2013 WPT Montreal On the Horizon Featuring PartyPoker Premier League VII


wpt-montreal-250Canada’s 2013 tournament scene has seen a momentum as never before as a world class tournament in the World Poker Tour is revving up for a repeat performance since making its phenomenal comeback to Canada just less than a year ago. With Montreal as the backdrop,  Canada’s major tournament scene will wrap up 2013 with a $3,500 + $350 Main Event, as the WPT will join forces with PartyPoker to present the only major televised championship of the year live from Playground Poker Club between November 29 and December 5.

The WPT Montreal will bring along with it what will almost certainly be the largest prize pools and top payouts players can find on our turf. Add to all of this, the commentary talents of Mike Sexton, Tony “Bond18” Dunst and Vince Van Patten, along with anchor Lynne Gilmartin as well as all the charm of the hostess Royal Flush Girls and you have the right recipe for a world caliber event.

Historically, the World Poker Tour has been undisputed here in Canada when it comes to the life changing cash that comes with being crowned a WPT Champion. Whether we are talking the seven figures Scott “Big Riskky” Clements won in Niagara for bagging the North American Poker Championship, or the nearly $800,000 that Jonathan Roy took home for winning the inaugural 2012 WPT Montreal. Roy’s breakout victory haul also included a $25,000 WPT World Championships seat, which he then parlayed into more than another $420,000 with a 3rd place finish.

The following spring, the World Poker Tour returned to Playground Poker Club with another $3,300 Main Event, where Amir Babakhani won more than $440,000 at the PartyPoker.net WPT Canadian Spring Championships and then also ran up his $25,000 seat into a top ten finish worth better than $70,000.

These aren’t lone success stories either as many of Canada’s brightest poker talents skyrocketed into impressive careers after winning televised WPT final tables. Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Shawn “Buck21” Buchanan and Gavin Smith are just a few of the big names whose early bankroll boosts can be traced back to having their name engraved on the World Poker Tour trophy…long before their big cash bracelets, “All Time Tournament Money” leaders Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari both had their first million dollar plus scores behind the cameras of the WPT felts as well, and both were among the big names and faces in the field at WPT Montreal.

Fear not however, you don’t have to be amongst poker’s highest rollers to take their shot at defeating the elite on these felts as players can make their way to Montreal via PartyPoker; click here to see a packed schedule of routes to qualify for any budget (both live and online), from freerolls all the way up to the guaranteed Sunday satellites.

Hundreds of the nearly 1,200 players who turned out in Canada’s poker hotbed last year won their way into the championship through satellites and promotions, with bi-weekly qualifiers at Playground Poker Club also running now and a few “mega-sats” leading into game day. There will also be a plethora of side events running around the Championship to keep players of all levels of buy-ins happily grinding the felts; from a multi-day re-entry $150 No Limit Hold’em that has consistently crushed with 1,500+ entries, all the way to a $10,000 High Roller. With the recent WPT Borgata stop seeing more than 1,200 contenders, there is no doubt that the Eastern poker scene is hungry to crush records once again and build even bigger tournaments pots.

Party Poker Premier League VIIThose arriving at Playground Poker Club in time to take in the full festival will also get a chance to cheer on their favorites of the 12 players competing in the massive $125,000 buy-in PartyPoker Premiere League VII to be held from November 20th-26th.

The first three big names to be confirmed heading into October are TonyG, Jonathan Duhamel and Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari who told the folks over at the PartyPoker Blog that he was “Very excited to be playing in the premier league again – even more excited that its in Montreal at the Playground. Love Canada!

Ready to make your plans? See the full schedule below to make your choices and get qualifying for the Main Event!

