Montgomery Talks First WSOP Bracelet

Scott Montgomery

Most poker players can only dream of winning a WSOP bracelet, or maybe making a Main Event final table.

Scott Montgomery now has both, and the 28-year-old Canadian pro was in the house Thursday to accept his $1k No-Limit Hold'em bracelet.

After making the 2008 November Nine and cashing out for more than $3 million in a fifth-place finish, Montgomery is once again showing his mastery of the large-field events.

The Full Tilt sponsored pro outlasted the rest in a field of 3,102 players in the $1k No-Limit Hold'em event to win the bracelet, just two years after making the Main Event final table amongst a field of 6,839 players.

For Montgomery, the higher the number of entrants in the field, the better.

"I've always enjoyed playing the big-field events," Montgomery said from the Pavilion Room stage.

"Playing six or seven days in a row doesn't tire me out at all. Some people you can tell, after a couple of days they start to get run down."

"If you're not willing to play seven days in a row of 12-hour poker events, there's no reason to go into the field if the tournament is going to last that long."

Montgomery is the third former November Niner to take down a bracelet at the 2010 WSOP, following the path of Eric Buchman and Phil Ivey, both of whom made the 2009 November Nine.

"Making the November Nine, I've had a lot of opportunities to play poker," Montgomery said.

The bracelet is the fourth for Canada at the 2010 WSOP, tying the Canadians with the Brits for most bracelets from a non-U.S. country.

Montgomery was already upwards of the $3 million mark in WSOP earnings going into 2010, and his latest result will only open more eyes to the talented Canadian.

"Some people say winning the event is like proving yourself, showing people how good you are," Montgomery said. "I don't think about it that way myself."

"I know what my skills are as a player. I know what level I'm at. I'm not the best in the world but I'm good enough to get by. I play what I'm best at and I do well at it."

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