Jeff Cormier Wins World Cup of Cards $10K High Roller For $160,000

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Jeff Cormier Wins World Cup of Cards $10K High Roller For $160,000
08 Sep


Montreal proved to be the perfect playground for Jeff Cormier, the New Brunswick player taking down the World Cup of Cards $10K High Roller title and C$160,000 ($129,173) after edging out Australia’s Jonathan Karamalakis for the Championship trophy.

Twenty six players ponied up the high-roller buy-in at the Playground Poker Club in Quebec’s biggest city, including 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, Alan ‘Ari’ Engel and Sam Chartier, and when 13 re-entries appeared on day 2 it was a healthy C$388,000 (US$ 313,244) which the top 5 would share in the 6-max event..

The 33-event festival had already seen Shaan Siddiqui scoop the $5k 8-max tournament, winning $81,000, but the $10K saw a new set of names reaching the unofficial final table – two of whom were set to go home empty-handed – and it was PartyPoker Team Pro Kristen Bicknell who lost out on a top 6 finish when her short-stack hit the rails courtesy of Cormier’s pocket aces.

Ari Engel, a pro with almost $5million to his name in tournament winnings, couldn’t add to his tally when he busted in 6th, leaving Aussie Karamalakis and 4 Canadians to battle it out for riches and honour.

Cormier took out Billard and Kastner, and when Karamalakis ended Ormsby’s tournament in 3rd spot, they were down to two – although there could be only one at the end of the day! The World Cup of Cards own blog shared the details of the heads-up duel, which began ‘began fairly even-stacked…’

‘In the final hand of play, he picked up K♠ K♥ in the small blind and opened the 40,000 big blind to 100,000. Jonathan moved in with A♣ 8♠ for 1,045,000 and was met with a quick call. The 2♠ 10♥ 3♣ Q♠ 4♦ board brought no danger to Jeffrey’s pocket-kings and he eliminated Jonathan in 2nd place for $97,000, emerging as our $10K High Roller champion!’

Cormier’s victory increases his life-time tournament earnings to almost $400,000 and with several events left on the World Cup of Cards schedule, including the $2000 Canadian Poker Championships and another $5k event, Cormier will have to decide whether to cut and run or try for a double up!

Final Table Results:

1Jeff Cormier
2Jonathan Karamalikis
3David Ormsby
4JK Kastner
5Francois Billard

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