Jack Hardcastle Becomes Latest WPT Champion at Partypoker; Wins WPT Montreal for $448,000

Jack Hardcastle won the WPT Montreal Online Main Event.

The inaugural WPT Montreal Online wrapped up online at partypoker earlier this week. The  United Kingdom’s Jack Hardcastle became the newest World Poker Tour Champions Club member by winning the Main Event.

The win brought plenty of loot for Hardcastle. Along with the $447,859 top prize, he took home a $15,000 seat to the next WPT Tournament of Champions.

His name will be engraved on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup and he’ll receive a replica of the trophy. A Playground Poker Club championship belt with his name engraved also heads his way. It was quite a series for the WPT and party.

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A look at the WPT championship at partypoker

The Main Event was the highlight of WPT Montreal Online, which began on Jan. 17 with 24 events. The annual series was shifted online due to COVID-19. Montreal’s Playground Poker Club has been closed since Oct. 4.

The Main Event officially finished on Jan. 27. When Dan Shak busted out third for $212,458, Hardcastle and Lebanon’s Rayan Chamas battled heads-up for the title.

Hardcastle held almost a 2-to-1 chip advantage. The win was sealed when he called a triple-barrel bluff by Chamas.

When the hands were revealed, Hardcastle tabled two pairs to Chamas’ King high. Chamas banked $308,703 for his runner-up finish.

Daniel Dvoress wins Sexton Classic charity event

The $10,300 Mike Sexton Classic was another popular event on the schedule and concluded on Monday. Canada’s Daniel Dvoress took down the title to win $294,346.

The tournament also included a charity element, with $39,900 raised for a nice cause in the process. The $300 registration fee from each buy-in was donated to the Nevada Partnership Homeless Youth (NPHY) Charity.

The group aims to end youth homelessness in southern Nevada and was chosen specifically by Sexton’s family. 

The Sexton Classic ran across two days and comfortably beat the $1 million guarantee. The tournament attracted 125 players and a $1.3 prize pool.

Daniel Dvoress won the $10,300 Mike Sexton Classic for $294,346. (photos courtesy of partypoker)

A total of 20 players qualified for the second day of action, eventually leaving Dvoress heads-up against Aram Zobian. Despite Zobian holding a lead of 3 million chips, Dvoress turned the tide and battled back.

The final hand saw Dvoress hit a back-door straight on the river to top Zobian’s pair of queens. Zobian won $200,307 for runner-up.

Partypoker’s Twitch channel streamed live coverage of the final table. Hardcastle joined James Dempsey and Henry Kilbane to provide commentary.

The event featured Team partypoker’s Isaac Haxton, Patrick Leonard, and Joni Jouhkimainen. Other big names playing included Niklas Astedt, Michael Addamo, and Benjamin Rolle.

Other WPT Montreal winners 

There were plenty of other standout moments in the series. Addamo added another major buy-in win to his resumé. The Australian took down the Super High Roller for $450,076.

A couple of players from the Netherlands found the winner’s circle. In the Six-Max High Roller, Jelle Moene finished first and took top prize of $80,981. Tom Talboom won the Mini Main Event for $42,052

In the Micro Main Event, Thomas Clucas claimed the top prize for $7,686.

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More to come from partypoker

The Montreal event may be in the rearview mirror, but plenty of action remains in February. The partypoker MILLIONS Online runs Feb. 13 to March 9 with 28 events and $17.55 million guaranteed.

The series features a $5,300 Main Event with a $5 million guarantee. The $1,100 Mini Main Event comes with a $1 million guarantee.

The site is offering numerous ways for players of all bankrolls to play, including events starting at just $0.01.

Beyond that, partypoker is also offering numerous qualifiers for the upcoming WPT Russia. The event is co-branded with partypoker LIVE and is one of several major live events returning to the felt.

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OH, CANADA: Partypoker, World Poker Tour Join Forces for WPT Montreal Online

the WPT Montreal moves online to partypoker.

The partnership between World Poker Tour and partypoker continues with the WPT Montreal now heading online in January. While a complete schedule hasn’t been released yet, the $3,200 championship features $2 million guarantee.

The two starting flights for that event are set to kick off Jan. 10 and 17. WPT Montreal Online now replaces the annual live series at Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada.

“The World Poker Tour and partypoker continue their thriving partnership into 2021 as we look forward to crowning another WPT champion online,” WPT CEO Adam Pliska said in a news release. “Players around the globe have shown their support of WPT Online and the continued prestige on display at our final tables.”

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Shifting the Montreal poker action online 

Montreal has been a regular stop for the WPT since 2012. Several major names have won titles including former WPT commentator Mike Sexton, Seth Davies, and Ema Zajmovic, the first WPT Main Event open champion.

Geoffrey Hum won the live championship in 2019 for $380,648. Zajmovic also almost made it back-to-back titles in 2018, finishing runner-up for $424,893.

Patrick Serda took that title for $668,388 and many may remember his amazing call to finish off Zajmovic.

The Playground Club closed on Oct. 4 after the Kahnawake COVID-19 Task Force raised the pandemic status from orange to red. The Canadian government has also restricted travel from the US, keeping any possible American poker players away.

The series now moves online offering players around the world a chance at some WPT glory. The Montreal event also marks the seventh WPT champion to be crowned on partypoker in Season XVIII.

As in a live event, the winner of WPT Montreal Online receives:

  • a seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions presented by Baccarat Crystal
  • his or her name inscribed on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup
  • membership in the WPT Champions Club

Qualifiers for the event are already underway and start at $.01. A full schedule is expected to be released soon.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about WPT Montreal being played out on partypoker,” partypoker LIVE president John Duthie said. “Playground is one of my favourite places to play on the globe and the players there are just such a great community.

“As the scene of his famous WPT victory, it was also one of Mike Sexton’s favorite stops on the tour; he’ll be with us all in spirit I’m sure.”

Series adds to a growing WPT presence online at partypoker

With WPT Montreal Online, players can expect a similar experience to the recent WPT Online Series and WPT World Online Championships. For those series, partypoker made use of:

  • real names at final tables
  • limited re-entries
  • numerous opportunities to qualify
Mike Sexton celebrates after winning the WPT Montreal in 2016. (Photo courtesy WPT/Joe Giron)

The two series focused on getting players into the action, no matter the bankroll. That is expected to continue with the Montreal series.

The WPT Online World Championships were held in August and September, awarding $101 million. The series also gave out 45,000 tournament seats via qualifiers.

The WPT Online Series was held in April and May with $52 million paid out. The tour has incorporated its main brand as well as WPTDeepStacks and WPT500 in some of these series.

The operator’s partypoker US Network arm has also partnered with WPT for online events in New Jersey. These efforts now continue with WPT Montreal and the festival’s popularity in Canada should help.

Players from Toronto to Vancouver can still get in on the action via partypoker. Like these other recent events, poker fans should expect plenty of streaming coverage via the WPT Twitch channel.

“Another exceptional event for players comes to partypoker this January,” WPT Europe Vice President Hermance Blum said. “The proven success of limited re-entries and real names carries over to WPT Montreal Online and we are excited to be partnering once more with partypoker.”

Look for a complete schedule at PokerScout soon.

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