The Season XV partypoker.net World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event final table was set on Wednesday evening, and it’s the legendary Mike Sexton who sat atop the final six players heading into Thursday’s televised WPT final table.
Season XV WPT Montreal Final Table
Seat 1: Nadir Lalji – 1,520,000
Seat 2: Benny Chen – 2,480,000
Seat 3: Ilan Bouljenah – 2,290,000
Seat 4: Mike Sexton – 6,215,000
Seat 5: Ema Zajmovic – 5,385,000
Seat 6: Jake Schwartz – 1,550,000
Sexton finished Day 4 by busting Samuel Gagnon in seventh place to claim the chip lead. On that final hand of the day, Gagnon moved all in for 1.375 million from the button after a raise from Benny Chen to 160,000 in Level 29 with the blinds at 40,000-80,000 with a 10,000 ante. Sexton called from the small blind, and Chen folded.
When the cards were turned up, it was Sexton’s against the for Gagnon. A board of kept Sexton’s jacks in the lead, and Gagnon was out in seventh place for CAD $67,790 ($40,343).
Ema Zajmovic finished Day 4 second in chips behind Sexton with a stack of 5.385 million in chips, and she could become the first female champion of an open event on the WPT Main Tour should she come out victorious. There have been several close calls on open WPT Main Tour events by female players, but through 252 of those events leading up until this one, the WPT has yet to crown a female champion.
Jake Schwartz also reached the final table in what amounts to his 12th career WPT cash. Schwartz has twice reached a WPT final table, and his previous appearances have resulted in fourth- and sixth-place finishes. This is Schwartz’s fourth WPT cash of Season XV, most recently placing ninth in the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble in Jacksonville, FL for $33,933.
Day 4 began with 17 players remaining from the field of 648 entries. Among those to fall before the final table were Alex Keating (13th) and Jason Mann (14th). Keating was eliminated by Sexton, and Mann was ousted by Zajmovic.
Each of the six remaining players were guaranteed CAD $67,790 ($50,590) by reaching the televised final table, but they’ll all be gunning for the CAD $425,980 ($317,896) top prize that includes a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.
The final table will have cards in the air on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET from Playground Poker Club. The event will be taped for television airing as part of the Season XV broadcast, but you will also be able to follow updates posted to WPT.com and also a stream of the final table on a 30-minute delay on the WPT’s Twitch channel.