Players knew it would be a short day as only 13 eliminations were needed to get to the final six of this year's World Poker Tour (WPT) Fallsview when play resumed on Sunday in Ontario. Now the final table has been set.
David Cloutier from Brampton, Ontario finished in third in Niagara Falls back in 2007, taking home $355,021. He comes into the televised final table third in chips at 1,655,000. He’ll look to try to improve on that finish and take home the $380,021 first-place prize money.
Making the final table along with Cloutier is fellow Canadian Erik Cajelais. This is Cajelais’ third WPT final table, as he previously finished second (Turks and Caicos Poker Classic, 2007) and fourth (Bay 101 Shooting Star, 2012). He’ll have his work cut out for him though as comes into the final table as the short stack with 620,000 — about 13 big blinds.
After the TV final table was set, Anthony Zinno was the one who emerged with the chiplead and 4,730,000 in chips. Zinno accumulated most of his chips late in Day 3 when he got involved in a pot with Canadian Henry Tran. With blinds at 20,000/40,000/5,000 ante, Tran raised from the hijack to 100,000 and Zinno called from the small blind. The flop was . Zinno lead the flop, betting 100,000. Tran raised to 285,000 and Zinno three-bet to 600,000. Tran then put in the rest of his chips with a four-bet shove all in and Zinno snap-called.
Zinno flipped over for a flopped set while Tran flipped over for an open-ended straight draw. Needing to see an or on the turn or river to stay alive, Tran felt the disappointment as the and fell on the turn and river and Tran bowed out in eighth place, taking home $50,670.
The final six seating arrangements and stacks are as follows:
Canadians unable to make it through the day were Scott Davies (19th — $17,016), Mike Watson (17th — $19,474), Jiachen Gong (10th — $27,793), Henry Tran (eighth — $50,670), and Emanuele Carpignano (seventh — $63,526).
There are still plenty of questions to be answered in the first major Canadian poker tournament of the year. Can Cajelais come back from the short stack and finally win the WPT title that has eluded him on two other occasions? Will the second time be the charm for Cloutier at Fallsview?
The televised final table kicks off at 4 p.m. on a cold Family Day Monday in Ontario at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort.
Details courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.