Amir Babakhani Leads Final Table of Six at Playground Poker Room

Amir Babakhani leads the final table for the TV cameras. (Photo c/o WPT)

Amir Babakhani leads the final table for the TV cameras. (Photo c/o WPT)

Day 4 of the PartyPoker World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship wrapped up with just six players remaining of the 18 competitors that started the day. Leading the TV final table is Amir Babakhani after he bagged up 6,635,000.

Rounding out the final table are Barry Kruger (4,770,000), Jason Duval (4,155,000), Tao Ling (3,870,000), Jonathan Bardier (1,470,000) and Martin Leblanc (1,140,000)

Falling short of the final table were Christian Harder (7th), Bryan Piccioli (8th) Josh Field (10th), Ravi Raghavan (14th) and Ronnie Bardah (16th).

Field was eliminated after Harder opened to 100,000, Martin Leblanc called on the button and Field shoved for a little over a million from the big blind. Harder called with A Q, Leblanc got out of the way and Field tabled pocket sixes. The flop was safe for Field when it ran J 7 3 but the turn went Harder’s way when it fell Q. Field was looking for a six to save his tournament life but came up empty when the river came 4. The pot gave Harder the chip lead at the time and the remaining players redrew for a single table.

Raghavan played his final hand when Harder opened for 65,00 and Raghavan shoved behind him for 800,000. The blinds released and Harder called with A K. Raghavan turned up pocket sixes and needed them to hold for his tournament life. The board ran 8 7 5 2 A and just like Barry Greenstein’s book the ace on the river eliminated Raghavan from the tournament.

Bardah was one of the early eliminations on the day and it occurred when he open-shoved with K 9 in late position and Suied called from the big blind with A Q. The board ran Q Q 8 8 6 and Suied’s full house sent Bardah to the payout desk.

The ten-handed final table was crowded for about 45 minutes until Babakhani opened in early position for 125,000 and action folded around toe Brian Beggs in the big blind. Beggs moved allin in for 700,000, Babakhani called with pocket sixes and Beggs was in awful shape holding pocket fives. The board ran K T 9 3 J and Beggs’ elimination gave everyone at the table a little leg room.

Two hand later Piccioli opened from under the gun to 130,00 and Suied shoved for 550,000 in middle position. The blinds released, Piccioli called with K Q and Suied tabled A K. The board ran K J 4 J Q and Suied was eliminated with the queen on the river despite having the advantage preflop.

Nearly an hour and a half passed with the table playing eight-handed before another player was eliminated. Babakhani and Piccioli saw a limped flop in a battle of the blinds of T 5 3. Babakhani moved all in, Piccioli called with T 6 and was outkicked by Babakhani’s K T. The board finished A 8 and Piccioli was eliminated in eighth place despite spend a good bit of time as chip leader during the day.

Almost two orbits later Harder opened under the gun to 170,000, Babakhani re-raised to 375,000 in late position, the blinds released and Harder moved all in. Babakhani quickly called with pocket queens and Harder was in a tough spot holding pocket nines. The board ran 8 7 3 8 5 and Harder fell just short of making his third WPT TV table.


PartyPoker World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship Final Table Chip Counts

  1.  Amir Babakhani – 6,635,000
  2. Barry Kruger – 4,770,000
  3. Jason Duval – 4,155,000
  4. Tao Ling – 3,870,000
  5. Jonathan Bardier – 1,470,000
  6. Martin Leblanc – 1,140,000


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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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