Weekly Wrap-up: WPT, Online Scores, and a New Partnership
We're picking up the pace as we enter the latter part of March and the seasons are changing. Spring marks the beginning of a busy time in the poker industry. There are multiple poker festivals popping up in poker rooms all over the country, so keeping checking in with PokerNews Canada for our coverage of all the action. If you missed any of our headlines this past week, here is a quick recap of everything you need to know.
Canadian Poker News
This past Tuesday, the Global Poker Index (GPI) released a statement outlining a new partnership with the Canadian Poker Tour (CPT). CPT hosts dozens of events across the country every year and players earn points for a Player of the Year award. CPT events will now award GPI points, allowing players to be ranked on the internationally-recognized GPI ranking system as well. Included in this partnership is the inclusion of CPT events on the popular Fantasy Poker Manager Facebook game. Poker fans will now be able to make their picks for the players they believe will run deep before CPT events and compete with friends for points as the tournament plays out. There are two CPT events coming up in the next couple of weeks. Check in with PokerNews Canada for our coverage of Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Poker Championships in BC and CPT Spring Showdown at Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary, Alberta.
Another great series kicked off in Kahnawake, Quebec yesterday. Playground Poker Club is hosting their annual Spring Classic which runs from March 21st through April 1st and offers 11 great events. Players are currently seated in Event 1, a low $150 buy-in with a huge $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. The excitement culminates in the $1,100 World Poker Tour (WPT) Canadian Spring Championship with a $1M guarantee. The three Day 1's for the WPT event will run on March 27th, 28th, and 29th.
Online Poker News
Last Sunday, PlayNow Poker had a $100K guaranteed tournament on the schedule - a $530 event they offer quarterly. The government-sanctioned poker site with players in BC, Manitoba, and Quebec had a little over 160 players registered and ready to play when a message popped up announcing the cancellation of the tournament due to technical problems. This sparked a flurry of speculation from players about whether there really was a technical problem and outrage that the tournament may have been cancelled due to the unmet guarantee. PokerNews Canada was the first to respond and find out the details about the cancellation and report to the players, and we are continuing to update the story as we learn more about when the tournament will be rescheduled for and how PlayNow plans on compensating players for the disruption.
On the same day, Mike McDonald claimed his largest online cash to date. McDonald has been on fire the past three months and is dominating the GPI 2014 Player of the Year race. Surprisingly, with over $10 million in live tournament cashes, last Sunday's $56,813 win in PokerStars' $109 Sunday Rebuy was McDonald's biggest online score so far. You can read about him and others who found success last Sunday in our weekly recap of the action in the Sunday majors.
Another Canadian who earned himself a nice paycheque on PokerStars this week is Jonas Mackoff from Vancouver, BC. He took down the $1,050 Super Tuesday under his well-recognized username, "donut604." He scooped a prize of $106,040 for defeating 643 other players, adding to his legacy of consistency online and live, which we detail more closely in a look at his poker career.
Full Tilt Poker, always the innovators, announced a new game format for players on their site this week. They launched Flipout tournaments on Wednesday, and jumped straight into a 12-event Flipout Festival on Friday. These are multi-table tournaments (MTTs) that force every player all in for a first round of shootout poker. The player who wins the flip at their table advances directly into the money (ITM) and the tournament continues with the more traditional structure until the end. This allows players to play large-field MTTs in much less time, because it advances right into ITM play within the first minute or two. Jump onto Full Tilt Poker and give them a try!
Global Poker News
WPT Venice came to a close last weekend. The €3,000 Main Event was eventually won by Andrea Dato, beating Sam Trickett heads-up and claiming the €105,000 top prize. He proudly joins the WPT Champions Club after falling short on two previous attempts.
The WPT California Swing finished its final leg this past week as well. After a series of events in L.A., San Jose, and Sacramento, three WPT Main Events engraved new names on the WPT trophy in California. The last stop was WPT Rolling Thunder and local legend JC Tran outlasted the total field of 465 players and earned a little over $300K for doing so.