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2017 WPT Montreal Main Event: Robert Rose Leads After Starting Flights

 2017 WPT Montreal Main Event: Robert Rose Leads After Starting Flights

The weekend saw the start of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Montreal Main Event at the Playground Poker Club, a CAD $ 3,850 tourney with a guaranteed prize pool of CAD $ 2 million. Tournament organizers are hoping to match the excitement of last year’s WPT Montreal, which saw Poker Hall of Famer and legendary WPT announcer Mike Sexton finally win his first World Poker Tour title. Sexton is back this year – no longer behind the mic – and made it through Day 1C after busting at the tail end of Day 1B. The chip leader of Day 1C and the overall leader of the event going into Monday’s action is Robert Rose with 300,600 chips.

As is evident by the opening paragraph, this is a re-entry event, though re-entries were not restricted to only those who lost all of their chips. Even those who finished a starting flight with chips could re-enter in a subsequent flight if they weren’t satisfied with their ending stack. Once registration closed for Day 1C, though, that was it; there was no re-entry prior to Day 2 (nor could multiple entries be made for a single starting flight).

A total of 606 entries were paid for the WPT Montreal Main Event, with Day 1C, as expected being the largest, accounting for just more than half the total buy-ins. The prize pool just beat the guarantee, coming in at CAD $ 2.057 million. 76 players will make the money, with the winner making CAD $ 403,570.

Rose solidified his hold on the top spot just as Day 1C was about to end when Chrishan Sivasundaram moved all-in over the top of his pre-flop raise for 25,500 chips. Rose called with two red Nines, up against the K-Q of Sivasundaram. Nothing above an Eight landed on the board and Sivasundaram was eliminated while Rose took his stack to nearly 300,000, adding a bit more in the final few hands.

2017 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event – Day 1A Chip Leaders

1. Conray Watson – 229,000
2. Marc-Olivier Tanguay – 215,000
3. Darren Keyes – 208,300
4. Fabrice Pastor – 201,000
5. Andrew Dick – 161,400
6. Marc-Andre Ladouceur – 136,000
7. Joe Tehan – 126,100
8. Yannick Gauthier – 123,800
9. Joe Godbout – 111,700
10. Christian Harder – 110,000

2017 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1. Noeung Troeung – 280,900
2. Brian Altman – 239,700
3. Asher Conniff – 210,800
4. Yu Gao – 183,600
5. Tony Dunst – 155,600
6. Scott Plummer – 155,100
7. Shane Currey – 152,800
8. Mike Leah – 146,300
9. Danny Boyaci – 143,000
10. Duff Charette – 123,300

2017 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event – Day 1C Chip Leaders

1. Robert Rose – 300,600
2. Michael Mizrachi – 246,900
3. Grigoriy Shvarts – 216,200
4. Ari Engel – 196,600
5. Brady Hinnegan – 178,200
6. Shaan Siddiqui – 174,900
7. Jonathan Marrie – 174,100
8. Matthew Sherman – 166,200
9. Maxime Heroux – 165,900
10. Graham Ivany – 160,000

2017 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event – Overall Day 1 Chip Leaders

1. Robert Rose – 300,600
2. Noeung Troeung – 280,900
3. Michael Mizrachi – 246,900
4. Brian Altman – 239,700
5. Conray Watson – 229,000
6. Grigoriy Shvarts – 216,200
7. Marc-Olivier Tanguay – 215,000
8. Asher Conniff – 210,800
9. Darren Keyes – 208,300
10. Fabrice Pastor – 201,000


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2017 WSOP Europe Main Event Day 3 – Robert Bickley Vaults to Chip Lead on Final Hand of Day

 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event Day 3 – Robert Bickley Vaults to Chip Lead on Final Hand of Day

Just 46 players remain of the original 529 entries in the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe Main Event after Day 3 of action at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Sitting atop the standings is the UK’s Robert Bickley with 1.431 million chips

It can be interesting to see how the standings change day to day in a large tournament. Going into Day 3, Vishal Maini was in first place with 651,000 chips and nobody was close to him, on a relative scale, as he had nearly 200,000 more chips than the second place player. Maini is still among the leaders, but he was unable to amass many chips on Tuesday, finishing the day with only 790,000, about half of what Bickley has.

