Weekly Wrap-up: All Eyes on Canada for WPT Fallsview
In case you missed it, here's a recap of our major headlines this past week. We get you caught up on the biggest stories in poker in Canada, online, and around the world.
Canada Poker News
The World Poker Tour (WPT) returned to Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario this week for the first time in over five years. The WPT Fallsview Poker Classic offers three events. The first, a $1,100 buy-in, sold out long ago, but interesting operating decisions by the casino allowed some people to pick up a handful of entries and scalp them at marked-up prices for players looking to find a seat. That was just the beginning of a throng of criticism directed at Fallsview regarding the way they ran the tournament.
Canadian and Ivey Poker Pro Mike Leah, who was one of the first to publicly-criticise the scalping problem, built a commanding stack early in the tournament and carried it all the way to the final table. He finished in the top spot and earned himself nearly $120,000, already his second six-figure score in 2014.
We will report the results of Event 2 and 3 soon, so keep watching PokerNews Canada to keep up to date!
Online Poker News
The recently launched TonyBet poker room, the only global Open-face Chinese poker site, has had great success in its first few months. Now they are taking further steps to creating a great poker site by launching their mobile platform for Android devices. The iOS counterpart should be available soon, but for now, Android users can start playing Open-face Chinese poker anywhere, anytime with the new mobile app. Join TonyBet through PokerNews Canada and start playing today!
PokerStars had a big announcement this week as well. The Sunday Million is the biggest weekly online poker tournament in the world with a $1 million guarantee on the prize pool. The Sunday Million is approaching its eight anniversary, and to celebrate the occasion, PokerStars is slapping a whopping $8 million guarantee on the tournament on March 2nd! The buy-in will remain at $215, but first place is now guaranteed at least $650,000. If you don't already play at PokerStars, you might want to join in time for this huge event. Download with the PokerNews Canada links and take advantage of our great bonuses.
Global Poker News
The PokerStars team of poker pros are some of the best in the world, and we often see them in the headlines after major events. But PokerStars also has a small team of SportStars, and this week Team SportStars' Marcus Hellner won a gold medal in Sochi at the 2014 Winter Olympics for cross-country skiing. He also earned a silver earlier in this Olympics and two golds in the 2010 Vancouver games. You can find Hellner playing on PokerStars under the name "M.Hellner."