Canada's Simon Charette Wins WSOP $3k Six-Max NLHE

Canada's Simon Charette Wins WSOP $3k Six-Max NLHECanada’s Simon Charette has won WSOP Event#23: $3k Six-Max NLHE, after defeating a field of 924 players over three days on his way to collecting a career first gold bracelet, as well as the $567,624 first place prize.
The 25 year old from Toronto has now taken his live tournament winnings to $1,539,846 to go with his $2,381,506 won online under the screen name “pokerbrat13.” Commenting after his latest victory, Simon Charette said:
“It means everything to me. So many friends of mine have titles. They have WPT titles, EPT titles, and WSOP bracelets. I came in second for a bracelet last year, I’ve won a Canadian tournament. Nobody cares..so I got the win and I’m so happy. I can kind of just relax now and think, Okay, I can hang around with these people.”
On his way to capturing a WSOP bracelet Charette had to outlast a tough player field, the most noticeable cashes of which included Scott Montgomery in 7th ($49,214), Andrew Lichtenberger in 8th ($49,214), Freddy Deeb in 10th ($36,198), Taylor Paur in 13th ($21,189) and Eugene Katchalov in 17th ($21,189).
Bertrand Grospellier then became the first player to exit the final table in 6th ($86,738) after moving all-in preflop with 7-7 against Artem Metalidi’s A-K.
Three hours later, Metalidi (A-8) called Foster Hays’ preflop shove (5-4) to eliminate him in 5th ($98,756), before Simon Charette took over the reins of control. First Charette (A-A) sent Eddie Blumenthal (A-Q) to the rail in 4th ($146,053), followed by Luis Rodriguez Cruz in 3rd ($222,511), before going heads-up against Artem Metalidi.
Just two hands later, though, and Metalidi (A-2) was all-in preflop against the pocket sixes of Charette, with the board then running out K-J-9-8-J to hand Charette a famous victory. The elated Canadian pro later commented:
“Second place last year hurt. I cried for like an hour. Now I’ve won, and I’m probably still going to cry for an hour..I am hoping now that I have a bracelet people will care what I do, respect means something..This is the best moment of my life.”
The final table payouts were as follows:
1. Simon Charette – $567,624
2. Artem Metalidi – $350,806
3. Luis Rodriguez Cruz – $222,511
4. Eddie Blumenthal – $146,053
5. Foster Hays – $98,756
6. Bertrand Grospellier – $68,638

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