Whereas Maini had a substantial lead at the end of Monday, the top of the leader board is much more congested (again, looking at the chip stacks in a relative sense) after Day 3. Following Bickley is Jack Salter with 1.396 million chips, then two players – Rainer Kempe and Michal Mrakes – have 1.254 million and 1.245 million chips, respectively. Two more players have over a million: Kristen Bicknell (1.085 million) and Vlad Darie (1.045 million).

Bickley rose to the chip lead through strong play throughout the day, obviously, but the very last hand of the night was what allowed him to leapfrog into the pole position. According to the live report, Philipp Gruissem bet 23,000 pre-flop and Bickley re-raised to 63,000. Gruissem then moved all-in for 256,000 more and Bickley quickly called.

Gruissem was being bold with just K-T, perhaps feeling he needed to make his stand or perhaps thinking Bickley was just bullying him. Either way, he was in trouble against Bickley’s A-K suited. It was largely academic when an Ace flopped and officially locked up when another hit on the turn, eliminated Gruissem and elevating Bickley into the chip lead.

According to, Robert Bickley has $ 75,871 in live tournament earnings, most of which came in a single cash this summer, when he finished second in a $ 1,100 No-Limit Hold’em event at the Deepstack Extravaganza III for $ 56,037. He is guaranteed about one-third of his lifetime total already, even if he is the first to bust out on Wednesday, so not a bad week for Robert!

Normally, we could tell you exactly what the schedule would be for Day 4, but it is a little up in the air. Either six or seven 90-minute levels will be played with 20 minute breaks in between each. After the fourth level played, there will be a dinner break which will last an hour or an hour and a half. It all probably just depends on how things are going. Either way, Day 4 should end with the final table nearly determined.

2017 World Series of Poker Main Event – Day 3 Chip Leaders

1. Robert Bickley – 1,431,000
2. Jack Salter – 1,396,000
3. Rainer Kempe – 1,254,000
4. Michal Mrakes – 1,245,000
5. Kristen Bicknell – 1,085,000
6. Vlad Darie – 1,045,000
7. Marc MacDonnell – 895,000
8. Vishal Maini – 790,000
9. Niall Farrell – 745,000
10. Chi Zhang – 699,000

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2016 WSOP Preliminary Events: Robert Mizrachi Captures Fourth Bracelet in $10K Stud, “Colossus II” and Dealer’s Choice at Final Table

 2016 WSOP Preliminary Events: Robert Mizrachi Captures Fourth Bracelet in $10K Stud, “Colossus II” and Dealer’s Choice at Final Table

It was a busy Monday of action around the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino as the 2016 World Series of Poker awarded two more bracelets and set the final table for two other events.

Event #2 – $ 565 “Colossus II” No Limit Hold’em

78 players were back on the grind on Monday in “Colossus II,” with the goal by the end of the night to be at the final table of nine. Holding the lead at the end of Flight C and Day 2, Ben Lindemulder was in the best position of making the final table with his 5.325 million in chips, but players such as Richard Carr (3.55 million) and Vincent Moscati (3.3 million) were waiting for him to falter. Although everyone was guaranteed at least a $ 10,289 payday (not too shabby for a $ 565 investment), all eyes were on the million dollar guaranteed first place check and the WSOP bracelet.

Many of the short stacks came into the day looking for the proverbial “double up or go home,” leading to a flurry of activity within the first couple of hours. Such names as David ‘ODB’ Baker and former November Niner Ylon Schwartz were a part of the parade to the cage as the action quickly reached three tables. Lindemulder would lose a big race against Marek Ohnsiko at this point, his pocket fives falling to Ohnsiko’s A-J on an A-9-6-3-6 board, and the resulting 10 million chip pot pushed Ohnsiko into the lead; Lindemulder would depart soon afterwards in 27th place.

