Jonathan Roy, a skilled French Canadian poker player, recently made the news for winning the World Poker Tour in Montreal. This year’s World Poker Tour by PartyPoker.net featured a large playing field of 1,173 participants who all got together to try and win the grand prize and World Poker Tour title.
Jonathan Roy is a twenty five year old player and has been playing poker professionally for quite a few years. After winning the World Poker Tour Montreal event, Roy walked away with a seat to Championship event of the World Poker Tour. The final table World Poker Tour game will be held in Vegas next year in the month of May.
For his troubles, Roy also took home $755,601 as the first place prize from the World Poker Tour.
Soon after he won the World Poker Tour in Montreal, Jonathan Roy nodded at his fans and the players at the rail.
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.
It was unbelievable to have Michael Phelps on the rail…I got to win the title and shake him by the hand
Jonathan Roy now stands to play in the $25k World Poker Tour World Championship which will take place in the Bellagio.
The World Poker Tour event in Montreal was a $3,300 buy-in event and was one of the largest poker tourneys to be held in the entire country. So far, Canada had not hosted events over $1k and the Montreal World Poker Tour event attracted a lot of interest as a result and is likely to set a precedent for large buy-in events in the future.
Some of the top poker players who tried their lick at the World Poker Tour event in Montreal include the likes of Jonathan Duhamel, Pascal Lefrancois, and Jeff Gross. Antonio Esfandiari was also present at the event but chose not to participate. Some of the players who showed great skill at the table were Sylvain Siebert and Jeff Gross, Peter Kaemmerlen and Gavin Smith.
Eventually, Jonathan Roy stole the lead and won $779,710 for his troubles, while Pascal Lefrancois came in second with a sum of $470,920 as prize money. Jeff Gross took the third with $317,450.