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  1. Recently, one of the more vocal members of the poker community, Allen Kessler (pictured), stood up to one of the up-and-coming poker rooms in North America regarding tournament entry fees, which erupted into a full-scale, public battle on a few fronts. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- On Tuesday, Kessler issued a post on his Facebook page that pointed out a difference in what Montreal's Playground Poker Club, the host for the upcoming World Poker Tour Montrealtournament, charges for "juice" versus other casinos and card rooms. In a Twitter discussion with Playground, Kessler pointed out that the standard in the casino industry was a $3,200 tournament entry fee with $300 in "juice." Since last year, Playground, Kessler stated, has been charging $3,395 and $455. "Exactly what does the player get for that extra $155 that Playground completely pockets (and don't say the muffin buffet)," Kessler queried. This is where the conversation took a turn for the worse. In response, the Twitter representative for the Playground Poker Club wrote that it wasn't the "same event" and went on to say that the "quality of service and amenities is unlike any other poker room. Everyone who has been here (aside from you) agrees that Playground provides an experience unlike the 'standard' poker room." The final straw came with the finishing comments to Kessler from Playground: "People realize the fees are higher. However, they all understand why… except for you. No one is asking you to come and I assure you that your presence is not missed." As to be expected, a flood of support came in for Kessler across his Facebook page. One person noted, "Nothing special about that room, certainly not worth an extra $155 per entry." Another poster pointed out that the WPT should have an issue with a host casino raising its "juice" by more than 50%. Playground Poker Club honchos, realizing there was an issue brewing here, not only over the tournament fees but also the treatment of Kessler by its customer service staff, quickly put the PR machine into overdrive. While not mentioning Kessler directly, a press release from Playground stated, "Earlier today, the official Playground Poker Club Twitter account sent out a regrettable Tweet directed at one of the poker community's best-known characters. Playground's top priority… [is] to provide the best customer service in the industry… Today's Tweet was completely contrary to that ongoing mission." Playground went on to "assure the poker community that the words directed towards Mr. Kessler do not represent our brand or our values. The opinion of one passionate employee managed to get the better of him and he was held accountable." The release apologized to the poker community for "one person's lack of judgment that publicly jeopardizes our reputation." This isn't Kessler's first run-in with Playground. In 2012, Kessler questioned the exchange rate between the Canadian Dollar and the US Dollar and, at that time, stated he would never return. Kessler is also one of the most vocal players in the game on such issues as tournament structures and the amount of rake and, through his efforts, some changes have come about. Because of Kessler's open nature in discussing these subjects, however, he has rubbed some people the wrong way. As of Wednesday, Kessler hasn't stated publicly that he will be in Montreal for the tournament. Whether he is or isn't, the discussion of tournament poker fees is one that poker players will continue to keep an eye on as they continually increase. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. [caption width="640"] Poker players are flocking to the Playground Poker Club just outside of Montreal for the upcoming partypokerLIVE MILLION North America.[/caption] After opening its doors in December of 2010, the Playground Poker Club has quickly become one of North America’s premier poker venues. Located in Kahnawake, Quebec, just on the other side of the St. Lawrence river from downtown Montreal, the Playground Poker Club hosts several high-profile tournament series and has partnerships with some of the biggest brands in poker. The club became a household name in the poker world in 2012 when they partnered with the World Poker Tour. Since Jonathan Roy took down the inaugural WPT Montreal for $754,210, the Canadian card room became a fixture on the WPT and is always one of the most popular stops on the schedule. It can be argued that two of the most historic moments in WPT history took place during two of the three stops at the Playground this past WPT season. Last November, one of the faces of the WPT and Poker Hall of Famer, Mike Sexton, etched his name on the Champions Cup. He topped a field of 648 and defeated Benny Chen heads-up to win $317,817. The third stop of the season at the Playground Poker Club saw the WPT crown its first female champion in an open event. Ema Zajmovic won $183,789 to become the second woman to have her name inscribed on the cup. She joined Van Nguyen, who won an invitational event, as the only two females to earn the title of WPT champion. With the success of the first WPT stop in 2012, Playground added a second stop to the schedule in 2013 with the creation of the partypoker WPT Canadian Spring Championship. Since 2013, they have been one of the few venues with multiple stops on the tour in the same season. This year, however, instead of running the Canadian Spring Championship, they are hosting the partypokerLIVE MiILLION North America stop in its place. Even with the subtraction of the Canadian Spring Championship, Playground added an event in February, which will likely become a permanent stop on the tour’s schedule to continue its trend of multiple stops a year. The Playground Poker Club became relevant in the poker world largely after Black Friday, but since it is based in Canada, it was still able to run events with several of the biggest names in the online world. In 2013, they held the Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival and the partypoker.net Premier League. In 2014, they hosted the PokerStars Canada Cup, which gave them an event with, at the time, the three biggest online poker rooms on the planet. The 2014 Canada Cup was one of the most memorable ends to a tournament in poker history. Robert Notkin, a qualifier on PokerStars for $30, won a four-way all in with pocket kings to knock out three players and win $354,379. One of the features of the club that sets itself apart from other tournament venues is that the only gambling that takes place at Playground is poker. There are no slot machines, no table games and no sportsbook for players to place other bets. It's all poker, all the time. The club is widely regarded as the best place to play poker in all of Canada. It spreads games of all sizes, ranging for $1/$2 No Limit Hold’em all the way up to some of the biggest games the country has to offer. If players are looking for some time away from the tables, they are a 20-minute car ride away from taking in the sides and sounds of downtown Montreal. Between its location, selection of cash games and premier tournament schedules, it’s not a surprise that Playground Poker Club has emerged as one of the most desired places to play poker.
