Throughout the year, Casino de Montréal has run several higher priced tournaments under the title of Série Royale de Poker in Montreal, Quebec. The final one of the year just wrapped up on Sunday, December 7.
With a large community of strong French-Canadian players in the city, these tournaments are not your usual local casino event. World Series of Poker bracelet winners and Circuit ring winners have been known to join the action. A local player that will be familiar to people on at least the eastern half of Canada — Marco Caza — recorded the largest cash of his career when he won the top prize of $27,110.
Instead of the usual one-day, $1,000-and-up tournament that Casino Montreal has run throughout the year, this Série Royale had a buy-in of just $500 and offered three Day 1 starting flights with the survivors reconvening on Sunday to play down to a winner. With 230 entries creating a prize pool of $100,395, 60 of them returned to the felt for the final day to determine which 25 players would get a piece of the six-figure prize pool.
Marco Caza defeated Michael Chiarotto ($17,070) heads-up for the win, and third place went to Joël Moreau for $11,045.
The Série Royale will be back in 2015, with the first event scheduled for February 7. The buy-in is bumped back up to $1,100 and there will be two super-satellites taking place in the two days preceding the tournament for $250.