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2012 World Poker Tour Montreal Day 3: Gross, Smith, Lefrancois Headline Final Table

Jeff Gross

Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event began with 45 players, and after just over six levels of play, the official final table is set. Sylvain Siebert is the overnight leader with 8.85 million chips, while Jeff Gross is right behind him with 8.65 million in chips.

WPT Montreal Final Table

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Jonathan Roy7,480,000
2Pascal Lefrancois6,065,000
3Jeff Gross8,650,000
4Gavin Smith1,605,000
5Peter Kaemmerlen2,405,000
6Sylvain Siebert8,850,000

A flurry of eliminations occurred as the day began, and among players to hit the rail were Dan Smith, Cory Bath and Antoine Teti. Teti was all-in and at risk preflop holding the {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs} against Jason Koon’s {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}. Koon, the Day 2 ClubWPT Player of the Day, made a full house as the board came {a-Spades}{10-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}, eliminating Teti.

Pascal Lefrancois avoided elimination and received a much-needed double-up during the second level of the day. The French Canadian was all-in with the {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}, which crushed Josue Sauvageau’s {9-Clubs}{9-Spades}. The {a-Spades}{q-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} flop gave Sauvageau a set of nines, but the {k-Clubs} spiked on the turn, giving Lefrancois the best hand once again. A meaningless {5-Hearts} completed the board, and Lefrancois successfully doubled to over 1.4 million in chips.

Diana Shamshoum, Mathieu Gagniere, Patrick Dattilo, Day 1 chip leader Patrick Lelievre and Chrstian Harder all bowed out in the next two levels. Dattilo was crippled when Martin Raus made a flush holding the {q-Spades}{8-Spades} against Dattilo’s {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}, and he then busted the next hand with the {k-Spades}{j-Clubs} against Serge Cantin’s {a-Hearts}{j-Spades}. Harder busted when he ran his {A-}{Q-} into an opponent’s pocket queens.

Four more notables fell as play reached two tables. Mike “Timex” McDonald ran two pair into Tommy Velliama’s flopped straight, Timothy Adams held the {k-Spades}{j-Hearts} against Jonathan Roy’s {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} and failed to hit, Koon jammed with the {k-Diamonds}{7-Spades} and was busted by Francois Billard’s {a-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, and UFC announcer Bruce Buffer lost a race to Gavin Smith, holding the{a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} to Smith’s {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}.

After Billard busted in 18th place, there was an errant color-up during the dinner break. Upon returning, Velliama alerted the staff that he had more chips in his stack than when he left for dinner. The staff checked the security footage and confirmed a mistake had been made. The situation was rectified, and Velliama received a round of applause from his competitors for his honesty.

From there, Paul Apotstols, Danny Nguyen and Thanh Phong bowed out, and then Amanda Musumeci busted in a very strange hand. After a series of bets and raises, Musumeci was all-in and at risk holding the {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}. Her opponent, Siebert, had her at risk with {10-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, and the board rolled out {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}. Musumeci was out in 14th place, while Siebert crossed the four million-chip threshold.

After being crippled by Smith with eights against nines, Ashton Griffin was eliminated in 13th place. Griffin more then quintupled his stack the very next hand, but eventually fell to Smith with the {j-Spades}{6-Spades}. Smith held the {k-Spades}{q-Hearts} and secured the knockout as the flop, turn and river produced the {k-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{2-Spades}{8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}.

With the eliminations of Velliama and Sauvageau, the remaining ten players joined to create one table. On the fourth hand, Kuong Chhe Kuoch was eliminated. Facing a raise from Smith and a three-bet from Roy, Kuoch moved all in on the button for about 1.3 million during Level 30 with the blinds at 50,000/100,000/10,000. Smith folded, and Roy snapped it off with two black aces. Kuoch was dominated holding the {a-Hearts}{k-Spades} and did not improve his hand.

Finishing in ninth place was Gabriel Fernandes. On Hand #31 of the unofficial final table and with the blinds in Level 31 at 60,000/120,000/20,000, he moved all in for around four big blinds from under the gun with the {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. Gross looked him up from the big blind with the {j-Diamonds}{6-Spades} and made trips as the board came {6-Clubs}{5-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{6-Hearts}. Two hands later, Raus was eliminated in eighth place. It was a classic race situation with Raus’ {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} slightly behind Siebert’s {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}. The jacks held as the board ran out {4-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}.

Finally, on Hand #41, Cantin burst the final table bubble. He open-jammed 1.73 million from middle position with the blinds still in Level 31. Roy re-jammed from the hijack, the remaining players folded, and the hands were tabled. Roy’s {a-Hearts}{k-Spades} crushed Cantin’s {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}, and Roy held as the board came {k-Hearts}{q-Spades}{2-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{9-Hearts}.

The final table will begin on Tuesday at 1600 EST (2100 BST) with 23 minutes left in Level 31. First place is over $750,000, and each of the six remaining competitors are guaranteed a six-figure payday. As always, you can find a recap of the day’s action right here on PokerNews.

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