  3. [caption width="680"] Playground Poker Club is playing host to partypokerLive Million North America.[/caption] Playground Poker Club in Montreal has already hosted two World Poker Tour events and is now the site of the next partypokerLIVE event, Million. Similar to the event that recently wrapped up at the Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, England, this tournament starts with Phase 1. As with the Dusk Till Dawn version of this event, Phase 1s are running at the price point of CAD $550 with satellites available starting at a single penny. There are two ways for players to enter Day 1 of the event. They can either advance out of their Phase 1 session or buy in directly for CAD $5,300. There are two online Day 1s available. The first took place on April 23 and the next one is this Sunday, April 30 starting at 8:00 pm ET. All players who enter will start with 1,000,000 chips and play 10 40 minute levels. For those looking to play live right away, Day 1 sessions start at the Playground on Friday, May 5 at 12:00 pm ET. The price point for live Day 1 entries is CAD $5,300 and there is another Day 1 starting on May 6, also at 12:00 pm ET. Whether you qualify for Day 2 online or live, the full Day 2 field will combine on May 7 at the Playground. Registration is still open on Day 2 for CAD $5,300 and all players who register then will start with 1,000,000 chips. From there, the field will play down each day until the final table on May 10. “We are thrilled to be hosting the first partypoker Million with our online partner, partypoker. Kicking off the tour in Montreal, Canada gives all the North American players a first look at the amazing events partypoker will offer in 2017. We will also be featuring live phase 1’s in the club for all our players,” said Phil Sabbah, CMO of the Playground Poker Club. Based on the success of the partypokerLives series thus far in 2017, the Million event at the Playground should prove to be a massive hit in one of the last stops before the poker calendar shifts to Las Vegas at the end of May. If you're not playing on partypoker.com yet, what are you waiting for? By signing up today you'll not only able to qualify for partypoker LIVE, but you'll also get a 100% bonus on your first deposit up to $500. Sign-up right now!
  4. [caption width="640"] The Playground Poker Club will be the first venue to host a partypoker Live event when they bring the partypoker Million North America to Montreal in May.[/caption] Partypoker is going on a world tour and giving poker players the chance to join them with the launch of partypoker Live. The new tour will be based around $5,300 buy-in main events with million dollar guarantees. The announcement comes in the wake of a number of successful live events held under the partypoker banner in the last few months, most notably the Caribbean Poker Party last November in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. “Listening to feedback from the players at the Caribbean Poker Party it was clear that there was a desire for events that not only offer high guaranteed prize pools but also fun off the felt,” said Tom Water, Group Head of partypoker. “With the 2017 partypoker LIVE events schedule, there will be something for everyone! Online qualifiers start from $0.01 on partypoker giving players the opportunity to travel all over the world to take part in some amazing events.” The first partypoker Live event is slated for the popular Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada in May. The event, dubbed the partypoker Million North America, comes with a $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and a cool $1,000,000 guaranteed for the champion. It consists of three stages: Phase 1, Day 1, and Day 2. Phase 1 and Day 1 can be played online at partypoker.com or live at the Playground Poker Club, while everything Day 2 is played out live. “We are thrilled to be hosting the first partypoker Million with our online partner, partypoker.,” said Phil Sabbah, Playground Chief Marketing Officer. “Kicking off the tour in Montreal, Canada gives all the North American players a first look at the amazing events partypoker will offer in 2017. We will also be featuring live phase 1’s in the club for all our players.” Phase 1 of the partypoker Millon North America is already running both online and live with Day 1 events set to begin in April. To help promote the launch of the new Live tour, partypoker is awarding an additional $550 cash to the first 100 players to qualify online for Day 1. This $550 is not deducted from the prize pool and can be used for travel or other expenses. The new tour also includes the creation of the partypoker Nationals events – $1,100 buy-in events with prize pool of at least $500,000. Future partypoker Live dates and locations will be announced soon but look for Dusk Till Dawn, a long time partypoker partner and the largest poker room in the United Kingdom, to be included.
  5. [caption width="640"] Some of the best poker players in the world are headed to Montreal for partypokerLIVE North America.[/caption] After a successful stop in Russia last month in Sochi and a record-breaking event at Dusk Till Dawn in England, partypokerLIVE is heading to North America. The partypokerLIVE MILLION North America stop takes place at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal from April 30 – May 10. The 11-day poker festival’s main attraction is the No Limit Hold’em main event that features a $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. Players can play Phase 1 for $550 or buy directly into one of the two Day 1’s for $5,300. For those who try to qualify via any of the five Phase 1’s, those fields will play down to 10% of the field and the survivors will move on to Day 1. Players who buy directly into Day 1 will receive 1,000,000 in tournament chips and blinds will start at 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante. Those who made it through Phase 1 will take their stacks with them to the first day of action.If you're not playing on partypoker.com yet, what are you waiting for? By signing up today you'll not only able to qualify for partypoker LIVE, but you'll also get a 100% bonus on your first deposit up to $500. Sign-up right now!The other high-stakes event for the series is the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller event. It is a two-day event that carries a $500,000 guaranteed priz epool. It is scheduled to start on the same day as the final of the five Phase 1’s and will conclude on Day 1A of the main event. The scheduling allows players to participate in both the main event and the high roller. Other events on the schedule include a $330 No Limit Hold’em survivor with a $30,000 guaranteed prize pool, a $2,500 No Limit Hold’em second chance with a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool, a $330 No Limit Hold’em eight-max with a $40,000 guaranteed prize pool and a $1,100 no limit hold’em 50/50 bounty with a $60,000 guaranteed prize pool. The only non-No Limit Hold’em events on the schedule are $330 Five-Card Pot Limit Omaha and a $220 Pot Limit Omaha 50/50 bounty event. Playground Poker Club The Playground Poker Club is one of Canada’s premier poker venues. Located 20 minutes outside of downtown Montreal, there are plenty of sights to see if players want to take a break from grinding it out on the felt. Players coming from outside of Canada will need to bring a passport and all players must be at least 18 years old to participate. Players are encouraged to stay at the Westin Montreal, the W Montreal, the Hyatt Regency Montreal, the Loews Hotel Vogue Montreal, or the L Hotel Montreal. Outside of the extensive tournament schedule, there will be plenty of cash game action spread throughout the room of varying stakes. There is No Limit Hold’em varying from $1/$2 all the way up to $10/$25 and Pot Limit Omaha from $1/$2 up to $5/$10. There are higher stakes games available in private High Stakes rooms. Complete partypoker Million North America Schedule DATETime (ET)EVENTBUY-IN (CAD)GUARANTEE (CAD) April 307:00 PMpartypoker Million North America Phase 1500+505,000,000 May 111:00 AMpartypoker Million North America Phase 1500+505,000,000 May 211:00 AMpartypoker Million North America Phase 1500+505,000,000 May 27:00 PMPot Limit Omaha 50/50 Bounty Re-Entry100+20+10010,000 May 311:00 AMpartypoker Million North America Phase 1500+505,000,000 May 37:00 PMNo Limit Hold'em Survivor300+3030,000 May 411:00 AMpartypoker Million North America Phase 1500+505,000,000 May 41:00 PMHigh Roller10,000+300500,000 May 512:00 PMpartypoker Million North America Day 1A5,000+3005,000,000 May 51:00 PMHigh Roller Day 210,000+300500,000 May 612:00 PMpartypoker Million North America Day 1B5,000+3005,000,000 May 712:00 PMpartypoker Million North America Day 25,000+3005,000,000 May 811:00 AMNo Limit Hold'em Second Chance2,300+200150,000 May 812:00 PMpartypoker Million North America Day 35,000+3005,000,000 May 88:00 PMNo Limit Hold'em Eight-Max300+3040,000 May 911:00 AMNo Limit Hold'em 50/50 Bounty500+100+50060,000 May 912:00 PMpartypoker Million North America Day 45,000+3005,000,000 May 912:00 PMNo Limit Hold'em Second Chance2,300+200150,000 May 98:00 PMFive-Card Pot Limit Omaha Re-Entry300+3015,000 May 1012:00 PMpartypoker Million North America Day 55,000+3005,000,000 May 107:00 PMNo Limit Hold'em Bounty200+30+10030,000
