Weekly Wrap-up: WPT L.A. Poker Classic and PokerStars Raises the Bar
The first week of March was a welcome opportunity for players to catch their breath after a busy February and prepare for a fast-paced month ahead. We still had some important headlines this past week, and we have a recap for you here so that you can get caught up before things start heating up in the next week or two.
Canadian Poker News
After three big events wrapping up the week prior, this past week has been a quiet one for live poker in Canada. Players took to the online tables instead. But the action is going to start picking up later in the month. Check our Canadian Tournament Calendar to see all the excitement coming up!
Online Poker News
Last Sunday PokerStars had their 8th anniversary Sunday Million, the largest weekly online poker tournament in the world. For this special edition, PokerStars slapped an $8 million guarantee on the tournament and 46,586 players paid the $215 registration to try to grab the guaranteed $1 million for 1st. The prize pool shot past the guarantee and reached a whopping $9.3 million. "DrUPSWING" from Germany was the final player remaining and earned $1,038,540 for the great run.
Just two days later, there was more excitement on PokerStars as their weekly Super Tuesday, a $1,050 tournament, set a new record for entrants. 688 players created a prize pool of $688,000 and a 1st-place prize of $129,344! The tournament attracted a who's-who list of online poker talent. Stefano "Easylimp" Terziani from the United Kingdom claimed the top spot after reaching the final table as the chip leader after nine hours of play.
Global Poker News
All eyes have been on California this past week for the World Poker Tour (WPT) L.A. Poker Classic at Commerce Casino. The $10,000 Main Event got started last Saturday and the tournament didn't come to a close until Thursday. We provided day-by-day updates following the action and paid special attention to the Canadians going deep. PokerStars Team Pro Jonathan Duhamel was the last player from our side of the border; he finished 61st. Chris Moorman earned the elusive victory and earned $1,015,460 to take home to the United Kingdom.
During the L.A. Poker Classic, WPT used the opportunity to poll players on a highly-contested topic: whether or not to introduce a shot clock for the upcoming season. The feedback was encouraging, though there are still strong divides in the poker community about what is best for the game. You can take our poll to add your weight to whichever side of the debate you are on.