Montreal Party Poker Classic Wraps Up in Las Vegas


Those following our at the scene articles, video interviews and photo galleries of the inaugural 2012 Montreal Party Poker Classic to benefit the Jodi Taiger Lazarus Fund for Hereditary Breast Cancer Research will remember that after the “MTLPPC fever” hit the city, 20 finalists still remained to finish the final leg of the tournament at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Dubbed ”one of a kind” charity poker event by the 783 entrants that took place in one of Canada’s largest starting entry fields, saw those top 20 contenders claim the flight and accommodation portion of the prizing they were already guaranteed to take their seats at the final two tables to decide a winner over the Victoria Day long weekend.


Final Results and Prizing (USD)


1st Riyaz Abdulla Grand Package Winner of $25,000 US


Includes; WPT Five Diamond Seat, WPT VIP, Return Flight to Vegas, Hotel and 1 hour Party Poker Pro Coaching


2nd          Philippe Bouchard      $17,500*

3rd          Archie Mayappo        $15,000*

4th          Olivier Brossard       $14,000*

5th          Louise Lamarche      $13,000*

6th         Chris Tessaro**      $12,000*

7th         Tony DiMaria        $11,500*

8th         Michael Boyle       $11,500*

9th         Allan Magid        $11,000*

10th       Alan Close         $11,000*


*Includes WPT $10,000 Five Diamond World Classic Seat at Bellagio. Prize Package Value in USD

**Playing for Kara Scott, who had prior commitments in over seas. (Chris was the ”softer” opponent anyway ;p)

Those falling just shy of the Final Table still made out with some significant loot and a trip to the significantly more pleasant climate offered this time of year in Las Vegas, finishing as follows:


11th        Jason Pynn $5,000

12th       Francois Cholette $4,000

13th       Joel Sheres $3,000

14th       Said Michailidis $2,000

15th       Kevin Fischback $2,000

16th       Kathy Sawers $2,000

17th       Eric Richer $1,500

18th      Arthur Walker $1,500

19th      Michael Lawson $1,500

20th     Bradley Steinmetz $1,000

Those finishing 21st-40th in the first leg of The Montreal Party Poker Classic held in Montreal also cashed $500 USD each.

Our sincere congratulations to all the volunteers, players as well as organizers, who came out to make this event for a great cause such an enormous success and we hope to see our Top 10 make headlines once again this upcoming December, when they take their seats at the WPT Five Diamond Classic at the Bellagio to play for their share of millions more in available prize money. Good Luck!






Previous article2012 WSOP Ones To Watch – The Repeats
Next article2012 Stampede Poker Classic Deerfoot Inn and Casino July 5th to 15th
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.


  1. This was the most fun I have had in 20 years. The dinner that was served at the Smith and Wollensky steak house was the best I’ve ever eaten. The suite at the Bellagio had a spectacular view that I will never forget. I had my picture taken with Mike Sexton and the Royal Flush Ladies , it doesn’t get better than that. I also won a seat to the five diamond classic in December. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime. 🙂


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.