Jason Comtois Wins WPT Canadian Spring ChampionshipFriday, April 4th, 2014 by Ryan
An event that was talked about quite a bit over the past few days has
finally come to an end, and it featured a few big names, and some strong
play from the players who made it deep in the event. When the final table
of the 2014 World Poker Tour’s Canadian Spring Championship was announced,
the players geared up to play for the title as well as a very nice first
place pay day. When all was said and done, it was a Quebec local in Jason
Comtois who ended up taking down the championship and also winning the
$160,999 first place pay day.
It wasn’t an easy battle for Comtois though, as he actually was holding the
second shortest stack to start the day with 4,700,000 chips, but he still
had plenty of time to build that chip stack up. At the time, the chip
leader to start was Daniel Gagne, who was holding 8 million in chips,
meaning that our second short stack in Comtois could absolutely catch up
within just a single hand potentially. It didn’t start out well though, as
Comtois dropped a pretty good sized pot on just the second hand of the day,
but then two hands after that he doubled up through Mario Lim to get up to
5,700,000 chips. To say that he was involved in the action early on in the
final table would be an understatement.
Lim was actually the first player to be eliminated from the final table,
and it happened when he pushed all-in pre-flop for 2,200,000 chips on the
21st hand. The shove came over an original raise from Johnny Mazzaferro.
Lim had just K-3 of clubs, while Mazzaferro was holding A-J off suit. The
flop gave Lim a shot at a flush, but he wasn’t able to better his hand in
any way, and ended up being sent home in sixth place.
The next knockout didn’t come for quite a while though, and it wasn’t until
Hand 76 that we were able to get down to four handed play. Alexander Wong
raised pre-flop to 650k, and Gagne called the raise. The flop came with
K-8-5, and Wong bet out 550,000. Gagne then re-raised up to 1,200,000, and
Wong pushed the rest of his chips into the middle for 4,975,000. Gagne
made the call and showed K-8 for tow pair, while Wong had just pocket
sixes. Wong couldn’t improve his hand and hit the set that he needed, so
he was out in fifth place. Gagne though, was sitting very pretty with a
massive chip stack of 14,425,000 chips, which was almost as many chips as
the other three players had together.
Comtois was ready to make a move and work his way toward Gagne, and he did
so just a few hands after that last elimination. He doubled up through
Mazzaferro to get up to 9,800,000 chips, and then won 2,500,000 chips from
Gagne on the next hand. This meant that Comtois had grabbed the chip lead
from Gagne by a score of 12,750,000 to 12,275,000. This left Mazzaferro
with very, very few chips, and he ended up having to go all-in on the 81st
hand with Q-J. His Q-J ran into the A-Q of Comtois, and this sent him home
in fourth place, leaving us set up for three handed play.
The knockout that sent us to heads up play came on the 113th hand of play,
and it was pretty crazy hand. Gagne raised it pre-flop to 850,000, and
John Paul Tabago re-raised to 2,000,000, leading to a call from Gagne.
Both players checked the Q-9-3 flop, and when a Jack came on the turn
Tabago bet out 2,000,000. Gagne raised it to 4,000,000, and then Tabago
went all-in, which ended up with Gagne calling. Gagne turned over K-10 for
the King-high straight, while Tabago showed two nines for a set. The river
was a three though, which gave Tabago his full house, and shocking Gagne
was sent packing in third place. This also meant that our heads up play
started with Tabago was a big chip leader of 21,450,000 chips to the
10,525,000 of Comtois.
After a small push from Comtois, Tabago got things back to close to where
it started. The big hand came on Hand 125 when Comtois raised to 1 million
chips with A-8, and then Tabago shoved all-in with A-3. Comtois debated
for a long while before making the call and getting the double up. Comtois
just kept building from there, and on Hand 131 he won the tournament as the
two raised back and forth before Tabago was all-in with Q-4 suited
pre-flop. Comtois had A-K, and when a King came on the flop it was good
enough to hold and give Comtois the championship.