The Weekly Review: McMorran and McDonald Win Big, WSOP Cheating Investigation Closes
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.
Scott McMorran Wins B.C.’s First PlayNow Poker Championship
Hard Rock Casino Vancouver played host to a six-tournament, 11-day series that concluded this week with the $1,650 Main Event finishing up on Sunday.
It was the first time the PlayNow Poker Championship was offered to British Columbians, and the sold-out fields indicated great success. The headlining Main Event began on Friday with Day 1a, continued with Day 1b on Saturday, and 36 survivors from each starting day met on Sunday for Day 2 to play down to a winner.
With a total of $294,000 to be split among the top 20 players, Scott McMorran was the player to take home the largest piece — $58,760 after a three-way deal.
- Scott McMorran is the 2015 PlayNow Poker Champion, Earning $58,760
- B.C.’s First PlayNow Poker Championship is a Sold-Out Success
Mike McDonald Wins EPT High Roller, Climbs GPI
Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald added another European Poker Tour (EPT) title to his resume after winning the €25K High Roller for €498,575 this week. There were 74 entrants to the tournament and the final day began with fellow Canadian Sam Greenwood with the chip lead. Greenwood went on to finish sixth for €110,590, but McDonald forged on to victory.
The win put McDonald just shy of the $12.5 million mark for lifetime live tournament winnings and it gave him enough points on the Global Poker Index (GPI) to take over the top spot in Canada as well as ninth in the world. This is the first time since early in the year that a Canadian cracked the global top 10.
- Mike McDonald Wins EPT Malta €25K High Roller for €498,575
- Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Among Top 10 Globally, Best in Canada
WSOP Cheating Investigation Closes
Earlier this year, cheating allegations arose from the World Series of Poker (WSOP) revolving around the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship. Several players suspected Valeriu Coca of cheating his way to a fifth-place finish for $54,545. The WSOP launched an internal investigation which was followed by further investigation by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
The investigations have now been closed and Coca will finally have his winnings released to him as no charges were laid.
PokerStars’ Spin & Gos Create Six Millionaires in One Week
It has been a year since PokerStars launched their Spin & Go games and they’re celebrating that fact by offering top prizes of $1 million in all levels of buy-ins of Spin & Gos. In just one week, six different players spun a million-dollar prize pool and became near-instant millionaires.
In just a few minutes, players earned a million dollars after beating the three-way hyper-turbo tournament. Four of the new millionaires won the jackpot in a $5 Spin & Go, while the other two were playing $100 Spin & Gos.