The 2019 edition of the WPT Montreal , the last major festival of the year, kept up with the WPT’s winning tradition and was a resounding success! The series, which ran from October 20 to November 4, included seven official WPT events as well as four Playground events and a plethora of satellites that allowed many players to take a shot at the big buy-in events for only a fraction of the cost. In all, the official WPT events awarded $5,970,632 in prizes!
The $500 + $50 WPT500 brought out an impressive field. This event guaranteed a prize pool of $1,066,000, awarding a million in cash and 20 $3,000 + $300 seats to the Main Event. With such great value on the line, it came as no surprise to see this event collect 2,135 entries throughout its 13 starting flights. When play finally concluded on Day 3, Bradley Smith emerged victorious to claim $102,733 for his victory, in addition to his Main Event seat. Smith managed to make a deep run in the Main Event, collecting another $6,500 in the process. What a week!
The $3,000 + $300 Main Event featured an Online Day 1 & 2 flight that allowed players from far and wide to play their way right into the money and join the live action on Day 3. Fourteen players managed to qualify via this route, and they joined the 145 players who advanced through the live flights for Day 3. All Day 3 qualifiers made the money, but only 10 advanced to Day 4. Day 4 was a poker spectacle, as the remaining players were all ferocious competitors. When the field was down to six players, the official WPT final table got underway, and all the action was streamed on Youtube with a 30-minute delay. Check out the WPT’s official Youtube channel to see how it all played out and enjoy the commentary provided by professional player Ari Engel. Kristen Bicknell and Michael Watson, two of the most widely-known Canadian players were part of the final table, but it was Geoffrey Hum who captured the title, beating out a field of 1,109 entries. Click here to read more about his victory.
The $1,500 + $150 WPTDeepStacks awarded the final trophy of the series. This event guaranteed a prize pool of $500,000, but the turnout of 596 entries was enough to award $863,400 in prizes. Jack Salter took it down, capturing $151,220 to go along with a $3,000 WPT seat.
The other events in the series – the WPT Ladies, WPT Freeze, WPT High Roller and WPT Bounty – were all highly competitive. Check out Playground’s official blog to learn more about the respective event winners.
The WPT Montreal also sent three players to the Caribbean Poker Party, an event to be held in the Bahamas this December, thanks to a satellite that awarded three packages, each worth $6,000 US!
Playground would like to thank all the players and Playground staff as well as our WPT and partypoker LIVE partners for their invaluable contributions to this overwhelmingly successful event! Playground is proud to host events of international caliber and looks forward to seeing everyone again in 2020!