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Jean LeBlond Takes Six-Max Title Back to Canada

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 4
$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 114
Prize Pool: $110,580
March 19-20, 2017

Six-Max no limit hold’em was popularized by the advent of online poker and therefore loved by many of the younger players. But 52-year-old Jean LeBlond showed that the older players can still compete when it comes to short-handed poker.

LeBlond bested a field of 114 entries to earn $32,621, a seat into a freeroll with a $10,000 WPT finale seat at stake, and his first Hard Rock trophy.

There were some discussions about a chop during heads-up play with David Jackson, but LeBlond turned down the numbers because he wanted to finish it out, earn the win, and get a seat into the freeroll.

“My only objective was to win because I wanted the trophy and the satellite seat,” said LeBlond. “If we made a deal, then the chip leader was the winner and he had just a little more than I did. So, I didn’t want to do a deal. And I kind of felt that he was going on tilt because I got lucky a couple times. So I used it to my advantage and I ended up winning it.”

The score is LeBlond’s first outright tournament win and his biggest career score. With the lack of an extensive tournament resume, LeBlond didn’t have much experience with heads-up poker before Monday evening.

“I hadn’t done heads-up that often,” said LeBlond. “I had done it once before at the PCA in the Bahamas, but it’s not something you really get to do. I was kind of learning as I was going along. He was pretty aggressive, but I found a few reads on him, so that kind of helped.”

The real estate agent from New Brunswick, Canada has made his way down to South Florida for the last 20 years as a place to vacation and escape at least part of the Canadian winter. He’s been playing lots of poker along the way, but it wasn’t until recently that he started taking shots at the tournament series here at the Hard Rock.

The tournament was smooth sailing for LeBlond. He took the chip lead into the final table and only extended it from there. It wasn’t until he got heads-up against Jackson that he ran into some trouble.

“I kind of grinded the whole way during the last two tables,” said LeBlond. “But I was chip leader during the last two tables. Then I got lucky heads-up. I got very lucky a couple times. Everything was good.”

LeBlond still has three weeks left on his vacation with family and friends. With his win on Monday, he expects to keep the ball rolling and use this as momentum for the rest of the series.

“I’m going to be playing the $3,500 for sure now. And I’ll play the $570 this week,” said LeBlond. “I’ll cash in other events. You’ll see me again for sure.”

Here is a look at the results:

1st: Jean LeBlond – $32,621 + Freeroll seat
2nd: David Jackson – $20,181
3rd: Andrew Blake – $12,053
4th: Stephen Diamantas – $7,741
5th: Michael Goldfarb – $5,861
6th: Nizzim Gozlan – $4,866
7th: Josh Hillock – $4,202
8th: John DePersio – $3,704
9th: Haibi Lu – $2,875
10th: Brett Bader – $2,875
11th: James Gilbert – $2,875
12th: Staffan Lind – $2,875
13th: Tom Allen – $2,488
14th: Arthur Morris – $2,488
15th: Francois Tosques – $2,488

Event 4: Jean LeBlond Wins ($32,621), David Jackson Eliminated in 2nd (20,181)

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 25: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 114

Jean LeBlond

David Jackson moved all in on the button for 230,000. Jean LeBlond called out of the big blind.

Jackson showed Jh9d and was flipping against LeBlond’s 6s6c. The board ran out Kc5d4h2s5c and LeBlond’s pair holds up to win the race.

Jackson took home $20,181 for his runner up finish and LeBlond earned $32,621 and a seat into the freeroll for a $10,000 WPT Finale seat for his win.

LeBlond wanted to say hello to his three children who were following the action to his children back in Canada. A complete recap will be published later tonight.

David Jackson

Jean LeBlond – $1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em Champion
David Jackson – Eliminated

Event 4: Jean LeBlond Doubles Up

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 25: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 114

Jean LeBlond limped in on the button and David Jackson raised to 55,000 out of the big blind. LeBlond called and the flop was Jh9h9c.

Jackson checked and LeBlond moved all in for 511,000. Jackson went into the tank for several minutes and talked to himself about whether or not he wanted to gamble for it all.

“I think I have the best hand,” said Jackson. “Should I gamble for it? What would you do?”

LeBlond never responded to Jackson’s table talk and after several minutes in the tank, Jackson called. LeBlond showed Ah2h and Jackson was visibly distraught with his call as he showed KdQc.

The turn was the 5c and the river was the 7c. LeBlond doubled up with ace-high and takes a massive chip lead over Jackson.

“I really thought you had like ten-eight or queen-ten,” said Jackson.

Jean LeBlond – 1,138,000 (57 bb)
David Jackson – 230,000 (11 bb)

Event 4: David Jackson Pulls Off River Bluff

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em
Level 25: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 114

David Jackson raised on the button and Jean LeBlond called out of the big blind. The flop was Qh6d4h and LeBlond checked. Jackson bet 50,000 and LeBlond called.

