Record Field at WPT Montreal Nearing Final TableMonday, November 26th, 2012 by Ryan
The 2012 year is winding down quickly and this means that many players are getting their final pushes in on the Player of the Year races that are currently going on out there, but most importantly are looking to get in on the action in some of the best poker tournaments out there. One tournament that is still left to be played is the World Poker Tour’s Montreal event, which is one of the last tournaments of the year and has definitely drawn in the interest of the poker world.
The World Poker Tour hasn’t been held in Canada since back in 2008, and apparently the move back to Canada was a good one, as they drew in a massive number of players. According to many players and poker fans, the Playground Poker Club is a popular option to play in Montreal, and is probably one of the best places for player to take their action in the area. They have the ability to hold as many as 500 players, and the World Poker Tour has also decided to create two Day Ones. The buy-in is set for $3,300, and it gave players the option to be able to rebuy back into the tournament if they are knocked out on Day 1A and want to get back in the action on Day 1B.
When the action started off, Day 1A drew in were 478 players entered into just Day 1A, which made it basically a sure thing that the World Poker Tour Montreal would definitely become the largest WPT event to ever be held in Canada. The prior winner of this title was the North American Poker Championship in Niagara Falls, and this was back in 2007 when 504 players showed up. The largest event to ever be held in Canada though was the World Series of Poker Circuit in Vancouver this year, where 1032 players ended up buying in, and that record was going to be threatened here as well.
The record went down quickly as well, with Day 1B not only drawing in the 500 max players, but also alternates that were accepted as well. When all was said and done there were an incredible 695 players on Day 1B, meaning that they beat the record for largest tournament in Canada with a total of 1,173 players buying in. This meant that the prize pool was going to be a very nice $3.38 million as well.
There are some big names who have already bought into this event as well, including the likes of well-known Canadian players such as Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel, Peter Jetten, Michael Watson, Erik Cajelais, and Xuan Liu. There are also quite a few international players and other big names as well such as Joe Serock, who won the WPT Player of the Year race last year, Marvin Rettenmaier, Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari, Dominik Nitsche, and Amanda Musumeci.
Quite a few players were knocked out of Day 1A and came back for Day 1B, including Negreanu, who suffered some tough beats to get knocked out early on. He came back for Day 1B, but took another tough beat to get sent to the rail along with some other big names like Faraz Jaka, Jonathan Duhamel, Joe Serock, Noah Schwartz, Ben Hamnett, and Vinny Pahuja. Big names weren’t all sent home though, as players like Erik Cajelais, Gavin Smith, Isabelle Mercier, and Musumeci all made it through to Day 2. Current UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer also made it through as well.
Players are now playing down from 45 to the final table, and are not only playing for the first place pay day of $754,162, but are also attempting to win their way into the Season XI WPT Championship, which the winner will get an automatic entry into. This event should be a fun one to watch as the close in on the big money, and there are definitely going to be some interesting stories and some players that we’ll have our eyes on as well. When we get down to the final table and moving forward we’ll keep you updated on who is left in the running and also get into the player who actually takes down the nice pay day.