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NL Hold'em 50/50 Bounty

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Prize Pool 25,220 CAD
NL Hold'em 50/50 Bounty
Day 1 Completed

David Valcourt-Dube Dominates, Captures 50/50 Bounty Title For $4,405

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The Bounty Hunter: Event #13 champion David Valcourt-Dube
The Bounty Hunter: Event #13 champion David Valcourt-Dube

Early Thursday morning, at the World Cup of Cards inside Playground Poker Club, David Valcourt-Dube collected his 16th bounty when he eliminated his final opponent. Valcourt-Dube topped a field of 260 en route to the Event #13: NL Hold'em Bounty title and a first-place prize of $4,405.

Once four-handed, the final four players agreed to an ICM based chop, leaving $300 and the trophy to play for. Here is a look at how the final table prize money was distributed:

1David Valcourt-Dube  $4,405
2Martin Nguyen  $3,285
3Garry Thompson  $3,445
4Bruno Visotzky-Bernier  $3,475
5Charan Malhotra  $1,710
6Rong Xu  $1,290
7Samuel Derosby-Tremblay  $970
8Tina Howie  $720
9Kuong Kuoch  $540
10Bichr Awad  $410

On the final hand of the night, Martin Nguyen shoved on the button and Valcourt-Dube called. Nguyen was in big trouble with {j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}, behind Valcourt-Dube's {q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}. The board ran out {10-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and Valcourt-Dube's queen-high held.

Garry Thompson fell to Valcourt-Dube in third when his {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} was out drawn by Valcourt-Dube's {j-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}. Bruno Visotzky-Bernier was another victim of Valcourt-Dube. Visotzky-Bernier shoved preflop with {10-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and was called by Valcourt-Dube with an ace. Valcourt paired his ace on the flop and Visotzky-Bernier busted in fourth.

Fifth-place finisher Charan Malhotra fell to Garry Thompson in unfortunate fashion. All-in preflop with the best of it, holding {a-Clubs}{q-Spades} to Thompson's {a-Spades}{5-Clubs}, Malhotra seen his tournament life slip away with each passing card. The board ran out {j-Spades}{7-Spades}{8-Hearts}{k-Spades}{4-Spades}, giving Thompson a flush.

Rong Xu was eliminated soon after being crippled by Malhotra. Malhotra shoved all-in preflop with {a-Clubs}{2-Hearts} and Xu called with {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}. The board ran out {10-Spades}{9-Spades}{3-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Malhotra spiked a deuce to double through. A couple hands later, Xu was all-in {k-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} and was called by David Valcourt-Dube's {9-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. Xu was ahead and needed to hold. Unfortunately Valcourt-Dube rivered a straight on a {3-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{a-Spades}{5-Clubs}{7-Spades} board and Xu was knocked out.

Samuel Derosby-Tremblay departed in seventh. The last woman standing, Tina Howie's deep run ended in eighth, and Valcourt-Dube's first bounty at the final table came from the elimination of Kuong Kuoch in ninth.

The final table got underway with a boom. A massive preflop, three-way all-in boosted Bruno Visotzky-Bernier into the chip lead. Bichr Awad shoved, Thompson moved all-in over the top, and Visotzky-Bernier called all-in. Visotzky-Bernier was way ahead with {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}, up against the {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts} of Thompson, and Awad's {7-Clubs}{8-Clubs}. The board ran out {q-Spades}{k-Spades}{4-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and Visotzky-Bernier scooped the entire pot, busting Awad, and doubling through Thompson.

The very popular event at Playground gathered a notable crowd. Event #3 winner Dave S made the money, bowing out in 18th place for $280, and Multiple NL Quantum flight qualifier David Cadoche earned the first payout, busting in 27th for $190.

Some notables failing to make the money include Jonathan Bussieres, Kathy Sawers, Rodney Ramalho, Charles La Boissonniere, Jason Conforti, and Andrew Boujaoude.

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Tags: Bruno Visotzky-BernierCharan MalhotraDavid Valcourt-DubeGarry ThompsonKuong KuochRong XuSamuel Derosby-TremblayTina Howie

Martin Nguyen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($3,285)

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Martin Nguyen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($3,285)
Martin Nguyen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($3,285)

On the final hand of the night, Martin Nguyen shoved on the button and David Valcourt-Dube called in the big blind.

