The Weekly Review: Playground Steals Country's Attention
There were lots of live events to look into for this edition of the weekly review. Playground Poker Club is the place to be in Canada if you play poker. We also have our weekly online recap in The Sunday Briefing and our GPI breakdown. Finally, with the World Series of Poker on the horizon, we took a look into Canada’s top poker players by province.
Here is your weekly review for April 30 to May 6, 2017:
Cassidy Battikha Tops Field in partypoker LIVE Grand Prix Canada
The partypoker LIVE Grand Prix of Canada just wrapped up which featured a $500,000 guarantee and $100,000 for first place for the $220 buy-in. The tournament attracted a total of 2,570 total entries through both live and online day 1s to just pass the $500,000 guarantee.
In the end, it was Cassidy Battikha from Toronto who outlasted the field after a three-way deal with Karim Abdelhamid and Kevin Zeidler to take home the title and $84,050. Zeidler, who exited in third for $53,450, also wrapped up the $20,000 Golden Chip bonus on top of his prize winnings, which was a last-longer put on by partypoker for anyone who qualified online.
Spring Classic at Playground Poker Club Crowns 16 Winners
A new style of event ran at the Spring Classic at the Playground Poker Club — the $330 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Survivor. The goal: outlast 90 percent of the field to make the money. Once the money bubble had been burst, the event finished and all players who remained receive an equal share of the prize pool.
A total of 169 players put in the $330 buy-in which would see the top 16 players receive $2,910 while a 17th player would get $2,619. To see the long list of cashers and to see how the event played out, please visit the article linked below.
The List of Canada’s Top Poker Players by Province
Earlier this week, PokerNews Canada Senior Editor Lane Anderson took a look into some of Canada’s top poker players, breaking out the list across the Great White North by province and territory.
The highlights include a star-studded Ontario field which includes Daniel Negreanu, who has more poker tournament winnings than any other player in the world at $33,140,449.
The top five players in Ontario all have over $5 million in tournament winnings, which include the aforementioned Negreanu, Mike McDonald ($13,129,658), Sorel Mizzi (11,676,207), Gavin Smith ($6,300,519), and Mike Leah ($5,776,158).
The list also highlights other lesser-known live players that still have impressive scores. In Saskatchewan, Tyler Bonkowski who has over $1 million in career tournament winnings tops the list. The brother duo of Ryan and Mike Smith come in at second and third on the list with Ryan at $739,699 while Mike has $588,267.
Nova Scotia also has a lot of talent when it comes to poker with three players on the list with over a million dollars in career tournament winnings. Owen Crowe tops that list with $2,591,549, while Cory Carroll and Eric Place round out the top three spots with $1,842,963 for Carroll and $1,187,511 for Place.
Dvoress Joins Engel on Top 10 List for 2017 GPI Tournament Player of the Year
The biggest news on the GPI in Canada this week is with the 2017 GPI Player of the Year Race. Even though Bryn Kenney is increasing his lead in the race away from Ari Engel who trails in second place and the rest of the pack, Daniel Dvoress joined the list in eighth place with three final tables in high roller events at the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino in Monaco this past week.
Engel still held onto his lead in both the GPI top 10 Canadians list for his 27th-straight week along with the 2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year race. Dvoress also sits on those two lists where he is fifth in the overall GPI top 10 Canadians list and second in the 2017 Canadian POY race. Kristen Bicknell and Luc Greenwood both moved up three spots to sit fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 2017 Canadian POY race while Sam Greenwood broke into the top 10 this week and sits in ninth place.
”cooler_me” Tops Canadian list of Sunday Online Winners
It was a successful day this past Sunday on the virtual felt with many players having a big day. The top single cash went to “cooler_me” on partypoker who won the Heavyweight: The Title Fight for over $50,000.
On PokerStars, there were two Canadians who made the final table of the Sunday Million. “marlin5555” ended up being the first of the two to bust, finishing in seventh place for $17,764.80. “bachelder” ended up finishing two spots higher, in fifth place to collect $37,089.19.
On 888poker, the $600 buy-in and $120,000 guarantee The Whale saw Canadian “JDrake770” outlast a 203-player field to win the tournament and collect $25,800. The other Canadian to make the final table of the tournament was “rafasdad” who ended up being the first player at the final table to be eliminated, finishing in ninth for $2,400.
For the full breakdown of Canadian winners in the Sunday majors please visit the article linked below.