The 2015 Fallsview Poker Classic at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort is Ontario's premier poker event of the year. With several four-figure-priced side events to accompany the headlining World Poker Tour (WPT) event, the series attracts players from across the country and beyond.
As usual, the series tarted off with their most-attended event: the $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold'em event. Even with two Day 1a, the tournament still saw the same problems with seat scalping as in previous years. The event saw 1,020 entrants with 2006 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event runner-up and hometown hero Jason Sagle taking the win along with $193,906 in prize money.
The event saw a rare occurrence, though, when final-table chipleader Harnam Matharu was escorted out of the casino by police during the dinner break. His stack was blinded out and he ended up getting a third-place finish.
The second event on the docket was a $2,500 buy-in event. This tournament was full of big-name pros. 2013 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event Champion Ryan Riess was in the field and had a very deep run, falling just short of the final table in 12th for $19,723. But another 2013 WSOP Main Event November Niner was able to take home the $2,500 crown. Quebec's Marc-Etienne McLaughlin was able to beat out a field of 600 players to win the tournament and $268,166.
New to this year's Fallsview Poker Classic was a $1,500 shootout event. Jason James of Mississauga, Ontario was able to not only outlast the 10 players at his table on Day 1 but come back the second day and be the last man standing beating Chang Su Kim of Etobicoke, Ontario to win the shootout event for $36,665. Chang lined his pockets with $26,190 for his runner-up finish.
The Main Event of the Fallsview Poker Classic featured the $5,000 WPT event. The four-day affair attracted 419 entries and saw two Canadians make it to the six-player televised final table: Erik Cajelais from Montreal, Quebec and David Cloutier from Brampton, Ontario.
Cajelais' time at the final table was short lived as he got his short stack of 12 big blinds all in against the min-raise of Corey Hochman’s . Hochman’s hand would hold to eliminate Cajelais in sixth for $76,194.
Cloutier, who came into the final table third in chips, wouldn’t last much longer as on hand 29 of the final table, he shoved in the big blind over the top of Hochman’s small blind raise. Hochman had and took a stranglehold on the hand when he flopped a set of eights. The turn was a brick which meant that Cloutier was eliminated in fourth place for $126,674. In the end, Anthony Zinno, who entered the final table as the chipleader, ended up on top for his second WPT title and $380,021.
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