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Luc Bellerive Wins 2017 Card Player Poker Tour World Cup of Cards

Québécois Defeats Field of 191 Entries To Win CPPT Title and $98,000 CAD

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2017 CPPT World Cup of Cards champion Luc BelleriveShawinigan, Quebec’s Luc Bellerive has won the 2017 Card Player Poker Tour World Cup of Cards $1,650 CAD no-limit hold’em $400,000 guaranteed no-limit hold’em main event. Bellerive defeated a field of 191 entries that turned out to the Playground Poker Club near Montreal, capturing the title and the $98,000 CAD ($78,361 USD) first-place prize.

Bellerive entered the final table as the chip leader with eight players remaining, but he did not score his first knockout until there were only four players left. The first player to hit the rail on the final day was Canadian poker pro Samuel Chartier. He ran the QSpade SuitQClub Suit into the ASpade SuitAHeart Suit of Tam Ho preflop and was unable to come from behind. Chartier, who had over $2.7 in prior live tournament earnings coming into this event, was sent to the rail in eighth place with another $11,520 CAD ($9,211 USD).

Ho knocked out two more players in a row to take the lead in the tournament. Bellerive scored his first knockout of the night when he called Jonathan Marrie’s all-in with the KDiamond Suit9Diamond Suit. He was up against Marrie’s AClub SuitQDiamond Suit and the flop brought the ADiamond Suit6Diamond Suit3Heart Suit to give Marrie top pair and Bellerive the nut flush draw. The 8Diamond Suit on the turn left Marrie drawing dead and Bellerive secured the big pot with his flush.

Ho notched his fourth knock out of the final table by sending Stuart Taylor to the rail in third place ($31,984 USD) and taking a 2-to-1 lead over Bellerive. The two first clashed in a key pot when Bellerive got all-in preflop with the ASpade SuitJClub Suit up against Ho’s AHeart Suit10Heart Suit. Neither player improved and Bellerive’s kicker was enough to earn him the pot and the lead.

The final hand of the night saw the two players both pick up pocket pairs. All of the chips got in with Ho ahead, holding the QDiamond SuitQClub Suit up against Bellerive’s 4Diamond Suit4Club Suit. Bellerive was in rough shape until the flop brought the KSpade Suit4Heart Suit2Club Suit to give him a set of fours. The turn was the JSpade Suit and the river the 9Diamond Suit, locking up the final pot and the title for Bellerive. Ho earned $67,050 CAD ($53,613 USD) for his runner-up finish.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Luc Bellerive $78,361 336
2 Tam Ho $53,613 280
3 Stuart Taylor $31,984 224
4 Jonathan Marrie $19,358 168
5 Tristan Bergeron $14,953 140
6 Ha Van Nguyen $12,378 112
7 Robert Laberge $10,547 84
8 Samuel Chartier $9,211 56
9 Michael Malm $7,876 28

About The World Cup of Cards and Playground Poker Club

The World Cup of Cards (WCC) is back for its second year, and this year’s edition is bigger and better than ever! Running until Sept. 13, the WCC features more than $6 million in guaranteed prize pools in events designed to appeal to players of all experience levels.

The weekend after the CPPT main event will be focused on a new event, the Playground 1000, an $1,100 buy-in with four starting flights (this is the second event in the WCC with a $1 million prize pool guarantee.)

Last but not least among the marquee events in the WCC, is the brand new Canadian Poker Championship. This is a $2,200 no-limit hold’em event that boasts a massive $2 million guarantee featuring three single re-entry “normal” speed starting flights, plus an additional single re-entry turbo starting flight.

There’s more! Playground Poker Club has responded to popular demand by adding two additional $5,000 eight-max events plus a $10,000 high roller six-max event to the schedule. The World Cup of Cards caters to all players, with bankrolls big and small.

In addition to all of these amazing events, the World Cup of Cards will feature a full range of poker variations, all managed by what has been called the best tournament poker room in the world: Playground Poker Club.

Playground Poker Club is Canada’s premier poker destination, conveniently located just minutes south of downtown Montreal in the Mohawk territory of Kahnawake. Built For Players By Players, Playground Poker Club offers unmatched cash game action 24/7 plus a great weekly tournament schedule.

For more information about the Card Player Poker Tour, click here.

Photos and info courtesy of World Cup of Cards blog.