Casino de Montréal Serves Up Another Série Royale de Poker

Éric Portelance Série Royale de Poker at Casino de Montréal

This past weekend marked yet another incarnation of the ongoing Série Royale de Poker at Casino de Montréal — a spattering of higher priced tournaments across the calendar to give the talented French Canadian poker community a chance to play for some respectable prize pools.

Saturday, April 18, marked a $1,100 poker tournament at Casino Montreal that received 47 entries. With action kicking off shortly after 1 p.m., it wasn't until 15 hours later that play finally concluded at 4 a.m.

With just five people earning a prize for their investment, it was a roster of unknown players that made it in the money. Only Philippe Belley has previous recorded tournament cashes, having two World Series of Poker results in 2011 and a fantastic eight-place finish this January at World Poker Tour Borgata for $85,476.

The win was eventually achieved after a gruelling day by Éric Portelance for over $20,000. Here are the five prize-winners:

FinishPlayerPrize
1Éric Portelance$20,975
2Sammy Lafleur$10,945
3David Alexandre Jimenez$6,840
4Philippe Belley$4,560
5Akram Saba$2,280

Continuing this great series of mid-major tournaments is an event with a lower buy-in of $500 and three Day 1s to accommodate a much larger field. It all begins on July 23 and PokerNews Canada will report the results shortly after the next Série Royale winner is found.

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