Kevin Rivest Wins the Party Poker LIVE Canadian Poker Championships For $336,3253 years ago
Kevin Rivest took down the biggest payday of his poker career when he bested a field of 899 entrants to lift the 2017 Canadian Poker Championships crown and CAD$400,000 ($336,325), the lion’s share of the CAD$2million on offer.
The huge entry for the event $2K buy-in event - held as part of the World Cup of Cards in connection with Party Poker at the Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Montreal - included such illustrious names as 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel and last year’s November NinerGriffin Benger, as well as a mass of Canadian hopefuls dotted with visitors.
A hard-fought tournament, in which 162 players cashed, was finally whittled down to nine when Jean-Philippe Beaulieu became the final table bubble-boy, walking off with C$16,000 and leaving 7 Canadians and two contenders from the USA to battle it out for the title.
It was the two ‘Americans’ who hit the rails first and this left Patrick Serda two steps closer to a remarkable double, the Canadian having lifted the WCOOP High Roller online for almost US$½ million just the day before against some of the biggest names in the world.
It wasn’t to be for Serda, however, as he was next to fall despite coming into the final nine with the chip lead. His last stand with ace-jack ran into eventual winner Rivest’s big slick and that’s all she wrote – Serda’s consolation $35K and the knowledge he’d had the week of his dreams both live and online.
Play was interesting, but also a long-lasting affair, averaging way more than a level per knockout, and legendary Canadian pro Mike Leah was next for the chop – perhaps saving himself the grief of losing heads-up as he did last month to ‘chip and a chair’ John Andress. When he was followed an hour or so later by Joel Giguere it was game on for the trophy…
The deal agreed between Rivest and Daren Keyes left some $56,000 for the winner, Keyes securing over $300k based on his chip lead and the hour-long match finally ended in Rivest’s victory when his rivered flush ended his compatriot’s last hopes.
Final Table Results
|5||Maurizio Lo Russo||$75,000||$61,579|
* denotes a chop
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