This past week has seen three major Canadian tournaments crown their champions, a Canadian pro made PokerStars history, and Aussie Millions kicked off as EPT Deauville wrapped up. It has been a busy week with plenty of noteworthy headlines at PokerNews Canada. If you missed any, here’s a quick recap.
The Alberta Poker Championship, a five-event series, started on January 20th at Casino Edmonton, and the $1,100 Main Event played down to the final player on January 26th. 162 entrants created a tasty prize pool of nearly $160,000 in the Main Event, and Glen Ming was the last man standing, earning himself $45,000.
The Canadian Poker Tour Kickoff at Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary also crowned its winner on the 26th. The three-event series started on January 23rd, and the $550 Main Event with a $60,000 guaranteed prize pool almost doubled the guarantee with 245 entries and a total of $116,375 to play for. The tournament was eventually won by Yong Yuan from Edmonton for $28,500.
A third Canadian major tournament was played on the East Coast on the 26th at Casino New Brunswick. Their $1,100 Poker Bowl sold out at 55 players and James Gallant was the player to earn the top prize of $20,350.
Now that we have entered February, PokerNews Canada has posted the monthly directory of major poker events across the country. Nowhere else can a comprehensive tournament calendar be found that covers all the majors from coast to coast. With all the action scheduled for February, find a series near you and maybe we’ll be reporting your name in this month’s tournament coverage.
On Thursday, Shawn “buck21” Buchanan from Abbotsford, BC won PokerStars Turbo Championship of Poker Event #33: $82 Razz. When added to past victories in Spring Championship of Online Poker and World Championship of Online Poker, this makes him the first player to ever win a title in all three major PokerStars series (TCOOP, SCOOP, and WCOOP). Now that he has claimed the first PokerStars Triple Crown, he is now in the race to be the first to earn the PokerStars Grand Slam by adding a Sunday Million win to his titles.
It was announced earlier this week that PokerNews is once again the official live reporting team of the World Series of Poker later this year. The 2014 WSOP in Las Vegas will run from May 27th to July 14th and feature over 60 bracelet events in a variety of games and buy-ins. The PokerNews team will be on the tournament floor providing the detailed, insightful, and entertaining coverage you’ve come to expect from us.
Less than a month after winning the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event for over $1.4 milion, Dominik Panka took down the EPT Deauville High Roller on Saturday and added €272,000 to his 2014 earnings. This young player from Poland is clearly one to watch this year!
As Panka swept up the High Roller, Sotirios Koutoupas was making his way to a win in the EPT Deauville Main Event. He defeated PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov to secure the €614,000 top prize.
After much anticipation, the popular Aussie Millions kicked off at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. This year, the Aussie Millions is part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) and is attracting all of the biggest names in poker to participate in the 20-event schedule. The $10,600 Main Event Day 1’s have begun and a winner won’t be crowned until February 9th. There are also $25,000, $100,000, and $250,000 High Rollers that will provide plenty of excitement.