In total, the tournament had 1625 players, a new record over the previous largest tournament in Canada that had attracted 1173 players. These players came from countries all around the world to try and claim the top spot at the tournament which was held at Playground Poker Club on the south shore of Montreal.
After four days, all participants had been eliminated save for three, who reached an agreement with one another to split the top prize. These players were Michael Linster, age 36, of Park Island, New York, Eric Despres, 39, of St-Eustache, Ontario, and Balcazar. Linster, the chip leader at the time, was awarded $200,000 while both Despres and Balcazar were given $150,000 each. After the deal had been completed, there was still an additional $44,044 left in the pot, which Balcazar captured after a series of successful hands.