The Weekly Review: Watson Wins at PCA, Fallsview Stops the Scalping, GPL Announcements, 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 Watson Wins PCA Main Event; 11 Canadian Wins Across Series

The first major international tournament series of 2016 has concluded and Canada’s own Mike Watson has won the Main Event. The nine-day, 104-event PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) wrapped up this week with Watson winning $728,325 in the Main Event.

When you look at the 69 tournaments on the schedule (overlooking satellites and “Flipouts”), Canada won 11 golden spade trophies — two of them by women (Adrienne Rowsome and Natasha Barbour) and two of them by one man named Andrew Fair.

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Fallsview Fixes Recurring Ticket Scalping Issue

After facing annual criticism during the Fallsview Poker Classic, event organizers have addressed the issue of ticket scalping at the series. In years past, people have been able to buy as many tickets to the tournaments as they wished, allowing them to sell them with significant markup when the event sold out. But the Niagara Falls, Ontario casino has added some new rules this year that limits players to a single entry each, solving the ticket scalping problem that outraged players at previous series.

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”AlexS1” Earns $137,747 for Second Place in Sunday Million

The second Sunday of the year saw far fewer Canadian final tables than the week earlier in the Sunday majors. But one great result by “AlexS1” made up for it. He managed a runner-up finish in the biggest tournament of the day — the Sunday Million on PokerStars — and earned $137,747 for doing so.

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Global Poker League Reveals 12 Teams and Managers

Alex Dreyfus is taking big innovative steps to try to breath new life into the poker industry, and more details about his latest project were released the week. The Global Poker League revealed the 12 teams who will compete in the league and their accompanying managers, including Marc-Andre Ladouceur who will head Montreal Nationals — Canada’s sole team. The managers will meet on February 25 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills to draft their teams.

Global Poker League also announced a new partnership this week that will see their content aired on Poker Central — the world’s only 24-hour-a-day TV network.

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René Angélil Dies at Age 73

Canadian René Angélil passed away this week in his Las Vegas home two days shy of his 74th birthday. While most people will know Angélil as Celine Dion’s husband and former manager, he was also an avid poker player with more than three-quarters of a million dollars in tournament cashes.

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Full Tilt Bets on Hearthstone Connection

More and more we hear about Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone game mentioned in poker circles. The strategy card game has been an enormous success, attracting more than 30 million registered players in 18 months, including many of poker’s biggest names like Daniel Negreanu and Betrand “ElkY” Grospellier. Full Tilt is interested in connecting with some of that success and recently sponsored the G2 Esports Hearthstone Team, hoping that some of those millions of Hearthstone players will migrate to poker as a comparable strategy-based card game.

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Mike McDonald Still Canada’s Best

Each week, we look at the Global Poker Index and the 10 top-ranked Canadians that make up Team Canada for the week. With it being still very early in the year, there isn’t much movement to report. Mike McDonald continues to hold the No. 1 seat while Mike Leah climbed to No. 3 in the country.

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Watch On Apple TV

With PCA just concluded, you’re likely familiar with where you could watch live streams of the biggest events with commentary by Joe Stapleton and James Hartigan along with other guests. The app also offers viewing of PokerStars’ Shark Cage, European Poker Tour stops, and coverage of exciting online action.

Previously bound to your smartphone or tablet, PokerStars is now offering the app through the Apple TV’s AppStore to put in your living room.

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