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Casino de Montreal hosts automated tournament
Casino de Montreal didn't waste any time putting its PokerPro tables to use after their installation in late January. Feb. 12, the Quebec casino hosted the world's largest multi-table tournament ever run on automated poker tables.
According to a press release, the entire tournament was run by only four staff members as players took their seats at the 25 PokerPro tables at the casino.
The $225 buy-in tournament sold out two weeks in advance as 240 players wanted a shot in the tournament. In the end it was Mohamed Nadim, an engineering student, who was crowned the champ and given a $20,000 CAD top prize.
Quebec Sports television and radio host Pierre Rinfret took the second-place spot and $10,000 CAD prize. The prize pool was spread to the top 20 players in the event.
"Running a tournament of this magnitude is what we always envisioned for PokerPro," said Chris Halligan, CEO of PokerTek, manufacturer of the PokerPro tables. "We are pleased with the success of this tournament and proud of our partnership with Casino de Montreal. The Quebecois players have embraced automated poker, as validated by the response to this tournament."
Casino de Montreal is home to the largest installation of automated poker tables in the world after debuting its 100% PokerPro room Jan. 18. This tournament gives the facility a second record for largest automated tournament as well.
Both Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, and the Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich., have run PokerPro tournaments with 100 players.
The Casino de Montral currently offers cash games and daily sit-and-go tournaments, plus weekly and monthly multi-table tournaments in its poker room.