  6. [caption width="640"] Spielbank Berlin could be a potential location for an 888Live festival in the new year.[/caption] 888Live festivals traveled across the globe in 2017, setting up shop in locations such as London, Barcelona, and Minsk. The tour has yet to announce festival dates or locations for 2018 leaving some to wonder where they might travel to next. There are quite a few untapped territories for 888 to visit and with 2018 drawing near, below are five stops that could be made next year. 1. Playground Poker Club - Montreal, Canada In only a few years, Playground Poker Club has set itself apart from many of its peers in terms of volume of tours that come through in a given year. In 2017 alone, Playground has hosted partypoker Live twice, including the first Millions North America event. This week, the World Poker Tour is making its second stop of 2017. 888 visited for a local event in 2016 and a festival would add more events and larger buy-ins to draw entrants. There are only so many dates Playground can accommodate and should they secure a two-week time slot, the opportunity makes sense. 888 would be able to grow their Canadian market and promote the latest addition to the 888 team, Toronto’s Parker Talbot. 2. Le Croisette Casino Barrière - Cannes, France Cannes has played host to the World Series of Poker Europe in years past and this year, WPTDeepStacks made their first trip there. The €1,100 Main Event drew 266 entries and it is fair to expect that 888Live could produce similar numbers. The World Series of Poker Circuit is also in Cannes and the casino is ripe to add another strong brand to their yearly catalog. There are no 888 ambassadors who hail from France but having team members from the neighboring countries of Germany and the United Kingdom would do well for participation. 3. Hilton Prague Hotel - Prague, Czech Republic Since 2007, Prague and the Hilton Hotel have played host to the final European Poker Tour (and now PokerStars Championship) event of the year. During that time, there has only been one other series hosted at the Hilton, and that was in 2010 when Unibet came to town. The property appears to be well equipped to host another series and provided there are no major scheduling conflicts in place, 888Live has a second property in the Czech Republic to add to the schedule. This season, 888Live visited King’s Casino in Rozvadov. 4. Spielbank Berlin Germany - Berlin, Germany Another property that has hosted major events in prior years, Spielbank Berlin is opening the 2018 World Poker Tour calendar with the WPT European Championship. In 2015, the casino hosted World Series of Poker Europe. 888 ambassador Natalie Hof hails from Germany, making the fit more seamless. As 888Live adds more properties to its arsenal, familiarity will come in handy for those looking for a new destination. Assuming that the WPT European Championship draws well, 888 Live should be following up right behind with a festival of its own. 5. Undetermined Pennsylvania Location Online poker is officially regulated in the state of Pennsylvania after a wait of many years and 888 is prime to jump in the marketplace. Having a tie-in with WSOP.com and the Harrah’s property in Philadelphia make an 888Live appearance there a natural fit. The largest hurdle to overcome is the scheduling of the event. There is no definitive timeline for when online play will officially commence and should 888Live decide to host an event before the end of 2018, the need for online satellites is a must. Only time will tell when and where 888Live is to plant their roots in the state for festivals to come.
  7. [caption width="640"] Mike Sexton looks to defend his WPT title in Montreal starting on November 10[/caption] It was roughly one year ago when poker legend and former World Poker Tour commentator Mike Sexton bested the field of 648 players at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal to win the partypoker.net WPT Montreal Main Event for over $317,000 US and his first WPT title. On Friday, November 10, the WPT is set to return to the scene of last year’s historic tournament for the sixth WPT Montreal at the beloved Playground Poker Club. The five-day $3,850 CAD Main Event features a $2,000,000 CAD (over $1.5 million US) guarantee and will be both filmed for television as well as live streamed around the world. The Montreal stop has been a staple of the WPT since its initial appearance on the schedule back in Season XI. The tournament was the first time a WPT Main Event was held on Canadian soil since 2008 and in a gripping conclusion, Canadian Jonathan Roy bested countryman Pascal Lefrancois to take home the inaugural WPT Montreal title and a career-high cash of $779,210 USD. Joining Roy, popular pros Jeff Gross and Gavin Smith made appearances at the 2012 final table. In fact, WPT Montreal has a healthy history of final tables full of poker’s brightest minds. The year after Roy’s victory saw, Lily Kiletto and Mukul Pahuja, who won the WPT Season XII Player of the Year that year, playing for the title. Pahuja final tabled the same event the very next year, joining Main Event mainstay Kevin McPhee and, the eventual winner of WPT Montreal in Season XIII, Jonathan Jaffee. Season XIV’s Final Table featured the first player not hailing from Canada or the U.S. when German phenom Rainer Kempe finished in third. Then, again, just last year, Sexton’s victory was over hometown favorite, Canadian Benny Chen, perhaps best known as the gold bracelet winner in the WSOP’s inaugural 2013 Millionaire Maker. WPT Montreal's frenzy of action begins with three Day 1’s, November 10-12, with re-entries being allowed on subsequent days. Players have the ability to fire secondary and tertiary bullets in additional Day 1s even if they survived their first with the largest surviving chip stack of any day moving forward to Day 2. There is plenty of opportunity for players to show up early and satellite into the Main Event as well. On November 9, Playground Poker Club is offering three different mega-satellites. This includes a massive 20-seat guaranteed tournament for $385 + $35 CAD at 8:00pm local time. As the Main Event begins, there are additional times to win your way in on both Day 1a and Day 1b. In total, 50 seats will be guaranteed to go to live qualifiers. There's little question of if WPT Montreal will be big – but how big will it be in Season XVI? Certainly, there will be plenty of notable names in the field vying for the massive guarantee. One player to keep an eye on that has confirmed his attendance is current WPT Player of the Year points leader Art Papazyan. Papazyan has a huge lead in the POY race after winning a pair of WPT events this season, but if he wants to keep those who would usurp his claim to the WPT POY crown he needs to keep on cashing. Joining Papazyan will be the reigning, defending WPT Montreal champion himself, Mike Sexton. The WPT Montreal Main Event kicks off on November 10 and plays to a final table of six players which will be live streamed on November 16.
