Jonathan Roy Takes Down 2012 WPT Montreal Main EventWednesday, November 28th, 2012 by Ryan
The World Poker Tour’s Montreal Main Event is an event that we’ve covered fairly in-depth here, mainly due to the fact that it actually broke the record for the largest single tournament in Canadian poker history. It brought out a large number of players as well as some of the biggest names in the poker world as well to attempt to bring down the title and the nice first place pay day as well. The 2012 WPT Montreal event was narrowed down to its final table on Tuesday, and when all was said and done it was actually a Canadian player who took down the title and the first place pay day that ended up being worth C$779,710. This player was Jonathan Roy, and while he had to overtake the two top chip leaders, he did just that on his way to the big win.
When the action started yesterday, there were two players clearly at the top, and realistically it looked like it could be a four player race as the difference between fourth and fifth was a pretty large one. Sylvain Siebert and Jeff Gross were the two players who were at the top of the standings when the action started, holding 8.85 million and 8.65 million chips. Roy was definitely sitting in a close third though with 7.48 million, and Pascal Lefrancois was in fourth place holding 6.065 million chips. Three of these four were able to make it to the final four as well. The two short stacks though were Peter Kaemmerlen in fifth place with 2.405 million and Gavin Smith with 1.605 million chips.
The action didn’t take long to get underway either, as Kaemmerlen decided to four-bet all-in pre-flop with pocket Jacks and was called down by one of the big stacks in Gross, who was holding A-10. The flop and turn were both safe for the short stack, but unfortunately for Kaemmerlen, Gross was able to hit the Ace on the river, and this meant that we were down to only five players moving forward. The action kept rolling as well, and we saw another big hand happen just three hands later when Lafrancois was able to double through the current chip leader in Siebert. This brought his stack up to 11.75 million, and all of the sudden our former chip leader was down to only 3 million chip. Roy was then able to send home Siebert a bit later in fifth place.
Our next player sent home in 4th place was the original short stack in Gavin Smith, who couldn’t have been too upset to outlast the craziness to get into the fourth place money. He pushed all-in with A-5 and was called by Roy and K-7. A 7 came on the turn giving Roy a pair, and sending Smith to the door at that point. It looked like we could be in for a quick final three at this point, as Lefrancois was holding 19.05 million, Roy had 9.225 million, and Gross had 6.825 million to start the action, but just like we all know, in poker it only takes one or two hands to change things.
While it only took 47 hands for us to reach three handed play, it took more than 100 additional hands for us to reach the heads up action. Roy kept building and when all was said and done it was Roy eliminating Jeff Gross on hand 153 of the final table. This meant that we were down to our heads up match between Lefrancois with 19.175 million chips, against the 15.925 million chips of Roy.
The action seemed to go back and forth between the two sides in the heads up action, and before we long we found ourselves with a match between two players who were almost even in terms of their chip stacks. Then, out of nowhere we saw the tournament come to an abrupt end and crown a winner, as the two went back and forth pre-flop with both raising into each other on hand 181. When the two ended up getting it all-in and turning their cards over, Roy saw his tournament life at risk, but Lefrancois only had 525,000 chips remaining. Roy turned over K-Q, while Lefrancois had pocket sixes. Roy was able to hit a King on the flop, and he held on throughout the hand to get the huge double up. Lefrancois was done on the next hand, and Jonathan Roy took down the WPT Montreal.