The Weekly Review: Playground's BBJ, partypoker's Delays, Duhamel's Continued Success, and More

The Weekly Review

There’s a lot to stay on top of if you want to follow the ever-changing poker industry in Canada, online, and around the world, so here’s the week in a nutshell — a recap of all of our major headlines from the past seven days to get you up to speed on all things poker.

Mike McDonald Turns Hesitant Late Registration into Six-Figure Score

One of Canada’s best, Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald almost didn’t play the largest online poker tournament of all time — the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) $51,000 Super High Roller. But after evaluating the field, he decided to register late and ended the first day with the most chips. He spoke with PokerNewsFrank Op de Woerd for an interview after play paused on Day 1, and you can find that conversation in the article below.

When play resumed for Day 2, McDonald ultimately relinquished his chip lead and finished the tournament in fifth place, earning a nice return on his buy-in of $172,500. American Ben ‘Ben86’ Tollerene playing from within Canada won the tournament after a three-way deal for $616,518.34.

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Jean Benoit Puts In a Long Day at Casino Montreal; Comes out $35,000 Richer

Casino de Montréal earns the spotlight several times throughout the year with their recurring Série Royale de Poker — a series of tournaments with a high buy-in that runs several times a year. The latest rendition saw 57 players buy a seat in the $1,600 tournament and play down to a winner in a single day of long play. Emerging from the other end was Jean Benoit, earning the largest live tournament cash of his career.

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Repeat Final Tables Highlight The Sunday Briefing

Each week, we detail the successes of Canadian players in the past Sunday’s major online tournaments. Making the headline this week was ‘Jennnyy19’ and Sebastian ‘p000cket000’ Sikorski who both earned back-to-back final tables in events they also final-tabled the previous week. There were also many more great results by Canadians in the Sunday majors on Full Tilt, PokerStars, 888poker, and partypoker.

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Jonathan Duhamel Finds Third Tournament Win of 2015

Currently ranked as the best live-action poker player in Canada, Jonathan Duhamel added another victory to his long list of accolades. His most recent win was in a side event of the Borgata Poker Open in New Jersey, leading up to the World Poker Tour Main Event that marks the climax of the series.

With 287 entrants, Duhamel won the $1,000 six-max hold’em tournament for $70,990, which is his third tournament win this year, coming on the heels of a side-event victory during the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and his massive cash in the World Series of Poker $111,111 One Drop High Roller which saw him collect his second gold bracelet and nearly $4 million in American cash.

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Playground Awards Massive Bad Beat Jackpot

Not many poker rooms can boast a bad beat jackpot as large as the one Playground Poker Club just paid out. Located just outside of Montreal, Quebec, Playground’s bonus had climbed to $672,202 when Ofer Cohen and Denise Berkowitz saw quad sevens clash with quad nines while playing $1/$2 no-limit hold’em, triggering the bad beat jackpot. Cohen earned $255,498 for his losing hand, while Berkowitz won the pot and an additional $127,718 for having the better set of quads.

Now that the bad beat jackpot has been cleared, Playground has announced they have now set the minimum jackpot at $250,000. Read about the details of their quarter-million-dollar guaranteed bad beat jackpot below.

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The GPI Update Sees Duhamel Continue to Lead

Each week, we take a look at the latest rankings from Global Poker Index and see who the top 10 Canadian poker players are, as well as who’s leading the GPI Player of the Year, the global rankings, and other movements in the top 300. This week, Jonathan Duhamel continues to hold on to the top spot, but a new face has joined the ranks of the country’s best: Daniel Dvoress squeaked in as number 10.

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Partypoker’s Pokerfest Problems

Early in the week, we published an article about the upcoming online series of poker tournaments at partypoker — Pokerfest. With 80 events on the schedule and $2.5 million in guarantees, action was set to kick off on September 27.

But we’ve recently received news that partypoker’s Pokerfest has been postponed by a month until October 25, caused by some recent performance issues on the site. For the inconvenience, partypoker is hosting a $50,000 freeroll that will be added to the new Pokerfest schedule.

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