Jonathan Roy (Photo: WPT)
The first-ever World Poker Tour event in Montreal fittingly came down to two Quebec locals – Jonathan Roy and Pascal Lefrancois – heads-up for the title.
Virtually even in chips after a long three-handed and heads-up battle, the cards broke Roy’s way in a crucial hand to cripple Lefrancois and catapult Roy on to take down the title and $779,710.
On the penultimate hand, the two friends got it in with Lefrancois’ 6-6 slightly ahead of Roy’s KQ but a Q on the turn changed everything.
No help came for Lefrancois on the river and with just one big blind left he was finished off on the next hand. The WSOP bracelet winner still took home $470,920 for his runner-up finish.
Roy, along with the $779k and WPT silver belt, also scooped a $25k seat in the WPT Championship at Bellagio in Vegas in May and eternal bragging rights in the local poker community.
Gross, Smith Fall Just Short
Cheered on by pal Phelps, Gross came up just short.
The two marquee names coming into the final table – at least for non-Quebecers - were American Jeff Gross and popular Canadian poker veteran Gavin Smith.
Gross, whose best pal Michael Phelps made a surprise trip up to Montreal to rail his final-table efforts, came in neck-and-neck for the chip lead but couldn’t catch cards when he needed them to finish things off.
A brutal runner-runner flush from Lefrancois that clipped his flopped set of fours was the crippling blow three-handed and Gross eventually exited in third for $319,238.
Smith, who came into the final table with a ton of experience but as the short stack, played his stack well to move up to fourth place and a $212,937 payday.
Chip leader heading into the final table, Sylvain Siebert, crashed out early in fifth place. He doubled up Lefrancois on just hand #4 to put himself under pressure and eventually dropped the last of his chips on hand #32.
He fared better than fellow final-tablist Peter Kaemmerlen, however, who hit the bricks on the very first hand of the final table.
A record-setting 1,173 runners hit the felt in Montreal to set a new mark for a Canadian WPT event and balloon the total prize pool up to $3,387,930.00.
Official WPT Montreal final-table results and payouts below:
- 1. Jonathan Roy - $779,710
- 2. Pascal Lefrancois - $470,920
- 3. Jeff Gross - $317,450
- 4. Gavin Smith - $211,745
- 5. Sylvain Siebert - $146,360
- 6. Peter Kaemmerlen - $113,155
Check the WPT Live Updates here for a complete recap of all the final-table action.
The next stop on the WPT is already underway with Day 1a complete at WPT Mazagan in Casablance, Morocco. WPT Prague will follow shortly after, beginning Dec. 3.
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