The Playground Poker Club in Montreal was the hot seat for an exciting weekend of Canadian poker. The World Poker Tour is hosting its Montreal Main Event to commemorate the rise of Canadian poker talent in major tournaments around the world.
The WPT Montreal Main Event began on November 29 in the first of a three day entry round where players could buy and re-buy into the tournament. Players were required to limp in $3,850 to enter the WPT Montreal tournament, which by the end of the three day entry attracted 862 participants from around the globe.
In recent years, Montreal poker tournaments have been attended by successful poker players in the industry. This year’s biggest attraction in the game was perhaps Antonio Esfandiari, who has won two WPT World Championships, and is also ranked as the player who accumulated the largest tournament poker winnings in history.
However, local fans were most interested in the performance Sebastien Drolet-Poitras, who by the end of Day 1C on Sunday December 1 was the reigning chip leader. Drolet-Poitras held onto the lead with 270,800 chips at his stack heading into Day 2 today, but the challenge is on.
Fellow Canadian Sylvain Siebert from Kirkland Lake in Northeastern Ontario was the most successful player on Day 1C. Siebert finished the day with an impressive 230,500 chips on hand, enough taking second place heading into Day 2, and challenging the lead of Drolet-Poitras.
With two Canadian poker players leading the pack, the WPT Montreal will likely be a nationalistic and impassioned tournament for Canadian poker fans. The tournament will continue until December 5 when a new player will be crowned the WPT Montreal Champion – Canadians will undoubtedly be hoping for one of their own to win the pot.