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Local Hope Wins World Poker Tour Montreal

by | Published: Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

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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