Patrick Serda takes down WPT Montreal Main Event

The World Poker Tour (WPT) Montreal Main Event has wrapped up.  Patrick Serda emerged victorious, overcoming a field of 792 entries to win his first WPT title and the top prize of $668,388.  Despite the absence of a title, Serda already had $1 million in live-action winnings since first appearing on the poker scene five years ago.

As the final day began, 28-year-old Serda was already in a great position.  He started the day as chip leader and kept the pressure on throughout the action.  He was able to outperform several high-profile players at the final table, including two-time WSOP bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva, former WPT Main Event champ and 2017 WPT Playground Winter Poker Festival winner Ema Zajmovic and Sorel Mizzi.  Mizzi is Canada's fourth-highest live tournament money holder with just over $12 million. 

De Silva was sent to the rail in fifth place when his pocket 4s fell to Mizzi's pocket Jacks.  He picked up $175,956 for his performance and now has over $2.2 million in live tournament money.  Kauvsegan Ehamparam would be eliminated next, being busted by Zajmovic with pocket 9s against a Q-J that couldn't find a connector.  Ehamparam took home $233,424.

With only three players remaining, Mizzi found himself losing speed, and chips, and was finally eliminated by Serda when 9s met 6s and the higher pair held.  Out in third place, Mizzi would have to settle for $313,320. 

Zajmovic, who is the first female to ever win a WPT title, was slightly behind in chips when she and Serda faced off in the final showdown.  On the final hand of the game, she responded to a three-bet by Serda holding K-9 and then tried to bluff her way to a win on the river after not scoring a match for either card.  Serda had bet big with 7-5 suited and pulled off a lucky win with a pair of 7s, having responded to the bluffed all-in by his opponent.  Zajmovic took home $424,893 for her second-place finish.

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