Nguyen: {j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}
Valcourt-Dube: {q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}

Nguyen was in big trouble and needed to hit to stay alive. The board ran out {10-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and Valcourt-Dube's queen-high held to take down the title.

David Valcourt-Dube 5,200,000 1,525,000
Martin Nguyen Busted

Garry Thompson Eliminated in 3rd Place ($3,445)

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Garry Thompson Eliminated in 3rd Place ($3,445)
Garry Thompson Eliminated in 3rd Place ($3,445)

David Valcourt-Dube shoved preflop and Garry Thompson called all-in for less.

Thompson: {q-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}
Valcourt-Dube: {j-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}

Thompson was ahead but both of Valcourt-Dube's cards were live. The {j-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{k-Spades} flop was pure gold for Valcourt-Dube, flopping two pair. The {a-Diamonds} on the turn gave Thompson some out, but the {7-Clubs} on the river was of no assistance and he hit the rail in third.

David Valcourt-Dube 3,675,000 1,175,000
Garry Thompson Busted

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Bruno Visotzky-Bernier Eliminated in 4th Place ($3,475)

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Bruno Visotzky-Bernier Eliminated in 4th Place ($3,475)
Bruno Visotzky-Bernier Eliminated in 4th Place ($3,475)

Bruno Visotzky-Bernier moved all-in preflop and David Valcourt-Dube made the call.

Visotzky-Bernier: {9-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
Valcourt-Dube: {a-Hearts}{8-Spades}

Valcourt-Dube was ahead and paired his ace on the {6-Hearts}{a-Spades}{6-Clubs} flop. His pair would hold through the turn and river — {j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} and disposed of Visotzky-Bernier.

David Valcourt-Dube 2,500,000 400,000
Bruno Visotzky-Bernier Busted

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Final Four Agree on a Deal

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The final four players paused the clock to discuss a deal. After a brief discussion and a rundown of the numbers, they reached an agreement. They will continue playing for the champion's trophy and an additional prize of $300. Here is the breakdown of the deal:

NamePrize (CAD)
David Valcourt-Dube$4,105
Bruno Visotzky-Bernier$3,475
Garry Thompson$3,445
Martin Nguyen$3,285
David Valcourt-Dube 2,100,000 625,000
Bruno Visotzky-Bernier 1,110,000 70,000
Garry Thompson 1,075,000
Martin Nguyen 905,000 -245,000

Charan Malhotra Eliminated in 5th Place ($1,710)

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Charan Malhotra Eliminated in 5th Place ($1,710)
Charan Malhotra Eliminated in 5th Place ($1,710)

Garry Thompson moved all-in preflop and Charan Malhotra called for less putting himself at risk.

Thompson: {a-Spades}{5-Clubs}
Malhotra: {a-Clubs}{q-Spades}

Malhotra had Thompson dominated but seen his tournament life slip away with each passing card. The board ran out {j-Spades}{7-Spades}{8-Hearts}{k-Spades}{4-Spades}, giving Thompson a flush and a lock on the hand.

Garry Thompson 1,075,000 425,000
Charan Malhotra Busted

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Rong Xu Eliminated in 6th Place ($1,290)

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Rong Xu Eliminated in 6th Place ($1,290)
Rong Xu Eliminated in 6th Place ($1,290)

Rong Xu was soon eliminated after being crippled by Charan Malhotra. Malhotra shoved all-in preflop with {a-Clubs}{2-Hearts} and Xu called with {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}. The board ran out {10-Spades}{9-Spades}{3-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Malhotra spiked a deuce to double through.

A couple hands later, Xu was all-in {k-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} and was called by David Valcourt-Dube's {9-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. Xu was ahead and needed to hold. Unfortunately Valcourt-Dube rivered a straight on a {3-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{a-Spades}{5-Clubs}{7-Spades} board and Xu was knocked out.

David Valcourt-Dube 1,475,000 275,000
Rong Xu Busted

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