The Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival officially began this weekend at the Playground Poker Club, where players compete for a potential $1 million cash prize. The tournament marks Full Tilt Poker’s first sponsorship of a poker tournament in Montreal, which is counting on the city’s reputation as one of Canada’s most tourist-oriented destinations to bring players to the event.
The tournament features three technical start dates or qualifying rounds, which allow players to reenter the event if they are eliminated on one of the preceding days. The reentry is very popular with professional poker players and amateurs alike. Poker is in many ways a game that relies on skill, but the position of the cards can also result in enduring success or a quick exit.
Players were able to qualify by competing in tournaments online using their registered Full Tilt Poker accounts. The online poker room includes a lobby where players can select filters to compete for live events such as the Montreal tournament. The Montreal qualifying matches included special colour-coded descriptions, where players could register to compete and meet the requirements for the main event in Montreal.
Many players also qualified by wagering in a number of online Freeroll matches, where the winner of each weekly event qualifies for a $1,000 cash prize as well as a seat the Montreal Main Event table beginning on Friday September 27.
The Montreal Festival is expected to be one of the last poker tournaments sponsored by Full Tilt Poker in its current structure. The online poker room will reportedly be renamed Full Tilt Gaming, and will host a wider array of casino games including slots, roulette, and other options. Sister site PokerStars will retain the online poker room status, and will primarily sponsor live poker events.
The Montreal Festival goes all in for its final hand on Thursday October 3 where one lucky player will walk away with the majority share of at least $1 million. Hedge your bets for an exciting round of live poker.