  8. Montreal and the Playground Poker Club play host for the second time to one of poker's largest series when partypoker LIVE MILLIONS comes to town. From April 21-May 2, the scope of the poker eye moves north of the United States border. Season 2 of partypoker LIVE starts with a bang with a C$10 million guaranteed prize pool for a C$5,300 buy-in. The top two finishers are guaranteed at least C$1,000,000. This number holds to form with previous partypoker LIVE events of similar guarantees. The 2017 rendition of this event drew an international crowd of 1,168 and put close to C$6 million in the prize pool to surpass the C$5 million guarantee. Canadian Jean-Pascal Savard emerged victorious over a strong final table featuring Ari Engel, Niall Farrell, and Matt Waxman to win C$956,050 ($696,169). Bigger and Better This year's partypoker LIVE festival features strong guarantees outside of the Main Event. partypoker's success in drawing the high rollers in at Barcelona hopes to be carried over at Playground. On the schedule of events for the MILLIONS North America series is a trio of C$1,000,000 guaranteed tournaments. The first on the list is a C$10,300 High Roller that kicks off the series on April 21 and features two starting days. A C$1,100 event follows on the schedule with two starting flights to put approximately 1,000 runners in the field to meet the guarantee. A similar event at Fallsview in February as part of the Fallsview Poker Classic drew 1,387 entrants for a C$1,100 buy-in. Finally, the big boys get in the action with the C$25,300 Super High Roller that opens on April 23 and wraps up on April 24. Main Event Across Canada The partypoker standard of including online Day 1s holds to form in Montreal (and technically, around the world). Day 1 flights are running on partypoker.com with players able to "bag" and advance to one of two Day 2s. There are five Day 1 flights at Playground and depending on which Day 1 they advance from, players return on either April 28 or April 29 for their respective Day 2. Playground is partnering with another member of the Canadian poker family for live Day 1s. The Deerfoot Casino in Calgary, Alberta is hosting $C5,300 buy-in Day 1 and Day 2 flights. Day 1 in Deerfoot is April 17 followed by Day 2 on April 18. All Day 1s at Playground carry 60-minute levels with the exception of Day 1E, which is reduced to 40-minutes. Any player who bags after Day 2 at Deerfoot earns $1,200 expenses to head to Playground for April 30th's Day 3 where the full field is to be assembled. The Main Event wraps on May 2 on Day 5 with a live-streamed final table exclusively on partypoker.com. Post-Lims Galore The seven-figure guarantees are far from over when the Main Event starts. There are two more C$ 1,000,000 prize pools that take place starting on April 30. The C$1,100 Turbo opens with two starting flights spread across April 30 and May 1. The final table plays out on May 2 with 30-minute levels for the duration of the tournament. It's not called a "High Roller" but the $10,300 Finale carries the same buy-in as is predecessor along with a seven-figure guarantee. There is only one Day 1 for the Finale followed by Day 2 on May 1 and the final table on May 2.
  9. partypoker’s award-winning tournament, MILLIONS North America, returns to the Playground Poker Club on April 21. The festival is headlined by an inviting CAD $10,000,000 guaranteed Main Event with a $5,300 buy-in. If the mere total prize pool wasn’t enough to get players adrenaline spiking, it’s a certainty that, at a minimum, the top three finishers in the event will all walk away with at least CAD $1 million. Three instant millionaires. CAD $10 MILLION Guaranteed As partypoker continues to expand on their "player’s first" agenda, they find themselves offering some of the most ambitious tournaments of the year. A CAD $10 million guarantee may not be an easy number to hit. In fact, even though they have five starting flights (beginning on Tuesday, April 24) they are going to need 2000 runners in order to cover the guarantee. That’s great news for players - if they get there or even surpass it, there’s a massive prize pool. If by chance they happen to miss, there would be some added value in overlay. Either way, if players have ever been inclined to make it to Montreal - partypoker MILLIONS North America is the tournament to enter. Qualify for MILLIONS North America Online In order to help them hit such a lofty attendee milestone, partypoker is running non-stop qualifiers on their site. Buy-ins start for as little as $0.50. Players can step their way through the satellite tree and wind up with a ticket that will have them seated in one of the largest tournaments of the year. MILLIONS North America Centrolls: a $0.50 satellite that guarantees at least five tickets to the $22 level. MILLIONS North America Quarter Finals: $22 buy-in. Those who make it through bring their stack with them to the Semi-Finals. Players who make more than one Semi-Final bring their largest stack forward. MILLIONS North America Semi-Finals: $109 buy-in. Same concept as the Quarter Finals. Build a stack to bring forward to the Finals. MILLIONS North America Mega Satellite: $530 buy-in. Win or buy your way into the Sunday satellite where no fewer than 10 seats will be guaranteed. Players can win multiple seats which can either be used for multiple entries or even sold. Like most step satellites, players can jump into the process wherever their bankroll allows. Sign-up for a Mypartypokerlive.com account today and you'll get a $22 tournament ticket credited to your account so you can start trying to qualify for free! In Person Mega Satellites In addition to the non-stop online qualifying action, players who make it to the Playground Poker Club early will have a number of opportunities to win their way into the Main Event. Beginning on Sunday, April 22, the card room will be running a series of two-step mega satellites. Buy-ins begin at CAD $110 + $10 and they will feed, in total, a guaranteed 65 total seats to the Main Event. As value hunters, trophy seekers and shot takers descend on the Playground Poker Club in Montreal beginning on April 21, players have plenty of opportunities to win their seats at a fraction of the price. The path to partypoker MILLIONS North America starts for just $0.50 with qualifiers running right now around the clock online and in-person satellites starting on April 22.
