A 25-year-old player from Montreal won the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, winning a staggering $4.1 million in purse just days before Christmas.
Eliot Hudon would have started playing poker seriously less than four years ago, but he would be able to spoil his loved ones thanks to his passion.
Leading a team of 2,960 entrants, Hudon won the inaugural World Series of Poker 2022. The total prize pool was $30 million.
“At this point, it wasn’t about the money… If I wanted to go far, I really wanted to win the title more than anything else. Hudon said in a statement released by the organization just after his historic victory.
“I don’t deserve it any more than these guys. It’s just that we all know how it goes. Some people are luckier in some places.”
Over the past few years, fans say that millions of poker players have honed their skills online before looking for glory in a real tournament situation.
to the top
According to WPT, Hudon started his career with barely $2,000, before investing $500 in an online course. His early bets on the spins ranged from 50 cents to $5.
The tournament, which required $10,400 entry, attracted enough players to nearly double the $15 million guarantee.
The sum was distributed among the 371 best players, and each of the six finalists received at least $1 million.
England’s Benny Glaser took second place with earnings of $2.8 million, followed by Jean-Claude Musa in third place with just over two million dollars.
“We have tried to create a truly festive atmosphere and we are very grateful for the warm welcome we have received,” said Adam Pliska, Executive Director of the World Poker Tour.
“under the influence”
In addition to the first cash prize, Hudon received a $15,000 travel package. The 2.5 hour final table was filmed for television at Wynn Las Vegas and will air in early 2023 on Bally Sports.
“I’m still in shock. I’m going to need a few days to realize what just happened,” finished Huddon, who was surrounded by a few friends in Vegas.
The 2023 season will resume from this arena on April 1 with WPT Rolling Thunder. The WPT World Championship returns next December.
On November 9, 2010, a Quebec family member, Jonathan Duhamel, won the most important poker tournament at the time, the World Series of Poker (WSOP), taking home nearly $9 million. Duhamel donated $100,000 to the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation.
In his career, Jonathan Duhamel has won more than $17 million.
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