The recent World Poker Tour event was held in Montreal and attracted one of the largest playing fields in the country’s poker history. Naturally, this also created one of the largest prize poker pools as well. In fact, this year’s World Poker Tour Montreal event featured a buy-in $3,300, thus ensuring a very large prize pool; prior to this most poker tourney buy-ins were listed at on or below $1k. The lucky player to win this event was Jonathan Roy, a French Canadian poker player.

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The WPT in Montreal by drew in a total of 1,173 poker participants who played for several days trying their best to win the poker first place prize which also included a seat to the WPT final table event. The next WPT Championship main event will be held in the year 2013 in the month of May at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas.

Soon after winning the WPT Montreal event, Jonathan Roy acknowledged his fans and commented, “This is incredible – the support here was amazing, the crowd really wanted to keep the title in Quebec and I am so happy to have done that.”

This year’s WPT Montreal event was particularly notable in that it attracted a lot of reputed poker players and big names in the poker industry internationally. One of the most noted names was that of Michael Phelps, Olympic Gold medal winner and brand ambassador for a popular online poker enterprise. His presence at the event has several poker players excited because he is respected for being a formidable Olympic champion. Jonathan Roy also appeared to be one of the fans of Michael Phelps. “It was unbelievable to have Michael Phelps on the rail…I got to win the title and shake him by the hand,” he said.

Jonathan Roy is fairly new to the poker scene and is only twenty five years old. Roy had to take down a strong field of players and it is credit to his skill that he was able to take the chip lead and keep it going. Roy walked away with a seat to Championship event of the WPT. The final table WPT game will be held in Vegas next year in the month of May. For his troubles, Roy won a whopping sum of $755,601 when he took the first place prize at the WPT in Montreal. Roy was also able to win a seat in the WPT World Championship worth a sum of $25k and it remains to be seen if Roy will be able to compete with the really big high rollers and poker sharks who usually make the final table at the WPT.                                                     .

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