Korovine Comes Out On Top After Stardust Stalemate
Chess master Mikael Korovine profited the most from a stalemate at the Stardust Poker Classic II last month as a three-way chop left him with the lionís share of the spoils in Kahnawake.
The second instalment of the popular event took place at Montrealís Stardust Poker Mansion at the end of October, with 243 entrants of all backgrounds, bankrolls and ability levels combining to eclipse the tournamentís $100,000 guarantee and create a colossal prize pool of $117,560.
Indeed, the tournamentís prize purse proved such a huge draw that even Jonathan Duhamel took time out of his busy schedule to support his hometown event Ė and though he did not make the money this time, a trio of Duhamelís fellow poker professionals did manage to reach the final table.
The three pros in question were Philippe Plouffe, Christopher McClung and Derek Lerner, with the latter two from that trio sharing a three way chop with Korovine, whose superior chip stack ensured that he bagged the biggest chunk of the prize money and took home $24,201 for his superb efforts.
The final table of the tournament was broadcast live on Canada Poker courtesy of Stardust and the jubilant celebrations that were witnessed as the three players collected their prize money will only serve as another great advert for a tour whose popularity has already sky-rocketed in Canada.
Final Table Payouts
1st Mikael Korovine * - $24,201
2nd Derek Lerner * - $22,876
3rd Christopher McClung * - $21,200
4th Carlo Nini - $10,080
5th Philippe Plouffe - $7,840
6th Thomas Fortin - $5,600
7th Gabriel Vezina - $4,200
8th Samuel Gagnon - $3,080
9th Travis Robertson - $1,775
10th Maxime Boisjoly - $1,460