Weekly Wrap-up: PCA, Travel Woes, and New Series for Calgary

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In case you missed all of the news in the poker world this week, here’s an overview of what was reported on in the last seven days. Between some new developments in the Canadian tournament schedule, a new variation of online poker, and lots of action at PokerStars’ event in the Caribbean, 2014 has gotten off to a great start!


Earlier this week DeepStacks Poker Tour (DSPT) and Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary, Alberta both announced in a press release that the DSPT is coming North of the border for the very first time. Calgary has a great poker community with plenty of talent and has been in need of a major series. The event will be in September and features a $1,100 Main Event with a guaranteed $100,000 prize pool. You won’t want to miss this one!


Full Tilt Poker revealed a new game format on Wednesday. Adrenaline Rush is a four-handed variation of Full Tilt’s fast-fold Rush Poker that caps betting at 10 big blinds, and the buy-in range is between five and 10 big blinds. All betting happens pre-flop and the game is faster than any other offered before. Sign up for a Full Tilt account to try it out!

PokerStars also had an announcement this week. They released the schedule for their third annual Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) which will begin later this month. There will be 50 events guaranteeing a collective $15 million. This is a wildly popular online festival that should not be missed. The Main Event will have a $700 buy-in and guarantees $2 million, and there is also a series leaderboard to compete on. Join PokerStars to participate in this great event.


Sunday marked the start of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, not a bad place to be in the middle of winter. In fact, the winter temperatures were so low and the weather so poor that many travellers got held up trying to get to PCA.

The event kicked off with the Super High Roller, a $100,000 buy-in tournament, and Fabian Quoss took it down for a paycheque of over $1.6 million. One Canadian managed to cash. Mike McDonald barely squeaked past the bubble in a three-way all-in and busted in the same hand as bubble-boy Paul Newey. McDonald’s extra chips going into the hand earned him the eighth spot and a min-cash of $217,320.

The $10,000 PCA Main Event is still playing out on Day 4 today. Mike McDonald might be the one to watch in that event as well, as he’s currently sitting on one of the larger stacks in the tournament.

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