The penultimate event of Season XI of the World Poker Tour – The Party Poker Canadian Spring Championship – is underway at the Playground Poker Club in Quebec.
The Canadian Spring Championship is split into three different starting flights and after the first two flights French Canadian Philippe Boucher is the leader with 278,100 in chips.
The first flight was not a successful day for recognised poker professionals with World Poker Tour Player of the Year leader Matt Salsberg, 1996 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Huck Seed and former World Poker Tour winner Will Failla the three biggest names who managed to progress to the second day of the event.
Not as lucky were last year’s winner Jonathan Roy, 2006 World Series of Poker player of the year Jeff Madsen or Poker Hall of Fame member Mike Sexton.
The rules of the WPT Canadian Spring Championship give players the opportunity to play in all three starting flights and a number of leading players who were eliminated on day one tried their luck again in the second flight.
Phil Laak was one of these players and was randomly seated at the exact same seat and table on both days.
Laak was confident that this quirky occurrence would be enough to see him advance to the second day of the event but he was sent to the rail early once again as were Roy, Madsen and Tony Dunst.
The chip leader at the end of the second flight was Matt Kay who won a massive pot at the end of the day and now has 270,400 in chips, almost 100,000 more than Mike Bartholomew who finished the flight in second place with 186,500 in chips.
The final flight of day 1 takes place today and we will keep you up to date with the results here at Poker.com.
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Québécoise Jonathan Roy outlasted a massive field of 1173 players to win the inaugural World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event and the $779,710 first prize.
The tournament was one of the biggest in the history of the World Poker Tour as Canadians flocked to the first WPT event held in the Great White North since 2008.
Fittingly the tournament was decided by a heads-up battle between two Canadians and Roy was quick to pay credit to runner-up Pascal Lefrancois.
“I thought I had an advantage over most of the opponents [at the final table] but Pascal Lefrancois is a very good player so I don’t think I had much of an advantage over him,” Roy said.
“I played pretty well but in the end it was a flip so I got lucky.”
Roy had to overcome a star studded final table with well-known professional poker players Jeff Gross and Gavin Smith both making deep runs in the tournament.
Gross and Smith grew a big crowd and the rail for the final table included Big One for One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari and Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps.
“I was really focused today but it was really fun to see all those people like Michael Phelps and a player from the Montreal Canadians and have them watch us play,” Roy said.
The victory was a long-time coming for Roy who experienced severe disappointment after he finished in ninth position in the World Poker Tour Malta Event.
“In Malta I had a good stack going into the final table but I lost with pocket aces against Ace-Jack which I didn’t feel very good about but I got a chance to make up for that here so it’s good,” Roy said.
Roy isn’t finished with the World Poker Tour for this season and is hoping to add another title to his name before the end of the year.
“I’m probably going to go to Prague this weekend. It wasn’t planned but I said to my friend if I win it I will go,” Roy said.
The WPT Prague event begins on December 3.
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