The WPT Montreal High Roller Event saw a total of 97 entries take place, of which the top 13 players were awarded a payout. The tournament was spread across 3 full days of poker, with the money-bubble bursting at the end of Day 2.
A number of poker phenomenons participated in this star-studded field, but in the end it was Ajay Chabra who was the last man standing. He and Tommy Nguyen duelled heads-up for the title, with Ajay starting with the slight chip advantage. Within a few hands Tommy took over the chip lead, and continued to slowly extend it through the first few orbits of play, until Ajay changed gears and chipped his way back to even stack.
Ajay then won a huge pot after flopping a straight and letting Tommy take over the betting. He got maximum value out of the hand, finding a full double-up on the river and leaving Tommy with less than 10% of the chips in play. Tommy went on a heater after and found 3 double-ups to regain the chip lead.
Heads-up play continued for the better part of 6 levels before the final hand took place. Ajay limped in with from the small blind, and made the quick call once Tommy moved in with his . Ajay flopped a set and held on to the river for the win, claiming the title of High Roller Champion, which was accompanied by a cool $270,000 prize along with a champion’s trophy.
High Roller Champion: Ajay Chabra – $270,000
Runner-up: Tommy Nguyen – $182,500
Last hand of play