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Miguel Goncalo Wins 2018 WPT500 Montreal

Canadian Tops Field of 2,536 Total Entries To Win $152,596


The 2018 World Poker Tour Montreal Festival kicked off last week at the Playground Poker Club, and now the first major event of the series is in the books. The WPT500 Montreal $550 CAD buy-in no-limit hold’em event featured a $1,000,000 CAD guarantee, which was easily surpassed when 2,536 total entries were made across the three online and seven live starting flights, building a $934,770 USD prize pool.

In the end, Miguel Goncalo emerged victorious with the title and the largest share of that huge prize pool: $152,596 USD.

The Canadian came into the final day of this event in 27th chip position with 35 players remaining. He won a three-way all-in with the QClub SuitJClub Suit, beating A-K and J-10 with a rivered club flush. He scored a huge knockout with 15 players remaining, winning a coin flip with his A-K beating the pocket sixes of Stephane Blouin-Verroeulst. Goncalo spiked an ace to win the pot and chip up to 7,800,000.

Goncalo grew his stack to nearly 10.5 million by the time the eight-handed final table was set, good for third chip position. He found an early double up through chip leader Trevor Argue, getting all-in on a flop of 10Heart Suit9Spade Suit2Spade Suit with the ASpade SuitAClub Suit. Argue called with the ADiamond Suit10Club Suit for top pair, and failed to come from behind. With that Goncalo surged into the lead. He eliminated Thomas Hall in fourth place ($38,851 USD) to grow his stack even further, but Said El-Yousfi knocked out William Blais in third place ($69,431 USD) to overtake the chip lead going into heads-up play.

Goncalo and El-Yousfi traded the lead several times before the decisive hand arose. With blinds of 750,000-1,250,000 and a 1,250,000 big-blind ante, El-Yousfi limped in from the button and Goncalo raised to 4,250,000. El-Yousfi called and the flop brought the QSpade Suit9Diamond Suit8Spade Suit. Both players checked and the 8Club Suit hit the turn. Goncalo bet 3,000,000 and El-Yousfi called. The JDiamond Suit completed the board and Goncalo checked. El-Yousfi bet 9,500,000, only to have Goncalo move all-in over the top. El-Yousfi made the call with the KClub Suit10Heart Suit for a rivered straight, but it was no good against Goncalo’s QClub Suit8Diamond Suit for a full house made on the turn. With that Goncalo secured the pot and the title, sending El-Yousfi to the rail in second place ($105,337 USD).

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Miguel Goncalo $152,596 600
2 Said El-Yousfi $105,337 500
3 William Blais $69,431 400
4 Thomas Hall $51,120 300
5 Trevor Argue $38,912 250
6 Dave Graham $30,519 200
7 Sebastien Lepine $23,652 150
8 Jason Harned $19,075 100
9 Geoffrey Hum $14,878 50

The WPT500 Montreal was just one of several huge events taking place during this series, with $8,165,000 CAD in guaranteed prize money set to be awarded from Oct. 21 – Nov. 4. The festival is being put on by partypoker LIVE and the WPT, who announced plans to team up for several more like it in the coming years.

Playground Poker Club“We’re thrilled partypoker LIVE and WPT have agreed to a four-year partnership – two iconic brands of poker coming together to offer players all over the world more choice of where to play,” said Chairman of partypoker Mike Sexton when the schedule was revealed in August. “We’re excited to announce the first event will take place at Playground Poker Club in Montreal, where we will work together to offer three components of the World Poker TourWPT Main Tour, WPTDeepStacks, and WPT500.

In addition to the WPT 500, this series will also see a $1,000,000 CAD guaranteed $1,650 CAD buy-in WPT DeepStacks event running from Nov. 1 – 4. Even with these two seven-figure guaranteed events, the centerpiece of the whole festival will undoubtedly still be the $5,000,000 CAD guaranteed, $5,300 CAD buy-in no-limit hold’em WPT main event, which runs from Oct. 28 – Nov. 4.

The main event features an online starting flight that ran on Oct. 28 on partypoker. The live portion of the tournament got underway the following day, Oct. 29. Those players that make it through to day 2 will combine into one field for Thursday, Nov. 1. The final table is set to take place on Sunday, Nov.4, with a live stream of the event available from the WPT and partypoker LIVE, through the My partypoker LIVE app.

There will also be a $1,000,000 CAD guaranteed high roller, with a $10,300 CAD buy-in. That event will run Nov. 2 – 4.

Players will be able to buy into all of these events using partypoker LIVE Dollars (PP LIVE Dollars). PP LIVE Dollars are a flexible currency that can be won in satellites on partypoker and used by players to pay for event buy-ins, travel, hotels, and even visas.

Here is a look at the schedule:

partypoker’s Exciting Rest-of-Year Schedule

Once the WPT Montreal festival comes to an end, the next big series on the agenda is the Caribbean Poker Party (CPP), which is set to take place from Nov. 9-18 at the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas. There are 13 events set to take place during the festival, but the whole affair is centered around two gigantic tournaments: The $10,000,000 guaranteed $25,500 buy-in MILLIONS World and the $10,000,000 guaranteed $5,300 buy-in Caribbean Poker Party Main Event.

“There are many coveted titles in poker, from the EPT and WPT Grand Final titles, to WSOP and WSOPE Main Event and Players Championship bracelets, and not forgetting our own MILLIONS Grand Final crown,” said partypoker LIVE president John Duthie. “However, a $10,000,000 guaranteed, $25.5K buy-in tournament is just as important as any of those. We can’t wait to hand the trophy over to our first winner in November. Let’s hope it’s one of the 100+ online qualifiers partypoker will be sending, as that would be quite some story."

Following on the heels of that huge series in the Carribean will be the MILLIONS Online. As previously mentioned, the $20 million guaranteed $5,300 buy-in online event will run from Nov. 25 – Dec. 5 and is expected to be the biggest online tournament ever, with $2.5 million going to the eventual champion.

Information about all of these upcoming events can be found on