Top 10 Stories of 2014: #5, PokerStars Drops Montreal Festival

PokerStars Montreal Festival

In the twilight of another year, we wanted to feature the articles that our readers have read the most over 2014. These top 10 articles are the stories that received the most views by you, pointing to them as the most popular content on PokerNews Canada. So, to look back on a great 2014, here are the top 10 stories as chosen by our readers:

#5: PokerStars Pulls Out of Montreal Festival

With Canadians looking forward to a live premier poker event put on by the leaders of the online industry, PokerStars Montreal Festival at Playground Poker Club had many poker players highlighting the end of August on their calendar.

But, without any warning or official announcement, it became obvious that PokerStars was no longer affiliated with the event. The event disappeared from PokerStars' website, the satellites on the poker site vanished, a PokerNews Canada live reporting contract got scrapped, and the banners on Playground's website had been replaced by ones without PokerStars branding.

The event still ran with the same guarantees and schedule, but as Playground Poker Club Montreal Festival. Interestingly, the dropping of PokerStars branding happened on the very same day Amaya Gaming announced the completion of their purchase of Oldford Group Ltd, including the assets of PokerStars.

A few statements were made by representatives of both Playground and PokerStars which provided no details into why the change had occurred, and we have yet to learn any more information as to what happened to explain the sudden, unannounced abandonment of the event by PokerStars. You can read that entire story right here.

Check back in tomorrow to see which article makes #4 on our list of most popular articles in 2014.

Also, in case you missed it, here is the countdown thus far, starting with #10:

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#8: Televised Coverage of the WSOP on ESPN and TSN Starts Tonight
#7: Toronto Poker League Members Freeroll to Big Money at PCA
#6: Would Poker Tournaments Benefit from a Flatter Payout Structure?

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