You gotta roll with the punches. In life sometimes things go sideways and you just have to shine it on and do the best you can. The World Poker Tour scheduled a stop in Montreal, which is always one of the most favorite stops on the tour because Montreal is a badass and fun city, plus the Playground Club is one of the best cardrooms in North America. Alas, due to the pandemic the WPT Montreal migrated from a live venue to the virtual tables. partypoker provided the platform and the WPT Montreal Online was ready to roll.
The final table of the WPT Montreal Online included Jack Hardcastle, Rayan Chamas, Dan Shak, Felix Schulze, Andrei Kriazhev, Chaz Chattha, Jakob Miegel, Marcel Kunze, and Upeshka De Silva. The final table included a pair of Germans, two Austrians, two Brits, and two American exiles playing over the border in Canada and Mexico.
Shak bagged up the lead with nearly 30 million in chips. Ryan Chamas was not far behind with 29.1M, followed by Andrei Kriazhev with 28.7M,and Jack Hardcastle with 25.4M. Chaz Chattha, Felix Schulze, and Marcel Kunze were in the middle of the road.
Upeshka De Silva headed into the final table as the short stack with 5.4 million, while Jakob Miegel was the other shorty with 7.2M. Pesh is a three-time WSOP bracelet winner that advanced to the final table of the WSOP Main Event domestic via WSOP.com, but he tested positive for coronavirus and could not appear at the live final table.
De Silva's run at the final table did not last very long before he hit the virtual rail in ninth place.
Germany's Marcel Kunze went kaput in eighth place, while Austria's Jakob Miegel busted in seventh place.
Chaz Chattha, one of the two Brits at the final table, was knocked out in sixth place.
Andrei Kriazhev, the other German at the final table, saw his run end in fifth place.
Austria's Felix Schulze was picked off in fourth place, but he banked a six-figure score worth $139K.
American pro playing north of the border in Canada went busto in third place. Shak hit the bricks in third place, which paid out $212K.
When Shak busted, it was down to two players with Canada and the UK slugging it out for the WPT Montreal Online title.
Rayan Chamas and Jack Hardcastle jousted, but Chamas trailed by nearly 2 to 1. Chamas held 61M and trailed Hardcastle's 116M stack.
Chamas gave it a good run and even snapped off Hardcastle's pocket rockets to stave off elimination.
Hardcastle's lost to Chamas's . Chamas flopped a gutshot straight draw and got there on the turn to drag the pit with a Jack-high straight. Hardcastle's lead was trimmed to 92.2M to 85.4M. But that was as high as Chamas would get. Hardcastle launched a successful counterattack and knocked out Chamas.
For a runner-up finish Chamas banked $308,703. Not too shabby, eh?
Jack Hardcastle binked the WPT Montreal Online for a heady score worth $447,859. He also won the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup Event.
Pablo Brito Silva bubbled the final table in tenth place.
Other notable names and familiar faces that cashed at the WPT Montreal Online included... Jan-Eric Schwippert, Ioannis Angelou-Konstas, Ole Schemion, Diego Ventura, Kenny Hallaert, Ryan Reiss, Christian Rudolph, Chris Moorman, Peter Jetten, Chris RObin Frank, Kevin Rabichow, Dan Smyth, Niklas Astedt, Dan Reijmer, Joni Jouhkimainen, Sam Grafton, Grayson Rampage, Bruno Volkmann, Martin Czuczor, Timo Kamphues, Joao Vieria, Scott Margereson, Luc Greenwood, Elio Fox, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Mark Radoja, Sven Andersson, Pete Carini, Simon Mattsson, Guillaume Nolet, Daniel Peters, Daniel Smiljkovic, Martin Jacobson, Pavel Kovalenko, Meli Vincent, Alexandros Kolonias, Sosia Jiang, Dan Dvoress, Kahle Burns, Toby Joyce, Rui Ferreira, Joao Simao, Francois Billard, Sami Kelopuro, Conor Beresford, John Mooney, Markus Prinz, Pavel Plesuv, and Stephen Chidwick.
Oh, and in high balla action, Aussie pro Michael Addamo shipped the $25K WPT Montreal Super High Roller for a score worth $450K. The field was 60 players deep and only the top 11 places were awarded a slice of the cheesecake. The final table included Jon Van Fleet, Ben Rolle, Matthias Eibiner, Zee Justin, Arnaud Enselme, and Mikita Badziakouski.
2021 WPT Montreal Online
Prize Pool: $2.6 million
Final Table Results:
1. Jack Hardcastle (UK) $447,859
2. Rayan Chamas (Canada) $308,703
3. Dan Shak (Canada) $212,459
4. Felix Schulze (Austria) $139,164
5. Andrei Kriazhev (Germany) $95,673
6. Chaz Chattha (UK) $74,119
7. Jakob Miegel (Austria) $58,650
8. Marcel Kunze (Germany) $46,685
9. Upeshka De Silva (Mexico) $37,024