Ship it to Geoff Hum! The Toronto-based Hum won $500,000 in Canadian bucks by outlasting a deadly final table and one of the most difficult on the World Poker Tour in a very long time. Hum survived a final six that featured several of the top players in the world that had over seven-figures in cashes on Hendon Mob.
Hum's march to the winner's circle was no small feat but he earned every cent of the $500,000 CAD (or $380K USD) first place payday while binking his first WPT event and major tournament.
It's tough enough to find any one of those players at the final table, or maybe even two would be problematic, let alone all four! Yet, Hum successfully navigated the shark-infested final table to emerge victorious in Montreal. After shipping a final table like that, I'd be partying like it's 1999 for a week straight.
So how the heck did Geoffrey Hum, a simple fella from Nova Scotia with a day job in Toronto with approximately $50K in career cashes and his biggest score $15K, find himself at a table with four deadly assassins plus a player from Colorado who's been running hot in 2019? The World Poker Tour was in town, which in turn attracted the fish and the sharks to come to the Playground Casino for the WPT Montreal.
The 2019 WPT Montreal at the Playground Casino included a field with 1,109 runners. With a $3,3000 buy-in, the total prize pool topped out $3.3 million for the WPT Montreal. The top 159 places paid out with $380,648 set aside to the champion, plus a seat in the season-ending Tournament of Champions at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas.
Kelly Minkin bubbled the final table in seventh place. The final six included Martin Jacobson, Kristen Bicknell, Mike Watson, Joe Cheong, Adedapo Ajayi, and Geoff Hum. Yeah, some of those names are scary.
If you added up all their scores on Hendon Mob, it topped out at $46 million with Jacobson leading the way with $16.9 million and American pro Joe Cheong with $14.2 million (plus millions more online playing under 'subiime'). SirWatts is one of the greatest Canadian players not named Negreanu and he's banked over $11 million. Kristen Bicknell has made a big name for herself over the last few years with over $4 million in winnings.
Heck, even Ade Ajayi from the Denver suburbs was no slouch with $550K in cashes coming into the WPT Montreal including two major six-figure cashes in 2019. Ajayi finished in 39th place at the 2019 WSOP Main Event for a $212K score. Earlier this year, he took second place at the WSOP Circuit Choctaw for a $198K score.
Martin Jacobson hit the rail first out of the final six. Jacobson, the top Swedish player of all-time, finally passed $17 million on the career earnings list. It's pretty crazy to think the 2014 WSOP Main Event Champion is ONLY ranked #36 all-time in the world with $17 million in winnings.
Kristen Bicknell's run ended with a fifth-place finish on a cooler. She got it all-in with pocket Kings versus Hum's . Pocket Rockets held up and Bicknell's Kings were ambushed. She earned $140K in local currency for fourth place.
With three to go, Hum led 24.4M to Ajayi's 15.1M and Cheong's shorty stack worth 5.3M.
Cheong's tournament came to a screeching halt when his pocket Jacks were outflopped by Hum's . Hum flopped a set of ochos and that's all she wrote for Subiime. Cheong won $235K CAD for a third-place finish. With his bustout, a heads-up bout was set between Ade Ajayi and Geoff Hum.
Hum led 26.1M to 18.1M when heads-up commenced. If you blinked, you missed the bout. It lasted just eight hands. Both players for it all-in with a flush draw except Hum held a higher draw and flopped top pair with against Ajayi's on a flop of . Hum turned the nut flush when the spiked.
Colorado's Adedapo Ajayi won $335,000 CAD for a runner-up finish, or approximately $255K in US bucks. Not too shabby, eh?
Hum banked $500,000 CAD plus the coveted trophy and a freeroll into the season-ending Tournament of Champions at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas sometime around Memorial Day weekend in late May 2020. The TOC seat is valued at $15,000.
Hum is a low-stakes but large field tournament player who cashed in a bunch of WSOP events the last few summers including the Milly Maker Donkament twice. The WPT Montreal victory marked his first big-time score worth $500K CAD or approximately $380K USD.
Ema Zajmovic, Matt Salsberg, 2016 WPT Montreal champ Mike Sexton, Demo Kiriopoulos, Don Maloney, Jonathan Roy, James Romero, Mike Leah, and Sir Watts were all former WPT winners who went deep and cashed at the WPT Montreal. But they all failed to advance to the final table except Sir Watts.
Other notables who also went deep and cashed at the WPT Montreal included... Kelly Minkin, Louis Salter, Duff Charette, Curt Kohlberg, Jerry Wong, Christian Harder, Kitty Kuo, Mike Liang, Ari Engel, Christine Do, Ken Cram, Ruben Perceval, Santiago Plante, Toby Lewis, Philippe D'Auteuil, Manig Loeser, Alex Fortin Demers, Mike Stashin, Jeff Gross, Michael Noor, Fred Moss, Mie Sowers, Francois Goulet, Adam San, Qi Hu, Spencer Mclean, Kyle Chang, David Kim, Alexandre Raymond, Kathy Sawers,Sam Tsehai, Mark Fitzpatrick, and Jeffrey Cheevers.
2019 WPT Montreal
Buy-in: $3,300 CAD
Prize Pool: $3,327,000
Final Table Payouts:
1. Geoffrey Hum (Canada) $500,000 CAD
2. Adedapo Ajayi (USA) $335,000 CAD
3. Joe Cheong (USA) $235,290 CAD
4. Mike Watson (Canada) $180,000 CAD
5. Kristen Bicknell (Canada) $140,000 CAD
6. Martin Jacobson (Sweden) $110,000 CAD