Alberto Melendez Gets First Big Score in Casino de Montréal’s Série Royale de Poker

Alberto Melendez Casino de Montréal Série Royale de Poker

Casino de Montréal’s ongoing Série Royale de Poker offers Quebec’s talented community of poker players lucrative tournaments with buy-ins usually hovering around $1,100 or more. This series has been running for a couple of years and is made up of several tournaments spread throughout the year. The most recent rendition just wrapped up this past weekend — the fourth event of 2015.

With players returning home from the World Series of Poker and looking for some local action, Casino Montreal put together a multi-day event with a smaller buy-in of $500. Three Day 1s were spread across Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 23-25, and the final day was played on Sunday, July 25.

A total of 137 players paid the entry fee to get a seat and a stack of chips, and 42 of them survived to play again on Day 2. The player returning with the most chips was Alberto Melendez with 156,000, and carried his momentum all the way to the final table and to victory, winning the tournament for $16,745.

Here are all 15 players who cashed in the event:

FinishPlayerPrize
1Alberto Melendez$16,745
2Paul-Bogdan Mohorea$10,350
3Samuel Boily$7,771
4Michel Lasnier$5,490
5Christian Dubé$4,104
6Ralph Checourt$3,120
7Allen Michel$2,412
8Qiang Dong$1,895
9Vsevolod Malamud$1,513
10Daniel Joubert$1,226
11Francis Yu Hang Lau$1,226
12René Loiselle$1,226
13Jean-Paul Perron$1,010
14Alexandre Lavigne$1,010
15Richard Johansen$1,010

The winner, Alberto Melendez, has only a couple of previous live recorded tournament results, but runner-up Paul-Bogdan Mohorea is someone who has established himself as a successful player in the local events. He has final-tabled the Série Royale de Poker four times now, winning it last September. He was also runner-up earlier this year at Casino New Brunswick Poker Bowl.

Another notable player is 14th-place finisher Alexandre Lavigne who final-tabled the 2013 WPT Montreal for $104,799, then won his seat to the following year’s WPT Montreal by defeating Antonio Esfandiari heads-up during the Survivor Series at Playground Poker Club. He went on to cash the 2014 WPT Montreal in 79th. With more than $170,000 in live tournament winnings, he is an example of the kind of hidden talent Quebec produces.

The next Série Royale de Poker will be on September 19 and the buy-in has been bumped up to $1,600 for the one-day tournament.

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