Jack Hardcastle takes down the WPT Montreal Online Main Event
By Bob Garcia
The top 133 finalists of the WPT Montreal tournament all shared the $2-million prize pool
Over $2,000,000 in guaranteed prize money was featured in The World Poker Tour (WPT) Montreal Online $3,200 buy-in Main Event. The final prize pool of $2,664,000 was created after a total of 888 entries were received during the two starting flights and, when the event was over, the prize was claimed by the top 133 finishers. Jack Hardcastle, from the UK, took the biggest portion after proclaiming his first WPT main tour victory, getting the top prize of $447,859.
The American high roller Dan Shak was in the lead by the time the WPT Montreal final table was set up; three days of action later, and incredibly Upeshka De Silva, three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, was the first player to be eliminated. This is another unfortunate failure for De Silva since, after receiving a positive COVID-19 test, he was disqualified from the 2020 WSOP main event Domestic Tournament just the day before he was supposed to play at the final table. Marcel Kunze was the second eliminated player after finishing in the 8th position, and he took $46,685 for his finish.
In the final heads-up battle, Hardcastle and Rayan Chamas went back and forth as they fought for victory. It wasn’t good enough for Chamas, who was down 2 to 1 in chips before bouncing back. Hardcastle bounced even harder and, when the final hand was dealt, Chamas limped in with a J3 against Hardcastle’s 9-8 suited.
A board of A-9-7-K-3 had secured two pair for the eventual champ, but Chamas tried to bluff his way to the win with an all-in bet. Hardcastle didn’t have to think too hard before calling, capturing the victory, with Chamas taking home $308,703 for his efforts. Hardcastle has now achieved his career’s highest score, leaving behind the $130,000 he took from the 2020 MILLIONS UK $10,300 buy-in Main Event. He took 7th place on that occasion.