Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival Smashes Canadian Player Entry Record

The Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival tournament was billed as Full Tilt Poker’s most significant investment to date in a Canadian poker tournament.  Following the opening entry days of the event, the Playground Poker Club – hosts of the Montreal event, confirmed a new record number of players in a Canadian poker event.

As of the end of the day Monday, 1,625 poker players paid the $1,100 buy-in to enter the Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival.  The total number of entrants blew the previous record of 1,173 players at a previous poker tournament out of the water.

The record level of participation also increased the guaranteed prize pot.  Full Tilt Poker marketed a guaranteed $1 million pot for the Montreal tournament.  But thanks to the number of entrants the pot increased to over $1.5 million, which means more players are expected to redeem cash prizes.

The success of the tournament is being hailed by organizers as testament that Canada is a proud home of successful poker players and main events.  Canadian poker players had an unprecedented successful year during the World Series of Poker, while fan favourites Jonathan Duhamel and Marc-Étienne McLaughlin flew home to Montreal to buy into the tournament.

Geoff Fardy, a spokesperson for the Canadian branch of Full Tilt Poker, thanked all players who helped the Montreal Festival tournament break the Canadian record of entered players.

Breaking the Canadian record is a great indication of the quality of the tournament and Canadians’ love of live poker.

The main event wraps up late in the day Friday October 4, where one player will be crowned King of Canadian poker with a sizeable chunk of the $1.5 million jackpot.

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