The Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival just came to a close at Kahnawake’s Playground Poker Club after fourteen days and a total of seventeen exciting events. Some of the players in attendance included Full Tilt ambassador and high stakes player, Gus “The Great Dane” Hansen, Antonio Esfandiari, ambassadors from the PokerStars side of the family Jonathan Duhamel, Vanessa Rousso and Victor Ramdin, Gavin Smith, and many local poker pros including Eric Cajelais, Sam Chartier and Jonathan Roy.
The Festival included a total of 17 incredible events with a wide variety of games. Players came from all over Canada, the United States and Europe to take part.
The partnership between FullTilt and powerhouse big brother PokerStars successfully garnered an impressive 600 online qualifiers into the main event, helping to set a Canadian record for a $1,000 plus buy-in tournament with 1,625 entries.
Viewers from around the world tuned in to watch an exciting main event via Live Stream that included live commentaries from the pros, hole cards and live chip updates. Photos of the action were available throughout the entire Festival.
After an exhaustive 5 days of Main Event play which saw the record field whittle down to the final 9-man table who would share around $900 thousand, it came down to final three men, Michael Linster, Eric Despres, and Henri Balcazar. The three agreed to a deal that would see them divide the remaining $500,000 between them and continue playing for the $44,046 and the championship trophy that was eventually won by Balcazar in heads-up against Despres.
With the overwhelming success of the FullTilt Montreal Festival, it is near certain that the organizers will come back with a repeat performance and a tournament with giant guarantees.
Congratulations to the players and to the organizers and staff.