Despite sharing the same square on the calendar as the first day of the World Series of Poker Main Event, Casino de Montréal's Série Royale de Poker found 27 players to put up the $1,600 buy-in for a one-day tournament on Saturday, July 5.
Montreal has earned itself a bit of a reputation for producing talented French Canadians that give poker players something to fear when they show up at the table. Serving that pool of poker aficionados, Casino de Montréal hosts their Série Royale de Poker a few times throughout the year with buy-ins of $1,100 and up. These are one-day tournaments with a high price of admission, and you can assume the competition is pretty stiff. However, with almost every serious poker player in Las Vegas for the WSOP Main Event, it may have been the right time to jump in and earn some cash at this latest $1,600 tournament.
It was the right time for Danielle Charrette, at least. He topped the field of 27 players and earned $19,645 after 12.5 hours of play.
Just three players got paid in this event. Christopher Ernest Cameron was the runner up after losing with to Charrette's , winning $11,790, and Paul Hamamji was the third-place finisher for $7,860.
The next Série Royale de Poker will be on September 13 and will be a $1,100 tournament. There will also be $250 satellites held in the days leading up to the tournament.