The Weekly Review: Greenwood Wins in Australia and Live Poker in Canada
There was plenty of live poker going on with the Playground Winter Festival wrapping up, the Aussie Millions at Crown Melbourne, and Winter Super Stack starting at Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary. The first Global Poker Index rankings of the year were also tabulated, along with the Canadian Sunday Briefing recapping last week's online Sunday tournaments.
Here is your Weekly Review for January 28 to February 3, 2018:
Greenwood Great in $50,000 Challenge at Aussie Millions
Sam Greenwood captured the ANTON Jewellery $50,000 Challenge at the Crown Melbourn during the Aussie Millions. The tournament, scheduled for four days, only took six hours to finish with only four players entering the tournament. With two players left, Greenwood made a deal with his heads-up opponent Jan, Schwippert. Greenwood collected $116,400 while Schwippert collected $77,600.
The event was full of controversy as players mulled around waiting to see who would register after play got underway and Greenwood was the only player who put up the money.
Besse Bests Playground 1000 Field at Playground Winter Festival
The Playgroud Winter Festival wrapped up this past week, taking place at the Playground Poker Club, just outside of Montreal, running from January 14 through 31. The tournament carried 17 tournaments on the docket with various buy-ins in no-limit hold’em and Omaha.
The Main Event was the $1,100 Playground 1000 event. The tournament saw a total of 499 players register, while paying money to the top 63. The tournament had three Day 1 starting flights while the final day, Day 4, wrapped up on Wednesday, January 31.
Jaered Besse and Ruben Perceval made it all the way to heads-up play on the final day and, with Perceval in the lead, the two made a deal that gave Perceval $77,500 and Besse $69,070 while the two played for the final $10,000 in the prize pool. Besse swung the heads-up battle back in his favour and got the better of Perceval in the match, winning the extra $10,000 for a total of $79,070 and the title.
Winter Super Stack Underway
The 2018 edition of the Winter Super Stack takes place from January 31 to February 12 with 13 events on the schedule. The tournament includes game types like no-limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha, and even a mixed-game format which includes no-limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha, stud, and stud hi-lo.
This year’s Main Event takes place starting on February 10 with two Day 1 starting flights. The remaining entries from both flights will combine for Day 2 on February 12 where the 45-minute Day 1 blind levels increase to 60 minutes.
This year, Deerfoot Inn & Casino is running a High Point Champion contest where the player with the best results will earn a $5,300 seat to the North America Millions at Playground Poker Club, just outside of Montreal.
”ACNB24” Earns Top Canadian Online Results With $33K Win
Canada’s top win from this week Sunday online poker results went to “ACNB24” who captured a win in a partypoker Powerfest tournament. “ACNB24” outlasted a field of 397 players in the $530 High Roller to collect $33,827.67
There were three players that made the final table in the Super High Roller tournament on partypoker this week. The buy-in doubled to $5,200 as part of partypoker’s Powerfest tournaments. The tournament saw 102 entries to beat the $500,000 guarantee by $10,000. “Makemineadouble” was the top Canadian, finishing in sixth place for $25,500. “WWWpartyCOM” was eliminated in eighth place for $16,575 while “neufdecoeur” was the first person eliminated at the final table, receiving $12,750.
Please click on the article linked below for the full results.
Kruk Leads 2018 Canadian PoY Race After First Month
The Global Poker Index is the ranking system for live tournament poker players which analysis the results of players of six half-year periods.
The 2018 GPI Canaian Player of the Year rankings have enough results now to be meaningful. Ari Engel, after winning the GPI Canadian Player of the Year for two straight years, is riding shotgun at the moment as Chris Kruk has the early lead at the end of January. Engel is just behind Kruk in second place, while Shawn Buchanan, Daniel Negreanu, and Dan Coupal round out the top five.
Engel still leads the overall GPI Top 10 Canadians list. He has increased his lead over Sam Greenwood who sits in second. Timothy Adams, Mike Leah, and Kristen Bicknell round out the top five.
American Justin Bonomo leads the 2018 GPI Player Of the Year rankings, over Adran Mateos. Canadian 2018 GPI PoY leader, Chris Kruk sits in fourth place while Ari Engel sits in sixth.