WPT Lucky Hearts: Pick Jonathan Roy
NOTE: This article has been released prior to the start of Day 2 play at WPT Lucky Hearts. However, Roy has advanced to Day 2 play with a very healthy 140K chip stack.
You may not had been familiar with the name Jonathan Roy prior to the EPT Grand Final last April. That’s when Roy binked his first big win on tour, winning € 58,000 in a 2K NLH 8-Max Turbo event in Monte Carlo.
Roy then went on to win his first major on tour, near his hometown nonetheless. Roy was king of Montreal, winning the inaugural WPT Montreal Main Event, defeating over 1,100 runners for a little over 777K USD.
A few months later, Roy further cemented his place amongst poker’s elite by final tabling the Main Event at the PCA, finishing fourth and cashing in with 560K USD. Not a bad few months for Roy.
While most of Team Quebec (Duhamel, Ladouceur, LeFrancois, etc) headed to France to play EPT Deauville and the France Poker Series, Roy and a few others decided to stay in North America, choosing to play WPT Lucky Hearts in Florida.
It sure looks like Roy made the correct call. I was debating which player I was going to post last night as my first “Make The Move” player for WPT Lucky Hearts. At that time, Matt Giannetti was starting to accumulate a lot of chips and Roy was hovering around the starting stack with a few levels left in the day.
Well, if you went to bed prior to the completion of Day 1A play at the Seminole Hard Rock, you missed Roy adding chips like there was no tomorrow, earning a place amongst the Top 10 stacks after Friday play in Hollywood.
Still lots of poker remains as Roy enjoys a day off on Saturday, but it seems nothing will stop the Canadian, the way he’s been running in the past 10 months. I see no reason why you wouldn’t add him to your lineup in time for the WPT Lucky Hearts deadline. Roy will cost you a little over 130K but with the LAPC, Bay 101, EPT Grand Final and the WSOP right around the corner, there is no reason to believe that Roy won’t be a good horse for you for months to come.
STARS AND STRIPES
Many members of poker’s elite have made their way to Hollywood to play the WPT Lucky Hearts Main Event. For some, like reigning WPT Player of the Year Joseph Serock, Harrison Gimbel, Micah Raskin, Mukul Pahuja, Darryll Fish, Byron Kaverman, Allen Kessler, John DiBella, Guillaume Darcourt and Hanz Winzeler, the day ended with them on the rail. Good news, every one of these players can re-enter later today and will have until 4:30PM ET to re-enter.
Two important notes: Although most would expect Joseph Serock to re-enter on Day 1B, he did mention that he is ill and that he may not be back on Saturday … also, with Michael Mizrachi running deep at the WSOP Circuit event in South Africa, he will not be participating in this tournament in his home State, you can scratch the Grinder from your lineup cards.
You can check out current chip counts and GPI rankings by clicking here.
JONATHAN ROY (CAN) | GPI #126 | FPM 135,770
Best WPT Lucky Hearts Result: Never cashed
Career WSOP, WPT, EPT: 1 win, 8 cashes, $1,421,430
Why should I add Roy to my team?
> Has been running hot on tour for almost a year
> Climbing up the charts, another deep run and market value will jump
> Should be playing a ton of big events in a short period
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