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Jack Hardcastle became the second World Poker Tour champion crowned this week after the UK-based online pro won the $3,200 WPT Montreal Online Main Event on partypoker for a career-high score of $447,859 as well as a seat in the $15,000 2021 WPT Tournament of Champions. The WPT has been firing on all cylinders in the past 24 hours, with two Main Tour titles up for grabs. On Tuesday night, Ilyas Muradi took down the first WPT live event of the year after winning $605,000 at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida. Now, Hardcastle will join him in having his name etched on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup after outlasting the 888-player field of the WPT Montreal Online Main Event. It didn’t take long after cards were “in the air” before the fireworks to begin. Upeshka De Silva was recently in the news for making the final table of the U.S.-based 2020 World Series of Poker. However, after testing positive for COVID-19 the day before play was set to take place, he was disqualified and paid out ninth place money. It didn’t take him long to bounce back and make another major final table and this time, with it being online, he was guaranteed to get to play. But De Silva started the day as the short stack and after an open by Rayan Chamas with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"], De Silva three-bet jammed with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. While often a chop, the board ran out [poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6c"][poker card="tc"][poker card="3s"] giving Chamas the flush and ending De Silva’s day early in another ninth-place finish for $37,024. After an open by Hardcastle, Germany's Andrei Kriazhev three-bet with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"]. Next to act, Marcel Kunze four-bet shipped his short stack with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"]. Action folded back to Kriazhev who made the quick call and the duo watched as the flop came [poker card="3s"][poker card="th"][poker card="qc"] keeping Kriazhev in the lead but giving both a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="jh"] hit the turn, giving Kriazhev the straight and leaving Kunze drawing dead to the [poker card="5c"] river. Kunze was eliminated in eighth place for $46,684. Jakob Meigel had managed to ladder up from his eighth-place starting position, but an hour into the final table, was still grinding a short stack. He raised with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="3d"], leaving himself a few big blinds behind. Hardcastle three-bet with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"] and when folded to, Meigel put the rest of his chips in the middle. The board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="8c"][poker card="ts"][poker card="4s"][poker card="tc"] allowing Hardcastle’s king kicker to play and sending Meigel out in seventh place for $58,650. The final six played for nearly another hour before Charles Chattha raised on the button with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"]. Out of the blinds, Hardcastle three-bet with [poker card="ks"][poker card="kh"] and Chattha pushed nearly 40 big blinds all-in. Hardcastle snap-called and the flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="9s"][poker card="jd"], giving Chattha some straight outs. However, the turn came the [poker card="7d"] and the river was the [poker card="4d"] sending Chattha to the rail in sixth place for $74,119. Kraizhev found himself short and in need to make a move. Leaving himself just a few chips behind, Kraizhev raised with the [poker card="jd"][poker card="th"]. Felix Schulze then raised with [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"] and when folded back to him, Kraizhev put his remaining stack in the middle. Schulze hit his ace right away on the [poker card="ah"][poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"] flop and when the [poker card="4d"] hit the turn, Kraizhev was drawing dead. The [poker card="qc"] river hit and Kraizhev was ousted in fifth place for $95,672. Just minutes after a break, a big hand took out another player. Dan Shak raised with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"] and Schulze flat called with his [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"]. From the small blind, Chamas three-bet holding the [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"] and after Shak folded Schulze made the call. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="5c"] and Chamas, hitting second pair, open-shipped his big stack. Schulze snap-called with top pair, top kicker and the [poker card="4d"] hit the turn. Schulze was in great shape to double up but the river was the [poker card="kd"] awarding the hand to Chamas and sending Schulze out in fourth place for $139,163. Shak, who started the day as the chip leader, had been active and steady. But with three players left, he found himself as the short stack when his bluff was picked off by Hardcastle. Just minutes later, Hardcastle shipped his stack holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"] into Shak who had [poker card="kc"][poker card="js"] in the big blind. Shak made the call. The flop came [poker card="6s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"] giving Shak plenty of additional flush outs. But the [poker card="8h"] turn and [poker card="5h"] river were of no help and Shak added $212,458 to