The partypoker WPT Montreal Main Event is now over and Derrick Rosenbarger has been crowned as its winner.
Rosenbarger, who hails from the US state of New Mexico, beat a field of 862 over five days of competition to take out the event and the $500,824 winner’s cheque.
Very few people would have thought the American would win when the final day of play began given that Rosenbarger had the second shortest stack of the six remaining players. However, he played perfectly on Day 5 to chip himself up en route to taking out the Main Event in Montreal.
The first player to be eliminated on the final day was Alexandre Lavigne, who was knocked out by Serge Cantin. Lavigne had lost half his chip stack in the early stages of the day and went all-in pre-flop with King-Eight offsuit. Unfortunately for him, Cantin had pocket Tens, which held on the board to give him the win.
Lily Kiletto was eliminated in fifth spot on the very next hand after she came out on the wrong end of a battle with Mukul Pahuja. Kiletto had by far the shortest stack of the final six, but managed to get two double ups to keep her chances of Main Event glory alive.
She attempted to double up for a third time after going all-in pre-flop with Ace-Eight offsuit and was called by Pahuja, who was ahead with Ace-Queen of Clubs. He went further ahead after the Queen of Spades was one of the cards shown on the flop and eventually won the hand to put the Main Event down to four.
Next to go was Sylvain Siebert, who was the chip leader going into the final day of play. Siebert ended up being Cantin’s second final table scalp after he eliminated Siebert in fourth place.
Siebert went all-in pre-flop wth Ace-Six of Diamonds but was behind Cantin, who called with pocket Eights. The former chip leader got a straight draw on the flop, but an Eight on the turn gave Cantin a set and ultimately proved to be the nail in the coffin for Siebert.
The win did not help Cantin much, however, as he was eliminated in third place by Pahuja. Ironically, Cantin again held pocket Eights when he shoved all-in before the flop, while Pahuja held Ace-King offsuit. Another Ace came on the flop, which gave Pahuja the lead and kept him there as he eventually knocked Cantin out of the tournament.
Cantin’s eliminated put Pahuja and Rosenbarger in heads-up play, with Pahuja having more than double Rosenbarger’s stack when play began.
That lead soon switched when Rosenbarger earned himself two highly important double ups early on in heads-up competition. Pahuja was not done, however, as he earned himself a double up to keep Rosenbarger on his toes, but it was ultimately not enough to get the top prize.
In the last hand of the event, Rosenbarger min-raised pre-flop before Pahuja went all-in with Ace-Four of Diamonds. Rosenbarger, who had pocket Queens, instantly called and stayed in the lead when a rainbow flop was shown. Pahuja did get a pair of Fours on the turn, but needed another one or an Ace on the river to keep his Main Event hopes alive.
It was not to be, though, as the Two of Hearts was the final card shown, which put Pahuja in second place and gave Rosenbarger the victory at the partypoker WPT Montreal Main Event.
The victory was the first WPT event Rosenbarger has ever won and is only the second live poker tournament event in which he landed in the money. According to Hendon, Rosenbarger also cashed in a $1,000 event at this year’s WSOP when he came in 217th place and won $2,075 for doing so.