Ticket Scalping Issue Addressed for 2016 Fallsview Poker Classic

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Players have annually voiced their displeasure about previous years' $1,100 buy-in Fallsview Poker Classic tournament when anyone was able to obtain (either by buying or winning multiple satellites) as many “vouchers” for the tournament as they wanted. Before the tournament began on both sold-out Day 1 starting flights, people could be seen selling tickets to the event at markup prices in the Fallsview Casino food court, some asking as much as $1,800. This sparked an outrage as many players were shut out of the event or forced to pay a premium to play the tournament.

This year, the Niagara Falls, Ontario Fallsview Casino has addressed the issue by putting new rules in place for all their events allowing players to purchase only one entry per starting day.

The rules read as follows from Fallsview’s tournaments page:

  • Players are limited to one entry per event on their [Players Advantage Club] PAC account for the $2,500, $5,000 & Shootout tournament.
  • The $1,100 tournament allows for one entry on both Day 1A & Day 1B.
  • Cards are non-transferable between players and cannot be reissued.

The biggest change from this year to previous years is the last rule which states that cards are non-transferable. Cards will still be given as in previous years but only one entry is allowed per event on a players PAC Rewards card (in the case of the $1,100 event, one per starting flight). Being restricted to one entry per player card coupled with cards being non-transferable means Fallsview Casino has finally taken action to appease their players and avoid the ticket scalping and resulting backlash.

The 2016 Fallsview Poker Classic takes place in Niagara Falls, Ontario from February 16 to 24 and culminates in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Fallsview Main Event. Four events take place across the nine-day series. The first is a three-day event featuring a $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament with two Day 1 starting flights on February 16 and 17. This is the event that sells out every year and has been the target of ticket scalpers in the past. Last year, 2006 WPT Fallsview runner-up Jason Sagle reigned supreme as he bested a field of 1,190 to win $193,906.

The second event of the series bumps up the buy-in to $2,500. The event takes place February 19 to 21. Last year's honours went to 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final-tablist Marc-Etienne McLaughlin. McLaughlin pocketed $268,166 while outlasting a field of 638 entries.

The $5,000 WPT Fallsview Main Event is next on the list. This four-day event runs from February 21 to 24 with one starting day. Last year, American Anthony Zinno won the event beating fellow American Mark Bailey heads up to win $380,021 and the title. This event set the stage for Zinno’s amazing year by helping him take home WPT Player of the Year honours after he also won the very next WPT stop.

The fourth event of the series is the $1,500 no-limit hold’em shootout. This is a two-day event taking place from February 22 to 23. Last year, Canadian Jason James from Mississauga, Ontario defeated American Chang Jin heads up to win $36,665 and the shootout title.

Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada for more coverage of the event in February.

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