One major Canadian poker tournament has come to a close week in what was otherwise a bit of a slow week when it comes to live poker in the country. There was also interesting news out of B.C. where officials shut down a long-standing weekly senior poker game at a retirement centre. Lastly, we have our weekly recaps of the major online tournament scores and a breakdown from the Global Poker Index.
Here is your Weekly Review for April 23 to April 29, 2017:
Mitchell Miller Crowned Spring Super Stack Main Event Champ While Tyler Hurman Claims High Point Champion Honours
The Spring Super Stack at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary has just wrapped up and hometown Calgary native Mitchell Miller was the last entry standing in the $1,100 Main Event. He outlasted a total field of 116 entries to collect $29,500 of the $110,200 total prize pool. Miller bested Medicine Hat, Alberta native Thomas Taylor heads up for the title. Taylor, who has been dominating the circuit this year, collected $21,250 for his second-place finish and to push his 2017 total tournament cashes to well over $100,000.
Tyler Hurman was able to collect a win in Event #5, a $330 no-limit hold'em event for $5,250 along with a third-place finish for $2,700 in Event #3 to collect the honours of High Point Champion. With the title Hurman, was awarded three tickets to Deerfoot Inn & Casino’s Summer Super Stack series, which includes a buy-in to the $1,500 Main Event.
For a full breakdown of the Main Event final table and an event recap, visit the article linked below.
City Of Richmond, B.C. Shuts Down Seniors Poker Game For Unlawful Gambling
A social poker game at the Minoru Place Seniors’ Centre has been deemed to be violating provincial gambling regulations and was shut down by city officials this week. The group, which has players ranging from 55 to 95 years of age, had a group of up to 40 players playing for tiny stakes of chips worth only as much as 10 cents each.
Unfortunately, in the eyes of provincial gaming authorities, even though they weren’t playing for large amounts of money, this activity was deemed illegal and the afternoon socializing has to come to an end.
Sunday Briefing: “FakeOrReaL”’s Second In Super-Sized Sunday Leads Canadians In Sunday Majors
The biggest online tournaments happen every Sunday in the world of online poker and PokerNews Canada gives you a breakdown of how some of the players from within the Canadian borders fared over the day. This week’s top single tournament cash went to “FakeOrReaL” who won more than $37,000 in prizes and bounties collected by finishing second in the Super-Sized Sunday over on PokerStars.
On partypoker, “Makemineadouble” entered the $2,600 buy-in Super High Roller and ended up with a runner-up finish for $33,830.16.
In the Heavyweight: The Main Event, the $109 buy-in major tournament on partypoker, “virophage” managed to walk away the last player standing, besting a field of 1,677 to collect the top prize of $28,290.99
On PokerStars, Canadians followed up “FakeOrReaL”’s performance in the Super-Sized Sunday with a couple more impressive scores. “Buckjeve22” managed to make the final table of the Sunday Million. This week 5,129 players entered the biggest $215 tournament of the week. Buckjeve22 managed to finish in eighth place, walking away with $12,896.76.
“Earl Hindman” managed to make the final table of the hold'em variant of the $1,050 Sunday Grand. They came up short of the end goal, though, finishing in fifth place for $16,977.90.
Over on 888poker, there wasn’t much action from Canadians in the Sunday majors. “Chip_giveme” finished in sixth place for $5,304 in the $215 buy-in, $120,000 guaranteed, The Mega Deep.
In the $100,000 guaranteed The Baby Whale, which features a $320 buy-in, Canada’s “s.janowski” was the only Canadian to make the final table. With only 325 players, there was an overlay of $2,500. S.janowski was the first player eliminated at the final table, collecting $1,750 for the ninth-place finish.
For the full breakdown of winners this Sunday in the biggest online poker tournaments click on the link below.
Mike Leah Leap Frogs Three Spots to Third in Canadian GPI POY Race
There wasn’t much change this week across the Global Poker Index (GPI) top 10 overall Canadians list as, while some gained points, nobody moved up, down, or out of the top 10. With everyone’s place being stagnate, Ari Engel held onto the top spot for the 26th-straight week.
While the 2017 Canadian GPI Player of the Year race heats up, nobody was bumped off the list from the previous week and, while Ari Engel also holds onto the top spot of this list, Mike Leah was able to move up three spots to third place, right behind Daniel Dvoress. Leah leaped ahead of Timothy Adams, Ryan Yu, and Sorel Mizzi to round out the top six from the list.
For the final list on the GPI leaderboards involving Canadians, Ari Engel remains in second place of the global 2017 GPI Player of the Year race, just behind American, Bryn Kenney. With only one change to the list, Loni Harwood squeaking into the last spot of the top 10 leaderboard, Mustapha Kanit, Sergio Aido, and Byron Kaverman round out the top five respectively.