  10. “If you’re a poker player, come to Montreal in April. We’ve got about 1,000 people to be qualifiers. Very soft field! Thank you very much!” Playground Poker Club's Phil Sabbah, pointing to the sky, was fired up as he accepted the American Poker Award for last year's partypoker MILLION North America event at his Montreal-based club. Why wouldn’t he be? Despite the APA's being sponsored by PokerStars, partypoker’s new “players first” narrative helped overcome some long odds to take home the trophy for Event Of The Year. The tournament was so well-received in 2017, partypoker LIVE is doubling down in 2018. They've increased the guarantee of the upcoming MILLIONS North America Main Event to an enormous $10,000,000 CAD (~ $7,650,000 US) and they are doing everything they can to make this year even better than the last. MILLIONS Main Event The $5,300 Main Event of the partypoker MILLIONS North America follows in the footsteps of their other recent Main Events. Starting on Tuesday, April 24 players have up to five starting flights to choose from, each one allowing for a single re-entry. Sixty-minute levels (except for Day 1E which is paired down to 40 minutes) and starting stacks of 100 big blinds make it so players have some wiggle room but also moving swiftly enough to ensure that plenty of players will be busting out in the first few levels. The prize pool, a minimum of CAD $10,000,000, is going to require no less than 2000 runners to reach the guarantee. That could be a tough number to hit. Helping to bring players through the Playground Poker Club doors though will be, for a lucky few, the promise of a seven-figure score. Each of the top three players at the final table will walk away with a cash of CAD $1,000,000 or more. But unlike the World Poker Tour Argentina stop - only the last player standing will get to hoist the partypoker trophy. Win And You’re In partypoker is looking to make MILLIONS North America one of the biggest events of the year by packing the field with qualifiers. If they have it their way, there will be almost half who found their way to a seat by paying a fraction of the buy-in by winning seats via satellites. Online, partypoker is offering their Phases tournaments to help people win their way into the Main Event, starting for as little as $0.50. Players can work their way up the ladder or buy directly into the $530 MILLIONS North America Mega Satellite tournaments. Taking place on Sundays at 4 pm EST, each of the mega satellites guarantees at least ten seats to the Montreal Main Event. Multiple seats won can be used for re-entry. A Festival Of Events Though the Main Event is the major focus of the MILLIONS North America tour stop, it’s not the only event on the calendar. The entire festival takes place from April 21- May 2 and includes a CAD $25,000 Super High Roller, a CAD $10,000 High Roller, two CAD $1,000 events, and also a CAD $10,000 MILLIONS Finale, just in case players need a trip saver. In total, the schedule guarantees CAD $15,000,000 over the six total events. All of the action takes place at one of the world's premiere card rooms, the Playground Poker Club, just 20 minutes outside of Montreal. The CAD $1,000 Opening Event kicks off on April 21, with Day 1A of the Main Event getting underway on April 24. Follow the Action from Home If you're not lucky enough to win an online package or simply want to be able to follow the action as some of poker's top tournament players chase down a seven-figure score, you can sign up for Mypartypokerlive.com account now and get access to exclusive live updates, videos and the final table live stream. You'll also get a free $22 tournament ticket just for signing up.
  11. The World Poker Tour joins forces with partypoker LIVE to present the Season XVII partypoker WPT Montreal festival from October 21-November 4. All the action takes place at the popular Playground Poker Club in Montreal and, for the first time, brings together all of the WPT tournament brands in a single stop. Three Tours In One There will be a lot of firsts taking place at the Montreal festival. The stop is the beginning of the new four-year partnership between the World Poker Tour and partypoker LIVE brands to co-produce live events in both Canada and Europe. It’s also the first time that the World Poker Tour has brought all of their major tournament brands under the same roof at the same time. Players who travel to Montreal will have the ability to compete in a WPT500 event, a WPTDeepstacks tournament as well a WPT Main Tour championship event. WPT500 The popular WPT500 tournament kicks off the festival on October 26. But not before players are able to participate in three starting flights that will take place on partypoker. The online Day1's run from October 21-23, one per day, with those who finish the day able to make their way to the Playground Poker Club for the live portion of the event. Then five more live starting flights of the C$550 will take place at the Playground Poker Club. The WPT500 Montreal tournament carries a C$550 buy-in and a C$1 million guarantee. The final table is set to play out on October 30. WPT Main Event Right on the heels of the WPT500, the C$5,300 Main Event takes place. partypoker will again play host to an online starting flight which runs on Sunday, October 28. Then players take their seats in the cardroom for one of three starting flights for the Main Event. The championship event guarantees C$5,000,000 and begins on October 29. The players who advanced both online will join those who advanced playing live and the two will play side-by-side as they combine the fields in the live arena on November 1. From November 1-4, the WPTDeepstacks event begins with five starting flights. The C$1,650 buy-in provides a C$1million guarantee as well. In addition to all three marquee events, the festival offers a Ladies Event, a $10K High Roller, a Pot Limit Omaha event and for the closer, a C$550 No Limit Hold'em Six Max Turbo A Look Back Season XVII marks the seventh season that the World Poker Tour has been visiting Montreal at this time of year. The popularity of the poker room plus the prestige of the event has, in no small part, contributed to the long list of popular poker pros that have appeared at the final tables of Montreal. Past champions of the event include Canadian Jonathan Roy, who took down the initial WPT Montreal in 2012 for over $784,000. Two years later, Jonathan Jaffee bested a field of 732 for $463,432 at a final table that included back-to-back WPT Montreal final table participant Mukul Pahuja and WSOP Europe Main Event Champion Kevin