The Weekly Review: Quebec Can't Block Online Gaming, TSN Airs 2016 WSOP, and More
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.
Not So Fast, Quebec; You Can’t Block Online Poker That Easily
In the ongoing story of the Quebec government trying to block all online gambling sites except for the provincially licensed Espacejeux, eliminating competition and creating an effective monopoly, the CRTC has answered a call of clarification to say that nobody has the jurisdiction to order Internet content blocked except the CRTC.
A Sebastian Sikorski Sunday
In this week’s Sunday Briefing, one player stood out among the rest in tournament poker’s biggest day of the week. Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski found three big results on PokerStars. He won the Sunday Grand (NLHE), just missed the final table of the Sunday Grand (PLO), and finished runner-up in the Sunday Supersonic all in the same day.
Richard Figiel Finds a Win at Playground
The massive four-week World Cup of Cards at Playground Poker Club continued this week and Richard Figiel made headlines when he won the partypoker $500,000 Guarantee Canadian Grand Prix for $49,385 after a six-way deal in a huge field of 3,341 entries.
Mike Smith Tops a New Edmonton Series
Casino Yellowhead in Edmonton introduced a new series this year with the Pure Poker Summer Showdown and a familiar face topped the 230-entry field in the $1,100 Main Event to win $61,180. Mike Smith of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was the victor, proving again that he and his brother Ryan Smith are some of the best poker players around. Brothers Kris and Jared Klimosko were also at the final table, finishing third and fourth, respectively, and they are also from Saskatoon.
It’s Not About the Money for Daniel Negreanu
It shouldn’t be surprising to hear that Canadian Daniel Negreanu — the poker player to collect more tournament winnings than anyone else in history — doesn’t play the game for the money these days. In his tell-all interview, he explains that he plays for the wins and the accolades and likes to play in some high-stake mixed games. “The financial pressure bothered me before maybe a little bit, but now not at all. If I lost a million in the game, I’m not gonna be like ‘Wow that sucks.’ It’s just whatever.”
TSN Begins Broadcasts of 2016 WSOP
ESPN’s coverage of the WSOP has begun with the first two episodes airing on Friday night. As per usual, TSN has exclusive broadcast rights for the coverage in Canada and PokerNews Canada got our hands on the full schedule of episodes so you know when and where to tune in.
Sam Greenwood 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. Sam Greenwood has held on for another week as the top tournament player in the nation.
Things Not Looking So Good for David Baazov
David Baazov captained Quebec-based Amaya Gaming when they purchased Rational Group and its assets PokerStars and Full Tilt. But following investigations of insider trading, Baazov resigned from all positions at Amaya earlier this year while he maintained that he would ultimately be found innocent of all suspicion. Recent developments have now found new evidence that allegedly point to illegal trading that is estimated to have created $1.5 million in profits.
2016 Poker Hall of Fame Contenders Announced
Each year, a group of poker personalities are identified as chosen as eligible for entering the Poker Hall of Fame. The existing, living Hall of Famers and a 20-person media panel will determine which of the 10 nominees will be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. This year’s candidates are Chris Bjorin, Humberto Brenes, Eli Elezra, Bruno Fitoussi, Chris Moneymaker, Carlos Mortensen, Max Pescatori, Matt Savage, and David “Devilfish” Ulliot.