Savard, a well respected local Quebec pro, entered the Million via a C$ 500 Phase 1 online. This was his first career major title, and took place in his hometown with dozens of friends supporting him on the rail. Throughout the final table you could hear his rail chanting "Jean, Jean, Jean!" with every pot he won.
Savard would go on to celebrate with his friends off of the final table stage with hugs and high-fives all around. His biggest cash before taking part in the partypoker Million was at the 2015 PCA High Roller in Bahamas where he finished fourth for $508,080. His total live earnings have now increased to $1,566,896.
WPT Caribbean champion Niall Farrell finished sixth for $160,000 while American poker pro Ari Engel, who was chip leader at the start of the final, finished fifth place for CAD$238,500.
It’s been an exciting week at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal– the premiere destination for poker in Canada delivered what was a record-setting festival. The Main Event set a record in Canadian live poker with CA$5,709,750 prize pool, beating the CAD$5m guarantee put up by partypoker.
The event attracted a total of 1,168 entries to the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, making it the biggest poker tournament ever held in Canada and generating a CA$5,709,750 prize pool, easily beating the CA$5m guarantee.
1st Jean-Pascal Savard $956,000*
2nd Jonathan Bussieres $693,950*
3rd Philippe D'Auteuil $450,000
4th Louis Boutin $335,000
5th Ari Engel $238,350
6th Niall Farrell $160,000
7th Matthew Waxman $110,000
8th Rayan Chamas $80,000