The Weekly Review: WPT Fallsview and Alpha8, TCOOP, and Ryan Reynolds
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.
WPT Fallsview Upgrades to Televised Event
The World Poker Tour (WPT) issued a press release revealing that the first of three Canadian WPTs of 2015 will now be a televised event.
WPT returned to Fallsview Casino Resort last year after going five years without an event at the Niagara Falls venue. This was the location where WPT originally broke in to Canada, and it is now a regular on the season schedule again. This $5,000 WPT tournament will now be captured by the video crew to be later aired on Fox Sports Network, making this marquee event even more appealing to Canadians and international poker players alike.
There are also three side events, and the series gets started on February 7 and runs through to February 16. You can satellite in exclusively on partypoker. For the full article, go to WPT Will Return to Niagara Falls with a Televised Event.
Ryan Reynolds Stars in Poker Film
The world knows Canadian Ryan Reynolds as the highly successful actor who starred in Van Wilder and has appeared in dozens of other TV shows and movies. One of the most handsome dudes in show business, this Vancouver-born celebrity's latest credit comes from a starring role in Mississippi Grind.
His latest project is a story about a debt-ridden poker player on a losing streak hoping to change his luck by teaming up with a younger player. Reynolds plays that younger player. Misssissippi Grind will debut at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26 in Park City, Utah. For more information, head to Poker Movie Starring Ryan Reynolds to Debut on Jan. 26 at the Sundance Film Festival.
PokerStars Creates a Canadian Millionaire
PokerStars generously extended their $1 Million Spin & Go promotion into January, giving more players a chance to turn a $5 buy-in into $1,000,000. This week, a Canadian was made an instant millionaire.
Originally launched as part of PokerStars' December Festival, their $5 Spin & Gos could hit a million-dollar jackpot. The prize pool for Spin & Gos is randomly selected once the three-handed, hyper-turbo, winner-take-all sit-and-go begins, and usually the prize pool is double the buy-in or up to 1,200 times the buy-in. However, 'anushan_2323' from Canada found himself an instant millionaire when he won the lucky jackpot. He was not the only one either. To find out more, read PokerStars Spins Up a New Millionaire in Canada.
TCOOP Kicks Off
This weekend will be a busy one for online tournament enthusiasts. PokerStars' first major poker festival of the year kicked off on Thursday. The Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) is a 50-event series that culminates in a $700 Main Event with a $2 million guarantee. The guarantees for the whole series total $15 million.
The first day of TCOOP saw the first four events crown a champion, and there were four Canadian final-tablists in the mix. To play for a piece of these massive prize pools, download PokerStars here. For more information, including the full schedule, check out TCOOP 2015: PokerStars' Turbo Championship of Online Poker is Under Way.
WPT Alpha8 Florida
With the lights barely turned out at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, WPT Alpha8 Florida served up a high-rolling tournament in the Sunshine State. For $100,000, the best poker players in the world could play for big money.
Just six players came out to play, making up an all-American roster of poker talent. With such a small field, this Alpha8 became this first one in their short history to be a winner-take-all tournament. Noah Schwartz won the $585,000 prize, leaving Jake Schindler with nothing to show for his effort in second place.
With his victory, Schwartz also became the first player to win both a WPT title and a Alpha8 title, and both of those wins were found in his home state of Florida. To read about the event in more detail, have a look at WPT Alpha8 Florida Day 1: 6 Players Reduced to 2 and Noah Schwartz Wins WPT Alpha8 Florida for $585,000.