McPhee. In 2016, current partypoker Chairman, Mike Sexton, went on to win the event while still in his duties as co-commentator for the WPT television show. It was a performance that got him nominated for two American Poker Awards. Then just last year, Canadian Maxime Heroux took down the event for $403,570. It was the first time a Canadian had won the tournament since Roy’s initial victory in 2012. What To Watch For With the ability to satellite into various events online plus play starting flights on partypoker, watch for an uptick in the number of players in the Main Event. The number of players has never drifted south of 600, but player turn out has continually decreased year over year since the beginning of WPT Montreal. The hope will be that the online presence plus bringing in all three WPT tournament banners for a single festival be just the shot in the arm that the festival is looking for in 2018. In the short history of the event, the winner has always been from North America. In fact, only three players of the past six WPT Montreal final table has not been either American or Canadia. Rainer Kempe represented Germany in 2015, Ilan Boujenah from Israel in 2016 and Pat Quinn, who finished as the runner-up, in 2017. Perhaps with the ability to buy-in using partypoker LIVE dollars, the rare European, perhaps red-hot partypoker ambassador Anatoly Filatov, will arrive to take the Montreal title away from the North Americans. Follow Along Live updates for all of the major events will again be provided by the World Poker Tour on their website. The final table of the Main Event will be livestreams and can be seen both from the WPT as well as partypoker on the My partypoker LIVE app. partypoker WPT Montreal Schedule Of Events Dates Event Buy-In 10/21 WPT500 Online - Day 1A $550 10/22 WPT500 Online - Day 1B 10/23 WPT500 Online - Day 1C 10/26 WPT500 Online - Day 1A WPT500 - Day 1A WPT500 - Day 1B 10/27 WPT500 - Day 1C WPT500 - Day 1D 10/28 WPT500 - Day 1E WPT500 - Day 1F WPT Main Event Online - Day 1A $5,300 10/29 WPT500 - Day 1G Turbo $550 WPT Main Event - Day 1A $5,300 10/30 WPT Main Event - Day 1B 10/31 WPT Main Event - Day 1C 11/01 WPT Deepstacks - Day 1A $1,650 WPT Deepstacks - Day 1B 11/02 WPT Deepstacks - Day 1C High Roller $10,300 WPT Deepstacks - Day 1D $1,650 11/03 WPT Deepstacks - Day 1E Turbo WPT Ladies Event $220 11/04 Pot Limit Omaha $1,100 NLHE Six Max Turbo $550
  12. The World Poker Tour has a new champion, after Patrick 'prepprepprep' Serda defeated a field of 792 entries to win the Season XVII WPT Montreal C$5,300 Main Event. Serda came into the final table at Playground Poker Club with the chip lead and successfully battled his way to victory to claim the C$855,000 first-place prize. At the official WPT final table of six, Serda defeated World Poker Tour champion Ema Zajmovic in heads-up play, and he also battled with Sorel Mizzi (3rd place) and WPTDeepStacks champion Upeshka De Silva (5th place). WPT Montreal Final Table Results 1st: Patrick 'prepprepprep' Serda - C$855,000* 2nd: Ema Zajmovic - C$556,000 3rd: Sorel Mizzi - C$410,000 4th: Kauvsegan Ehamparam - C$305,450 5th: Upeshka De Silva - C$230,250 6th: Jiachen Gong - C$175,500 *First-place payout includes a $15,000 entry into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. The final-table eliminations began when Jiachen Gong was sent home in sixth place as the result of a three-way clash. Zajmovic, Gong, and Kauvsegan Ehamparam found all of the money in the middle preflop. Zajmovic and Gong both had ace-queen, and Ehamparam had ace-king. The ace-king held for Ehamparam and he won the pot to triple up, while Gong long to Zajmovic after she made a flush. De Silva was next to go, busting at the hands of Mizzi when his pocket fours couldn’t pull off the upset against Mizzi’s pocket jacks. Shortly after that, Ehamparam was sent home in fourth place by Zajmovic. Three-handed play meant Zajmovic was just two players away from her second World Poker Tour title. Serda and Mizzi were each looking for their first. After being fairly quiet throughout the final table, Serda woke up in a big way when he knocked out Mizzi in third place. Mizzi had fallen short and moved all in from the button for 3.2 million when the blinds were 100,000-200,000 with a 200,000 big blind ante. Serda reraised all in from the small blind for 12.6 million. Zajmovic folded from the big blind and it was Mizzi’s two sizes against the pocket nines for Serda. Mizzi failed to come from behind and was knocked out in third place for C$410,000. With the elimination of Mizzi, Serda was able to enter heads-up play with a slight lead. Serda had 16.15 million to Zajmovic's 15.675 million. Only a handful of hands were played between the two before Serda sealed the victory. The heads-up pots played between Serda and Zajmovic to start didn’t seem like much. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the two collided to end the tournament. On the final hand, Zajmovic raised to 500,000 on the button. The blinds were still 100,000-200,000 with a 200,000 big blind ante, and Serda opted to three-bet to 1.6 million. Zajmovic came back with a four-bet to 3.8 million, and Serda called. The flop was [poker card="Ts"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"] and both players checked to see the [poker card="Ac"] land on the turn. Serda checked, Zajmovic bet 3 million, and Serda called to see the [poker card="3h"] land on the river. Serda checked, Zajmovic moved all in for 8.5 million, and Serda went into the tank. He eventually made the call holding just the[poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] for a pair of sevens. Zajmovic had air with the[poker card="Kd"][poker card="9s"] and was eliminated in second place. Season XVII WPT Montreal event marked the first in the new four-year partnership between the World Poker Tour and partypoker LIVE. The event attracted 792 entries but failed to reach the C$5 million guarantee on the prize pool. The top 103 places reached the money, and notable finishes were had by WPT Champions Club members Jonathan Little (8th - C$105,500), Amir Babakhani (12th - C$67,000), Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah (18th - C$36,500), Marvin Rettenmaier (45th - C$14,978), David Ormsby (55th - C$13,221), Matt Salsberg (99th - C$8,712), and Darryll Fish (102nd - C$8,712). Next up for the World Poker Tour is the Season XVII WPT Seminole Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The full festival runs November 14-28, 2018, with the $3,500 Championship Event taking place November 23-28. Photo courtesy of the World Poker Tour.
