On the final day of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event where one of the three remaining players will become the World Champion and earn $7.68 million, the official announcement has been made that the WSOP is returning to Canada.
As a late edition to the 2015/2016 schedule, the WSOP Circuit has added a stop at Casino de Montréal that will run from April 20 to May 1, 2016 in cooperation with Espacejeux.com.
The WSOP Circuit formula is 12 rings awarded in 12 events in 12 days. That will be modified slightly for the Casino de Montréal stop where 10 events will take place across 12 days, each one awarding one of WSOP Circuit’s signature champion rings, and the final two events will be hosted online at Espacejeux.com on May 7 and 8 which will also award the prestigious Circuit rings to the winners.
It has been two years since the WSOP Circuit has been in Canada. The tour made its first-ever Canadian stop at River Rock Casino in Vancouver, B.C. in 2012 and was well-received by the large local poker community. The next year saw the schedule include two Canadian stops. The Circuit returned to River Rock Casino in 2013 and then headed to Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec.
Since then, Canada has been unexplainably absent from the schedule. Until now. This late edition to the season’s schedule will see the Circuit finally return to Canada.
"We are very proud that the WSOP, the organizer of the biggest poker event in the world, has selected the Casino de Montréal for this event and places its trust in us to manage such a high-calibre poker event," said Kevin Taylor, General Manager of the Casino de Montréal and the Société des casinos du Québec's Head of Operations.
As was the case in the previous WSOP Circuit stop in Quebec, the event is done in partnership with the province’s government-licensed and regulated online poker site, Espacejeux. Only in Canada have any WSOP Circuit events taken place online, thanks to their partnerships with Espacejeux and PlayNow. Two of the events from each series were played online the last time they were in Canada as well. There will be online satellites on Espacejeux leading up to the series.
The timing will be great for players travelling for the Circuit stop, as it will likely be followed by another premier poker series nearby. If the World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship runs in early May again at Playground Poker Club, out-of-towners will have even more reason to come to Montreal.
The WSOP Circuit tournament schedule has not yet been released.