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WPT MONTREAL 2017 Maxime Heroux wins the tournament and $ 311,717

Montreal’s Playground Poker Club hosted the prestigious World Poker Tour poker tournament for the second time; the first time was in 2012. This year’s tournament had 606 entries, a $ 2,057,370 Prize Pool and a local winner – Maxime Heroux.

The Canadian tournament took place between November 10-16 and had a CAD $ 3500 + CAD $ 300 buy-in. The WPT circuit commentator and great poker celebrity, Mike Sexton, was the winner of this tournament last year, but this year he did not stand a chance, as he was quickly out of the tournament.

Day 1A, WPT Montreal

100 players started the tournament on Day 1A and only 31 “survived”. Conray Watson knew how to best manage his stack and completed the 10 levels of the day with 220,900 chips.

Other important players like Joe Than (126,100 chips), Eric Afriat (107,000 chips), Aaron Mermelstein (57,000 chips) and David Ormsby (53,600 chips) were among those who were still in the tournament 3 days later, on Day 2.

Day 1B, WPT Montreal

This tournament day was more animated than the previous one, probably due to the double number of entries: 200 players. Tony Dunst, a big name in poker and WPT title winner, currently WPT commentator, and Darren Elias, holder of 3 World Poker Tour titles, had big plans for this day and managed to stay in the tournament.

The leader of the day was Noeung Troeung with 280,900 chips, and another 80 “survivors” kept on playing for the title two days later.

Day 1C, WPT Montreal

This tournament day was even more exciting than the previous one, with 306 players entering the competition. 122 players survived this day and organizers announced that 76 of those left in the tournament will finish in the money. We must report the attendance of Michael Mizrachi, who finished the day on the 3rd place (246,900 chips). Robert Rose did best and dominated the tournament on this day with a stack of 300,600 chips.

Day 2, WPT Montreal

This tournament day saw 234 players who managed to stay in the tournament the first 3 days. The number of remaining players up to 606 went home. At the break of the day, Michael Mizrachi with 559,000 chips (186 bb), Debra Ann Holman with 542,000 chips (181 bb), Ari Engel with 405,500 chips (135 bb) and Shane Currey with 386,000 chips (129 bb) were in the lead.

Thus, during the dinner break there were 99 players left, and the average stack was 183,000. After 90 players were left in the tournament, the thinking time for each player was reduced to 30 seconds, and if they needed more than 30 seconds for each decision, the organizers provided a limited number of chips to players used to extend the decision-making time, the so-called Time Chips.

This day ended at level 20 with two great winners: David Peters (1.6 million chips) and Feizal Satchu (1.5 million chips). They led the group of 43 “survivors” of the tournament.

Day 3, WPT Montreal

Only 4 levels were played on this day. It was a day when many players were out of the tournament. After all, only 16 players had to remain in the tournament for the next day. Michael Mizrachi was the first big name who finished on this day. He finished 41st (and won CAD $ 9,170). The winner of our tournament began to emerge and eliminate the competition: Mario Lim lost to Maxime Heroux and finished 26th.

At mid-day there were only 23 players left. David Peters with 2,379,000 chips (149 bb), Eric Afriat with 1,528,000 chips (96 bb) and Duff Charette with 1,383,000 chips (86 bb) were among the favourites.

Around 15:00 Canada time this tournament day ended. Afriat was in the lead among the 16 players left to compete for the money and the title.

Day 4, WPT Montreal

The day before the last day of the tournament started early in the morning at 09:07 with the 16 players that remained in the competition on the previous day. Level 23 was reached, where the ante was 3,000, the Sb was 10,000 and the Bb was 20,000. The first one out was Alex Keating, then Ryan Rivers and Feizal Satchu. A notable moment of the day was the encounter between Maxime Heroux and Duff Charette, when the Canadian won a huge pot: 1.46 million chips. Before the final table of 9 players, the following were out one by one: Adam Shannon, Duff Charette, Curt Kohlberg and Justin Liberto. Finally, at the end of the day the final table consisted of the following players: David Peters –  3,345,000  (16 bb), Pat Quinn  –  6,415,000  (107 bb), Brendan Baksh –  940,000  (16 bb), Derek Wolters  –  1,095,000  (18 bb),  Eric Afriat  –  1,040,000  (17 bb) and Maxime Heroux  –  5,345,000  (89 bb).

Day 5, WPT Montreal

The final table was about to start. The two players with the largest stacks are the favourites: Pat Quinn and Maxime Heroux. Around hand #30 there was a short break to count chips and those who started with big stacks had even bigger stacks: Pat Quinn had 7,685,000 chips (77 bb) and Maxime Heroux had 6,045,000 chips (60 bb). Players started to be eliminated, with the first one out being David Peters. Although he started as the big favourite on Day 3, he still finished in an honourable place. At hand #58, Eric Afriat was also eliminated by Wolters, and his dream of winning a new WPT title was shattered. Then another player was out: Brendan Baksh finished 4th, being eliminated by the same Derek Wolters who now had the second biggest stack at the table after Heroux, but before Quinn. At hand #71, Wolters even managed to become the chip leader for the first time in the tournament.   After a series of ups and downs, Wolters was eliminated at hand #96 after Maxime Heroux’s simple pair of sevens could not be defeated by Derek’s incomplete flush.

The Heads-Up started after a 40-minute break, during which we learned that the two remaining players would fight with all their skill and inspiration to become champions here in Montreal.

Maxime Heroux has almost 4 times more chips than his opponent:  14,600,000  chips (97 bb) vs.  3,575,000 chips (24 bb). The Canadian started strong and won the first 5 hands! At hand #107, the chip gap was 5-1 in favour of Maxime. 5 hands later, the Canadian was a champion. This is how the last hand of the tournament was played out: Quinn bet 200,000 chips, Heroux called, the flop revealed , Heroux checked, and Quinn went all in with all his remaining 2,200,000 chips with . The Canadian was doing well, betting on a flush . The turn revealed a  and the river revealed another . Full-house! Maxime Heroux was now the new WPT Montreal Champion and got CAD $ 403,570, including a $ 15,000 seat at the WPT Tournament of Champions at the end of the season.

It was an animated tournament with many twists and turns. The winner was the one who could keep the calmest, and the Canadian Maxime Heroux showed what he was capable of, although his professional experience so far only consists of 6 played tournaments and $ 43,744 won. Fantastic!