8,100,000 -300,000
Kyle Janisse CA
Kyle Janisse
CA 6,505,000 5,305,000
Fakher Alizai CA
Fakher Alizai
CA 5,470,000 120,000
Maurice Simard CA
Maurice Simard
CA 4,885,000 2,385,000
Francesco Maltese CA
Francesco Maltese
CA 4,630,000 2,930,000
Carlos Gerones CA
Carlos Gerones
CA 4,435,000 -35,000
Donghai Lu CA
Donghai Lu
CA 4,345,000 1,245,000
Faisal Khan ca
Faisal Khan
ca 4,300,000 1,800,000
Jason Mandanici-Turcot ca
Jason Mandanici-Turcot
ca 3,600,000 -900,000
Tomas Larivee Magni CA
Tomas Larivee Magni
CA 3,200,000 200,000
Garrett Dansereau ca
Garrett Dansereau
ca 3,150,000 -1,450,000
Karim Abdelhamid CA
Karim Abdelhamid
CA 3,035,000 235,000
Marc Guerbilsky CA
Marc Guerbilsky
CA 2,755,000 -295,000
Kevin Rivest ca
Kevin Rivest
ca 2,700,000 800,000
Michael Khan ca
Michael Khan
ca 2,630,000 -1,070,000
Michel Lacasse CA
Michel Lacasse
CA 2,440,000 990,000
Dave Jeanneau-Cyr CA
Dave Jeanneau-Cyr
CA 2,240,000 140,000
Nabil Karrass us
Nabil Karrass
us 1,920,000 1,270,000
Debra Ann Holman CA
Debra Ann Holman
CA 1,855,000 355,000
Charles La Boissonniere ca
Charles La Boissonniere
ca 1,750,000 -2,150,000
Alexandru Baron ca
Alexandru Baron
ca 1,305,000 -795,000
Natalia Breviglieri gb
Natalia Breviglieri
gb 1,300,000 200,000
Jean-Simon Giguere CA
Jean-Simon Giguere
CA 1,155,000 355,000

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Joe 'Self-Proclaimed Legend' Tehan Eliminated

ElleSriracha • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Joe Tehan
Joe Tehan

Joe Tehan, who jokingly proclaims himself as a "legend", moved all-in from the small blind for his last 1,215,000. Kyle Janisse was in the big blind and called.

Joe Tehan: {j-Spades}{6-Clubs}
Kyle Janisse: {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}

Tehan had one over card to Janisse's eights, but the board ran out {a-Spades}{3-Spades}{3-Hearts}{7-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and Tehan couldn't improve. He headed to the rail in one of the last hands of the night.

Joe Tehan us
Joe Tehan
us Busted

Tags: Joe TehanKyle Janisse

Jeanneu-Cyr Doubles Through Breviglieri

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Natalia Breviglieri opened to 175,000 from early position and Dave Jeanneau-Cyr three-bet shoved for 1,020,000. When action folded back around to Breviglieri, she made the call putting her opponent at risk.

Jeanneau-Cyr: {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
Breviglieri: {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

The board ran out {6-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{j-Clubs} and Jeanneau-Cyr's pair held to double up.

Dave Jeanneau-Cyr CA
Dave Jeanneau-Cyr
CA 2,100,000 350,000
Natalia Breviglieri gb
Natalia Breviglieri
gb 1,100,000 -650,000

Tags: Natalia BreviglieriDave Jeanneau-Cyr

Abdelhamid Binks the River to Double Through Alizai

ElleSriracha • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Karim Abdelhamid
Karim Abdelhamid

Karim Abdelhamid was all-in for his last 1,220,000 and was called by Fakher Alizai before the flop.

Abdelhamid tabled {a-Hearts}{k-Spades} and was flipping against Alizai's pocket sevens

The flop came {j-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and Alizai was still in the lead. The turn was the {2-Hearts} but the river was the {k-Hearts} and Abdelhamid paired his king to double up just before the end of the night.

Fakher Alizai CA
Fakher Alizai
CA 5,350,000 -550,000
Karim Abdelhamid CA
Karim Abdelhamid
CA 2,800,000 700,000

Tags: Fakher AlizaiKarim Abdelhamid

Final Five Hands of the Night

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

The clock has been paused here on Day 3 and each table will play five more hands before bagging for the night. Players will return tomorrow for Day 4 and play down to a winner.

Pepin Runs into the Nuts to Bust

ElleSriracha • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

With about 900,000 in the pot, on a board reading {9-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}, Daniel Pepin led out for 500,000 from the big blind and Alexander Puchalski tank-called on the button.

The river was the {10-Spades} and Pepin thought for a moment before moving all-in for his last 635,000. Puchalski snap-called and tabled {j-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} for the absolute nuts. Pepin flashed {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs} for a pair of nines to hit the rail.

Alexander Puchalski ca
Alexander Puchalski
ca 8,400,000 5,375,000
Daniel Pepin CA
Daniel Pepin
CA Busted

Tags: Alexander PuchalskiDaniel Pepin

Soller Smoked by a Set

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 25: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Matthew Wilkins open-shoved from under-the-gun and action folded around to Nicholas Soller on the button. Soller had less than 10 big blinds and finally found a hand to give himself a shot. Soller slid the rest of his stack forward, putting himself at risk.

Wilkins: {4-Spades}{4-Hearts}
Soller: {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

Soller was racing for his tournament life as the dealer delivered a {j-Spades}{4-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} board. At first, Soller thought the jack gave him the lead in the hand but quickly realized there was a four right behind it and no further assistance ended his run in 30th place.

Matthew Wilkins ca
Matthew Wilkins
ca 2,250,000 150,000
Nicholas Soller CA
Nicholas Soller
CA Busted

Tags: Matthew WilkinsNicholas Soller