WPT: Jeff Gross, Gavin Smith Among Final Six in Montreal

Gavin Smith has a lot of work to do if he wants to win his second WPT title Tuesday.

What was once a field of 1,173 players is now down to the final table of six at WPT Montreal, with each of the six hoping to outlast the other five to claim the WPT crown. The group is made up of four Canadians and two Americans, most of whom have had some measure of success in poker but all of whom are looking for one of the largest cashes of their career.

Sylvain Siebert holds the chiplead heading into the final table, but he faces some stiff competition as one of the least experienced players of the group. Jeff Gross maintained his strong chip position throughout play Monday, starting Day 3 with the chiplead and ending within one small pot of Siebert as he tries to top his best career performance, a second place finish in a World Series of Poker event back in 2011.

Just behind them is Jonathan Roy, whose biggest win came earlier this year when he earned over $76,000 for winning a side event at the EPT Grand Final. He’s already locked up more than that in Montreal, with even sixth place carrying a six-figure payday. One of two bracelet winners in this group closes out the lead pack, as Pascal LeFrancois hopes to once again enter the winner’s circle after earning his first career WSOP victory back in 2010. LeFrancois also finished 11th in the WSOP Main Event that year.

Peter Kaemmerlen currently sits in fifth, well behind the top four but already assured of his top career cash. Rounding out the field is Gavin Smith, who already has a WPT title and a WSOP bracelet to his credit. The most notable player of the final six faces steep odds with just 13 big blinds when play resumes, but his experience in this type of high-pressure situation may prove invaluable.

Before they could get to this point, however, there was still the process of cutting the field down from 45. Dan Smith was one of the first players to go on Day 3, finishing 42nd as he fell short of his ultimate goal, a seemingly rare occurrence in the year 2012 for leader of the BLUFF Player of the Year race. He was followed to the rail by Christian Harder (30th), Mike McDonald (27th), Timothy Adams (25th), Jason Koon (22nd) and Bruce Buffer (19th) to leave just two tables in play. Amanda Musumeci ran afoul of a bluff gone wrong in a big pot, her A K losing to T 5 in a preflop all-in, sending her off in 14th place. Ashton Griffin would run pocket eights into Smith’s pocket nines for almost all of his chips and Smith would finish the job two hands later to knock him out in 13th.

The eliminations would continue at a fairly rapid pace throughout the final level of the day, and with Serge Cantin’s bustout in seventh place the final table was set. Play will resume at 4 pm ET with live streaming on a half-hour delay, with hole cards. They will play out the remainder of the current level, with a little over 20 minutes left at 60,000/120,000/20,000. Here’s how the chip stacks stand heading into the final table of WPT Montreal.

  • Sylvain Siebert – 8,850,000
  • Jeff Gross – 8,650,000
  • Jonathan Roy – 7,480,000
  • Pascal LeFrancois – 6,065,000
  • Peter Kaemmerlen – 2,405,000
  • Gavin Smith – 1,605,000
Average Chip Count: 5,865,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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