The Weekly Review: WCOOP, Powerfest, GPI Rankings, and Planning for Winnipeg

The Weekly Review PokerNews Canada

Find out what happened online in the top Sunday tournaments including the beginning of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on PokerStars along with the most up-to-date rankings on the Global Poker Index. PokerNews Canada is also headed to Winnipeg for the PlayNow Poker Championship, the second and final event of the year hosted by PlayNow.com and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries.

Here is your Weekly Review for September 3 to 9, 2017:

PokerNews Canada Returning to Winnipeg for PlayNow Poker Championship

It’s the second and final event of the year for the PlayNow Poker Championship hosted by PlayNow.com and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. This five-day series will feature four events along with a satellite day beginning on September 20 at Club Regent Casino.

Starting at 7 p.m. on September 20, the $120 satellite kicks off the festival awarding entries into the $1,100 Main Event. There will also be $50, $70, and $120 single-table satellites running on demand for the $400, $600, and $1,100 events.

The first real poker action starts on Thursday, September 21 with the $300 bounty tournament. For each elimination a player dishes out, they will be awarded $50.

The full event schedule is listed below:

2017 PlayNow Poker Championship Schedule

DateStart TimeBuy-inEventStarting StackLevel Length
Sept. 2112 p.m.$225+$50+$25No-Limit Hold’em Bounty7,00020 minutes
Sept. 2212 p.m.$550+$50No-Limit Hold’em15,00030 minutes
Sept. 2311 a.m.$1,000+$100ML&L Main Event Day 120,00045 minutes
Sept. 2411 a.m. ML&L Main Event Day 2  
Sept. 2412 p.m.$375+$25PlayNow.com No-Limit Hold’em8,00030 minutes

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WCOOP and Powerfest Boost Sunday Guarantees

This past Sunday marked the beginning of both Powerfest on partypoker and the World Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars. This meant an increase to all the regular guarantees leading to some pretty large prize pools.

The biggest score for a Canadian in all Sunday majors was “Zackattack13” who added almost $45,000 to their PokerStars account with a runner-up finish in the $700 Super-Sized Sunday. The progressive knockout tournament had half the buy-in going to the prize pool while the other half going to the players bounty. With 776 entries, the total prize pool eclipsed $500,000 in the $300,000 guaranteed tournament.

Alex “dynoalot” Difelice and Chris “Apotheosis92” Kruk both final tabled the $1,050 Sunday Grand pot-limit Omaha edition. Kruk finished in third place for $18,972.03 while Difelice lost a heads-up battle with German “WATnlos” and received $25,416.68 for the runner-up prize money.

Powerfest #012 saw a $5,200 Super High Roller event on the schedule, featuring a $500,000 guarantee. With a field of 117 entrants, the event beat the guarantee by $85,000. Canadian “Ad_Finem” made the final table and finished in sixth place for $29,250.

For the full results please check out the article linked below.

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Negreanu Rejoins Top 10 Rankings As Salsberg Falls

The Global Poker Index (GPI) is the ranking system for live tournament poker players which analyzes the results of players in six half-year periods.

Ari Engel holds onto the top spot of the overall GPI top 10 list for the 45th-straight week. Daniel Negreanu, who slipped out of the top 10 last week, rejoined the list in eighth spot. Salsberg, who lost some old results from his ranking, slipped to the last spot in the top 10. Sorel Mizzi fell out of the top 10 as a result of Negreanu being added back to the list.

The 2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year race heats up as Ari Engel holds onto the lead for the 16th-straight week. The rankings remained unchanged, but with the World Cup of Cards taking place at Playground Poker Club in Montreal, and the Poker Masters series soon to kick off, the race is wide open with Timothy Adams, Daniel Negreanu, Mike Leah, and Daniel Dvoress on the heels of Engel.

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