As the “Leap Month” of February comes to a close, one Canadian player who has leaped in his poker career winnings this month is Montrealer Samuel Chartier.
Samuel has spent the month travelling and playing poker in Europe mainly in France and Denmark at back to back European Poker Tours, the 2012 EPT Deauville in France and 2012 EPT Copenhagen in Denmark.
The European Poker Tour, a tournament series organized and sponsored by PokerStars, has been good to Charest in the past having cashed in a total 10 events prior to February since 2008 at various EPT events with one victory at the 2011 PCA.
In February, Chartier demonstrated his skills yet again by making 3 final tables at the two EPT’s.
Chartier’s first success was at the 10,000 euro buy-in highroller event at the French EPT in Deauville where he placed 4th to earn 65,600 euros (approx. $94K) “derrière” Eric Sfez of France who shipped the event for a 242,000 euro payday. Just behind Chartier in 5th spot was fellow Montreal poker player Ami Alibay who won 48,400 euros. There were a total of 72 entries for this event.
Chartier took his momentum to Denmark where he met a strong playing field of predominantly Scandinavian players. In the 35,000DKK (approx. $6,200) buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Six Max, Chartier placed second behind Alexander Petersen of Denmark who is known to be one of the best Omaha players in the world, especially in online poker games. Samuel won 201,600DKK (approx. $38K) out of a field of 20 players.
Two days later, in the 15,000DKK (approx. $2,700) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event, Chartier once again runnered-up in 2nd after a heads-up battle with Jonas Klausen of Denmark. The tournaments seemed to favour the hometown favorites but still, Samuel managed to bag 300,000DKK in additional winnings (approx. $58K).
Overall, Charest added a total of approximately $190,000 in winnings during the month of February to bring his total live career winnings up to over $1.25 million.
There are still four more EPT events in the schedule for Season 8. EPT Madrid (Spain), EPT Campione (Italy), EPT Berlin (Germany) and finally the showstopper EPT Monte-Carlo where Canadians have faired well in the past. The best way to win your tournament package is by playing satellites on PokerStars. Click here to sign up and be eligible for a great bonus and special promotions for Canadians.