After 2 massive starting days to great a field of 1173 entries creating a $3.4 million prize-pool in the $3,300 WPT Montreal Main Event, we are now down to Day 4 and the final 6 tough contenders!
They are guaranteed at least $113,000 for making it this far, but today’s winner will walk away with more than $750,000, their name on the WPT trophy, a sweet Champion’s belt and a chance to make even more with a $25,000 seat into the upcoming World Poker Tour Bellagio.
Here are today’s 6 final tablists:
Jonathan Roy – Seat 1 – 7,480,000
No matter what happens, this will the second World Poker Tour top ten finish for Quebec’s Jonathan Roy and his 3rd cash on the tour. He won an EPT $2,000 No Limit Hold’em this past spring and completing the second leg of poker’s “Triple Crown” with a major World Poker Tour title here today has to also be motivating the rising star. Regardless he’s a lock to nearly double his career live tournament winnings here today and with one of the bigger stacks, will clearly be leaving with no less than life changing cash.
Pascal Lefrancois – Seat 2 – 6,065,000
This wouldn’t be the first $3,000 event Pascal has won at the Playground Poker Club, nor his first major title; so we like his chances with the proverbial home field advantage. The “local” has won more than $1,300,000 in live tournaments so far, including winning a WSOP bracelet and narrowly missing the $10,000 World Championship final table. He has chips and the skills to go with them, so look out for Lefrancois!
Jeff Gross – Seat 3 – 8,650,000
From Baltimore, young “JG” Gross has about $700,000 in career tournaments winnings to date. His previous best finish was an 8th place finish in a $10,000 WSOP Heads Up event; we can only assume that with a monster stack a clear strength in short handed play that barring any misfortune in the cards, Gross will be one to watch.
He’ll also have a little extra encouragement from a World champion here today to cheer him on; 22 time Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps happens to be a very close friend who will be roting for him from the rail.
Gavin Smith – Seat 4 – 1,605,000
Guelph’s Good “OleGSmith” needs little introduction as an outspoken Canadian jokester and favorite; but he’s also one of the top 5 players to come from our country.
He was the World Poker Tour Season 4 Player of the Year and will have at least $6,000,000 in live tournament winnings after this wraps up. He also already owns both a WPT title and WSOP Bracelet, with this being his 5th top 10 World Poker Tour Finish. Despite being on the short stack and his jovial nature, Gavin should be considered one the toughest players sitting at the table today.
Peter Kaemmerlen – Seat 5 – 2,405,000
This player from New York State had his previous biggest score in a $1,600 WSOP-C event this past May for around $50,000. He’s more than doubled that here already and still has more than enough chips to make a run at this. It’s not going to be easy, but hey, we all know that in poker, one hand changes everything; a little “rungood” is all it would take for Peter today!
Sylvain Siebert – Seat 6 – 8,880,000
Hailing from Ontario, it appears that the last time Sylvain was at a major final table was back in 2009 in the Great Blue Heron $1,000 Fall Classic. He’s obviously picked up a few things since and is now guaranteed at least 20 times the money he made for that finish; as the chip leader, we expect that ratio to be much more after a champion is crowned!
Good Luck to all 6 finalist at WPT Montreal today!
Be sure to tune into our live stream today as we determine if Canada’s record setting World Poker Tour Montreal title will be staying here at home, or heading south with some top USA poker talent…cards are in the air at 4:00PM EST!