After Lindemulder’s departure, the action slowed significantly but was still able to reach two tables before the dinner break with the elimination of Moscati in 19th place. It was at this point that Jiri Horak took over the tournament, getting a big double up through Lawrence Adams to creep close to the 20 million chip mark. He would blast past that mark, eventually racking up more than 25 million chips to hold the chip lead after Alex Benjamin eliminated Hayden Glassman in 10th place to set today’s final table:

1. Jiri Horak, 25.425 million
2. Benjamin Keeline, 19.9 million
3. Richard Carr, 14.4 million
4. Alex Benjamen, 14.275 million
5. Marek Ohnisko, 10.55 million
6. Jonathan Borenstein, 7.4 million
7. Xiu Deng, 6.0 million
8. Farhad Davoudzedeh, 5.925 million
9. Christopher Renaudette, 4.25 million

Cards will hit the air at the final table at 2PM (Pacific Time) this afternoon on their way to crowning the champion of “Colossus II.”

Event #3 – $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship

If you asked the question “Which Mizrachi brother has the most bracelets,” there would have been a tie before last night. The tiebreaker turned out to be the $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship on Monday as Robert Mizrachi earned his fourth bracelet (brother Michael has three) against a very tough field.

Six of the eight men at the official WSOP final table came back on Monday to continue the battle with Mizrachi holding a slight edge over Matt Grapenthien, 1.371 million to Grapenthien’s 1.157 million. Day 1 leader Steve Weiss, Ted Forrest, David Benyamine and George Danzer rounded out the field, but it was a short stay for Benyamine. He saw his chips slide through his fingers first to Forrest and then to Weiss to fall to 50K in chips and was eliminated only an hour after the final table play had begun.

Mizrachi and Greapenthien got a serious threat out of Danzer, who moved into the lead after chopping chips out of both men’s stacks. In what would turn out to be a “family pot,” Mizrachi emerged as the victor in the hand, with the added chips putting him back in command as the players went to a break. In eliminating Weiss in fifth place, Forrest in fourth and ultimately Danzer in third, Mizrachi solidified his lead going to heads up play against Greapenthien.

Down less than 700K to Mizrachi, Grapenthien went on the attack and took over the lead only 30 minutes into heads up play. The lead would then go back and forth between the duo, with neither seemingly able to put the other away. At the dinner break, Mizrachi had a slim 400K lead, but Grapenthien took it away just after dinner. Ten minutes later, however, Mizrachi climbed back in the driver’s seat and wouldn’t let it go again.

On the final hand, Grapenthien brought in with a four and, after Mizrachi completed the bet, raised the stakes. Mizrachi three bet the action and, after a call from Grapenthien, kept the pressure on at Fourth and Fifth Streets, betting out and seeing Grapenthien call. Showing a 4-2-9-Q after Sixth Street, Grapenthien moved his chips in and an excited Mizrachi made the call, turning up hidden Aces for a set. Grapenthien, with only a pair of fours, was drawing dead and Mizrachi had captured his fourth WSOP bracelet.

1. Robert Mizrachi, $ 242,662
2. Matt Grapenthien, $ 149,976
3. George Danzer, $ 103,230
4. Ted Forrest, $ 72,971
5. Steve Weiss, $ 53,012
6. David Benyamine, $ 39,611
7. Bill Chen, $ 30,466*
8. Calvin Anderson, $ 24,142*

(* – eliminated on Sunday, part of official WSOP final table)

Event #4 – $ 1000 “Top Up” Turbo No Limit Hold’em

In what will go down as the quickest final table in WSOP history (naturally because of its Turbo nature!) at slightly more than two hours, longtime live pro Kyle Julius picked up his first WSOP bracelet in winning Event #4 on Monday afternoon.

