November 28, 2012 12:38 ET

Oh Canada! Jonathan Roy Wins Record Breaking WPT Montreal

1173 entries! Quebec rules! Olympic legend Michael Phelps Final Table Star

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25-year-old Jonathan Roy from Boucheville, Quebec has won the record breaking inaugural $3000+$300 WPT Montreal scooping CAN$779,710, the WPT Champions Cup and a US$25,500 seat in the 2013 WPT World Championship at Bellagio! A bumper field of 1173 runners took part in the re-entry tournament smashing all expectations and a number of records at the Playground Poker Club. The total prize pool was CAN$3,387,930.

A large crowd roared on the players with a vocal local contingent led by Jonathan Duhamel cheering on Pascal Lefrancois and Jonathan Roy. On the rail for Jeff Gross was his best friend and roommate - the most decorated Olympian of all time - Michael Phelps, alongside Antonio Esfandiari. The human dolphin proved that he was no fish in this interview

Jonathan, who is renowned for his online heads-up play was overwhelmed to have won: "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."

First out was New York State's Peter Kaemmerlen followed by Ontario's Sylvain Siebert. Both picked up the biggest cashes they have ever made. Out in fourth was popular Canadian and WPT Season IV Player of the Year Gavin Smith who sat at the table with a hockey stick. There was no puck and there was no luck for one of the crowd favourites, however, as he bust fourth. What followed was a period of intense three handed action between Roy, Gross and Lefrancois with the balance of power shifting frequently. Gross cruelly fell third and the crowd went wild as Roy and Lefrancois from Quebec traded blows heads-up.

For full information on how the tournament played out and payouts see: The action was live streamed and hosted by Tony Dunst and Mike 'Timex' McDonald. Updates can also be found at:

The inaugural WPT Montreal broke and set a number of records and was truly a triumphant return for the World Poker Tour to Canada after a four year absence. With 1173 entries it was the third largest WPT event (by number of entries) in history (8 entries off of second spot - 1st and 2nd spot both Borgata, Atlantic City). It was the largest poker tournament over $1,000 buy in in Canadian poker history and the largest WPT ever in Canada. Hosts Playground Poker Club increased their total capacity by over 75% in the three months approaching the tournament and was optimistically expecting 600 players. National broadcaster CBC reported on the record turnout at:

On Day 1B the Playground Poker Club hosted a special ice hockey challenge featuring Toronto Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel and NHL legend Guy Carbonneau who faced off with Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu and Team PartyPoker pro Marvin Rettenmaier in an ice hockey shooting and keeping contest. Announced by Bruce Buffer, no serious injuries were sustained. Check out the prop bet between Antonio and Phil at:

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