The turn was the Ac and both players checked. The river was the 9c and LeBlond bet 50,000. Jackson raised to 160,000 and LeBlond folded.

Jackson shows Jc7h, good for jack-high, and takes the pot. He also opens up a bit of a chip lead on LeBlond.

David Jackson – 963,000 (48 bb)
Jean LeBlond – 405,000 (20 bb)

Event 4: Jean LeBlond Regains Chip Lead

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em
Level 24: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 114

Jean LeBlond raised on the button and David Jackson defended his big blind. The flop was 7d6s3c and Jackson checked.

LeBlond bet 45,000 and Jackson called. The turn was the Jh and Jackson checked again. LeBlond bet 65,000 and Jackson quickly folded.

LeBlond mucked his hand and took the pot. He takes the chip lead back just as the level comes to an end.

Jean LeBlond – 740,000 (46 bb)
David Jackson – 628,000 (39 bb)

 

Event 4: Jean LeBlond Doubles Up

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em
Level 24: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 114

Jean LeBlond moved all in on the button for 268,000 and David Jackson called.

Jackson showed AdKh and has LeBlond’s As4c dominated. The board ran out JdTc3c4s2c and LeBlond hit his three-outer on the turn to double up and put a dent in what was Jackson’s massive chip lead.

Jean LeBlond – 540,000 (33 bb)
David Jackson – 828,000 (51 bb)

Event 4: David Jackson Pulling Away

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em
Level 24: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 114

David Jackson raised on the button and Jean LeBlond called out of the big blind. The flop was Qh7s4d and LeBlond checked.

Jackson bet 45,000 and LeBlond called. The turn was the 5h and both players checked to the 9c river.

LeBlond checked and Jackson bet 76,000. LeBlond called. Jackson showed Qs3h and LeBlond mucked.

David Jackson – 1,100,000 (68 bb)
Jean LeBlond – 270,000 (16 bb)

Event 4: Jean LeBlond Doubles Through David Jackson

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em
Level 23: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 114

Jean LeBlond raised to 30,000 on the button and David Jackson three-bet to about 110,000 out of the big blind. LeBlond moved all in for 373,000 and Jackson called.

Jackson showed Ah9h and was flipping with LeBlond’s 8h8c.

The board ran out Qs3s2h9d8d and Jackson took the lead on the turn, but LeBlond hit a two-outer on the river to double up and stay alive.

Jean LeBlond – 650,000 (54 bb)
David Jackson – 710,000 (59 bb)

Event 4: Jean LeBlond Takes Some Back

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em
Level 23: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 114

Jean LeBlond raised to 30,000 on the button and David Jackson called. The flop was Td8c7c and Jackson checked.

LeBlond bet 30,000 and Jackson called. The rest of the hand is checked down as the board is completed with the 4s and the 2d.

LeBlond showed Ad7s, good for bottom pair, and Jackson mucked his hand.

Jean LeBlond – 540,000 (45 bb)
David Jackson – 830,000 (69 bb)

Event 4: David Jackson Shows a Bluff

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 114

David Jackson limped in on the button and Jean LeBlond raised to 35,000 out of the big blind. Jackson called and the flop was AcJc9c. Both players checked and the turn was the 4c.

LeBlond bet 35,000 and Jackson called. The river was the 3d and LeBlond checked. Jackson bet 55,000 and LeBlond folded. Jackson showed Kh6h, taking the pot with king-high.

David Jackson – 840,000 (84 bb)
Jean LeBlond – 528,000 (53 bb)

Event 4: David Jackson Evens Out Chip Counts

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 114

David Jackson limped in on the button and Jean LeBlond checked his option in the big blind. The flop is 5h2s2d and LeBlond checked. Jackson bet 15,000 and LeBlond called.

The turn was the 7s and LeBlond checked again. Jackson bet 30,000 and LeBlond called.

The river was the 7c and LeBlond checked for a third time. Jackson bet 100,000 and LeBlond quickly folded. Jackson mucked his hand, took the pot and a slight chip lead in the heads-up match.

David Jackson – 690,000 (69 bb)
Jean LeBlond – 670,000 (67 bb)

Event 4: Andrew Blake – 3rd Place ($12,053)

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 114

Andrew Blake (left)

Jean LeBlond raised on the button to 25,000 and Andrew Blake moved all in out of the small blind for 313,000. LeBlond gets an exact count from the dealer and takes a minute of thought before calling.

LeBlond showed AdKh and had Blake’s AsTc dominated. The board ran out 9h8h4c6cKc and LeBlond won the pot with a pair of kings to eliminate Blake in third place. Blake took home $12,053 and LeBlond has about a 2-to-1 chip lead heading into heads-up play with David Jackson.

Jean LeBlond – 910,000 (91 bb)
Andrew Blake – Eliminated

Event 4: Stephen Diamantas – 4th Place ($7,741)

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 114

Stephen Diamantas

Jean LeBlond raised to 25,000 from under the gun and Andrew Blake called on the button. David Jackson called from the small blind and Stephen Diamantas defended his big blind.

