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Danny Ibrahim Wins 2019 Card Player Poker Tour World Cup of Cards Main Event

Ottawa Native Defeats Field of 317 Entries To Win $48,070 CAD


The 2019 Card Player Poker Tour World Cup of Cards $1,100 no-limit hold’em main event drew 317 total entries, easily surpassing the $250,000 CAD guarantee to build a total prize pool of $307,490 CAD. After three total days of action, the sizable field was narrowed down to just one player: Danny Ibrahim. The Ottawa, Ontario native emerged victorious, securing the title, the trophy, and the $48,070 CAD ($36,533 USD) top prize. Ibrahim was also awarded 480 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win, enough to see him move into 131st place in the overall POY standings.

A total of 64 players moved on from the two starting flights to make day 2 in this event. Ibrahim came into the final day in seventh chip position, with 24 players to be eliminated before the money bubble burst. He made the final table and survived to five-handed play as one of the shorter stacks before mounting a huge comeback.

Ibrahim picked up pocket nines and got all-in against the pocket eights of Patrick Braga. Not long after that he flopped a straight with the 8Diamond Suit7Diamond Suit on a 6Club Suit5Club Suit4Heart Suit board. He got all on the 10Heart Suit turn against Michael McKinnon, who held the KClub Suit10Spade Suit. The QSpade Suit on the river secured the pot for Ibrahim, who continued his climb up the leaderboard.

Ibrahim scored his first knockout of the final table by finishing off Braga in fifth place ($14,740 CAD). Braga got all-in with the QSpade Suit4Spade Suit and was called by Ibrahim’s QHeart SuitJDiamond Suit. Both players paired their queens on the flop, but Ibrahim’s superior kicker ended up being the deciding factor. Braga hit the rail, and the remaining four players decided to make a chop of the remaining money based on ICM. They ultimately agreed to payouts of $46,040 CAD for chip leader Luigi Fantigrossi, $40,180 CAD for Amir Babakhani, $28,600 CAD for Michael McKinnon and $42,070 CAD for Ibrahim. The deal also left $6,000 CAD and the title to play for.

Babakhani was the first to fall after the deal was struck. He got all-in with A-2 and was called by Ibrahim, who held A-9. Ibrahim’s hand held up to knock Babakhani out in fourth place. Ibrahim continued his elimination spree by beating Luigi Fantigrossi’s pocket jacks with A-8, spiking an ace on the flop to send Fantigrossi home in third place.

With that, the final heads-up showdown between Ibrahim and Michael McKinnon was set. McKinnon had been a shorter stack for much of the final table, but he managed to survive to the final two players. In the end he got all-in preflop with the 8Heart Suit7Spade Suit and was called by the KDiamond SuitQClub Suit of Ibrahim. The board came down KHeart SuitJHeart SuitJDiamond Suit2Diamond Suit9Diamond Suit and Ibrahim made kings and jacks to secure the pot and the title. McKinnon took home the $28,600 CAD he agreed to as part of the four-handed deal.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Danny Ibrahim $36,533 480
2 Michael McKinnon $21,736 400
3 Luigi Fantigrossi $34,990 320
4 Amir Babakhani $30,537 240
5 Patrick Braga $11,202 200
6 Marc Lavergne $9,280 160
7 Samuel Picard $7,790 120
8 Danny Freitas $6,407 80
9 Justin Beers $5,077 40

This was the third edition of the World Cup of Cards, which hosted 26 events spread from Jan. 20 – Feb. 6. The series featured over $2 million in guaranteed prize money, with three marquee tournaments including the CPPT main event, the $220 CAD partypoker LIVE Grand Prix Canada $500,000 CAD guaranteed no-limit hold’em event, and the $1,650 CAD WPTDeepStacks $750,000 CAD guaranteed no-limit hold’em event.

All of this incredible action took place at the Playground Poker Club, Canada’s premier poker destination, which is 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.