  13. The World Poker Tour and partypoker have teamed up once again to present the partypoker WPT Montreal festival, taking place at the Playground Poker Club from October 26- November 4. The festival brings together three major WPT brands into a single series. Players will have the opportunity to battle for a WPT500, WPT DeepStacks and the Main Tour title all in the same trip. Players also have the opportunity to win their way into these events through satellites where they can win and buy-in with partypoker LIVE Dollars. partypoker LIVE Dollars is a new proprietary currency that helps players to buy in to LIVE tournaments. They can also be used to pay for travel, lodging, all of the LIVE events, and online Day One's. Now, players headed to Canada to take part in the Montreal Festival can work their way up a satellite tree of LIVE dollars and win their way into the Main Event or even the WPT500. Work Your Way Up The steps of the satellite tree are very similar to what many players will be already familiar with. Players can start at the bottom of the steps and work their way up to competing for a WPT seat for as little as $1.10. pp LIVE Dollar Mega Satellites $1.10 to win a $5.50 ticket $5.50 to win a $22 ticket $22.00 to win a $109 ticket $109 to win a $530 ticket The $530 ticket can be used to purchase a seat into the WPT Montreal Satellite which awards a minimum of two seats into the Main Event. Of course, one does not need to start at the bottom as players can jump into the satellite tree at any point and play their way through. This includes the $530 direct satellite to win a seat. Cash Out Along The Way partypoker LIVE Dollars have some flexibility to them. Instead of working their way up through the tournament ticket steps, at just about any point a player can opt to play for more LIVE Dollars. Once they have accumulated enough Dollars they can be put to any LIVE event as well as the online starting flights. The WPT500 will have three online starting flights on partypoker beginning on October 21. The Main Tour $5,300 buyin will have one online starting flight taking place on October 28. Win An Ambassadorship partypoker is running a number of promotions in connection with their LIVE Dollars with regards to WPT Montreal. If a player is one of the first 100 to buy in to the Main Event using PP LIVE Dollars and they end up winning the event, partypoker will make them a Sponsored Pro for a year by giving that player $100,000 to use at any of their LIVE events in the next 12 months. Additionally, that player gets to keep 100% of any winnings. partypoker is extending that Sponsored Pro promotion to both the WPT500 and WPT Deepstacks tournaments as well. Be one of the first 200 to buy in to either one and then win that tournament and receive $50,000 to spend on LIVE events for the next year. Upcoming partypoker WPT Montreal Qualifiers Date Event Buy-In 10/09 WPT Montreal Satellite: 2 X $5,300 CAD Seats Gtd $530 10/11 WPT Montreal Satellite: 2 X $5,300 CAD Seats Gtd $530 10/14 WPT Montreal Satellite: 2 X $5,300 CAD Seats Gtd $530
  14. Francois Billard has had a lot of success at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal over the course of his career, but Sunday night the Canadian poker pro put an exclamation point on all of them by winning the partypoker MILLIONS North America Main Event for a career-best $715,414 score. It took just 14 hands for Kevin Rabichow, who started the day as the chip leader, to pick off one of the shorter stacks. With blinds of 800,000/1,600,000, Rabichow opened from UTG for 3,200,000 and Danick Landriault defended his big blind. After a flop of [poker card="qs"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5c"], Landriault check-called Rabichow's bet of 2,400,000. The [poker card="2h"] turn saw Landriault check again before Rabichow moved all in. Landriault called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="8s"] which put him behind Rabichow's [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="3c"] river was no help for Landriault and he was out in sixth. It took almost six hours before the next player was sent out. Action folded to Billard on the button and he moved all in. Alexandros Kolonias folded his small blind but Paul Fontan called all in from the big blind. Billard turned over [poker card="jc"][poker card="4c"] and Fontan showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6h"] flop gave Billard the lead and neither the [poker card="td"][ turn or [poker card="2c"] river were able to save Fontan from a fifth place result. Two hours later, Rabichow found another victim. From UTG, Rabichow raised to 7,000,000 and Kolonias called from the big blind. The flop [poker card="tc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"] flop got both players to check. Kolonias checked again after the [poker card="ts"] flop, but Rabichow bet 5,500,000 and Kolonias called. The river was the [poker card="qc"] and Kolonias checked again. Rabichow shoved all in and Kolinias called and showed [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"] but lost to Rabichow's [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] for a fourth place finish. The final three players played for a while before coming to an agreement on an ICM chop. Francois Billard - $557,278 Joni Jouhkimainen - $434,063 Kevin Rabichow - $430,848 The players agree to leave $158,003 on the table for the eventual champion. Despite the deal, the final three players played for three hours before the next elimination. After Rabichow folded his button, Jouhkimainen moved all in from the small blind and Billard called from the big blind. Jouhkimainen tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"] while Billard showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. The board ran out [poker card="8c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="7d"] to send Jouhkimainen's day in third position. Heads-up play started with Billard holding a 2.7-1 lead over Rabichow and it took just over an hour for Billard to finish him off. On the final hand, Rabichow raised to 12,000,0000 and Billard clicked back for 42,000,000. Rabichow called to see a flop of [poker card="kd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"]. Billard bet 26,000,000 and Rabichow called. The [poker card="th"] turn was good enough to get Billard to move all in and Rabichow called. Billard showed [poker card="ts"][poker card="9d"] for a turned two pair while Rabichow tabled [poker card="jh"][poker card="td"] for second pair and an open-ender. The river was the [poker card="6d"] and Billard eliminated Rabichow to win the partypoker MILLIONS Main Event. Final Table Payouts Francois Billard - $715,414 Kevin Rabichow - $430,848 Joni Jouhkimainen - $434,063 Alexandros Kolonias - $275,331 Paul Fontan - $223,241 Danick Landriault - $186,035 Ben Heath - $148,828 Ruben Perceval - $111,621
  15. For the third straight year, the World Series of Poker is setting up shop at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, the Czech Republic for their post-summer bracelet series in Europe. For the better part of 23 days, starting on October 13, poker players will be battling in 15 gold bracelet events with a select few making a run at becoming the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year. The stakes are high and the rewards will be huge giving the WSOPE nearly everything one could want in a destination poker trip. Except, maybe, one thing. It’s in Rozvadov. Looking for sun and sand? Looking for exciting nightlife? Looking for…a Big Mac? You’re going to have to look outside of Rozvadov. No offense to Rozvadov, or its population of just over 800, but 23 days in a small resort centered village is a long time. No one is questioning the action that takes place at Leon Tsoukernik’s massive European poker room and the 24-hour buffet is likely delicious but after three years, perhaps its time for the WSOP to give players a new destination for their post-summer series bracelet events … maybe not even in Europe. Barcelona, Spain There’s no doubt about it, Barcelona continues to be a hot commodity market in poker. The enthusiasm for poker in Barcelona continues to grow and the World Series of Poker can certainly piggyback off the