WPT winners crowned in Montreal and Mazagan

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Dec 02, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

The World Poker Tour schedule has been hectic as of late, with tournaments kicking off the moment their predecessors have concluded, and as 2012 comes to a close the WPT schedule isn’t slowing down. In the past week or so we have seen the WPT Montreal and the WPT Mazagan crown a winner, and in the next few days the WPT Prague and the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic will both get underway.

The two recently concluded WPT tournaments were basically polar opposites as the WPT Montreal drew a huge field, nearly breaking the record for the largest WPT tournament in the tour’s 11-year history, while on the flipside the WPT Mazagan was among the least attended events in the tour’s history.

WPT Montreal

In Montreal a huge field of 1,173 players turned-out for the first WPT tournament in Canada since the WPT Niagara in 2008. The field fell just eight players shy of setting the record for the largest WPT event, which was set at the Borgata Poker open earlier this year. However, the WPT Montreal did set the Canadian record, bettering the WSOPC tournament held in Vancouver earlier this year. Overall it looks like tournament poker in Canada is alive and well.

Here is a glimpse at the final table payouts from the event:

1. Jonathan Roy – $779,710

2. Pascal Lefrancois – $470,920

3. Jeff Gross – $317,450

4. Gavin Smith – $211,745

5. Sylvain Siebert – $146,360

6. Peter Kaemmerlen – $113,155

WPT Mazagan

No sooner had the WPT Montreal concluded when another Main Event kicked-off in the Northern African country of Morocco. Morocco has become a poker destination in recent years, but the small (dare I say pathetic) turnout doesn’t bode well for a return trip next year –at least not without some adjustments.

Just 146 entries were recorded for the event, including a number of reentries on Day 1b, but the tournament still managed to capture the attention of the poker world when two European legends made the final table, David Kitai and Bruno Fitoussi. Alas the two finished in 4th and 6th place respectively.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the tournament:

1. Giacomo Fundaro – $168,207

2. Frederic Brunet – $99,082

3. Jeremy Nock – $64,048

4. Davidi Kitai – $47,279

5. Clement Beauvois – $35,518

6. Bruno Fitoussi – $28,531

On Monday the WPT Prague tournament will get underway, and right on its heels, halfway around the globe, the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic will get started on December 4. The Five Diamonds is one of the final major tournaments of the year, and should see a strong turnout, despite having it’s self-inflicted competition over in Prague.


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