A new Canadian record has been set. The partypoker MILLION North America Main Event is the largest prizepool ever in a Canadian poker tournament.
Before the event had even begun, it was already the largest guarantee ever placed on a tournament in the country. With $5 million guaranteed, there was only one event in Canadian poker history that could still hold on to the title of the richest tournament. The World Poker Tour (WPT) held the title.
In 2007 — when WPT had only ever had a Canadian presence in Ontario — the North American Poker Championship at Fallsview Casino Resort had a prize pool of $5,133,335. That was with a buy-in of $10,000, so it only took 504 entries to get there. Scott Clements was the winner of that event, pocketing $1,456,585 after winning his first WPT title at the very same venue one year earlier.
The partypoker event was guaranteed to be at least the second-richest tournament in the country of all time with its $5 million guarantee, but, after total entries came in at 1,168 in the $5,300 event yesterday, the record was smashed. The prize pool came to $5,709,750.
Hosted at Playground Poker Club just outside of Montreal, there were two starting flights to the event. Sylvain Siebert topped the field after Day 1a which attracted a little under 400 entries. Darren Elias came out on top of nearly 600 entries on Day 1b. With a further 17 entries added from the online Day 1, the total came to 1,007 for the start of Day 2, but registration remained open for another couple of levels.
A further 161 entries passed through registration on Day 2, and the final tally rested at 1,168 entries for the event. After the numbers were crunched, the prize pool came in at $5,709,750.
So far, James Romero holds the best shot at winning the $1 million first-place prize as he heads to Day 3 with the chip lead, but it’s still anyone’s title with almost 200 players remaining and the money bubble looming.