World-class poker players are as common in Montreal, Quebec as poutineries. The city is well known to produce some serious poker talent, so when Casino de Montréal hosts their Série Royale de Poker a few times throughout the year with buy-ins of $1,100 and up, competition is stiff in the poker room.
Yesterday, 69 players showed up to play the May 10th rendition of their large buy-in tournament with the price set at $1,100. Play began early afternoon and didn't conclude until 3 a.m. with seven players earning money. Julien Fauteux-Delorme managed to take the top prize of $28,115 despite having to face some big names at the final table.
|6||Yi Fan Dong||$2,680|
The most recognizable name from the final seven would have to be Jason Duval who had a fantastic 2013. At the WPT Canadian Spring Championship, Duval final tabled the $1,100 Deepstack before following up with a 3rd-place finish in the $3,300 Main Event. He then went to the WSOP and won a bracelet, final tabled another event, and also had two other cashes for a series total of close to $600,000 in earnings.
Other tough hurdles were found in Ruben Perceval and Jean-Philippe Matte who both come off of recent deep runs at the 2014 WPT Canadian Spring Championship.
The next Série Royale de Poker will be held on July 5th and 6th, this time with a $1,600 buy-in. With the WSOP just wrapping up at the same time, it should be a good "welcome home" event after the Quebec players return from their inevitable success in Las Vegas.