success shown by PokerStars most recent EPT Barcelona stop where, with the ability to re-enter, their €5,300 Main Event topped out at 1,988 runners. In addition to having plenty of local support for poker, the city has an amazing amount of gifts to offer players who find themselves prematurely on the rail from any given tournament. The seaside city offers top-notch options for dining and day-trips. By all accounts, a poker trip to Barcelona certainly won’t leave players bored. Montreal, Canada When it comes to poker, Montreal has one of the nicest rooms in the world when it comes to the Playground Poker Club. Playground knows how to handle huge events as they routinely host the likes of the World Poker Tour and partypoker, so they would know how to make poker players feel right at home when battling for a bracelet. With 75 poker tables on the floor, Playground likely has the capacity to serve all of the WSOP’s needs. Outside of the card room, Montreal is a world-class city. A destination for foodies, Montreal competes with the best cities in the world when it comes to culinary experiences. Additionally, the city’s architecture and sights, like the view from Mont-Royal, is what keeps tourists returning to the Canadian city time and time again. Macau Macau’s poker credentials are already legendary. Some of the top names in the game of poker seemingly have evaporated from the U.S. scene to get their grind on in the biggest games in the world - many of which take place in the “Las Vegas of Asia.” The thirst for poker is there and should the WSOP wish to plant a flag in the high roller game, perhaps a post-summer series in Macau is a good place to start. The WSOP recently added a €250,000 buy-in Super High Roller to their schedule in Rozvadov with the hopes of luring the nosebleed players into making the trip. By many accounts, the appetite for those stakes already exist in Macau. Plus, a high profile WSOP series could help expand poker in Macau, where admittedly there may not currently be enough active tables to host an event like a Mini Main Event. It could also pull back the curtain a little bit on the mystery of Macau poker and give fans a glimpse into it’s growing scene. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Brazil has it all: beaches, nightlife and a rabid fanbase for the game of poker. Just take a look at the PocketFives Total PLB rankings - Brazil blasts every other country out of the water nearly doubling the total of the next closest country, the UK. Brazilian’s love their poker and they have produced some of the best players in the world including bracelet winners Andre Akkari and former #1-ranked PocketFiver Yuri Dzivielevski. As a city, Rio is considered one of the most beautiful in the world surrounded by both the massive mountains and the golden sand beaches. It’s close to nature on every front and allows for tourists to be encompassed by beauty wherever they go. It’s been called a ‘laid-back’ city with a beach vibe, something that poker players who don’t particularly like adhering to a schedule can easily embrace. While it may be hard to find the same amount of space as the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, one thing for sure is that at this Rio the food is going to be better than the standard fare in the poker kitchen. Hollywood, Florida, USA Perhaps you think we’re reaching here, as Hollywood, Florida is not only not an exotic city it’s not even outside of the U.S. Here’s the idea: push back the timeline on the additional bracelet events to January and have a WSOP Winter Series. Florida may not have everything you are looking for in terms of classic architecture, world-class restaurants and bucket-list sights but in January the weather is amazing. That alone could get players hopping flights to The Sunshine State if for no other reason than to escape their own winter conditions. Plus, the Seminole Hard Rock has plenty of space for players to grind with an even larger expanded second bracelet series. The Florida poker scene is noted for being a vibrant, enthusiastic community for tournament players and it seems like a slam dunk for secondary WSOP bracelet success.
  16. The final table of the World Poker Tour Montreal event was as star-studded as they come. A former World Series of Poker Main Event champion was joined by the reigning GPI Female Player of the Year, a former November Niner, and a former PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champion and yet somehow Geoffrey Hum found a way to outshine them all. Hum, whose career earnings prior to Sunday was $51,588, eliminated the final four standing in his way to pick up a World Poker Tour title, an entry into the WPT Tournament of Champions, and $500,000 CDN ($381,000 US). [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The action started just 14 hands in. Martin Jacobson moved all in from UTG with [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"] and Adedapo Ajayi called from the cutoff with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"]. The board ran out [poker card="9h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="js"][poker card="qd"] to give Ajayi a rivered pair of queens to beat Jacobson's turned pair of jacks and eliminate the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event champ in sixth place. Fourteen hands later, a cooler sent partypoker pro Kristen Bicknell to the rail. Bicknell raised from UTG to 350,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] and Hum replied with a re-raise to 1,100,000 from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"]. Bicknell clicked back, making it 2,300,000 and Hum re-raised again, this time to 8,000,000 and Bicknell called all in. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="jh"] runout changed nothing and Bicknell was eliminated in fifth place. It took 47 more hands, but Hum was the benefactor of the next elimination as well. Hum raised from UTG to 450,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"] and Mike Watson three-bet to 1,800,000 from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"]. Hum moved all in and Watson called all in for just under 8,000,000. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"][poker card="6s"] flop took away two of Watson's original outs and added three more thanks to the gutshot straight draw he picked up. That draw came to fruition with the [poker card="jc"] turn but the [poker card="2s"] river gave Hum a flush and eliminated Watson in fourth. Three-handed play lasted 62 hands and once again Hum was the one doing the work on the next elimination. Joseph Cheong made it 700,000 from the button with [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"], Ajayi called from the small blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="jd"] and Hunm raised to 2,800,000 from the big blind with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"]. Cheong shoved for 8,550,000 total, Ajayi folded and Hum called. The [poker card="Td"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="5s"] runout gave Hum a full house and forced Cheong to settle for the second-highest profile third place finish of his career. Thanks to his string of eliminations, Hum started heads-up play with 60% of the chips in play and needed just eight hands to capture the rest. Ajayi raised from the button to 800,000 and Hum defended his big blind. After the [poker card="kd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4h"] flop, Hum check-raised Ajayi's bet of 800,000 to 2,600,000. Ajayi then moved all in for 6,900,000 and Hum called. Ajayi tabled [poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"] for a flush draw but got bad news after Hum tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="7h"] for top pair and a better flush draw. The [poker card="ah"] turn eliminated any drama and gave Hum the nut flush leaving Ajayi drawing dead. The meaningless river was the [poker card="ts"] and Ajayi was officially eliminated in second giving Hum his first major title. Final Table Payouts Geoffrey Hum - $380,648 Adedapo Ajayi - $255,034 Joseph Cheong - $179,126 Mike Watson - $137,034 Kristen Bicknell - $106,582 Martin Jacobson - $83,743

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