Jonathan Jaffe Wins WPT Montreal at Playground Poker Club for $463,432

Jonathan Jaffee

Another edition of partypoker World Poker Tour (WPT) Montreal is in the books, as the 2014 tournament came to a close last night. With a starting field of 732 players, the field was a bit smaller than it has been in previous years.

Coming into Wednesday’s final table, Jonathan Jaffe was clearly in control, sitting on a monster stack of over 7 million chips. The only other player close to him was Ratharam Sivagnanam, who came to the final table with just over 6.8 million in chips. The rest of the field started the day way behind, with Samuel Chartier sitting on the third stack with 2,065,000 chips.

Joining them at the final table were Guillaume Nolet, Mukul Pahuja, and Kevin MacPhee, in decreasing order of stacks, but it was Nolet who was the first to go. Nolet finished in sixth place when he ran into the {a-}{a-} of Jaffe after being decimated by doubling up Pahuja.

Samuel Chartier, Canada’s big hope in the tournament, was next to leave the table. Chartier got his roughly 30 big blind in under the gun with {7-}{7-}, only to run into the {q-}{q-} of Sivagnanam on the button. Chartier was unable to improve, and took home $111,820 for fifth place.

The first three exits were quick as MacPhee soon found himself with {k-}{10-} and a chance to open in the small blind. He shoved his small stack, only to see Jaffe call in the big blind with {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}. MacPhee didn’t improve, while Jaffe turned a full house, leaving MacPhee to collect $149,340 for fourth place.

Mukul Pahuja completed his rather unlikely run in Montreal with a third-place finish. The runner-up in last year’s event, Pahuja was finally unable to overcome Jaffe’s {k-}{k-} as his {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts} bricked the board. Pahuja’s third place this year earned him $201,920.

After the first four eliminations happened fairly quickly, the heads-up match was a long, hard slog. Jaffe and Sivagnanum exchanged the lead several times over nearly one hundred hands of heads-up play. The tournament ended on hand #135 when Sivagnanum limp-shoved, only to find Jaffe holding {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}. Sivagnanum was way behind with his {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} and the board was no help to him. He won $313,318 for second place, while Jonathan Jaffe’s win netted him the Champion’s title, the special Playground Poker Champion’s Belt, and $463,432.

*Data and lead photo courtesy of the WPT Blog.

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