Date  Time  Event  Buy-In  Guarantee  Blind Level  Starting Stack
#1 Mon, Nov -18th 7:30PM NLHE Re-entry  1a* $135 + $15 $100,000 30 Min 20,000
#1 Tues, Nov -19th 7:30PM NLHE Re-entry  1b* $135 + $15 $100,000 30 Min 20,000
#1 Wed, Nov- 20th 7:30PM NLHE Re-entry  1c* $135 + $15 $100,000 30 Min 20,000
Thur, Nov -21st Noon WPT Satellite with Re-entry $100 + $10 2 Seats GTD 20 Min 10,000
#1 Thur, Nov-21st 7:00PM NLHE Re-entry Day 2 $100,000 40Min
#2 Fri, Nov-22nd 4:00PM NLHE Re-entry Day 1a* $200 + $20 $100,000 30 Min 25,000
#1 Fri, Nov-22nd 7:00PM NLHE Re-entry Day 3 $100,000 40 Min
#2 Sat, Nov-23rd Noon NLHE Re-entry Day 1b* $200 + $20 $100,000 30 Min 25,000
#3 Sat, Nov-23rd 7:00PM NLHE Win The Button $100 + $10 20 Min 15,000
#2 Sun, Nov-24th Noon NLHE Re-entry Day 2 $100,000 40 Min
#4 Sun, Nov-24th 5:00PM NLHE Shootout $135 + $15 15 Min 15,000
Sun, Nov-24th 8:00PM WPT  Satellite Rebuy-Add on $100 + $10 2 Seats GTD 20 Min 5K + 10k
#2 Mon, Nov-25th 7:00PM NLHE Re-entry Day 3 $100,000 40 Min
#5 Mon, Nov-25th 7:30PM NLHE Six Max $300 + $30 20 Min 25,000
Tue, Nov-26th Noon WPT Satellite with Re-entry $100 + $10 2 Seats GTD 20 Min 10,000
#6 Tue, Nov-26th 8:00PM Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better $300 + $30 20 Min 25,000
#7 Wed, Nov-27th Noon NLHE Deepstack Day 1 $1000 + $100 45 Min 25,000
#8 Wed, Nov-27th 8:00PM NLHE Survivor $300 + $30 20 Min 20,000
#7 Thur, Nov-28th Noon NLHE Deepstack Day 2 45 Min
Thur, Nov-28th 8:00PM WPT Satellite with Re-entry $300 + $30 10 Seats 20 Min 20,000
#9 Fri, Nov-29th Noon WPT Montreal Day 1a $3,500 + $350 60 Min 30,000
#7 Fri, Nov-29th 3:00PM NLHE Deepstack Day 3 60 Min
Fri, Nov-29th 8:00PM WPT Satellite with Re-entry $300 + $30 20 Min 20,000
#9 Sat, Nov-30th Noon WPT Montreal Day 1b $3,500 + $350 60 Min 30,000
Sat, Nov-30th 8:00PM WPT Satellite with Re-entry $300 + $30 20 Min 20,000
#9 Sun, Dec-1st Noon WPT Montreal Day 1c $3,500 + $350 60 Min 30,000
Sun, Dec-1st 8:00PM Re-entry Sat to High Roller $1000 + $100 20 Min 20,000
#9 Mon, Dec-2nd Noon WPT Montreal Day 2 60 Min
#10 Mon, Dec-2nd 8:00PM Pot Limit Omaha 3 Lives Day 1 $500 + $50 30 Min 30,000
#9 Tues, Dec-3rd Noon WPT Montreal Day 3 90 Min
#11 Tues, Dec-3rd 3:00PM NLHE High Roller Day 1 $10k + $400 60 Min TBA
#10 Tues, Dec-3rd 7:00PM Pot Limit Omaha 3 Lives Day 2 30 Min
#9 Wed, Dec-4th Noon WPT Montreal Day 4 90 Min
#11 Wed, Dec-4th 3:00PM NLHE High Roller Day 2 60 Min
#11 Thur, Dec-5th 1:00PM NLHE High Roller Day 3 60 Min
#9 Thur, Dec-5th 3:00PM WPT Montreal Day 5 90 Min
#12 Thur, Dec-5th 7:00PM NLHE Freeze out $300 + $30 20 Min 25,000
#13 Fri, Dec-6th Noon NLHE Bounty $185+15+100 30 Min 20,000

These events allow players to re-enter on another Day 1 even if they have finished a previous Day 1 with chips. In the event that a player makes it past more than one Day 1 with chips, the player will start Day 2 with their largest stack while all other chips will be forfeited.

A 3% staff gratuity will be withheld from the prize pool of each of these tournaments.

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Jon Harnish
35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.



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