This past weekend marked yet another incarnation of the ongoing Série Royale de Poker at Casino de Montréal, and this time it awarded the largest first-place prize in the series' history.
Throughout the year, Casino Montreal hosts several higher priced one-day tournaments to bring together the best of Montreal's talented pool of players. On Saturday, March 14, the buy-in was set at $2,500 — the highest they've offered yet — and 34 players bought a seat in the event.
With a prizepool of over $75,000 to be won in a single day of play, the tournament was attractive to locals looking for a quick, big score. Action got under way at 1 p.m. and it was 15 hours later when a victor was found in none other than World Poker Tour Champions Club member Eric Afriat.
Afriat is also coming off of his deep run in the Playground Winter Festival Main Event earlier this month where he quadrupled his buy-in with a 20th-place result. For his win at Casino Montreal, Afriat adds $34,895 to his accomplished list of career poker cashes.
Here is how all five payout spots were filled:
Coming in second place, Patrick Braga is no slouch either. Braga has four World Series of Poker cashes to his name, and his best accomplishment so far is his win at the France Poker Series in Deauville two years ago for €165,000.
Marco Caza is also a returning face to the payout table after winning the event last December for $27,110. Since then, Caza has added more than $160,000 to his wallet with a second-place finish in a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure side event for $110,220 and a final-table result in the $2,500 event at the Fallsview Poker Classic for another $53,777.
The next tournament under the banner of La Série Royale de Poker will be held on April 18 and the buy-in will be back down to $1,100. Registration opens up three weeks prior to the event and there will be two super satellites on the two days preceding the event, awarding seats to a few lucky players for just $250.