Karl Held was at the helm of the ship at the start of the final table, with Julius sitting in the middle of the pack with 2015 WSOP bracelet winner Ben Yu and a short-stacked Vinny Pahuja counting as the “professional” experience at the table. Held and the other men were all at their first WSOP final table and everyone was looking to take home the WSOP gold and the $ 142,972 first place prize money.

Because of the Turbo nature of the tournament, players didn’t sit for long. On the very first hand, Pahuja would push all in with an A-J against Held’s pocket Kings and fall in ninth place. Only four hands later, George Dolofan would be dismissed by Christian Blech and, on Hand 13, Julius got a key double up through Yu that gave him the lead. Yu would stay relevant, however, knocking off Nitis Udornpim in seventh place in a frantic first hour.

Many thought it couldn’t get any more frantic, but indeed it did. Bart Lybaert took down Blech in sixth place, Julius would eliminate Hugo Perez in fifth and Yu dumped Held in fourth within 15 hands to bring the action to three-handed play. After what would be viewed as a “lull” in the tournament, Julius eliminated Yu in third place, his K-J standing against Yu’s Q-10, and on the very next hand (only Hand 67) Julius ended Lybaert’s tournament in what would be a dramatic hand.

Julius pushed in from the button and Lybaert made the call, showing a K-9 off suit that was actually in decent shape against Julius pocket fours. A K-10-2 flop moved Lybaert into the lead and an Ace on the turn kept him there. Needing one of the two fours remaining in the deck to win the tournament, Julius saw the 4♣ come, giving him a rivered set and the victory in the tournament.

1. Kyle Julius, $ 142,972
2. Bart Lybaert, $ 88,328
3. Ben Yu, $ 61,137
4. Karl Held, $ 43,001
5. Hugo Perez, $ 30,742
6. Christian Blech, $ 22,345
7. Nitis Udornpim, $ 16,518
8. George Dolofan, $ 12,422
9. Vinny Pahuja, $ 9,506

Event #5 – $ 1500 Six Handed Dealer’s Choice

Day 2 is in the books for the Dealer’s Choice event, with the final nine combatants coming back to the felt this afternoon. When they reconvene, Lawrence Berg will be holding the reins of the stallion, but his lead is a slim one over Paul Volpe.

85 players were back in the saddle on Monday, looking to be among the 59 survivors that would earn a WSOP cash and a line on their resumes for their efforts. There were several notable names that failed in this endeavor, including the welcome return of Mike Matusow, Barry Greenstein, Stephen Chidwick, Andy Bloch and David Sklansky, who had come into the day in the Top Ten. After the bubble popped with the elimination of Jameson Painter in 60th place, players such as Richard Ashby (58th place), Jeff Madsen (44th place), Eli Elezra (38th place) and Day 1 chip leader Svetlana Gromenkova (21st place) picked up their share of the $ 525,150 prize pool.

The tournament has yet to reach six players yet, so there are two tables in action on Tuesday. Berg will have to entertain Yueqi Zhu and two more short stacks at his table, while Volpe has Randy Ohel to look at on his patch of felt. Here’s how they’ll line up with the restart on Tuesday:

Table 1

Seat 1:  Empty
Seat 2:  Empty
Seat 3:  Yueqi Zhu, 418,500
Seat 4:  Daniel Habl, 106,000
Seat 5:  John Templeton, 215,500
Seat 6:  Lawrence Berg, 836,500

Table 2

Seat 1:  Andrew Brown, 250,000
Seat 2:  Joey Couden, 192,000
Seat 3:  Paul Volpe, 674,500
Seat 4:  Empty
Seat 5:  Randy Ohel, 99,500
Seat 6:  Ryan Himes, 125,500

At 2PM, the cards will once again hit the air as the Dealer’s Choice event determines a champion. The eventual winner will take home the WSOP bracelet and the $ 125,466 winner’s payday.

