The Weekly Review: Canadians Win at American Poker Awards But Not World Poker Tour
With a busy news week in the poker world, there may have been something that you missed. That’s OK though, because we’ve got you covered in this recap of the Canadian poker industry for the past seven days!
PokerVision To Launch In America, Not Canada, in April
PokerVision Network (PVN), which has been touted as a Canadian poker and esports channel, has announced a launch date of April 1, 2017. PVN will be unveiled to the masses on the Action Channel across the United States. Canadian broadcasting is rumoured to begin sometime this year.
Ari Engel GPI’s Top-Ranked Canadian as Leah Rises to No. 2
It’s not anything new for Canada’s top-ranked tournament player as Ari Engel tops the Canadian GPI list for the 18th-straight week. Mike Leah shot up the ladder after winning the $1,100 event at the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic for the third time in four years.
Luc Greenwood, who sits 10th on the list of top-ranked Canadian player, holds the lead for 2017 Canadian Player of the Year honours. Leah, who is second on the overall Canadian rankings now sits second on the 2017 POY rankings. Daniel Dvoress, Kristen Bicknell, and Ryan Yu round out the top five Canadians so far in 2017.
Canadians Come Up Empty in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic
One of the biggest tournaments has just wrapped up over the past week with the first stop of a three-leg WPT California Swing. The WPT L.A. Poker Classic from the Commerce Casino saw the $10,000 Main Event bring in 521 entries creating a prize pool of over $5 million.
Some of the top Canadian pros made it out to the event including Daniel Negreanu, recent WPT Main Event winner Ema Zajmovic, Matt Salsberg, Shawn Buchanan, Canadian GPI rankings leader Ari Engel, and Mike Leah all entered the event, but none of them were able to cash. In fact, no Canadian’s cashed the event en route to Daniel Strelitz taking home the title and over $1 million for his biggest score in his poker career.
”good player” Dominates On the Virtual Felt
There were some good scores for Canadians on the virtual felt this past week as “good player” was able to walk away victorious in the $530 High Roller, taking home $37,791.35.
“Cbart_05” made his second final table in as many weeks in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up on Pokerstars. After finishing eighth the week before, Cbart_05 improved to a fifth-place finish, taking home $15,847.66.
Darren Elias Wins WPT Fallsview Main Event as Ferreira and Chen Finish Third and Fourth
The main event at the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic wrapped up in Niagra Falls, Ontario. The $5,000 buy-in saw 489 players creating a total prize pool of over $2 million. The event saw 66 more entrants than the previous year en route to Darren Elias capturing his third World Poker Tour victory for $429,384. Elias now joins Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Anthony Zinno, and Chino Rheem as the only three-time winners in WPT main events.
Jean-Christoph Ferreira was the top-finishing Canadian when he bowed out in third, collecting $193,583. Canadian notable Andrew Chen also had a deep run, finishing fourth for $143,199.
Two Canadians Win at American Poker Awards
The American Poker Awards (APA) hosted by the Global Poker Index (GPI) wrapped up over the past week and two Canadians took home some silverware.
Ari Engel won the award for Tournament Performance of the Year for his 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event victory.
Lance Bradley, Editor In Chief of PocketFives was also nominated for two awards, but was successful in winning the award for Poker Media Content of the Year for his story, Bob, Charlie and a Life-Changing WSOP Main Event Journey.