World Poker Tour Montreal succeeded in transforming Kahnawake into one of Canada’s hottest poker locations over the past few days. The poker festival reached its culminating point with the Final table of its Main Event, which was dominated by Geoffrey Hum, a Canadian poker player of Halifax, succeeded in outplaying all rivals on his way to the first place resulting in a payout of CA$500,000.
The Main Event of Season XVIII WPT Montreal commenced on October 29 with its initial starting flight. Day 1A saw 182 players ready to make it far in the structure of the Main Event, but only 98 of them were still present at the end of the day. Day 1B ended up adding 126 individuals to the official Day 2 players list. The last starting flight of this culminating event welcomed some 367 individuals, only to send 208 into the next phase.
Geoffrey Hum Defeated Poker Pros
Day 2 of the CA$3,300 Main Event was the reunion point for those poker fans that managed to make it through the rivalry. Guaranteed prize pool for it reached CA$3 million, making the event even more appealing. Up until the fourth level of poker action, players could register for participation, eventually swelling their overall number to 1,109 entrants.
Geoffrey Hum entered this stage with 117,000 in chips and he was among the leaders at his poker table at the very start of action. By the end of the day, he had massed some 388,000 in chips, reserving him a spot on Day 3 or the penultimate day of the Main Event. The chip leader of Day 2 was WPT Champions Club member Mike Leah with 1,201,000 in chips.
He led a total of 159 players into Day 3 of the Main Event. Hum had his seat on Table 19 with players to the likes of Louis Salter with 514,000 in chips, Demo Kiriopoulos boasting a chip stack of 334,000, and Andrew Macdonald with 714,000 in chips to his name.
Bicknell Could Not Reach Throne
The third day of poker action managed to reduce the field to 11 participants, renowned poker player Kristen Bicknell being one of them. She finished Day 3 with a chip stack of 5,715,000 ranking among the top survivors. Joseph Cheong had some 9,185,000 in chips, making him the leader going into the Final day. Hum entered the last phase with 5,990,000.
Leah was eliminated first at the very beginning of the day, as he could not defeat Adedapo Ajayi. The chip leader Cheong was among the final three players on Day 4, a rather dynamic situation between the winner and Ajayi. The leading position on the leader board alternated between the two of them. The third position coming with a cash payout of CA$235,290 was reserved for Cheong, leaving the remaining players with a heads-up duel ahead of them.
Ajayi bagged the consolation prize of CA$335,000, as the Halifax native celebrated a dream come true. Before this Main Event grand prize, his total live earnings did not surpass the $51,000 mark. The largest one among his cash prizes was a CA$19,500, bagged for finishing 9th at the CA$500 +50 No-Limit Hold’em WPT500. Shortly after his triumph, he pointed out that his next goal is the Tournament of Champions at the end of the season.