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2016 WSOP, Preliminary Events: “Colossus II” Lumbers to Finish Line, $10K Stud Final Table Set with Robert Mizrachi Leading

 2016 WSOP, Preliminary Events: “Colossus II” Lumbers to Finish Line, $10K Stud Final Table Set with Robert Mizrachi Leading

The entirety of the humongous field for “Colossus II” came together for the first time on Sunday at the 2016 World Series of Poker while, off in its own quiet little corner of the Amazon Room, the deep-pocketed pros who came back for Day 2 of the $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship determined their final table.

Event #2 – $ 565 “Colossus II” No Limit Hold’em

After drawing in 21,613 entries for the tournament, the 846 players who came back on Sunday were all in the money. After calculations were complete, these remaining players were all guaranteed $ 2200 for their efforts (more than the $ 850 or so that players eliminated during the six Flights on Day 1), but no one wanted to depart with that pittance as $ 1 million was up for grabs for the champion. Starting the day, Flight F chip leader Norman Michalek was atop the standings with his 531,000 in chips, but there was a long day ahead of him and the remainder of the tournament.

In the early going, pros such as Loni Harwood, Kelly Minkin, Joe Elpayaa, Matt Stout and Asher Conniff were sent to the rail, but others pros managed to chip their way up. Bryan Piccioli took some chips off of Flight A chip leader David Polop to crack the 300K mark, while Michael Mizrachi got fortunate to bump a player out of the tournament when his A-J found a Jack on the flop against his opponent’s A-K. Mizrachi would get his chips in again facing a slight disadvantage against Joseph Cheong (Mizrachi’s K-Q off suit against Cheong’s A♣ 7♣), but he would flop a Queen and turn one to eventually make a boat against Cheong and send him to the rail.

It wasn’t until Mizrachi ran into the man that would become the Day 2 chip leader that he was stopped. Flight C chip leader Ben Lindemulder defended his small blind after a raise from Mizrachi to see a 10 3♠ 2♠ flop and both players checked. On a J♠ turn, Mizrachi would check-raise Lindemulder, only to see Lindemulder fire a four-bet at him. Mizrachi, after a moment to ponder the move, just called to see a 9♣ come on the river. Lindemulder didn’t play around, putting out enough chips that Mizrachi would be all in, but Mizrachi didn’t bite; he slid his cards to the muck as Lindemulder rocketed to 1.75 million with the hand.

This just seemed to get Lindemulder started. He would crack the three million chip mark soon after the dinner break and shatter the four million mark in winning a flip (his opponent’s pocket Queens versus Lindemulder’s A-K) and powered his way over the five million mark by the time the final 77 players bagged up their chips.

1. Ben Lindemulder, 5,325,000
2. Richard Carr, 3,550,000
3. Vincent Moscati, 3,300,000
4. Farhad Davoudzadeh, 2,845,000
5. Daniel Dizenzo, 2,560,000
6. Benjamin Keeline, 2,540,000
7. Jonathan Borenstein, 2,460,000
8. Marek Ohnisko, 2,430,000
9. Alex Benjamin, 2,390,000
10. Steven Nichols, 2,240,000

Day 3 will kick off at 2PM (Pacific Time) on Monday, with the goal to work to the final table of the tournament. On Tuesday, the winner of “Colossus II” will walk off with the WSOP bracelet and a $ 1 million prize.

Event #3 – $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship

33 familiar professional faces walked into the Amazon Room on Sunday, looking to determine the final table for the first $ 10,000 World Championship event on this year’s schedule. It was an unfamiliar face, Steve Weiss, who held the lead at the start of the day, while Jean-Robert Bellande and George Danzer were in hot pursuit. With only 14 players taking a payday from the tournament, it was rather tense as the cards hit the air.

Within the first hour of the start of action, the rail began to get populated with eliminated players. Former WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela, Jason Somerville, Jason Mercier, and Anthony Zinno were among those who left empty-handed. They were soon joined by Bellande, who couldn’t recapture the magic from Day 1 when he climbed from one big bet to be in second place. It would take a pretty big hand – Calvin Anderson’s Wheel straight flush – to knock off Bellande, however.