his extensive bankroll for finishing in third place. When heads up play began, Hardcastle held a significant chip lead over Chamas and he continually applied pressure. But Chamas hung around and evened out the stacks at one point. But some key calls and strong bluffs by Hardcastle allowed him to again grab a large lead. On the final hand of the tournament, Chamas opened with [poker card="jc"][poker card="3s"] and Hardcastle called in the big blind with [poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"]. Hardcastle paired his nine on the flop and made the call when Chamas put out a bet on the flop. The [poker card="ks"] came on the turn and Chamas fired again, which Hardcastle called. The river was the [poker card="8d"], giving Hardcastle two pair and when Chamas shipped the rest of his small stack, Hardcastle made the quick call ending the tournament. Chamas finished as the runner-up and took home $308.703 while Hardcastle collected the $447,859 first-place prize and became the latest member of the WPT Champions Club. WPT Montreal Online Main Event Final Table Payouts 1. Jack Hardcastle - $447,859.32 2. Rayan Chamas - $308,703.22 3. Dan Shak - $212,458.57 4. Felix Schulze - $139,163.79 5. Andrei Kraizhev - $95,672.65 6. Charles Chattha - $74,119.22 7. Jakob Miegel - $58,650.26 8. Marcek Kunze - $46,684.79 9. Upeshka De Silva - $37,024.08
After four starting flights and 2,130 entries, the first-ever World Poker Tour Online Championship Event saw just 398 players return for Day 2 on Monday. And at the end of the day, it was Super High Roller savant Sam Greenwood who assumed the overnight chip lead heading into Day 3. Throughout the course of the week, thousands of players packed the lobbies of the WPT Online starting flights helping the WPT crush the event’s $5 million guarantee to the tune of a $6,390,000 prize pool. On Monday, the 398 players that survived those opening flights reunited online to battle for the over $1 million first-place prize. Only 35 of the 398 runners found a virtual bag with tournament specialist Sam Greenwood grabbing the top spot (4,635,621) followed closely by Pascal Hartmann (4,431,202), and Max Silver (4,340,422). Rounding out the top five chip counts are Rayan Chamas and Aram Zobian who also finished the day with over four million in chips. Other notable names to advance include Vincent Bosca Ramon, Amichal Barer, Benny Glaser, Orpen Kisacikoglu, Matthias Eibinger, Fabrizio Gonzalez, Viktor Ustimov, and World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson. Although 398 players returned for Day 2, only 312 of them were going to get paid. Justin Bonomo, Rui Ferreira, Daniel Dvoress, Christoph Vogelsang, and Ludovic Geilich were among the players who picked up a $5,942.70 min-cash, exiting not long after the money bubble burst. Koray Aldemir (273rd, $6,134.40), #1-ranked Conor Beresford (243rd, $6,326.10), Darren Elias (203rd, $6,645) were able to ladder up a little. Chance Kornuth (184th, $7,604.10), Wiktor Malinowski (149th, $8,882.10), Jorryt Van Hoof (123rd, $9,521.10), Dominik Nitsche (109th, $10,160.10), and Igor Kurganov (108th, $10,160.10) were among those who looked to make a run but fell outside of the top 100. Mohsin Charania (97th, $10,799.10), Simon Deadman (88th, $11,438.10), Mikita Badziakouski (68th, $13,035.60), Chris Kruk (57th, $14,185.80), and Kristen Bicknell (43rd, $16,741.80) were among those who nearly advanced to day three but ultimately fell just short. With 35 players left, everyone is guaranteed a payday of at least $18,594.90 while the top seven are promised a six-figure score. There were plenty of six-figure scores to be had in the two-day Event #37 ($25,500 Super High Roller) as 91 players battled for the over half-a-million first-place prize. After a deal was made, Dan Smith emerged victorious taking home $555,503.38 for first while Daniel Dvoress agreed to accept $456,871.63 as the runner-up. It turned out to be a nice day for Lucas Reeves as well, in addition to finishing in 51st place in the Championship Event for $15,463 he also claimed the bronze in the High Roller for a more substantial $295,750 payday. There were more huge scores to be had as those who had busted out of the Main Event were given another $3,200 event to play at the same time. Event #41 ($3,200 Second Chance Turbo) had 110 entries as Phillip Mighall booked the win and banked $80,850 for first. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Andras Nemeth finished as the runner-up, adding $57,750 to his bankroll. And while his brother was leading the Main Event, Luc Greenwood was bringing honor to the family name by claiming the bronze in the Second Chance, earning $41,250 for his efforts. Event #20 - $3,200 WPT Online Championship 2,130 entries $6,390,000 prize pool Top 10 Chip Counts Sam Greenwood - 4,635,621 Pascal Hartmann - 4,431,202 Max Silver - 4,340,422 Rayan Chamas - 4,246,913 Aram Zobian - 4,246,619 Christian Jeppsson - 3,901,810 Mihail Zavoloka - 3,498,341 Maximilian Lehmanski - 3,155,635 Nikita Kupchin - 3,039,865 Daniel Reijmer - 3,005,600 Event #37: $25,500 Super High Roller 91 entries $2,275,000 prize pool Dan Smith - $555,503.38 Daniel Dvoress - $456,871.63 Lucas Reeves - $295,750 Rob Lipkin - $204,750 John O’ Shea - $159,250 Elias Talvitie - $113,750 Event #41: $3,200 Second Chance Turbo 110 entries $330,000 prize pool Phillip Mighall - $80,850 Andras Nemeth - $57,750 Luc Greenwood - $41,250 David Gradic - $28,875 Igor Yaroshevskyy - $21,450 Stewart Kirby - $16,500