The Weekly Review: PlayOLG, PCA, and Sports Betting on PokerStars
At the end of each week, PokerNews Canada reviews the last seven days in a turbo-paced recap of notable poker headlines. If you missed any of our stories this past week, this is all you need to know to catch up on what's happening across Canada, around the world, and online, in poker.
PlayOLG Opens for Business
It has been a long road full of promises from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) to offer Ontarians their own regulated online gambling site. Finally, PlayOLG opened for business. Residents of Ontario are now able to play online slots, play table games like roulette, three-card poker, and blackjack, and purchase lottery tickets.
Eventually, PlayOLG will be adding a sports-betting option and will open their online poker room like Quebec's EspaceJeux and Manitoba and B.C.'s PlayNow. No date has been set for those offerings. For more information, read PlayOLG Launches in Ontario; Regulated Online Poker on the Horizon.
Will Ma Goes Full Time on his Strategy Game
The University of Waterloo has produced a group of amazing poker talent including, most notably, Mike McDonald and Xuan Liu. One of the lesser known poker wizards of the group is Will Ma. He has had his own successes at the felt, but has chosen to pursue other avenues, for the most part.
Ma was working on his PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he also taught a for-credit course on poker theory. He has recently dropped out of the MIT program to put his focus on a strategy game he has been developing called Prismata. Mike McDonald says it's the best game he's played.
For the full story, check out Waterloo's Will Ma Abandons PhD to Focus on Strategy Game.
Bye-Bye From the Bahamas
Since last week's Weekly Review where we left you at Day 4 of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), the final five days of the year's first major live poker series have wrapped up the festival in the Bahamas. We had some strong Canadian contenders in the running through the $10,000 Main Event and the $25,000 High Roller, even holding the overall chiplead at times.
However, once the final tables played out, the best Canadian achievement was Quebec's Jean-Pascal Savard who finished fourth for a little over half a million dollars. The next major international events that we will cover is the high-priced marquee events at Aussie Millions. Until then, catch up on those final five days of PCA with our daily recaps:
2015 PCA Day 5: Main Event Rolls On
2015 PCA Day 6: In the Money in the Main; Ambrose Ng Leads Canadians
2015 PCA Day 7: 3 Canadians Left in Main Event; Record-Breaking High Roller Begins
2015 PCA Day 8: Main Event Final Table Set; Savard Leads High Roller
2015 PCA Day 9: PCA Ends with High Roller and Main Event Champions
PokerStars Continues to Pursue New Gambling Dollars
PokerStars recently added casino games to their usual poker offering — a move that had many in the poker community a little miffed. But now, PokerStars has announced that they are making progress on plans they announced last year when Canadian-owned Amaya Gaming became the parent company of PokerStars in a $4.9 billion acquisition.
Thursday's press release revealed that PokerStars will have a functioning bookie by the end of April — ahead of schedule. Get the full details by heading to PokerStars to Launch Sports Betting by April 2015.