Top 10 Stories of 2014: #7, Toronto Poker League at PCA
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:
In January, the poker world converges on The Atlantis resort in the Bahamas for the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure (PCA). In 2014, PokerNews Canada reporter Matthew Perrault reported on the Toronto Poker League’s (TPL) adventures in the Bahamas.
The TPL is a Toronto-based pub poker league. They run free tournaments where players compete for points at various bars around the city. Over the course of a season, players accumulate points based on where they finish. The top point earners for the season meet at the end in a Main Event where they compete for prizes like entry into the PCA.
In total, 16 members of the TPL made the trip to PCA. Two, however, made the trip with special purpose, having won their entries for a few tournaments in the Bahamas. Raymond Siu managed to take down the TPL Series Main Event, locking up a ticket to the $1,000 Event #22 at PCA. Fellow TPL player Oksana Jancevic wasn’t able to win her ticket through the TPL, but managed to secure entry to the PCA Main Event through a satellite tournament on PokerStars.
In addition to the tournament buy-ins, both players also won hotel and airfare packages. Siu made clear what a good value it all was. “I was already satisfied with just winning the trip. A free vacation to a tropical destination and a buy-in to a huge poker tournament, what more can you ask for? It was definitely a win-win for me.”
The whole TPL contingent turned the affair into a winning proposition, though. The 16 members who made the trip won more than $70,000 in the Bahamas, with both Siu and Jancevic making their way to the final table of Event #22.
While Siu won his buy-in directly, Jancevic got there by a more circuitous route. After busting the Main Event, she bought into #22 herself. That didn’t stop her from powering her way through to the final table, finally taking home $14,000 for her sixth-place finish.
Siu went a few steps better, making it to heads-up play with the chip lead. He ran into a far more experienced heads-up opponent however, ultimately settling for second place and $47,000.
While the prizes and the trips were the glitz and glamour of our article, the main thrust was about the community spirit of the TPL. Jancevic was appreciative of the support they got at the final table. “What was crucial for both of us during the final table was the support of our TPL friends, who were railing us for hours.” Siu raved about the combination of social and competition in the TPL. “I love how playing with the league is a fun and social thing to do on a weeknight after work, but at the same time things can get pretty competitive.”
Being able to report on success by TPL members at the PCA was an important story, but what really makes the TPL a rewarding experience for players is the friendship and camaraderie that comes with it. Moreso than just another tournament win, it’s that sense of community that made this our #7 story of the year. You can read all about it right here.
Check back in tomorrow to see which article makes #6 on our list of most popular articles in 2014.
Also, in case you missed it, here is the countdown thus far, starting with #10: