MONTREAL -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival Main Event has set a new Canadian attendance record for number of entrants in a tournament with a buy-in of $1,000 or higher. The festival's headline event has surpassed the $1 million guarantee by a long shot, attracting 1,625 entrants to create a total prize pool of $1,576,250.
The winner will walk away from Playground Poker Club with $260,582 and the Main Event title.
The 13-day festival, which began Sept. 21, got off to a record-breaking beginning with the first event, a $135 + $15 no-limit Hold'em tournament, attracting 1,605 runners across three start days –- this more than doubled the $100,000 guaranteed prize pool and broke the attendance record at the time for Playground Poker Club.
"Quebec is a hotbed for poker, home to some of the most talented players in the world, including 2010 world champion Jonathan Duhamel and 2013 November Niner Marc-Étienne McLaughlin, both of whom played in this Main Event," said Geoff Fardy, Full Tilt Poker country manager.
The Main Event has now reached Day 3 and players are in the money; a champion will be crowned Thursday.
Main Event coverage including live reporting, photographs and videos can be found on the Full Tilt Poker blog, while a live stream of the action kicked off yesterday, Sept. 30, and will run until a winner is determined.
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