Mike Sexton Tops Field in Montreal for First WPT Title




The fifth and final day of the partypoker.net WPT Montreal saw the final six remaining players battle to an eventual winner as well as a $425,980 payday.

Mike Sexton came into the day as the chip leader and was looking for his first WPT title. In his way were a couple of Canadians, including Ema Zajmovic, who was looking to become the first female WPT champion in an open WPT Main Event.

Zajmovic came into the televised final table second in chips and a healthy stack, but it wouldn’t be her day on the felt as she fell below 20 big blinds with five players remaining and shoved her stack into the middle with :Kc :Qx against the pocket aces of Sexton. The board was no help and she was eliminated in fifth place taking home $102,010.

The other Canadian at the final table was Benny Chen, who entered the final table third in chips. Chen also found pocket aces and was able to score a knockout of Ilan Boujenah in fourth when Boujenah shoved under ten big blinds into Chen’s aces holding a pair of sixes.

Sexton then got the tournament to heads-up play against Chen when he won a race with pocket eights against the :Ax :Qx of Nadir Lalji.

Heads-up play began with Chen holding a minimal chip lead over Sexton. The WPT Montreal Championship belt seemed to be staying in Canada when Chen built up a 10-to-1 chip lead over the poker hall-of-famer. Sexton got to clear his mind and go for a walk during a break and extended this match.

After it was all said and done Sexton came back and won five all-in situations to gain the chip lead and on the 158th hand of heads-up play, Chen moved all in for 8.15 million chips and Sexton snap called flipping over :Qc :Qh. Chen flipped over :Kc :Jd and was in some trouble.

The flop came :Qd :9c :4s giving Sexton a set but more importantly giving Chen some life in the form of a straight draw. The turn was the :Ac and Chen still needed any ten to win the hand and keep this tournament going.  The river was the :2d which gave Sexton the pot and the title.  Chen finished in second place receiving $286,110 while Sexton received $425,980, the WPT Montreal championship belt, and his name on the WPT Champions Trophy.

See the table below for the final finishing positions and payouts of the televised final table:

Place Name Prize
1 Mike Sexton $425,980
2 Benny Chen $286,110
3 Nadir Lalji $183,320
4 Ilan Boujenah $132,750
5 Ema Zajmovic $102,010
6 Jake Schwartz $81,740

*Bold denotes Canadian

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