Amir Babakhani Wins WPT Canadian Spring Championship

Amir Babakhani Wins WPT Canadian Spring Championship Amir Babakhani has won the 2013 World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship, after defeating a field of 735 players over five days to capture the title, and collect the $442,248 first place prize.
As the final table of six got underway, Amir Babakhani was the chip leader with roughly 30% of the chips in play, followed by Barry Kruger, Jason Duval, Tao Liang, Jonathan Bardier and Martin Leblanc.
Babakhani then proceeded to steamroll his opponents at the final table, starting with Jonathan Bardier in 6th ($81,767), whose A-J pre-flop shove foundered against the A-Q of Babakhani with a Q subsequently rolling out on the flop. Babakhani (A-Q) followed up by doing likewise to Martin Leblanc (A-6) in 5th for $102,251.
Next, Jason Duval entered the fray (A-9) by calling Bobby Liang’s (A-2) all-in pre-flop reraise, and after the cards produced an 8-4-3-Q-K board, Bobby Liang found himself confined to the rail in 4th for $136,700.
With three players remaining, Babakhani (A-4) called Duval’s (Qs-9s) re-raise all-in, and despite the J-10-3s-Js board keeping Duval’s hopes well and truly alive, the 3h on the river swiftly put an end to his tournament dreams, and so he exited in 3rd for $199,029.
As the heads-up phase of the competition got underway, Babakhani held a 2.5 to 1 chip advantage over Kruger. An hour later, however, Barry Kruger must have felt himself unlucky to have gotten his chips all-in on a 5-5-3-2 board holding 5-4, only to see his opponent had 8-5. The Q on the river changed nothing, and so Barry Kruger finished the runner-up for $272,555, while Amir Babakhani was crowned the champion.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1st:  Amir Babakhani  –  $442,248
2nd:  Barry Kruger  –  $272,555
3rd:  Jason Duval  –  $199,029
4th:  Bobby Liang  –  $136,700
5th:  Martin Leblanc  –  $102,251
6th:  Jonathan Bardier  –  $81,767

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