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The Season XVI WPT Montreal Main Event hosted at the Playground Poker Club attracted a strong field of 606 runners. The tournament boasted of CA$2 million in guaranteed prizes and the total prize pool barely inched passed that mark with a cumulative $2,057,730 in prize money collected that was paid out to the top 76 places.
Taking home the lion`s share of the prize pool was Maxime Heroux (cover image) who defeated Pat Quinn in heads-up play to pocket the CA$403,570 top prize along with his first World Poker Tour title.
In addition to the first-place purse, Heroux also won a luxurious Hublot Big Bang Steel watch and 1,000 points in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race for Season XVI. That’s not all as a seat worth $15,000 into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions was also included in Heroux’s winnings.
The event saw a number of notables in the mix and those fortunate enough to cash in the Canadian-heavy field were Kevin MacPhee, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Christian Harder, Sam Chartier, Michael Mizrachi, Mike Leah, Ari Engel and Manig Loeser.
David Peters was certainly the most accomplished player at the six-handed final table, with over $18 million in cashes. He came in with a solid stack but ran into rough waters early on and eventually became the first to exit from the table. By the time hand #40 was dealt, Peters was left with just seven big blinds and he put them all-in holding . The eventual runner up Quinn looked him up with and took down the pot on the board .
Eighteen hands later, Eric Afriat’s dream of a second WPT title ended, as he became the next to fall. Afriat jammed his short stack with and got one caller in Derek Wolters who tabled . Wolters rivered quads to take down the pot eliminating Afriat in style.
Short-stacked Brendan Baksh managed to survive numerous all-in pots and looked likely to survive through another pay jump until Wolters put him all in for about 10 big blinds holding . Baksh called tabling and lost out on the board to settle for a fourth place finish.
The eventual champion Heroux was leading three-handed play but everyone was deep so it was still anyone’s game.
Wolters and Heroux exchanged the lead several times until the latter finished Wolters off. Action saw Quinn opening and Heroux called, Wolters 3-bet and Quinn folded. Heroux jammed holding and Wolters called tabling . The board fanned out and Wolters busted in third place.
Heroux was in no mood to give away his lead and his rival Quinn never got any real chance to overtake Heroux. Quinn began heads-up with just over 20 big blinds and came down further to 11 big blinds before the last hand of the tournament was dealt.
The final hand saw Quinn limp in and Heroux checked his option in the big blind to see the flop . This time, Quinn shoved holding for an open-ended straight draw and Heroux check-called tabling for a pair of fours and a gutshot straight flush draw. The turn favored Heroux who now had two pairs and the river completed a full house for Heroux who sealed the title. Quinn, a restaurateur, earned C$271,030 for his runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (Canadian Dollars)
1. Maxime Heroux – CA$403,570*
2. Pat Quinn – CA$271,030
3. Derek Wolters – CA$173,220
4. Brendan Baksh – CA$124,310
5. Eric Afriat – CA$95,370
6. David Peters – CA$78,050
*includes $15,000 Tournament of Champions entry