If tangible evidence is needed to support the notion that poker is growing in Canada, look no further than Casino Lac-Leamy in Quebec this week. WSOP Circuit added this new location to their schedule this year after stunning turnout for the first Canadian WSOP Circuit event held in Vancouver last year. With the addition of Lac-Leamy, Canada now has two headlining events on opposite ends of the country wearing the WSOP name.
Located just across the river from Ottawa, Casino Lac-Leamy is found in historic Gatineau, Quebec nestled against the Quebec-Ontario border. This venue is perfectly situated to draw the best poker players from both provinces who want to contend for one of the 12 coveted WSOP circuit rings.
Aila Elouta was the first to do so, claiming the very first WSOP Circuit ring ever to be awarded on Quebec soil. From neighbouring Ottawa, Elouta rose to the top of the 282 entries and won $20,303 in the $365 No-limit Hold’em event.
According to the WSOP live blog, the 26-year-old construction worker claims to have “never played a tournament like this before” and is clearly thrilled about his success in the event. Others with more experience in the small field included Erik Cajelais, Mike Leah, Scott Montgomery, and Charles Sylvestre. The accomplished Cajelais also made the all-Canadian final table, but finished in fourth place for $6,717.
Lac-Leamy will host 10 WSOP Circuit tournaments during this event from November 13th to 24th, each one offering a ring for 1st place and points for the 2013-2014 Circuit standings. The Main Event has a $1,675 buy-in and three starting flights, two on November 19th and a third on the 20th. A winner will be determined on November 22nd.
There will also be two events played on Espacejeux.com which also award Circuit rings and points. The online poker room shares its player pool with BC’s Playnow.com where two events are still to be played from WSOP Circuit River Rock in Vancouver. These tournaments have buy-ins of $320 and $530 and can be found on the EspaceJeux website.