Samuel Chartier is the PokerStars Canada Poker Cup Event 4 $10,000 High Roller Champion! Chartier defeated Ami ALibay heads-up for the title and the $122,050 first place prize.
The largest event of the series drew 34 runners to the Playground Poker room outside Montreal, Quebec. Any PokerStars sponsored event is going to draw a crowd. Montreal is the centre of poker in Canada. As expected some big name local players and online grinders made the trip to Playground.
PokerStars Team Pro Jonathan Duhamel and PokerStars Team Online pro Marc Andre Ladouceur headlined the event. They were joined by Canadian notables Yann Dion, Chris McClung, Timothy Adams, Jason Duval, Sylvain Siebert, John Krpan , and Chanracy Khun. PokerStars also lured some big name foreign players as well. Jordan Westmorland, Jeff Rossiter, Steven Silverman, Nick Petrangelo, and David Yan all flew in to join the festivities.
The final table was set with the elimination of Ankush Mandavia in 10th place. Carlos Chadha, the shortest stack entering play was the first casualty of the final table. Danny Lauzon busted out in 8th place. Jason “Bebe Chien” Duval earned the unfortunate title of “bubble boy” busting in 7th place to Kevin McDonald.
Timothy Adams got his last 10 or so big blinds in the middle pre-flop with :As :Th and unfortunately ran into the :Ad :Ks of David Yann. Adams could not improve on the :3h :8c :Tc :6h :Kc and was eliminated in 6th place for $19,780.
Kevin MacDonald fell victim to poker’s cruelty as he found himself barely covering the all-in call of David Yan pre-flop. MacDonald was slightly ahead with his :2h :2d versus Yann’s :Ah :10h as a classic race ensued. The flop brought the daggers, literally, running out :Ac :2s :As. MacDonald had flopped a full house to Yan’s trip Aces. The turn :Qc changed nothing and Yan would need to hit the last Ace or one of the three remaining tens to stay alive. The river brought the :10c and MacDonald was left devastated and holding 2 big blinds.
The next hand, MacDonald was all-in pre-flop holding :Kd :Th and dominated by Ami Alibay’s :As :Tc. The flop ran out :9h :Kh :Qd and MacDonald jumped out in front with a pair of Kings. Alibay would need to hit an Ace or a Jack to send MacDonald to the rail. The :9d on the turn was no help to either player, but the river :Jc gave both players a straight, Alibay’s Ace-High straight busted MacDonald in 5th place, good for $24,730.
With the blinds 2.5k/5k, Jonathan Duhamel three-bet shoved all-in for 22 bbs over top of Samuel Chartier’s pre-flop 11k open. Duhamel was way behind holding :8d :6d to Chartier’s :As :Qd. The board ran out :5c :Td :3s :Th :Js and the PokerStars Team Pro and 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion hit the rail in 4th place earning $34,620.
David Yan was knocked out in 3rd place at the hands of Ami Alibay. Yan min-raised pre from the button and Alibay called from the big blind. The two checked a flop reading :2s :3h :5h and again checked the :4d on the turn. The :As on the river completed a wheel straight on board and Alibay, first to act, shoved all-in. Yan who would be at risk, made the call and Alibay showed him the bad news turning over :Qs :6c for a better straight. Yan earned $49,470 for 3rd place.
In the final hand, Alibay min-raised from the button, Chartier raised all-in and Alibay made the call putting himself at risk.
Chartier :Ad :Qc
Alibay :Ac :9s
The flop pretty much sealed the deal for Chartier running out :Qh :8h :9h. Alibay would need to catch one of the two remaining nines. The turn :As did not change anything and the river :3d gave Chartier the checkmark and the title. Alibay was eliminated in 2nd place for $79,150.