The Série Royale de Poker took place on Friday at Casino de Montréal. The popular No Limit Hold’em Montreal poker tournament series was sold out with 120 players and reached a prize pool of $116,425 after fees. In addition to buying in directly, players were able to qualify for their $1,000 entry via satellites at the Montreal Casino and on Espacejeux, Loto-Quebec’s online poker site. One lucky Facebook fan won his entry through a special contest courtesy of Casino de Montréal.
There were several former Série Royale de Poker champions competing and seeking for repeat titles including Robert Cohen (Feb. 2011 – $90,540), Jean-Louis Arsenau (Oct. 2010 – $39,580) and Philippe Belley (Jul. 2010 – $29,335). Other notable local pros in the field included Pascal Lefrancois, Laurence Grondin , Jean-Philippe Piquette, Chris “doritos” McClung and Philippe Plouffe. The tournament kicked off at noon and players started with 20,000 chips.
By about 11:30 PM, a final table was reached. Here is a snapshot of the chip counts and seat assignments entering the final table.
|Seat 1||Elisa Bertucci||65,000|
|Seat 2||Daniel Bergeron||234,000|
|Seat 3||Louise Boyer||260,000|
|Seat 4||Daniel Charette||568,000||*chip leader|
|Seat 5||Mathieu Martin||199,000|
|Seat 6||Robert Cohen||126,000|
|Seat 7||Carter Swidler||177,000|
|Seat 8||Marc-Olivier Charpentier||126,000|
|Seat 9||Michel Dubreuil||491,000|
|Seat 10||Alberto Scuderi||155,000|
We were able to capture some of the action in the final table and here are some of the elimination hands.
Just a couple of hands into the final table, we had our first elimination. Alberto Scuderi in Seat 10 goes all-in and his neighbour in Seat 9 Michel Dubreuil calls. Alberto shows Q-J and has a pair with the board. Michel shows 8-9. The river card was good to Michel, it gave him a straight and elbow room to his left. Alberto Scuderi finishes in 10th place and takes home $2,910.
In the first of several triple all-in situations, Elisa the short stack at the table goes all in. Mathieu Martin and Marc-Olivier both call and play for a side pot. All three players show pairs in their hole cards. Elisa with Q-Q, Mathieu with 5-5 and Marc-Olivier with K-K. The board comes 3-A-8-Q-6 which gives Elisa 3 of a kind and a much needed chip boost. Marc-Olivier Charpantier is eliminated in 9th place with $3,495 in prize money.
In another hand decided on the river, Mathieu Martin goes all-in and is called by Carter Swidler. Both men show cards: Mathieu shows J-3 vs. Carter K-6. The board comes A-5-8-7-4 and Carter picks up a straight to win the hand. Mathieu is sent packing in 8th position with $4,075.
By now, Robert Cohen, a former Série Royale champion who made the final table, is the short stack. He goes all-in with 90K chips. He is called by Elisa and Daniel Charette who play for a side pot. Elisa bets 85K and Daniel folds. The two remaining players show cards: Robert with A-J and Elisa with K-K. The board is 10-8-3-4-A giving Robert top pair. No elimination but Robert triples his stack.
After a series of bets and a flop of 10-6-3, Daniel Bergeron goes all-in and is called by Robert Cohen. Daniel has A-Q and Robert Cohen 4-4. The rest of the board 5-J does not help Daniel who is eliminated in 7th place and wins $5,240. By now we are well into Level 20 with blinds of 8,000/16,000.
In this hand, there are a series of bets leading to a flop of 7-10-6. Robert Cohen is all-in with pocket 9’s against Michel Dubreuil with Q-10. The rest of the board comes 4-6 giving both men two pairs but Michel has the better pair. Robert Cohen’s momentum came to an end and the former Série Royale champion takes home $6,405.
Another triple all-in hand. Carter starts the betting and Elisa goes all-in pre-flop and Daniel calls. The board is 7-2-K-Q-A. Carter shows a stright with his 10-J. Elisa is out in 5th place winning $8,150.
Michel Dubreuil goes all-in pre-flop a nd Carter Swidler calls. Showdown is Carter: Q-9 vs. Michel: A-10 . The board is K-9-8-10-5 and once again Michel wins an elimination hand with a pair of 10’s. Carter takes $11,060 in prize money for 4th place.
Flop of 6-8-5. Daniel bets and after some minutes to think, Louise calls and shows two pairs with 5-8. Daniel shows 2-4. The turn is Q and river is and Ace and Louise’s pairs hold up. Louise Boyer doubles up to win 396,000 pot. We are in Level 22 with blinds of 12,000/24,000.
In the next hand, we have an all-in between Louise and Daniel. Daniel shows pocket 4’s and Louise is holding pocket Jacks. The board comes 5-J-5-7-6 and Louise picks up a full-house. Daniel Charette is eliminated in 3rd place and takes a prize of $13,390.
Heads up battle is between Louise Boyer and Michel Dubreuil. Louise has managed to chipped away at her opponent. In the final hand of the tournament, Louise goes all-in with A-Q and Michel calls with J-7. The board shows 2-10-5-J-K and just as it seemed like Michel would win the hand with a pair of Jacks, Louise picks up a King to win the tournament with a straight on the river. Louise wins the Série Royale de Poker and becomes the first female to win the series. She wins $39,580 for the victory. Michel played a great game and takes $22,120 for 2nd place.
Here are the final standings for the Série Royale de Poker.
Congratulations to all the winners!!