The names continued to fall as the tournament stretched into the early evening. Cyndy Violette and Max Pescatori would fall short of the money while Matt Grapenthien and Danzer surged up the leaderboard. After Joel Tushnet ran his (9-9) 10 into Adam Friedman’s (J-J) 9 and could not find any more help to be eliminated on the money bubble, the players were all guaranteed a $ 14,500 payday and a WSOP entry on their poker resumes.

The eliminations of Felipe Ramos, Jeff Lisandro, Stephen Chidwick and Adam Friedman brought the final nine men to the table together, with Grapenthien and David Benyamine leading the pack. Rod Pardey was the unfortunate final table “bubble boy,” falling at the hands of Danzer in ninth place, and Grapenthien cracked the million chip mark in taking a pot off of Anderson before the dinner break. He would immediately extended that lead after dinner in making quads off his rolled up eights in getting Bill Chen to come all the way to the end with his straight.

After Anderson was eliminated by Danzer in eighth place, however, Robert Mizrachi came to life. He would eliminate Chen in seventh place to crack the million chip mark, and grinded out more chips in taking the lead from Grapenthien. By the time the smoke cleared, an outstanding final six had been determined:

1. Robert Mizrachi, 1.371 million
2. Matt Grapenthien, 1.157 million
3. Steve Weiss, 682,000
4. Ted Forrest, 447,000
5. David Benyamine, 373,000
6. George Danzer, 340,000

Weiss is the only player who has yet to win a WSOP among these players, but his Day 1 leading efforts set him up as a serious contender. He’ll have some work to do when the men return at noon on Monday to determine the victor in this World Championship and who will receive the WSOP bracelet and the $ 242,662 first place prize.

Event #4 – $ 1000 Top Up Turbo No Limit and Event #5 – $ 1500 Dealer’s Choice – Day 1

The final table of Event #4 will be contested on Monday, with the 667 player field whittled down to the final nine in less than 12 hours. While players such as Andy Bloch, Liv Boeree, Eric Baldwin, Ronnie Bardah and David ‘Chino’ Rheem all cashed and Mohsin Charania bubbled the final table, WSOP bracelet winner Ben Yu and fellow poker professional Kyle Julius are the notable names at the final table. They will be chasing Karl Held when the champion is determined on Monday afternoon:

1. Karl Held, 1.175 million
2. Hugo Perez, 1.065 million
3. Bart Lybaert, 810,000
4. Ben Yu, 760,000
5. Kyle Julius, 530,000
6. Nitis Udornpim, 435,000
7. Christian Blech, 315,000
8. Vinny Pahuja, 310,000
9. George Dolofan, 160,000

The champion will take down the WSOP bracelet and the lion’s share of the prize pool, in this case totaling $ 142,972.

For the Dealer’s Choice tournament, by the time late registration ended for this tournament 389 players had stepped up for the game. That was an improvement over last year’s 357 runners, a good sign that could bode well for the next couple of weeks for the WSOP. The resulting $ 525,150 prize pool will go to the top 59 finishers and the champion will receive $ 125,466.

When they day was over, a “blast from the past” was back in the driver’s seat. 2008 Ladies’ World Champion Svetlana Gromenkova used the elimination of Ben Ludlow in a massive Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo hand to drive her to the top of the leaderboard, where she will have to fend off several difficult challenges if she is to hold the crown:

1. Svetlana Gromenkova, 99,600
2. Richard Ashby, 82,300
3. Yueqi Zhu, 81,000
4. Michael Banducci, 74,000
5. Joshua Mullins, 71,000
6. Bryce Yockey, 67,800
7. Jared Bleznick, 65,000
8. David Sklansky, 62,000
9. Justin Gardenhire, 60,300

Play resumes on Monday at 2PM when the final 85 players will battle it out for the final table.

