One of the largest World Poker Tour Main Events in the tour's 11-year history came to an end when all the chips in play were stacked in front of Jonathan Roy. Appropriately, for the WPT's first main event in Canada since 2008, the final table came down to two Canadians at WPT Montreal.
Roy outlasted a field a massive field of 1,173 players and walked away with $779,710 from the $3,387,930.00 prize pool.
At the front of of a packed house, Roy battled heads up with Pascal Lefrancois for a spot on the Champion's trophy, the prize money and the WPT silver belt.
The final hand came to down Lefrancois being forced all-in for less than one big blind after being severely crippled when he ran his 66 into Roy's KQ. With their stacks nearly even, Pascal raised to 1,000,000 from the button and Roy re-raised to 2,400,000. Pascal moved all-in and Roy called. The board ran out K77QJ and nearly all the chips were moved to Roy's end of the table.
On the next, and final hand of the night, Lefrancois was all-in for his last 500,000 after being dealt 83. Roy had KJ and the board ran out KJ4Q9 to end the night.
Peter Kaemmerlen's final table appearance was extremely short lived as he was eliminated on the very first hand of the day.
From under the gun Kaemmerlen raised to 300,000 and Jeff Gross answered with a re-raise from the small blind to 1,260,000. Kaemmerlen decided it was time to push his final 2,400,000 to the middle of the table. The shove was enough to put Gross into the tank before he made the call.
When the two flipped their cards over Kaemmerlen was ahead with JJ against Gross's A10 and stayed ahead after a flop of 754. The 9 on the turn was good for Kaemmerlen and he needed only to dodge an Ace in order to survive and double up. But an Ace, the A, was turned over on the river to give Gross the best hand and send Kaemmerlen away.
After Kaemmerlen's exit, Sylvain Siebert, who began the day as the chip leader, became the fifth place finisher when he moved all in from the big blind with 66. Roy called from the big blind with two black Queens. The dealer spread KK4A7 and Roy's Queens held to eliminate Siebert.
Following Siebert to the rail was Gavin Smith, who started the day with the short stack. Smith moved all-in from the small blind with A5 and Roy called from the big blind with K7. The board is dealt 88273 pairs Roy's seven on the turn to end Smith's tournament.
Smith's deep run marks his fifth WPT final table.
Gross's third place elimination set the stage for the heads-up match when he moved all-in from the button for 2,475,000. Roy called from the small blind with AQ and Gross found he was behind with KQ.The board ran out A662K to give Roy two pair and remove Gross from the table.
Gross was quickly congratulated by his friend, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who was on the rail.
Seat 4: Gavin Smith – 1,605,000 Age: 44 Hometown: Boulder City, Nevada
Gavin Smith is not only the most well-known player at the final table but he is also one of the most accomplished professional poker players from Canada. He was born in Ontario but now spends his time in the greater Las Vegas area. Smith is 44 years old and he has over $5 million in career earnings. Smith holds a World Series of Poker gold bracelet and he has won half a dozen live poker tournaments.
Smith’s best finish at a World Poker Tour held in Canada came at the WPT North American Poker Championship at Niagara Falls in Season VII. Smith has 12 cashes to his credit at WPT events and this will be his fifth final-table appearance on the tour. Smith made three of those final tables during Season IV, when he clinched WPT Player of the Year honors. His WPT victory at the Mirage Poker Showdown also came during that season and it was worth $1,153,278.
The final six players have filled out their WPT bio sheets and bagged and tagged their chips. Here are the official counts:
Seat 1. Jonathan Roy - 7,480,000 (62 bb)
Seat 2. Pascal Lefrancois - 6,065,000 (50 bb)
Seat 3. Jeff Gross - 8,650,000 (72 bb)
Seat 4. Gavin Smith - 1,605,000 (13 bb)
Seat 5. Peter Kaemmerlen - 2,405,000 (20 bb)
Seat 6. Sylvain Siebert - 8,850,000 (73 bb)
There is still about 23 minutes left in Level 31, with blinds at 60,000-120,000 and a 20,000 ante.
The WPT Final Table begins tomorrow (Tuesday) at 4:00 pm ET, and the WPT Live Stream will be on a 30-minute delay starting at 4:30 pm ET.
The WPT Live Stream includes hole cards and expert commentary from WPT Raw Deal Analyst Tony Dunst, along with Mike "Timex" McDonald. And if you aren't watching the WPT Live Stream, you can catch all the action right here in the WPT Live Updates.
Hand #21: Peter Kaemmerlen Doubles Thru Gavin Smith
Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
Hand #21 - Gavin Smith limps from middle position for 100,000, Peter Kaemmerlen moves all in from middle position for 1,385,000, and Smith calls with 88. Kaemmerlen turns over KQ, and he'll need to improve to stay alive.
The board comes QJ24K, and Kaemmerlen wins the pot with two pair, kings and queens, to double up in chips.
Paul Apotstols moves all-in for his last 710,000 from the button and Gavin Smith calls from the big blind. Apotstols shows A6 and Smith turns over KJ. Apotstols stays ahead after a flop of 853 but the J on the turn gives Smith a pair of Jacks. The river is the 10 and Apotstols is eliminated.
Gavin Smith - 1,675,000 (20 bb)
Paul Apotstols - Out in 17th Place ($21,005)