Shak needs little introduction to the poker world as he has been getting it done for many years and has amassed nearly $11 million in cashes.
The American, who is playing at partypoker under a Canadian flag, has managed many huge results but like the other eight players at the final table has yet to earn his membership into the exclusive WPT Champions Club reserved for players winning a WPT Main Event.
That being said, Shak has found success at the WPT in the past including winning the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha for $119,600 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas in December 2019.
Shak’s chip lead is anything but secure with Rayan Chamas, Andrei Kriazhev, and Jack Hardcastle very close on his tail. Also in the mix are Charles Chattha, Day 2 chip leader Felix Schulze, Marcel Kunze, Jakob Miegel, and Upeshka De Silva.
WPT Montreal Online Main Event Final Table
|Rank||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|4||Jack Hardcastle||United Kingdom||25,425,280||73|
|5||Charles Chattha||United Kingdom||19,421,123||55|
|6||Felix Daniel Schulze||Austria||18,502,921||53|
|9||Upeshka De Silva||Mexico||5,445,718||16|
Day 3 Recap
The WPT Montreal Main Event attracted 888 entrants during two opening flights to generate a massive $2,664,000 prize pool with 133 players advancing to Day 2. Day 2 witnessed the field trimmed down to just 23 hopefuls to start yesterday’s Day 3.
Belgian poker pro and tournament director Kenny Hallaert was the first player eliminated on Day 3 in 23rd place for $18,401. Also eliminated during the first blind level of the day to collect the same payday as Hallaert were 2013 WSOP Main Event champion and WPT Champion Club member Ryan Riess, Rok Gostisa, and Alexandr Merzhvinskiy.
A short while later, Daniel Koloszar, Ioannis Angelou-Konstas, Chris Moorman, and Christian Rudolph all hit the rail to give the final 15 players a pay boost.
Ole Schemion, Diego Ventura, and Aliaksandr Hirs were the next batch of players eliminated before one of the biggest hands of the event took place.
According to the WPT Blog, Andrei Kriazhev opened with cowboys and was called by Jan-Eric Schwippert with jacks before Jack Hardcastle squeezed with snowmen. All three players got their chips in the pot with Kriazhev having both of his opponents covered and Hardcastle coming in as the short stack.
It appeared likely that Hardcastle and Schwippert would both hit the rail but that wasn’t the case for Hardcastle who instead temporarily snagged the chip lead after an eight came on the board to give him a set.
A short while later, Dan Shak padded his chip count while sending Artur Martirosian packing in 11th place for $28,147 after the duo got it in both holding a flush before capturing the chip lead in a hand sick later where Schulze made the correct fold with broadway against Shak’s full house.
The day ended after Pablo Brito Silva got short on chips when he ran into the quads held by Marcel Kunze and dusted off his small stack shortly after to bubble the final table in 10th place.
Final Table Structure and Payouts
The nine-player final table of the WPT Montreal $3,200 Main Event will kick off on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7:05 p.m. GMT (2:05 p.m. EST). Blind levels will begin at 175,000/350,000/43,750a and will increase very slowly at every 40 minutes as was the case on Day 3.
The nine remaining players are each guaranteed a huge payout of $37,024 with all players eager to put themselves in position on Wednesday to win the title along with the $447,859 top prize.
You will be able to follow the action with hold cards exposed on delay at the partypokerTV Twitch channel and be sure to head back to PokerNews tomorrow to see who wins the WPT Montreal Main Event at partypoker.
WPT Montreal Online Schedule
There are plenty more exciting tournaments on the WPT Montreal Online schedule, including the $10,300 buy-in Mike Sexton Classic. This charity tournament takes place on Jan. 31 and the $300 registration fee from all entries will be donated to the Nevada Partnership Homeless Youth charity.
The event comes with a $1 million guarantee and the final table will be live-streamed on Feb. 1.
|Date||Time (GMT)||Event Number||Event||Buy-in||Guarantee|
|Jan. 27||7:05 p.m.||15||Mini Omaha||$109||$20,000|
|7:05 p.m.||1||Mini Main Event – Online Day 2||–||$200,000|
|7:05 p.m.||1||Micro Main Event – Online Day 2||–||$30,000|
|10:05 p.m.||16||6-Max Turbo||$162||$20,000|
|Jan. 28||7:05 p.m.||17||6-Max High Roller||$5,200||$250,000|
|9:05 p.m.||18||High Roller Turbo||$2,100||$100,000|
|10:05 p.m.||19||7-Max Turbo||$265||$30,000|
|Jan. 29||7:05 p.m.||20||Playground Closer Day 1A||$530||$250,000|
|10:05 p.m.||21||7-Max Turbo||$162||$20,000|
|Jan. 30||7:05 p.m.||20||Playground Closer Day 1B||$530||$250,000|
|10:05 p.m.||22||6-Max Turbo||$162||$25,000|
|Jan. 31||4:05 p.m.||20||Playground Closer Day 1C||$530||$250,000|
|7:05 p.m.||23||Mike Sexton Classic||$10,300||$1,000,000|
|8:05 p.m.||20||Playground Closer Day 2||–||$250,000|
|9:05 p.m.||24||High Roller Turbo||$3,200||$150,000|