Full Tilt Poker Montreal Main Event Day 3: Pahuja Wins Four Million-Chip Pot to Lead

Vinny Pahuja

Day 3 of the Full Tilt Poker Montreal Main Event began with 84 players, and after less than six hours, only 25 remain. The original plan was to play until there were 27 players, but end-of-day chip leader Vinny Pahuja rained on that parade, recording a double knockout on the last hand of the evening.

Pahuja cold five-bet jammed with the {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} after Asadul Shah four-bet all in with the {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds} and Stacy Ievac, the three-bettor, snapped it off with the {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}. There was over four million chips in the middle when the board rolled out {k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{k-Clubs}, giving Pahuja quads and the chip lead to end the day.

“That never happens to me,” Pahuja said after the hand, shaking his head.

The New York native, who spoke with PokerNews during the day, will begin Day 4 with 4.45 million chips.

Victor Ramdin was the other player to bust on the last hand of the night. Ramdin called all in with {a-}{a-} in the big blind after a player with {k-}{j-} and a player with {9-}{9-} got all of the chips in the middle preflop. The player with pocket nines made a set, but the player with {k-}{j-} made a straight, and Ramdin was eliminated.

Top 10 Counts

1Vinny Pahuja4,450,000
2Eric Despres3,625,000
3Eric Larose3,615,000
4Michael Linster3,445,000
5Roger Lamia2,680,000
6Dawn Mootrey2,655,000
7Zeng Yi Xie2,650,000
8Guillaume Rivet2,580,000
9Sebastien Drolets- poitras2,540,000
10Kevin Dawe2,170,000

Also among the players returning for Day 3 on Wednesday will be notables Guillaume Rivet and Michael Linster.

Dozens of players fell during Day 3 action, including Yann Dion, Gavin Smith, and Full Tilt Poker Ambassadors Hana Zoljan, Martins Adeniya, and Dermot Blain.

Dion was unlucky to chop a pot with the {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds} against the {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} on a board of {q-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}. The river was the {k-Spades}, giving both players aces and kings with a queen kicker, and Dion only received his money back. The next level, he five-bet shoved with {a-}{k-} and ran into the pocket aces of Bill Kontaratos. The aces held up, and Dion hit the rail.

Adeniya moved all in with pocket fives, Brian Cohen called with queens, and Maxime Laberge re-shoved with aces. Cohen folded his queens, which is unfortunate because there was a queen on the flop, and Laberge’s hand held up.

After a roller coaster level, Blain found himself all in with the {k-Spades}{10-Hearts} against Kevin Dawe’s {q-Spades}{j-Spades}. The flop produced both a queen and a jack, and Blain was unable to catch running kings, running tens, or an ace or a nine for a straight.

The 25 survivors, including Francesco Buffone who has 45,000 chips (nine antes), will return on Wednesday at noon. PokerNews will be on hand for features, interviews, and a recap of the day’s action.

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