Florida native Derrick Rosenbarger recorded just his second career live tournament cash this week, winning the Season XII partypoker World Poker Tour Montreal for $500,824. Rosenbarger, whose only other cash came in a $1,000 buy-in event at the 2013 World Series of Poker, defeated Mukul Pahuja heads up. Pahuja, who finished third in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $10 Million Guarantee for $872,625, earned $340,928 for his efforts and now has over $1.8 million in career live tournament earnings.
Lily Kiletto, who finished runner-up in the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Februaru for $191,880, started the final table with just six blinds. According to the WPT Live Updates Team, she doubled on the fifth and 14th hands of the final table. On the first hand she won a race with against Pahuja’s , and on the second she held with against Sylvain Siebert’s .
Kiletto remained one of the shorter stacks for the next 20 hands, but she earned an extra $23,000 when Alexander Lavigne exited in sixth place. Lavigne, who started the day fourth in chips with well over 30 big blinds, open-shoved all in from the cutoff seat with 11 big blinds. Serge Cantin called in the big blind with , which was ahead of Lavigne’s . The wire pair held up as the board came , and Lavigne was eliminated.
The very next hand Kiletto moved all in for around six and a half big blinds from the cutoff, and both Siebert and Pahuja called. Both players checked on a flop of , and Siebert led out for 400,000 when the turned. Pahuja folded.
Kiletto was drawing dead, and a meaningless completed the board.
A half dozen hands later, Rosenbarger was on the verge of elimination. Face with an open to 225,000 from Cantin with the blinds at 50,000/100,000/10,000, he three-bet all in for 1.14 million in the small blind. Cantin called out of the cutoff with , and Rosenbarger was trailing with . There was a nine on the flop, pushing Rosenbarger ahead, and the turn and river bricked , respectively.
Cantin, who started the day second in chips, quickly regained his composure and chipped up to nearly 10 million, taking a commanding lead. Pahuja started to separate himself from the pack as well, and he and Cantin exchanged the chip lead back and forth. Suddenly, a 9.3 million-chip pot developed between Rosenbarger, who three-bet preflop and flopped a set of queens, and Siebert, who called the three-bet and shoved on the flop with a lowly pair of fours. Siebert was drawing dead when the turned, and the completed the board. Rosenbarger was now the chip leader.
Siebert doubled through Cantin shortly after shoving with the fours, but was ultimately eliminated in fourth place. He moved all in on the button with , Cantin called in the small blind with , and the snowmen held up.
Cantin and Pahuja continued to battle during three-handed play, and quickly played an all-in pot where both players held . A few hands later, all of the money went in the middle preflop once again, but it was a race situation.
The flop gave Pahuja a leading pair of aces, but Cantin was still drawing to a set of eights and a backdoor straight or flush. The on the turn took away Cantin’s straight possibilities, but any eight or diamond on the river would save him. The was neither, however, and Cantin was eliminated in third place, earning $220,170.
With the knockout, Pahuja entered heads-up play with a more than two-to-one chip advantage, but Rosenbarger quickly flipped the script. Pahuja four-bet all in on a flop of , and Rosenbarger called with . Pahuja was drawing to several outs with , but the turn and river both produced bricks – , respectively. After the hand, Rosenbarger had a three-to-one advantage.
It took Pahuja just two hands – neither of them were all-in pots – to regain the lead, and five hands later Pahuja held a two-to-one chip edge. Rosenbarger fired back, winning the next six hands, taking a four-to-one chip lead.
Pahuja found a double, but was never able to get back above 10 million chips, and on the 65th hand of heads-up play, it was all over. Pahuja three-bet shoved with and Rosenbarger called with . The dominant hand held up as the flop, turn, and river came , and Rosenbarger is your newest member of the WPT Champions Club.
Congratulations to all of the finalists. Season XII of the WPT continues on Friday with Day 1 of the Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio. Be sure to check back with PokerNews for a recap of Day 1a.
Data and photos courtesy of WorldPokerTour.com