Short stack Jared Mahoney pulls a stunning comeback to win his first WPT Montreal. Phil Ivey drops $400,000 at the nosebleeds to extend his downswing. Antonio Esfandiari is scheduled for an Ask-me-Anything on Reddit. Online poker news site PocketFives has a new President and Editor-in-Chief.
Mahoney Tops Wild Final Table at WPT Montreal
When the action kicked off late yesterday afternoon, no one – except perhaps his mother – would have rated Jared Mahoney as a favorite to win. A relative unknown, whose previous best cash was $32,000 for a 40th-place finish in the 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Mahoney also came into the final table as the shortest stack and got off to a weak start, finding himself down to around 7 big blinds at one point before beginning his comeback.
His opponents were no pushovers, either. To beat the odds and take home the belt and the CAD $453,122 top prize, Mahoney had to get through the likes of Darryll Fish and Rainer Kempe, plus an existing WPT Champion in Brian Altman.
Mahoney discussed his win in an interview with the WPT:
PokerNews details Mahoney’s path to victory.
Here at PartTimePoker, we break down two of the final table’s more interesting hands, including one pivotal one in which Mahoney gets the better of eventual 5th-place finisher Carter Swidler to take the chip lead for the first time.
– Antonio Esfandiari is the subject of the debut episode of Poker Central’s biography show “Pokerography.” To promote the show, Esfandiari will be doing an “Ask-Me-Anything” (AMA) appearance on Reddit this coming Monday, and has also taken the time to do an interview with PokerNews.
– PocketFives, an online poker news and player-ranking site, has made another high-profile hire. Lance Bradley, a former BLUFF Magazine executive, will be the site’s new President and Editor-in-Chief.
– Viktor Blom isn’t the only one who’s had a rough week at the tables. Phil Ivey is reportedly down over $400,000. Unlike Blom, who is still up on the year to date, Ivey is now in a $3.6 million hole for 2015.
– The news from the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry continues to be gloom and doom. Things are bad enough to cause Dan Katz at FlushDraw.net to opine that DFS has “killed itself.”