Montreal was the latest stop on the World Poker Tour. Local player Maxime Heroux outlasted a field of 606 players to win the $3,850 CAD buy-in WPT Montreal Main Event at the Playground Casino. More importantly, Heroux managed to outlast one of the most successful pros in the world... David Peters. The American online exile is also a sensational live player. Peters, with over $18 million in career tournament winnings, was the obvious player to beat at the WPT Montreal final table.
Let's put it this way, if it weren't for Fedor Holz... David Peters would be getting all the accolades as one of the best players on the scene. He was the ferocious shark circling the final table. The American pro had a fantastic year in 2016 when he banked $7.5 million. This year has been no joke either. Peters won nearly $3.3 million in tournaments. Yup, if your math is correct, that means Peters earned over $10 million since 2016. If you go back to include 2015, Peters earned nearly $14 million of his total $18.1 million in career earnings. Oh, and Peters also shipped over $5 million in online winnings. Yes, that's over $23 million in combined online/live winnings.
In addition to Peters, the final table also featured Eric Afriat, Derek Wolters, Brendan Baksh, Pat Quinn, and Maxime Heroux. Eric Afriat previously won a WPT event and he was seeking a second WPT crown. Despite a mountain of cash, Peters had yet to win a WPT title. Could he finally break thru to the other side in Montreal?
Nope. Peters busted first at the final table. And Eric Afriat failed to pick up multiple titles. Brendan Baksh bailed in fourth place, which set up a three-way battle among Maxime Heroux, Pat Quinn and Derek Wolters.
Wolters headed to the rail in third place, which set up a heads-up battle between Pat Quinn and Mazime Heroux. Heroux picked off Wolters to take a sizable advantage into heads-up nearly 3 to 1. They battled for only 17 hands before Quinn was knocked out.
Heroux earned a first-place payout worth $403,570 Canadian Dollars. He won approximately $316K USD. Heroux also won a free roll into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions, which is worth $15,000. Heroux also picked up a bunch of other cool things from the WPT corporate sponsors like a bad-ass Hublot watch.
Bradley Ellis bubbled off the final table in seventh place.
The Grinder went deep but busted in 41st place. Other members of the WPT Champions Club who cashed in this event included Chanracy Khun and Eric Afriat.
Only 76 players were paid out. Among the notables who cashed included... Curt Kohlberg, Alex Keating, Alex Fitzgerald, Mike Leah, Manig Loeser, Zach Donovan, Ari Engel, Christian Harder, Sam Chartier, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Andrew Dick, and Kevin MacPhee.