Weekly Wrap-up: Excitement in Alberta and DuckPoker Launch

It has been a busy week at PokerNews Canada with plenty of exciting developments to stay on top of. If you missed any of our headlines, here’s a recap of what happened in poker this week.

Canada

Just two weeks after announcing their expansion into Canada for the first time, DeepStacks Poker Tour has added a second Canadian series to their 2014 calendar. The first event will be held at Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary, and the second will be hosted by Casino Yellowhead in Edmonton. Alberta has long been lacking a major, multi-national event, and now they have two!

The Alberta Poker Championship, a five-event series, started on January 20th at Casino Edmonton, and the $1,100 Main Event will wrap up tomorrow, January 26th. Keep watching PokerNews Canada for a full report on the action!

The Canadian Poker Tour Kickoff at Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary also began this week. The three-event series started on January 23rd, and the $550 Main Event with a $60,000 guaranteed prize pool will play down to a winner on January 26th. Again, keep watching our headlines for our coverage of the series.

Online

A brand new online poker room launched earlier this week. DuckPoker is committed to being a poker site that puts the players first. Their rake is the lowest in the industry, their rewards program gives back generously to their players, and their bonuses clear extremely quickly. Being a new room running on their own network means the games will be very soft as new players come on board. You will want to be one of the first to download this great new poker room.

PokerStars’ Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) began this week. The series runs through to February 2nd and guarantees $15 million in prize pools across the 50 events. This is the third year PokerStars has offered this annual series, and it has become one of the must-play events due to the tournaments’ fast play and huge prize pools.

More news from PokerStars: they have released their schedule for the PokerStars VIP Club Live parties around the world. These are unforgettable events with free food, drinks, and entertainment that will convince you of PokerStars’ loyalty to their players. You can purchase your ticket with FPPs from the PokerStars VIP store. This year, the Canadian stop is in Montreal on July 19th. It will be hard to top the party they brought to Vancouver last year.

We also learned that partypoker has completely revamped their tournament schedule and are now offering 400 exciting new tournaments each week. The buy-ins are as low as $0.50, and they now offer 50 weekly major tournaments with large guarantees. Have a look at the partypoker lobby to see the new tournaments that suit your bankroll. There’s sure to be some exciting games for you.

Global

Last week we learned that Event 1 of the Borgata Winter Poker Open at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey was cancelled after counterfeit chips were discovered to be in play. There were 2.7 million in fake 5K chips circulating, and this week an arrest was made in the case. Christian Lusardi entered Day 2 of the event with the chip lead after introducing the fake chips to the game in several allotments, but was later eliminated. He then flushed the remaining chips that he had not yet used down the toilet, clogging the hotel’s sewer pipes. Lusardi has been arrested and the Division of Gaming Enforcement has yet to decide what to do with the 27 remaining players and the unpaid prize pool.

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