October just may be the busiest month of live Canadian poker action this year!
PokerNews Canada is the only source for a comprehensive list of major Canadian poker tournaments each month, and the October edition is available for you here. With our help, you'll know where the action is from coast to coast to coast. Don't miss a single Canadian major by checking in each month for our calendar of events.
As the weather starts to turn, we know that Canadian poker players are putting away their beach towels, camping gear, lawnmowers, and whatever else has kept your weekends occupied over the last few months. With the weather dipping below comfortable t-shirt-wearing levels, it's time to move your weekend activities indoors.
There are many big poker tournaments in Canada this month. In fact, there are only eight days in the whole month where there isn't a major event somewhere in the country. There truly is something for everyone this month. Covering BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and PEI, you can't be far from a major poker series. So, no excuses, get down and support Canadian poker!
PlayNow Poker Championship
Location: McPhillips Station Casino – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date: October 1 to 4
Canada's only government-licensed and regulated online poker site, PlayNow.com, is hosting a four-event series in Winnipeg. The poker site, offered only to players in BC, Manitoba, and Quebec, is trying hard to gain the online poker dollars of eligible Canadians. Prairie players will gather at Winnipeg's McPhillips Station Casino for several days of mid-level buy-ins to try to earn the cash, the trophy, and the prestige.
|Event 1||October 1||$600||No-Limit Hold'em|
|Event 2||October 2||$300||No-Limit Hold'em Bounty|
|Event 3||October 3||$1,100||No-Limit Hold'em|
|Event 4||October 4||$400||No-Limit Hold'em|
Seats can we won online on PlayNow.com as well as in local satellites.
SIGA Poker Championship
Location: Dakota Dunes Casino — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Date: October 4 to 5
Courtesy of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, Dakota Dunes Casino on Whitecap First Nation is just 20 minutes south of Saskatoon and promises a beautiful, world-class facility. Contact the casino for more details.
DeepStacks Poker Tour Edmonton
Location: Casino Yellowhead — Edmonton, Alberta
Date: October 5 to 12
Coming hot off of a successful series in Calgary, DeepStacks Poker Tour is heading a few hours north to the province's capital to offer Edmonton's strong poker scene five events. With the pricetags of the events varying between $330 and $1,500, there should be plenty of Albertans willing to shell out the cash for a well-structured event or two. Casino Yellowhead will play host to the series.
|Event 1||October 5||$550||No-Limit Hold'em Bounty|
|Event 2||October 6||$330||No-Limit Hold'em|
|Event 3||October 7||$440||Pot-Limit Omaha|
|Event 4||October 8||$550||No-Limit Hold'em|
|Event 5||October 10||$1,500||No-Limit Hold'em Main Event $200K GTD|
There are heaps of satellites leading up to the event at Casino Yellowhead as well as Casino Edmonton. Go check out the second-ever Canadian DeepStacks event in one of the hottest places in Canada for poker.
West Coast Poker Championship
Location: Edgewater Casino — Vancouver, BC
Date: October 16 to 26
It's the fifth annual West Coast Poker Championship at Edgewater Casino, a series Vancouver players will be excited to see, as the tournament scene has slowed down a bit since previous years. Even more exciting is that Edgewater is suggesting the prize pool is expected to reach $1,000,000. There are five events on the schedule, with the headliner being a $2,200 Main Event — big enough to draw all the big names out for the tournament.
|Event 1||October 16||$777||No-Limit Hold'em|
|Event 2||October 19||$600||Pot-Limit Omaha|
|Event 3||October 20||$340||No-Limit Hold'em Turbo|
|Event 4||October 21||$600||No-Limit Hold'em Bounty|
|Event 5||October 23||$2,200||No-Limit Hold'em Main Event|
This series is looking to be one of the biggest in western Canada this year. There are satellites running for seats to individual events and for multi-event packages. Contact Edgewater Casino for more details.
Atlantic Canada's Poker Championship
Location: Red Shores Casino — Charlottetown, PEI
Date: October 18 to 20
It's time again for the annual Atlantic Canada's Poker Championship at Red Shores. The maritime provinces will get to determine who the best player in their region is in this one-tournament, $550, two-day event. If the event sells out, and it likely will at a 320-player maximum, the prize pool will be $160,000 with first place earning $40,000.
|October 18||$550||No-Limit Hold'em|
Red Shores Casino is offering satellites to give players the opportunity to qualify for a fraction of the already-low buy-in. Contact the casino for more details.
Wild West Shootout
Location: Cash Casino — Calgary, Alberta
Date: October 17 to 26
Calgary has yet another poker series to offer the busy city. This time, Cash Casino has pulled from Calgary's cowboy roots to put together a schedule of seven events titled the Wild West Shootout. The buy-ins are affordable with everything fitting between $165 and $450.
|Event 1||October 17||$340||No-Limit Hold'em Deep Stack|
|Event 2||October 19||$165||Pot-Limit Omaha|
|Event 3||October 20||$200||No-Limit Hold'em 50/50|
|Event 4||October 21||$235||No-Limit Hold'em Bounty|
|Event 5||October 22||$340||Pot-Limit Omaha|
|Event 6||October 23||$450||No-Limit Hold'em Main Event|
|Event 7||October 26||$165||No-Limit Hold'em|
Cash Casino is offering daily satellites leading up to the event. With the low buy-ins and the abundance of satellite entries, this a poker series with plenty of value for reasonably strong players.
Location: OLG Casino Brantford — Brantford, Ontario
Date: October 26
Another single event worth noting is the Deep Stack at OLG Casino Brantford. The buy-in of $1,090 is expected to create a prize pool of $100,000. A decent poker event in Ontario is hard to come by, so make sure you check out this tournament.
|October 26||$1,090||No-Limit Hold'em|
As always, PokerNews Canada will be writing recaps of all of these events. If you do well, watch for your name on PokerNews Canada this month!
If there are any other major events and tournaments that should be listed here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck and have fun!