The final table of the World Poker Tour Montreal event was as star-studded as they come. A former World Series of Poker Main Event champion was joined by the reigning GPI Female Player of the Year, a former November Niner, and a former PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champion and yet somehow Geoffrey Hum found a way to outshine them all.
Hum, whose career earnings prior to Sunday was $51,588, eliminated the final four standing in his way to pick up a World Poker Tour title, an entry into the WPT Tournament of Champions, and $500,000 CDN ($381,000 US).
The action started just 14 hands in. Martin Jacobson moved all in from UTG with and Adedapo Ajayi called from the cutoff with . The board ran out to give Ajayi a rivered pair of queens to beat Jacobson’s turned pair of jacks and eliminate the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event champ in sixth place.
Fourteen hands later, a cooler sent partypoker pro Kristen Bicknell to the rail. Bicknell raised from UTG to 350,000 with and Hum replied with a re-raise to 1,100,000 from the big blind with . Bicknell clicked back, making it 2,300,000 and Hum re-raised again, this time to 8,000,000 and Bicknell called all in. The runout changed nothing and Bicknell was eliminated in fifth place.
It took 47 more hands, but Hum was the benefactor of the next elimination as well. Hum raised from UTG to 450,000 with and Mike Watson three-bet to 1,800,000 from the big blind with . Hum moved all in and Watson called all in for just under 8,000,000. The flop took away two of Watson’s original outs and added three more thanks to the gutshot straight draw he picked up. That draw came to fruition with the turn but the river gave Hum a flush and eliminated Watson in fourth.
Three-handed play lasted 62 hands and once again Hum was the one doing the work on the next elimination. Joseph Cheong made it 700,000 from the button with , Ajayi called from the small blind with and Hunm raised to 2,800,000 from the big blind with . Cheong shoved for 8,550,000 total, Ajayi folded and Hum called. The runout gave Hum a full house and forced Cheong to settle for the second-highest profile third place finish of his career.
Thanks to his string of eliminations, Hum started heads-up play with 60% of the chips in play and needed just eight hands to capture the rest. Ajayi raised from the button to 800,000 and Hum defended his big blind. After the flop, Hum check-raised Ajayi’s bet of 800,000 to 2,600,000. Ajayi then moved all in for 6,900,000 and Hum called. Ajayi tabled for a flush draw but got bad news after Hum tabled for top pair and a better flush draw. The turn eliminated any drama and gave Hum the nut flush leaving Ajayi drawing dead. The meaningless river was the and Ajayi was officially eliminated in second giving Hum his first major title.
Final Table Payouts
- Geoffrey Hum – $380,648
- Adedapo Ajayi – $255,034
- Joseph Cheong – $179,126
- Mike Watson – $137,034
- Kristen Bicknell – $106,582
- Martin Jacobson – $83,743