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David Ormsby Denies Chip Leader Robert Forbes in Winning WPT Fallsview Championship

 David Ormsby Denies Chip Leader Robert Forbes in Winning WPT Fallsview Championship

Although he came to the final table as the second shortest stack, David Ormsby would stick around long enough to become a thorn in the start of day chip leader Robert Forbes’ side, eventually defeating Forbes to take the championship of the World Poker Tour’s stop at the Fallsview Poker Classic in Canada on Thursday evening.

It definitely looked bleak for Ormsby at the start. With only 1.55 million in chips, he led only Thomas Archer (880,000 in chips) on the leaderboard when play began on Thursday afternoon. Ormsby was looking up at some difficult players that included Derek Verrian (1.565 million), Soren Turkewitsch (1.83 million), Mike Bui (2.86 million) and the previously mentioned Forbes, who was dominating the final table with his 4.015 million chip count.

Knowing he needed to make a move quick, Archer would push his chip stack to the center on the third hand of play with only an A-5, looking to steal the blinds and antes. As if he needed it, Forbes would wake up with a pocket pair of Queens on the button and, after he called Archer’s bet, saw the board give Archer a five but nothing else. By knocking out Archer in sixth place, Forbes solidified his lead by jumping over the six million chip mark and seemed to be on cruise control to the championship.

Forbes continued to punish his tablemates as his mountain of chips only got bigger. He dumped Turkewitsch from the tournament when his A-7 ruled over Turkewitsch’s A-4 (flopping a seven for good measure) to crack the nine million chip mark. Although he would suffer a couple of missteps to come back to the pack a bit, Forbes continued to be a wrecking ball in taking down Bui in fourth place when his pocket Aces stood over Bui’s K-10 off suit, giving Forbes twice as many chips as Verrian and Ormsby had between each other.

While Forbes had what seemed to be an insurmountable lead, Verrian and Ormsby didn’t roll over for him. Ormsby got a double up through Forbes, his A-K making it over Forbes’ A-9, but he would sacrifice some of those chips to Verrian as Verrian drew closer to Forbes. In fact, it was a battle between Verrian and Forbes that would bring the final table to heads up play.

On Hand 131, Verrian pushed out a bet off the button and Forbes three-bet out of the small blind. After Ormsby mucked, Verrian called to see a 6-5-3 flop that drew a 550K bet from Forbes. Verrian immediately moved all in for his remaining two million in chips and, after pondering his position, Forbes made the call. Verrian had hit top pair with his 8-6, but Forbes was in good shape with his A-4 (open-ended draw to the straight, Ace over card). A deuce came on the turn to give Forbes his straight and now Verrian could only be saved by a four to split the pot. Instead, a ten came on the river to send Verrian out in third place.

As they entered heads up play, Forbes was dominating the game:

Forbes – 9.265 million
Ormsby – 3.435 million

Forbes didn’t waste any time in trying to go for the kill, quickly taking his stack north of 10 million chips in four hands of play. Two more hands – both of which went to Ormsby and saw Forbes firing indiscriminately in trying to force Ormsby off his hands – saw Ormsby close the gap to 2:1, where it would stay for about 15 hands. On Hand 155, however, Ormsby was able to eke into the lead and he would never look back.

On the final hand of the tournament, Ormsby limped in and Forbes pushed all in for almost three million in chips. Ormsby made the call and, after seeing Forbes’ pocket threes, was racing with his K-J. The race was a quick one, the flop coming down A-K-4 to give Ormsby a better pair and, after a seven on the turn and a six on the river failed to help Forbes, Ormsby had completed his unlikely comeback to become the champion of the WPT Fallsview.

1. David Ormsby – $ 383,407
2. Robert Forbes – $ 268,773
3. Derek Verrian – $ 172,823
4. Mike Bui – $ 127,805
5. Soren Turkewitsch – $ 95,949
6. Thomas Archer – $ 76,874

(All money amounts in Canadian dollars)

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