A Dream Week in Punta Cana for Troy Quenneville



quenneville365Less than two days after Troy Quenneville finished runner-up to Niall Farrell in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Caribbean Main Event, the Windsor, Ontario native capped off an amazing run in the Dominican Republic with a win in the 2016 partypoker Million for $400,000.

At a final table that included fellow Canadians Erik Cajelais and Ari Engel, along with pros David Yan and Martin Kozlov, Quenneville entered as the chip leader and ran over his competition. Quenneville eliminated all but two of his opponent’s before getting heads up with Cajelais. The two Canadians battled it out for a bit before Quenneville was able to seal the deal.

On the final hand, Cajelais moved all-in holding ace-eight only to find himself dominated by Quenneville’s ace-ten. The flop paired Quenneville’s ten and it held through the turn and river to eliminate Cajelais in second place. Cajelais picked up $250,000 for his efforts.

Final table payouts:

Place Name Prize
1 Troy Quenneville $400,000
2 Erik Cajelais $250,000
3 Edward Van Klooster $150,000
4 Andre-Lucian Boghean $90,000
5 Fabian Jergen $70,275
6 Ari Engel $58,000
7 David Yan $46,000
8 Martin Kozlov $36,000


What makes Quenneville’s achievement even more spectacular is his run in the WPT Caribbean two days earlier. Quenneville sat among the leaders for most of the event, leading after Day 2 and coming into the final day second in chips.

Ultimately Quenneville fell short of a WPT title. The Scottish poker pro, Farrell, had built a big lead by the time heads-up play was reached and Quenneville was out-chipped by a 5-1 margin. It took just one hand of heads-up to reach a winner. Farrell open-jammed with ace-five and Quenneville called with king-jack putting himself at risk. Farrell flopped best and faded the rest of the board to claim the victory and the $335,000 first-place prize. Quenneville was awarded $220,000.

Astonishingly enough, prior to Quenneville’s Punta Cana vacation, his live-recorded tournament earnings was just $559. He now sits at over $620,000. An impressive improvement to say the least.

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