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NL Hold'em Freeze

Event Info

Prize Pool 5,000 CAD
Players 146
NL Hold'em Freeze
Day 1 Completed

Francesco Maltese Wins Event #4: NL Hold'em Freeze for $3,462

Event #4 Champion Francesco Maltese
Event #4 Champion Francesco Maltese

There is a new World Cup of Cards event champion at Playground Poker Club. Francesco Maltese topped a field of 146 to win Event #4: NL Hold'em Freeze for $3,462.

Maltese defeated Andrej Markovinovic heads-up to claim the title. In the final hand, Markovinovic raised all-in preflop and was called by Maltese. Markovinovic had {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} but was behind Maltese's {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}. A classic race was underway with Maltese having a slight advantage. That edge proved to be enough as the board ran out {8-Spades}{3-Clubs}{6-Spades}{q-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}. Markovinovic received $2,550 for his runner-up finish.

Tanvir Ahmed fell victim to a cruel beat falling in fifth. Ahmed had turned a full house with {k-}{j-} on a {2-}{2-}{2-}{j-} board and was all-in against Markovinovic's {a-}{k-}. A {2-} came on the river giving both players quads but Markovinovic's ace-kicker took the pot. Ahmed was awared $1,090.

PlaceNamePrize (CAD)
1Francesco Maltese$3,462
2Andrej Markovinovic$2,550
3Maxime Pitre-Pepin$1,920
4Daniel Letarte$1,450
5Tanvir Ahmed$1,090
6Bart Sieminski$820
7David Pare$620
8Jason Conforti$460
9Andre Pelletier$350
10Jason Mottershead$260

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Final Four on Break; Maltese Rivers Royal Flush


The final four players are on a 15-minute break.

Just before the break Francesco Maltese hit a royal flush to stay alive. Down to two big blinds, Maltese got all his chips in the middle preflop with [ahkh. He had one caller and the two seen a {2-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} board roll out.

When they return, blinds will be 30k/60k with a 5k ante. Average stack is 547,500.

Andrej Markovinovic 880,000 -380,000
Daniel Letarte 610,000 160,000
Francesco Maltese 400,000 200,000
Maxime Pitre-Pepin 270,000 85,000

Tanvir Ahmed Eliminated in 5th Place ($1,090)


Andrej Markovinovic had Tanvir Ahmed all-i and at risk on the turn of a board of {2-}{2-}{2-}{j-}. Ahmed though had turned a full house with {k-}{j-} and was ahead of Markovinovic's {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}.

Poker is cruel sometimes and as the dealer swept out the river, a {2-} fell putting quads on the board and Markovinovic's ace-high was best.

Andrej Markovinovic 1,260,000 494,000
Daniel Letarte 450,000 169,000
Francesco Maltese 200,000 10,000
Maxime Pitre-Pepin 185,000 29,000
Tanvir Ahmed Busted