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Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival Main Event

After a quick heads up match on Day 5, a champion has be crowned in the Main Event of Full Tilt Poker’s Montreal Festival. Henri Balcazar defeated second place finisher Eric Despres for the title after his 53d hit a river flush against Despres’ pocket Kings. Prior to heads up play, when the action became three-handed the remaining players all agreed to a deal, with third place finisher Michael Linster getting the extra cash.

The final results are below. For more information, click here.

1st Henri Balcazar – $194,044
2nd Eric Despres -$150,000
3rd Michael Linster – $200,000
4th Guillaume Rivet – $96,151
5th Bill Kontaratos – $74,714
6th Vineet Pahuja – $58,006
7th Roger Lamia – $44,923
8th Zeng Yi Xie – $35,150
9th Colin Piché – $27,269
10th Jeremie Trepanier – $21,121

2013 Manitoba Lotteries Poker Championship

Running from September 25 to 29, the Manitoba Lotteries Poker Championship at McPhillips Station Casino in Winnipeg featured 771 entries across 4 events and a cumulative prize pool of $362,500. Check out the list below for the top 5 finishers in each event.

Winnipeg Sun $600 NLHE Tournament
1st Eric Johnson – $23,556
2nd Igor Grinevsky – 15,068
3rd Michael Smith – 10,199
4th Kyle Doberstein – 7,278
5th Jaysen Thibault – 5,452

92 Citi FM $300 NLHE
1st Maurice Roy
 $20,952
2nd Joe Gallo
 – $13,156
3rd Kyle Menne
 – $8,684
4th Phu Tai Lu
 – $6,001
5th Patrick Serda
 – $4,324

PlayNow.com $400 NLHE
1st Jackson Oniske – $12,823
2nd Mark Deguzman – $8,273
3rd Jason Lesaage – $5,664
4th Ryan Smith – $4,098
5th William Hall – $3,119

$1,100 NLHE Poker Championship
1st Neil Bechdoldt – $35,561
2nd Riley Kielich – $22,944
3rd Paul Weenusk – $15,707
4th Greg Jackson – $11,365
5th Mark Golub – $8,650

Vancouver Casino/Hotel Deal Back On The Table

After two-and-a-half years of inactivity, downtown Vancouver’s massive $500,000,000 hotel and casino project has been brought back to life. Originally abandoned by city leaders amidst great public outcry, the project has now been taken up by Las Vegas-based Paragon Gaming as well as two Canadian companies.

In order to appease concerned members of the city, the casino’s projected size has been reduced from 1,100 slot machines and 200 tables games to 600 and 75, respectively. On top of that, the number of hotel rooms has also been reduced to 550. The casino/hotel will be situated beside the 60,000 seat stadium BC Place, the home to CFL team BC Lions.

The facility is expected to bring in $180 million per year to the city and another $87 million from tourist spending outside the resort. The hotel/casino, which is on track to becoming the largest casino in Western Canada, will be ready by the end of 2016.

Current Tournaments

2013 West Coast Poker Championship

Where: Edgewater Casino – Vancouver, B.C.
When: September 27 to October 6

Consisting of six tournaments, the 4th annual West Cost Poker Championship (WCPC) will take place in downtown Vancouver and feature estimated prize-pools of $1,200,000. For more information, click here.

SIGA Poker Championship
Where: Dakota Dunes Casino – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
When: October 5 to October 6

The 2-day, $500+$50 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event will sport a $250,000 prize-pool. Registration opens Saturday, October 5th at 9:00am. Tournament begins at 11:00am both days. For more information, click here.

Upcoming Tournaments:

Where: Great Blue Heron Casino – Port Perry, Ontario
When: October 13

The $1000+$100 No Limit Hold’em Freeze Out event will see 90 players battle it out for their share of the $90,000 prize-pool. For more information, including smaller upcoming tournaments, click here.

Atlantic Canada Poker Championship

Where: Red Shores Racetrack and Casino – Charlottetown, PEI
When: October 18 to October 20

Presented by Red Bull, the 320-player event features a $500+$50 buy-in and an estimated prize-pool of $160,000, with $40,000 going to first place. For more information, click here.

WSOP Circuit Changes Course From Montreal to Gatineau

Where: Casino du Lac-Leamy – Gatineau (Near Ottawa), Quebec
When: November 13 to November 24

The WSOP recently announced a change for one of the venues in the newest circuit event schedule. Originally announced to take place at the Casino de Montréal the events will now be taking place at Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, which is just across the river from Ottawa.

WPT Montreal Main Event

Where: Playground Poker Club – Montreal, Quebec
When: November 29 to December 5

After the successful $3000+300 WPT Montreal event in November 2012 event, which drew nearly 1,200 players, The World Poker Tour has decided to run two WPT events in Montreal this year. The first, featuring a buy-in of $3,500+$350, is the fully televised PartyPoker sponsored WPT Montreal Main Event. At last year’s event, a field of almost 1200 players battled it out for a first-place prize of nearly $800,000.

Party Poker Qualifiers: Every Sunday at 3:30pm ET is a $300 buy-in, 3 seat guaranteed satellite tournament. Super satellites and other satellites are also available.