After two and a half years without a World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit stop in the country, Canadians were treated to a series in Quebec at the end of April.
For the first time, the WSOP Circuit made a stop at Casino de Montréal for their signature 12-event series awarding 12 Circuit rings to the winners. Ten of those tournaments have now concluded, with the final two scheduled to take place online at Espacejeux.com on May 7 and 8.
Canadians were very excited upon hearing that the Circuit was returning to the country when we shared the news late last year, and the anticipation grew when the schedule and more details were revealed by Mitch Garber in January. It all came together and was everything it promised to be when the first event got underway on April 20. The live events came to an end on May 1.
The first three tournaments were all $365 events running consecutively on April 20, 21, and 22. They were followed by a $1,125 event, a $580, and the $365 Monster Stack, before two more of the regular $365 events.
The headlining $1,675 Main Event was up next and offered two starting flights before the survivors combined on Day 2 and then the final few played down to a champion on Day 3, and then a final $365 turbo one-day tournament finished off the live segment of the schedule.
WSOP Circuit Montreal Results
|#1: $365 No-Limit Hold’em||132||Darryl Owen||$11,088|
|#2: $365 No-Limit Hold’em||147||Mike Leah||$12,348|
|#3: $365 No-Limit Hold’em||214||Richard Johansen||$16,050|
|#4: $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em||123||Richard Paradis||$34,440|
|#5: 580 No-Limit Hold’em||125||Rene Berube||$17,500|
|#6: $365 Monster Stack||321||Linda Huard||$22,631|
|#7: $365 No-Limit Hold’em||114||Michael Gentili||$10,260|
|#8: $365 No-Limit Hold’em||105||Thomas Taylor||$9,450|
|#9: $1,675 Main Event||520||Brian Altman||$167,700|
|#10: $365 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em||--||--||--|
|#11: $320 No-Limit Hold’em (Online Only)||--||--||--|
|#12: $530 No-Limit Hold’em (Online Only)||--||--||--|
The Main Event was a large success with 520 entries creating a prize pool coming in at a staggering $780,000. The $167,700 top prize, the title, and the champion’s ring went to American Brian Altman.
WSOP Circuit Montreal Main Event Top 10 Results
Some of the other noteworthy players to collect a payout in the event included Jonathan Duhamel (13th — $10,265), Jason Lavallee (22nd — $6,069), Darryll Fish (34th — $3,612), Steven Kerr (36th — $3,612), Jody Howe (38th — $3,269), Carter Swidler (39th — $3,269), and Ron Lauzon (48th — $2,996).
The final two events will take place online and also award Circuit rings to the winners. Event #11 has a buy-in of $320 followed by Event #12 with a $530 buy-in. They take place May 7 and 8, respectively.
Espacejeux, Quebec’s provincially licensed and regulated online poker room, is hosting the two tournaments. As they share their player pool with PlayNow across the Canadian Poker Network, players in B.C. and Manitoba are also able to play those events.
The three previous WSOP Circuit events in Canadian poker history also had their final two tournaments of each series on PlayNow/Espacejeux. The Circuit came to Canada for the first time in 2012 to River Rock Casino Resort in Vancouver, B.C., before returning again in 2013 to the same location with an additional stop at Lac-Leamy Casino in Gatineau, Quebec.
Despite the three previous series’ success, it was two and a half years before the Circuit finally came back to our side of the border for the Montreal stop. Brian Altman joins Charles Sylvestre, Lincoln Milne, and John Crncic as the winners of Canadian WSOP Circuit stops.