WSOP-C Colossus Enjoys Record Attendance

By Ben Hamill - September 05 2018

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When the World Series of Poker Circuit revealed that it would be returning to Canada once more this year after a two-year hiatus, the local gaming community was virtually abuzz with excitement. This initial excitement continued well onto the felt as well, as the first event of the iconic series enjoyed record-smashing attendance on Day 1.

WSOP-C kicked off with the Colossus event – a tourney with a $330 buy-in and Day 1’s across 13 different opportunities. Four of these Day 1’s took place online thanks to partypoker, while another nine of them played out on the felt of the exclusive Playground Poker Club. Regardless of whether the felt was virtual or physical, participants had plenty of opportunities to satellite into their preferred Day 1, too.

Over 3,500 Entrants on Day 1

At the end of the day, the 13 different Day 1’s attracted an unprecedented total of 3,503 entrants. This massive turnout not only pumped the prize pool with more than $1 million in guaranteed winnings, but also made The Colossus the largest tournament (by number of entries) in Playground’s poker history. As well as the record total of attendants for the tourney, Day 1g attracted 712 entries alone – the largest single day or flight to ever have been experienced by Playground Poker Club.

When Day 2 kicked off, there were a total of 449 players left in the race for a $155,000 grand prize. It was on this day that players began to collect prize money as they were eliminated, and by the time Day 2’s last hand for the day was dealt, only 37 players remained in the running for a shot at the coveted first-place title. It was Trevor Delaney who led the way into Day 3 with a fantastic lead of over 3 million chips more than his nearest competitor.

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Mandanici-Turcot Reigns Victorious

The action on Day 3 was quick to take off as well, seeing the remaining competitors battling it out to find out who would win the biggest tournament in Playground Poker’s history. Ultimately, it was Jason Mandanici-Turcot who won the Event #1 of the 2018 WSOP-C Playground, enduring a heads-up battle over 100 minutes long to take down Delaney and pocket $125,130 for his sterling performance.

The final hand of the tourney was played one hour and 45 minutes after heads up play kicked off. Mandanici-Turcot started the game with a considerable chip lead, and maintained this lead throughout the bulk of the round, chipping away at Delaney’s stack with great precision.

On his last hand, Delaney revealed an Ace of Spades and 2 of Spades, while Mandanici-Turcot unveiled an Ace of Clubs and Queen of Diamonds. With nothing left on the board to help Delaney out, Mandanici-Turcot was instantly crowned the Colossus champion and paid out his hefty share of the prize at stake.