PokerStars Canada Cup Main Event Day 4: Final Table is Set

Antionio Esfandiari

The official final table has been set in the PokerStars Canada Cup $3,300 Main Event at Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec. 27 players came back for Day 4 and play was halted when Antonio Esfandiari busted in 10th place as the final table bubble boy.

There were a total of 578 entries across the three starting days in this $2 million guaranteed Main Event. 72 players made it in the money and the top 27 came back to battle for a spot at the final table on Tuesday.

The race was a lot closer when play ended on Tuesday than it has been on previous days in this event. The stacks at the top of the leaderboard were fairly even with Thiago Nishijima from Brazil holding a very thin lead.

This is how the final table is lined up for the final day of the event on Wednesday:

1Thiago Nishijima2,680,000
2James Armstrong1,055,000
3Francois Goulet1,065,000
4Ankush Mandavia1,410,000
5Rayan Chamas2,255,000
6Robert Notkin1,985,000
7Justin Miller2,675,000
8Vincent Jacques2,530,000
9Ryan Rivers1,690,000

Play finished for the day on Tuesday when Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari pushed his small stack in with {k-Spades}{q-Spades} and almost got through with folds all around except that the last player to act, Robert Notkin, made the call with {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}. The flop was a devastating {7-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{a-Spades} and the Magician needed to pull a couple of spades out of his hat for a flush or a 10 and a jack for a running straight. The {5-Clubs} turn sealed his fate and the {6-Diamonds} on the river was meaningless. Esfandiari picked up $26,960 for his run.

Another notable name that finished his tournament during Day 4 was Amir Babakhani who busted in 15th. The 2013 WPT Canadian Spring Championship winner pushed the last of his chips in with {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs} and Rayan Chamas made the call with {k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}. Chamas hit top pair on the {8-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} board and Babakhani collected $21,920 on his way out the door.

PokerStars Team Online Pro Marc-Andre Ladouceur also met his end on Day 4. He three-bet shoved with {j-Spades}{j-Clubs} and James Armstrong made a lightning-fast call with his {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}. Ladouceur had no luck improving and exited the Main Event in 19th for $16,490.

The final woman in the field also made her exit. Laurence Grondin saw her stack dwindle throughout the day and eventually got it in with {a-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} against Notkin in the big blind with {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}. The {k-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{k-Spades} board did nothing for her and she collected $16,490 for her 20th-place finish.

Steve Silverman couldn’t make it through the day either. The Washington, DC player with over $3 million in live earnings met his end when he ran {k-Hearts}{9-Hearts} into Francois Binette’s {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} preflop for all his chips. He hit top pair on the {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{7-Clubs} flop, but Binette had made a set. The {q-Spades} and {5-Hearts} to follow changed nothing and Silverman finished the day in 24th for $14,740.

PokerStars Team Pro Jonathan Duhamel was one of the earliest bust outs of the day. In blind on blind action, Duhamel pushed his chips in with {k-Clubs}{9-Clubs} in the small blind and Esfandiari called in the big blind with {a-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. Neither player hit the {5-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{8-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} board, and Esfandiari’s ace was good enough to win the pot and send Duhamel home in 25th for a $12,990 pay day.

Play resumes at 11 a.m. at Playground for the final day of the event where a winner will be awarded with $366,660. There will be cards-up live streaming video on a one hour delay, so tune in to our feed on PokerNews at noon to follow the action. James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton are on site to provide commentary and they will have a few guests joining them throughout the day as well.

Also, check back with PokerNews after the end of play for a recap of the final day.

Photos and data courtesy of the Playground Poker Club Blog.

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