Weekly Wrap-up: Comics, IOUs, and Tournament Action
The first full week of February brought news of movement within the Canadian public gaming industry, the launch of a new poker comic, and plenty of poker action has kept chips in motion in Calgary as well as on the world stage in Melbourne and Florida. If you missed any of these stories, we can get you caught up on everything you need to know.
Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta has been hosting their Winter Super Stack series since the beginning of this month and players have been busy this week playing the final few events. The $1,500 Main Event Day 1A and 1B were on Thursday and Friday. The tournament will play down to a winner tomorrow and we’ll have all the details for you shortly after. Watch our homepage for our coverage coming soon!
We reported on the warrant that has been issued for Semion Kronenfeld from Toronto, a real estate businessman and high-roller gambler with $12.9 million in unpaid IOUs from two Las Vegas casinos. His whereabouts are currently unknown and, if convicted, he could face decades in a Nevada state prison.
Michael Graydon, CEO of the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC), resigned from his position just a week after Rod Phillips stepped down as CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). Both left their positions for moves to the private sector, but it is uncertain whether Graydon will still be in the gaming industry, and it has now been confirmed that Phillips has taken a position at Postmedia who owns National Post and several other major newspapers across the country.
The only poker-based graphic novel in the world became available to read earlier this week. Final Nine released their first issue for viewing online. The comic series is written by Anish Patel and illustrated by Calvin Innes and revolves around the nine players who have reached the final table of a fictional major Las Vegas poker tournament. This will certainly be a series to follow as it breaks new ground in the industry.
The much-beloved Aussie Millions has been capturing the attention of the poker world throughout the week. At the time of writing, the Main Event is down to seven players with Ami Barer and Sorel Mizzi representing Canada at the table. Meanwhile, the $100,000 Challenge is down to the final two players. Mike McDonald is battling for the $2 million top prize, building on the success he has already had in 2014 with an 8th-place finish in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) $100K and 2nd in the PCA Main Event. McDonald currently sits in 4th on the Canadian all-time money list just behind Mizzi in 3rd. Daniel Negreanu, who finished the $100,000 Challenge in 6th, has a firm hold on the top position in the Canadian race.
Back on our continent, though still a world away, the World Poker Tour kicked off another series in Florida with the Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino. The $3,500 Main Event has a $1 million guarantee and will claim a winner on Tuesday.