The TonyBet Winter Festival Main Event is down to an official final table. With the elimination of Christopher Hudson in seventh place, the remaining six hopefuls bagged their stacks one last time. End-of-day chip leader Jiachen Gong will have the best shot at the title on Day 4 when play resumes at Playground Poker Club on Wednesday.
The penultimate day of the Main Event was also one of the most dramatic as the field was shortened from 26. Gong was a chip magnet on Day 3, building his below-average stack to the top in the room finishing play with 4,555,000. The last remaining female player, Jessie Wheatley, is close behind with 4,045,000. A number of eyes will be on local high roller Will Molson who headlines the final table. Here is how the final six stack up:
|Seat 6||Jiachen Gong||4,555,000|
|Seat 3||Jessie Wheatley||4,045,000|
|Seat 4||Maxime Lejeune Hebert||1,835,000|
|Seat 1||Danny Kalpakis||1,730,000|
|Seat 2||William Molson||1,725,000|
|Seat 5||Grant Pazarka||1,590,000|
According to the Playground Poker Club blog, Gong took a massive pot from start-of-day chip leader Benoit Jean. Gong moved all in on the river with a board and, after a short time in the tank, Jean announced a call and Gong turned over to claim the pot. Jean was eliminated shortly after in 12th place earning $7,200.
A few other notable players to earn a paycheque on Day 3 were Dean Murphy (14th — $5,850), serial Playground Poker Club final-tablist Alexandre Lavigne (16th — $5,050), Ryan McGarry (17th — $5,050), and Marco Caza (20th — $4,500).
Good luck to the the six remaining players at the final table on Day 4 where they will fight for the title and a top prize of $100,000! Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada for daily recaps until a champion is crowned.
Details and photo courtesy of the Playground Poker blog.