2019 World Series of Poker

NL Hold'em 8-Max

Level Info

Level 18
Blinds 3,000 / 6,000
Ante 1,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 150,000 CAD
NL Hold'em 8-Max
Day 2 Completed

Marc-Etienne McLaughlin Wins World Cup of Cards $5,000 8-Max For $76,380

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World Cup of Cards Event #22 Winner, Marc-Etienne McLaughlin ($76,380)
World Cup of Cards Event #22 Winner, Marc-Etienne McLaughlin ($76,380)

Marc-Etienne McLaughlin is the champion of the largest buy-in event of the 2016 World Cup of Cards (WCC). McLaughlin shipped Event #22: $5,000 NL Hold'em 8-Max for $76,830 and captured the WCC Champions trophy, topping a field of 44 players.

Day 2 began at 2 p.m. inside Playground Poker Club, the host of the 2016 WCC, with 12 of the 44 players returning. A super deep-stacked field played out for just over ten hours on Saturday before McLaughlin finished off his last opponent. Here is a look at how the final nine made out.

PlaceNamePrize (CAD)
1Marc-Etienne McLaughlin$76,830
2Pierre-Paul Paulin$53,350
3Francois Goulet$34,150
4Martin Raus$27,750
5Pascal Lefrancois$21,320
6Chanracy Khun$0
7Jean-Louis Cyr$0
8Carl Martel$0
9Samuel M Panzica$0

Heads-up play lasted for just under two hours. McLaughlin entered heads-up as the chip leader but Pierre-Paul Paulin quickly closed the gap. McLaughlin was able to beat Paulin back down and finally seal the deal.

On the final hand, Paulin opened and McLaughlin called in the big blind. The flop came {4-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}, and McLaughlin check-called a bet of 25,000 from Paulin. The {3-Spades} fell on the turn and both players checked to the {a-Diamonds} on the river. McLaughlin checked again and Paulin bet 50,000. McLaughlin check-raised all-in and Paulin went into the tank. After a moment, Paulin tossed out a chip, making the call and McLaughlin tabled {q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}, for trip threes. Paulin nodded, tossing his cards into the muck.

A short-stacked Francois Goulet fell in third place when McLaughin open-shoved from the small blind into Goulet's big bling. After a moment, Goulet made the call, putting himself at risk with ten-eight of diamonds. McLaughlin held eight-five and though Goulet had McLaughlin dominated, McLaughlin rivered a straight, and Goulet was finished off.

Martin Raus shoved preflop with pocket eights but ran smack into Paulin's pocket kings. Raus found no help on the board and was knocked out in fourth. Pascal Lefrancois was the first to bust in the money. Lefrancois chose a bad time to make a bluff, shoving on the flop against Goulet. Goulet, however, had flopped top-pair, top-kicker and snap-called, sending Lefrancois to the rail in fifth.

Chanracy Khun was the unfortunate 'Bubble Boy', shoving preflop with ace-jack but finding McLaughlin in the big blind with pocket queens. Khun picked up a flush draw on the turn but McLaughlin was able to fade it, eliminating Khun in sixth place.

Jean-Louis Cyr also ran into a big pair. Cyr moved all-in preflop with pocket tens but Goulet woke up with aces and Cyr departed in seventh. Carl Martel picked up aces in a hand against three of his opponents. Martel went all-in on a very wet flop and got looked up by Paulin, who had flopped an open-ended straight flush draw. Paulin got there on the river to crack Martel aces and bust him in eighth. Samuel Panzica was the first casualty of the final table. Panzica was also a casualty of Paulin. Both had rivered flushes but Paulin's was better and Panzica fell in ninth.

The World Cup of Cards is quickly winding down, with just five events left. Congratulations to Marc-Etienne McLaughlin, and good luck to all players in the rest of the festival.

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Tags: Carl MartelChanracy KhunFrancois GouletJean-Louis CyrMarc-Etienne McLaughlinMartin RausPascal LeFrancoisPierre-Paul PaulinSamuel M Panzica

Pierre-Paul Paulin Eliminated in 2nd Place ($53,350)

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Pierre-Paul Paulin Eliminated in 2nd Place ($53,350
Pierre-Paul Paulin Eliminated in 2nd Place ($53,350

Pierre-Paul Paulin opened for 20,000 on the button and Marc-Etienne McLaughlin called in the big blind. The flop came {4-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}, and McLaughlin check-called a bet of 25,000 from Paulin. The {3-Spades} fell on the turn and both players checked to the {a-Diamonds} on the river.

McLaughlin checked again and Paulin slid out a bet worth 50,000. McLaughlin check-raised all-in and Paulin went into the tank. After a moment, Paulin tossed out a chip, making the call and McLaughlin tabled {q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}, for trip threes. Paulin nodded, tossing his cards into the muck and McLaughlin took down the pot, the title, the trophy, and the top prize, $76,830.

Marc-Etienne McLaughlin ca 1,320,000 389,000
Pierre-Paul Paulin ca Busted

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Francois Goulet Eliminated in 3rd Place ($34,150)

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Francois Goulet
Francois Goulet

A hand after Marc-Etienne McLaughlin hero-called two barrels from Francois Goulet with queen-high and it turning out to be good, leaving Goulet short-stacked, McLaughlin shoved from the small blind and Goulet called in the big blind, putting his tournament life on the line.

McLaughlin: {8-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}
Goulet: {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}

Goulet was ahead for the time being but needed to hold to stay alive. The board ran out {k-Hearts}{2-Spades}{7-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{4-Spades}, giving McLaughlin a straight and Goulet was eliminated in third.

Marc-Etienne McLaughlin ca 845,000 130,000
Francois Goulet ca Busted

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