French-Canadian Jean Benoit has earned the largest live tournament cash of his life in a local casino tournament.
The Série Royale de Poker is an ongoing series of higher-priced tournaments hosted at Casino de Montréal in Quebec’s largest city. For several years running, the casino has run several of these events per year featuring a buy-in of around $1,100 or more, attracting Quebec’s many talented poker players to come play for a large prize not usually seen in an independent casino tournament.
On Saturday, September 20, the newest edition of Série Royale de Poker saw the buy-in bumped up to $1,600 for a one-day tournament that started a little after 1 p.m. With 57 players buying a seat and a stack, it wasn’t until 5 a.m. the following morning when the tournament finally concluded, and Jean Benoit collected the largest portion of the $82,935 prize pool.
Série Royale de Poker Results
It was a near-stalemate between the last three players that took the tournament into the early hours of the next day. Benoit, Michel Dubreuil, and Patrick Braga were locked in an exchange that lasted four hours before the game was finally settled.
Prior to this, the last we saw Benoit, he was at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) deep in the Monster Stack where he ultimately finished 159th for $8,155. That was one of his three WSOP cashes this summer. He has had past success at this event at Casino Montreal as well, having picked up third earlier this year for $16,875 — a payout that was the best of his career at the time.
Patrick Braga, too, is a player who has done well at the Série Royale de Poker in the past. He finished second in March of this year when the buy-in was set at $2,500. He earned $18,205 for that result before finding a small WSOP cash of his own this summer. But, of course, those prizes pale in comparison to when he won the France Poker Series Main Event back in 2013 for an astounding €165,000.
For the next event in the series, the buy-in will be reduced to just $500 to allow just about anyone to take a shot, and there will be multiple entry days. The tournament will run December 10 to 12 and there will be satellites available in the month leading up to the tournament.