The flop was 8h4h3d and Jackson checked. Diamantas moved all in for 111,000 and LeBlond moved all in for about 300,000. Blake and Jackson both quickly folded.

Diamantas showed 8s6c, but needed to fade a lot of cards against LeBlond’s Ah9h.

The turn was the 9d, giving LeBlond a bigger pair and the lead, and the river was the Jd. LeBlond wins the pot with a pair of nines and Diamantas was eliminated in fourth place. Diamantas took home $7,741 for his finish and LeBlond took the chip lead into three-handed play.

Jean LeBlond – 510,000 (51 bb)
Stephen Diamantas – Eliminated

Event 4: David Jackson Doubles Through Jean LeBlond

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 114

David Jackson raised from under the gun and Jean LeBlond three-bet to 100,000 out of the small blind. Jackson moved all in for 240,000 and LeBlond called.

It was a race for Jackson’s tournament life with his AhQc up against Jackson’s ThTc. The board ran out JdJh9h5d3h and Jackson’s pair won the race to double through the former chip leader.

David Jackson – 489,000 (49 bb)
Jean LeBlond – 375,000 (37 bb)

Event 4: Stephen Diamantas Takes From Jean LeBlond

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 114

David Jackson limped in on the button and Stephen Diamantas completed from the small blind. Jean LeBlond checked his option in the big blind and they were three-handed to a flop of QhQc9h.

All three players checked and the 7d came on the turn. Diamantas bet 10,000 and LeBlond raised to 30,000. Jackson folded and Diamantas called.

The river was the 6s and Diamantas led out for 35,000. LeBlond folded and Diamantas took the pot.

Stephen Diamantas – 183,000 (18 bb)
Jean LeBlond – 610,000 (61 bb)

Event 4: Michael Goldfarb – 5th Place ($5,861)

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em
Level 21: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 114

Michael Goldfarb

David Jackson raised to 17,000 from the cutoff and Michael Goldfarb called on the button. Stephen Diamantas called out of the small blind and Jean LeBlond defended his big blind and they are four-handed to a flop of KsTc3h.

Diamantas, LeBlond and Jackson all checked. Goldfarb bet 32,000, Diamantas folded, LeBlond called, and Jackson folded.

The turn was the 3h and LeBlond checked again. Goldfarb moved all in for about 95,000 and LeBlond quickly called. LeBlond showed Qh3d, good for trip threes, and Goldfarb was behind with his 2h2s.

The river was the Td and Goldfarb was eliminated in fifth place, while LeBlond extended his chip lead.

Jean LeBlond – 640,000 (80 bb)
Michael Goldfarb – Eliminated

Event 4: Nissim Gozlan — 6th Place ($4,866)

$1,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 21: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Heading to Players Remaining: 5 of 114

Nissim Gozlan

After losing consecutive pots to David Jackson and Michael Goldfarb, Stephen Diamantas open-shoved for 160,000. It folded to Nissim Gozlan in the big blind who called off about 50,000.

Diamantas: 3c3d
Gozlan: acqh

Runout: kctc8d5hks

Gozlan never improved and and was eliminated in sixth place.

Stephen Diamantas – 215,000 (26 bb)
Nissim Gozlan – Eliminated in 6th place ($4,866)

Event 4: Josh Hillock — 7th Place ($4,202)

$1,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 20: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Heading to Players Remaining: 6 of 114

Josh Hillock

Andrew Blake raised to 20,000 and Josh Hillock shoved the big blind for about 120,000. Blake, who owned a stack of 149,000, called and Hillock needed to improve.

Blake: thtd
Hillock: acqh

Flop: qdtc6h — Hillock paired up by Blake hit a set.

Turn: qdtc6hjs — Hillock was drawing live to Broadway.

River: qdtc6hjs2d — Hillock never improved and was eliminated in seventh place.

Andrew Blake – 293,000 (48 bb)
Josh Hillock – Eliminated in 7th place ($4,202)

Event 4: Seven-Handed Final Table

$1,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 20: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Heading to Players Remaining: 7 of 114

Seat 1: Michael Goldfarb – 287,000
Seat 2: Stephen Diamantas – 366,000
Seat 3: Josh Hillock – 114,000
Seat 4: John LeBlond – 339,000
Seat 5: Andrew Blake – 164,000
Seat 6: David Jackson – 90,000
Seat 7: Nissim Gozlan – 67,000

1st: – $32,621 + Freeroll seat
2nd: – $20,181
3rd: – $12,053
4th: – $7,741
5th: – $5,861
6th: – $4,866
7th: – $4,202

8th: John DePersio – $3,704
9th: Haibu Lu – $2,875
10th: Brett Bader – $2,875
11th: James Gilbert – $2,875
12th: Staffan Lind – $2,875
13th: Tom Allen – $2,488
14th: Arthur Morris – $2,488
15th: Francois Tosques – $2,488