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Poker in Montreal
Bobby Zimalis
"Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper."
~ George Orwell
by/par Bobby Zimalis
Published/Publié 05/24/2012
Party Poker Montreal
Playing Poker in Montreal can be a pretty lucrative endeavor... We'll run down all the options for you in this article...

Poker in Montreal
After local boy Jonathan Duhamel defeated John Racener to capture the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event and the winner's purse of close to 9 million dollars, Montrealers around the city eagerly wanted to learn more about this game and where if possible they too can come close to Duhamels' record winnings...

The World Series of Poker Main Event held annually in Las Vegas, comes with an entrance fee of 10, 000 US per participant... For that 10 grand, you get a seat at the tournament and a chance to become an instant millionaire... but perhaps taking on the big boys right now would not be that sound of an investment.

Maybe a little instruction from the big boys before you fork down that 10 Grand would be a wiser use of your money... TSN990, our local sports-talk radio station is a good starting point - The Playground Poker Show, airs every Wednesday night at 8pm and features some poker luminaries like Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak and other professional poker players that call in often and discuss the game and offer personalized lessons and tricks that you just might need to make yourself  a better poker player...

Another good starting off point to test your poker skills before you head to Vegas is by entering one of Montreal's local poker tournaments. The Playground Poker Club located in Kahnawake (about 20 minutes South of Montreal) offers daily cash tournaments and is an excellent LIVE environment to hone your poker skills before you take on the big boys...

But by far, if you want to improve your poker skills on a daily basis for a fraction of the cost (no travel, food costs, etc) your best alternative is registering at an online poker site... A valid creditcard is required but how much you wager is entirely up to you and you can also test out their FREE tournaments where no real money is wagered but you get a quick testing of your poker skills with other players from around the world.

There are many online casinos on the web but very few that are tailored towards a Slovenian speaking audience. One of the most reputable Slovenian online casinos is They also offer a daily Poker Blog to keep up with latest events, tournaments and schedules...

For a little inspiration as you contemplate what you will do with all the millions you win when you're named the next World Series of Poker Champion, here's the final moments of Duhamel's historic poker win: