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The air force jet pilot is flying high after Montreal win
The partypoker World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event determined its champion as Derrick Rosenbarger claimed the title and the first place prize worth a shade over half a million dollars. He only had one tournament cash prior to this one but the air force jet pilot from New Mexico held his own against the pros.
Sylvain Siebert kept his Day 3 lead and started the final table of six players with the high stack of 8,435,000, or 140 big blinds. The closest to him was Serge Cantin with a bit under 7 million, while Lily Kiletto was the short stack of 370,000, or just 6 big blinds.
Once the last day of the tournament started, it didn’t take long for the action to get heated at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal and it was mostly the short stack being active early. She managed to double up twice in the first 15 hands and brought her stack closer to her opponents. As a result, she prolonged her stay in the Main Event, even if it wasn’t by much.
The first one to go was Alexandre Lavigne who lost more than half of his stack early on and then went all in from the cutoff. Serge Cantin made the call from the big blind and was ahead with pocket Tens to Cantin’s Kh-8c. With the board running Jack-high, the pair of Tens stood up and Lavigne was eliminated in sixth place for $98,574.
Kiletto out in fifth
On the very next hand, Kiletto was hoping to double up again and went all-in before the flop for her 650,000 stack. However, the third time was not the charm for her as she was called by Mukul Pahuja and Sylvain Siebert. The two checked after seeing the Qs-Jh-4s flop and then Siebert made a 400,000 bet after a 4d came on the turn. Pahuja got out of the hand and Kiletto had no outs remaining with As-8h against Ac-Qc. The Js on the river was only for formalities and the last woman in the tournament was out in fifth place and got $121,848 for her impressive run.
As four players remained at the table, the action slowed down a bit and it was a while before another elimination took place. Derrick Rosenbarger increased his stack and double up through Siebert. With a small stack to work with, Siebert went all in on Hand #79 and Cantin made the call from the small blind, with pocket Eights. Siebert’s Ad-6d was behind and didn’t improve as the board ran Kh-Qd-Js-8s-4c.
Three-handed play was expected to last for a long time given the reputation of the players remaining but just eight hands after eliminating Siebert, Cantin followed him to the rails after getting pocket Eights against Ah-Kc. An ace on the flop gave Pahuja the top pair and Cantin was out in third place for $220,170.
Pahuja and Rosenbarger heads up
When the heads up match began, Pahuja had a 2:1 lead over Rosenbarger, but wasn’t able to keep it for long. A quick double up changed the scales but it was far from over. The two exchanged chips for 64 hands before the last hand of the tournament determined the winner. Rosenbarger made it 600,000 preflop and Pahuja shoved all-in. Rosenbarger quickly made the call with pocket Queens and was in great shape against Ad-4d. The board paired the four but it was not enough and Pahuja finished in second place for $340,928. Rosenbarger is now the newest member of the Champions Club.
Interview with the WPT Montreal champion: