One of the greatest poker experiences you can find is to play a PokerStars-sponsored event in Monaco. Monte-Carlo Casino has a rich poker history that includes hosting the European Poker Tour’s Grand Final. Now, added to that history, is the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino.
The series ran from April 25 to May 5 and featured 71 events across a whole range of buy-ins and game variants. Plenty of Canadian talent made the trip across the Atlantic to enjoy some poker on the French Riviera, and many returned with some great winnings.
Right out of the gate, the €10,800 Single Re-Entry 8-Handed event with a shot clock saw Lucas Greenwood pick up €80,560 for finishing in fifth place. Mike Watson also cashed that tournament, earning €22,400 for 10th place.
The €1,100 PokerStars National Championship began on the second day of the series and featured a €1,000,000 guarantee. With 1,252 entries, the guarantee was easily beat, and the top Canadian result came from Andrew Chen who finished 13th for €9,250.
With the buy-in going way, way up to €100,000 for the eight-handed Super High Roller, 61 entries created a prize pool just shy of €6 million and there were two Canadians among the eight who collected a prize. Sam Greenwood claimed the min-cash of €237,950 while Daniel Dvoress managed third place for €832,800.
Canadians didn’t have much luck in the €5,300 PokerStars Championship Main Event. The 727 entries put the total purse at €3,635,000 and the top finish by a Canadian was by none other than Daniel Negreanu, but it was way down in 51st place for €12,080.
Another big cash for Daniel Dvoress came in the €50,000 Eight-Max Shot Clock event that saw 64 entries. Dvoress finished runner-up this time, pocketing €652,000. Mike Watson was also in the payouts, making €118,000 for finishing eighth.
Mike Watson picked up another €23,300 for min-cashing the €10,300 pot-limit Omaha tournament in eighth place. Ami Barer also earned a payout in that event, going as far as fourth place before being eliminated for €61,700.
The ever-consisted Daniel Dvoress found yet another cash in the €25,500 Eight-Max Shot Clock tournament which received 85 entries. Dvoress finished in seventh place this time, adding another €100,000 to his tally.
Timothy Adams got on the scoreboard in the €5,200 Hyper Turbo, making a small profit after min-cashing for €8,750 in seventh place.
Ami Barer found another fourth place in another pot-limit Omaha event. This time, the buy-in was just €1,100 and his prize was worth €5,580 in the 54-player-strong field.
In the €1,100 Turbo, Patrick Serda made it through all but three of his 64 opponents. He earned €6,780 for finishing in fourth place.
Canada finally put one in the win column in the €25,750 Eight-Max Shot Clock tournament. Timothy Adams came out on top of 45 entries and earned €366,500 for the victory.
Next up for PokerStars Live is a PokerStars Festival starting in Chile on May 20 and a PokerStars Championship in Sochi starting the same day. Check in with PokerNews Canada to see how the Canadians fare.