The final 45 at WPT Montreal was littered with big-name pros to start play today but by the end just two remained in the final six -- Jeff Gross and Gavin Smith.
Gross, the runaway chip leader heading into the day, held steady on the climb over the day and heads into the final table just slightly behind the overall chip leader Sylvain Siebert.
Gross will start the final table with 8,650,000 in chips to Siebert’s 8,850,000 – just one big blind behind.
Smith, on the other hand, will begin the final as the short stack after an up and down day that saw him move only slightly ahead in chips.
Starting the day at 1.2 million chips and peaking at over 3 million, Smith eventually settled back down to 1,605,000 and will begin the final with just 13 big blinds.
A true poker veteran and an early winner on the WPT at the 2005 Mirage Poker Showdown for $1.1 million, Smith will need to draw on all of his final-table experience to move up the pay ladder tomorrow.
Lefrancois, Roy Represent for Quebec
WSOP bracelet winner and hometown favorite Pascal Lefrancois will also be looking to take down his first WPT title tomorrow.
The 11th-place finisher in the 2010 Main Event and friend of 2010 champ Jonathan Duhamel will enter play fourth in chips with 6,065,000.
Fellow Quebecer Jonathan Roy, ninth-place finisher at the recent WPT Malta, will start in third with 7,480,000 chips.
New York state native Peter Kaemmerlen is fifth with 2,405,000.
Griffin, Musumeci Go Deep; Timex Stops
As mentioned, the final 45 that began the day in Montreal was rich with tough tournament pros.
Starting out at the top of the pack were Jason Koon, Mike 'Timex" McDonald and Christian Harder but none, suprisingly could turn it into a deep finish.
Harder busted out in 30th and Timex followed shortly in 27th.
Koon, who grabbed the chip lead early in the day, could do no better than 22nd.
Faring better were Amanda Musumeci, who finished 14th for $25,070, and Ashton Griffin, who finished 13th for the same amount.
2012 High Roller tourney destroyer Dan Smith dropped out very early in 42nd.
Timex, Dunst On Live Stream
The six-man final table at WPT Montreal will resume play tomorrow at 4:00 pm ET with the WPT Live Stream available on a 30-minute delay.
Hole cards and commentary from Tony Dunst and Timex are included. For standard text updates, follow along with the WPT live team here.
The final six and chip counts:
- 1. Sylvain Siebert - 8,850,000
- 2. Jeff Gross - 8,650,000
- 3. Jonathan Roy - 7,480,000
- 4. Pascal Lefrancois - 6,065,000
- 5. Peter Kaemmerlen - 2,405,000
- 6. Gavin Smith - 1,605,000
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