Jonathan Jaffe once famously convinced WSOP on ESPN producers that he had given up the life of a poker pro to train dolphins. Those bluffing skills will be put to the test on Wednesday as Jaffe leads the final six players at WPT Montreal at the Playground Poker Club.
Playing from 18 players down to six, Jaffe, who came into Day 4 as the chipleader, built up his stack up to 7,495,000, Right behind him is Ratharam Sivagnanam with 6,845,000. Sivagnanam is now guaranteed the biggest cash of his career, regardless of where he finishes. Prior to WPT Montreal, Sivagnanam had only two cashes for just under $4,000. First place in this event pays $$463,432 while sixth is worth $90,350.
Samuel Chartier and Guillaume Nolet are third and fourth respectively, seperated by just 5,000 chips. Reigning WPT Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja, who finished second in this event last season, sits fifth while Kevin MacPhee rounds out the six-handed TV table.
Phillip Hui burst the TV table bubble, busting in seventh when he put his tournament at risk with A Q against Sivagnanam’s A K. The flop came Q 2 2 putting Hui ahead. The turn was the A giving Sivagnanam the nut flush and better two pair draw. The river was the 8 completing Sivagnanam’s flush and sending Hui home with a $74,800 pay day.
Hui wasn’t the only familiar face to bust on the penultimate day of play. Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Sheraz Nasir, Maurice Hawkins and Maduka Meragal, who was the Day 2 chipleader, all saw their run at a first WPT title end on Tuesday.
Final table action gets underway at 3 pm ET with the livestream available on WPT.com beginning at 3:30 pm ET.
WPT Montreal Final Table Chip Counts
- Jonathan Jaffe 7,495,000
- Ratharam Sivagnanam 6,845,000
- Samuel Chartier 2,065,000
- Guillaume Nolet 2,060,000
- Mukul Pahuja 1,900,000
- Kevin MacPhee 1,570,000
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