Welcome to our weekly wrap-up, where we fill you in on all the major headlines from the past week in the poker world. This week saw some stellar performances by Canadians at Aussie Millions as the tournaments reached their final days, a new poker app was released and we gave away a great prize in celebration, the WSOP schedule was released, and a great series from PokerStars is planned for May in Quebec. In case you missed any of these stories, here’s a recap.
Canada Poker News
PokerStars knows how to put together an exciting event, so when they host the Canada Cup in May at Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec, you will definitely want to be there if you can. There are 12 tournaments on the schedule with buy-ins from $150 to $10,400, ensuring there is something for every poker player. This will attract some of the biggest names around and will be a lot of fun to attend. The best part: there are satellites running every day on PokerStars and you can make your way to the Main Event for as little as fifty cents!
Online Poker News
Full Tilt Poker announced on Monday that their Full Tilt Rush Poker app is now available on iOS and Android devices and is optimized for mobile play. The app allows you to play fast-fold variants of poker from your Full Tilt account anytime, anywhere. We played and reviewed the app and then ran a Twitter promotion giving away an iPad Mini to one lucky follower so they can get started grinding the tables from their new tablet. @inheritance79 was our randomly selected winner and they will have a package arriving at their door soon!
Global Poker News
Aussie Millions at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia is a favourite event for many poker players. They put together a really great series that is always well received. This year saw two Canadians finish in the top two spots of the Main Event. Ami Barer earned the big prize of $1.6 million and the well-known Sorel Mizzi came runner up for $1 million last Sunday, showing the Aussies that Canada is home to a lot of poker talent.
Another Canadian that has been deservedly getting a lot of attention this year is Mike “Timex” McDonald. He had a fantastic Aussie Millions, coming 2nd in the $100K Challenge and 3rd in the $250K Challenge for a combined $3.4 million in winnings. This is following shortly after great results at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January with a 2nd in the Main Event for over $1 million and 8th in the $100K High Roller for over $200K, not to mention a couple more big cashes late in 2013. In sum, Timex is on a huge heater and doesn’t look to be slowing down!
After much anticipation, the schedule for the world-renowned 2014 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas has been released. Beginning May 27th, 65 bracelets will be awarded across the schedule of events with buy-ins from as little as $1,000 (besides the $500 casino employees event) to as much as $1 million for The Big One for One Drop. There has been plenty of discussion over the schedule, and the one topic that has developed some attention is the $10 million guarantee for first place in the Main Event, rather than guaranteeing the total prize pool. Once again, PokerNews has earned the role of being the official live reporting team of WSOP, delivering all the action right here on PokerNews.