Canada’s Maxime Heroux already has much to celebrate during this particular time of the year, as he bested a strong field of 606 players. Yesterday, Heroux was crowned the victor of Fall Classic Main Event after four days of play, and a particularly tough final table. The player pocketed the lion’s share of the juicy prize pool of over C$2,000,000 that was distributed among the top 76 finishers. The champion locked up his best live cash of C$403,570 and lifted the trophy in the stunning Playground Poker Club in Montreal.
A total of 606 players ponied up the buy-in of C$3,850 to participate in the popular Fall Classic poker festival, which kicked off on 29th October. As every year, the cream of the poker community headed to the glitzy poker festival to take a shot in the game and enjoy days of qualitative poker action. Playground Poker Club in Montreal was the arena of the epic clash between the Titans. The competition for the title and the big payday was fierce, but Heroux was the player to engrave his name with gold letters in the festival’s history.
Maxime Heroux Marches to Victory
The final Day 5 saw 6 hopefuls return to the tables with Patrick Quinn in the lead. Maxime Heroux was also sitting on a healthy stack at the beginning of the final day. The nine-handed official final table was set sometime during Day 4 and Heroux took the chip lead with a sizeable scoop. Eventually, he had the chip lead snagged from him by Patrick Quinn, who appeared on top of the chip counts.
The first casualty of Day 5 was David Peters. He was eliminated in 6th place for the staggering prize of C$78,050. Things turned a bit sour for the perspective Eric Afriat, who entered the final day of the event as the second shortest stack. Afriat saw his dreams for a second WPT title being shuttered. The player was denied the chance to add one more WPT trophy to its collection as he finished in 5th place for C$95,370. Brendan Baksh entered the closing stage of the event as the shortest stack and was knocked out in 4th place to receive a nice payday of C$124,310.
The initial packed field dwindled to just 3 players and the tension has flooded out of the poker room. Derek Wolters fell in 3rd place to Heroux during his huge upswing. He was paid C$173,220 for his efforts. Going into heads-up, Heroux held a 14,600,000 to 3,575,000 chip lead over Patrick Quinn. Heroux took the lead and never looked back to finish off his opponent. Two-handed battle was not a long one.
There were a total of 17 hands to be played during it. Hand #111 was the final hand in play. Quinn provoked Heroux in an all-in confrontation. At this moment, Heroux was holding [4d][2d] against Quinn’s [9d][7s]. The board ran out [6d][5d][4c][2s][2c] to send Quinn to the rail for C$271,030. The last laugh was Heroux’, who secured the first six-figure score of the event and the long-coveted WPT Champions Cup. In addition to that, the player won a luxurious Hublot Big Bang Steel watch and $15,000 entry into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.