It seems that Canada loves poker so much that incredibly their going to be hosting 2 WPT Main Tour events for 2013!
The reason? Well after a record-breaker at the Playground Poker Club in 2012 the WPT figured give the crowd what the want, that’s right more poker! Right on WPT!
The Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada will host two events as a member of the PR team mentioned that the “Canadian poker scene continues its re-invigoration” the brand new WPT Canadian Spring Championship wil rub from the 3rd – 9th May 2013, while last year’s record breaking WPT Montreal will return 29th November – 5th December 2013.
Spring is in the air
The WPT Canadian Spring Championship with a Main Event buy-in of CAN$3,300 is a new date added to Season XI of the WPT, while the CAN$3,850 PartyPoker.net WPT Montreal will be a key stop in Season XII, and, for the very first time, televised. A high roller event will also be added to PartyPoker.net WPT Montreal – good news for the likes of Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Daniel Negreanu, Gavin Smith, David Williams, Phil Kessel and Guy Carbonneau, who played the Main Event in November 2012.
All of the record-breaking WPT global TV show talent which regularly attracts over one million viewers in the US on FSN will attend November’s PartyPoker.net WPT Montreal including Mike Sexton, Vince Van Patten, Tony Dunst, The Royal Flush Girls and Kimberley Lansing, as players battle to get their names etched on to the prestigious WPT Champions Cup and Champions Trophy.
From May to November
Both the May and November events will also offer the Main Event winner the chance to get their hands on prestigious championship belts created by the Playground Poker Club. And we’ve heard the full side event details for both events will be unveiled in the near future.
Last year it was Jonathan Roy’s turn
In November 2012 25-year-old Jonathan Roy from Boucheville, Quebec won the record breaking inaugural $3000+$300 WPT Montreal scooping CAN$779,710, the WPT Champions Cup and a US$25,500 seat in the 2013 WPT World Championship at Bellagio as Olympic legend Michael Phelps looked on from the rail!
The first ever WPT Montreal broke and set a number of records and was truly a triumphant return for the World Poker Tour to Canada after a four year absence. With 1173 entries and a total prize pool of CAN$3,387,930 it was the third largest WPT event (by number of entries) in history (8 entries off of second spot – 1st and 2nd spot both Borgata, Atlantic City). Even the national broadcaster CBC reported on the record turnout: