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2013 World Series of Poker dubbed “The Year of the Canadian”

Although Canadians are usually the minority when it comes to the WSOP (making up less than 10% of all players), that hasn’t stopped the Red & White from taking over. Canadians have won 10 bracelets over 61 events, and have Marc Etienne McLaughlin on the final table of the $10,000 Main Event World Championship.

Canada has over 16% of the bracelets this year, and over 3x the amount of any non-US country. When you count the 4 runner up finishes by Daniel Negreanu (2-7 Triple Draw Lowball $2.5k), Jason Bigelow ($1k NLHE), Yongshuo Zheng ($1.5k NLHE), and Mark Merkains ($1.5k Fixed Limit), and other final table finishes, Canada has been represented a whopping 38 times this year on the final table. In total, Canada has 573 cashes in this year’s WSOP for approximately $12 million in prizes. If McLaughlin can somehow take down the Main Event, this number will jump up to a staggering $20 million!

Here are all the Canadian bracelet winners in the 2013 World Series of Poker:

Benny Chen – $1,500 “Millionaire Maker” – $1,199,104
Jason Duval – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em – $521,202
Charles Alexandre Sylvestre – $1,000 Re-Entry – $491,360
Levi Berger – $2,500 Six Handed NLHE – $473,019
Justin Oliver – $2,500 No Limit Hold’em – $309,071
Calen McNeil – $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better – $277,274
Mark Radoja – $10,000 Heads Up Championship – $258,960
Michael Malm – $2,500 Eight Game – $225,104
Daniel Idema – $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo) – $184,590
Kristen Bicknell – $1,000 Ladies Championship – $173,922

1st Annual Heritage Day Classic to at River Cree Casino

On August 4th, the River Cree Resort and Casino in Enoch, Alberta will play host to the 1st annual “Heritage Day Classic”. The goal of the poker tournament is to raise funds for charity, and this year the event will focus on the Crystal Kids Foundation.

The tournament features a C$200 buy-in, and a C$50 rebuy. The top 10% will be paid out. For more information please call (780)289-3924.

Summer Super Stack Series at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino

The Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary has just announced the Summer Super Stack Series, a series of 8 events running from August 8th to 18th. For more information, click here.

Marc E. McLaughlin to represent Canada in the 2013 WSOP November Nine
6352 players entered, and only 9 remain. After two previous finishes in the Top 100 of the Main Event, Marc E. McLaughlin, an online pro from Quebec, has made it onto the final table of the 2013 WSOP Main Event. Marc will start out in 3rd place when play resumes on November 4th and 5th.

Two other Canadians almost made it as well, unfortunately both were eliminated on Day 7. Halifax native Alex “rumnchess” Livingston placed 13th for over $450,000, and Burnaby’s Jason Mann placed 25th for more than $285,000.

The final table is as follows:

Seat 7: JC Tran – USA – 38,000,000
Seat 5: Amir Lehavot – Israel – 29,700,000
Seat 6: Marc McLaughlin – Canada – 26,525,000
Seat 9: Jay Farber – USA – 25,975,000
Seat 4: Ryan Riess – USA – 25,875,000
Seat 1: Sylvain Loosli – France – 19,600,000
Seat 2: Michiel Brummelhuis – Netherlands – 11,275,000
Seat 3: Mark Newhouse – USA – 7,350,000
Seat 8: David Benefield – USA – 6,375,000

The payouts are as follows:

1st – $8,359,531
2nd – $5,173,170
3rd – $3,727,023
4th – $2,791,983
5th – $2,106,526
6th – $1,600,792
7th – $1,225,224
8th – $944,593
9th – $733,224

$1 Million Guaranteed Event at Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival
Full Tilt Poker has just announced the first ever Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival. The series will feature 17 events across 13 days of poker, culminating in the C$1,000,000 guaranteed, C$1,000 + C$100 Main Event. The festival will run from Saturday, September 21st to Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, all at the Playground Poker Club.

Full Tilt is offering a series of bonuses and extras to Full Tilt regulars. A C$25,000 Second Barrel Freeroll will place on Sunday, October 13th at 19:00 ET. Any player with wearing a Full Tilt Poker patch with a valid Full Tilt Poker account will receive a $25,000 Second Barrel Freeroll ticket for any of the specified tournaments that they failed to cash in. For more information and a look at the event schedule, click here.

Hard Rock Casino Vancouver will open in Coquitlam, British Columbia
The Hard Rock Casino Vancouver will be a brand new renovation of the old Boulevard Casino, in the city of Coquitlam, British Columbia (Metro Vancouver). The new 80,000 square foot casino will offer typical games such as poker, blackjack, pai gow, roulette, baccarat, craps, and over 950 state-of-the-art interactive slot machines.

The Hard Rock Casino Vancouver will also have a 1,000 seat theatre that will play host to music, comedy, performance arts, multi-cultural programming and local artists.

Living up to its name, the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver will be the first gaming property in Canada to feature keepsakes from iconic music legends. A special tribute will be offered to the artists who supported Vancouver and Canada internationally.

“This new multi-million dollar renovation and rebranding will create an iconic entertainment environment offering, ‘everything you go out for’,” said Howard Blank, vice president of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. “We look forward to presenting the very best of gaming, music, fun and dining; everyone will be treated like a rock star, whether you are 19 or 99.”

Daniel Negreanu finishes runner-up to Eli Elezra in the 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball $2,500

Negreanu narrowly missed out on winning his 6th WSOP bracelet, coming up just short to Eli Elezra in the 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball $2,500. This was the 5th time in Daniel’s career that he finished in the runner up position. His 2nd place finish paid $107,000. It was also Daniel’s 28th top ten finish in his career.

The World Poker Tour Canadian Dates

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.

In the fall, there will be a fully televised PartyPoker sponsored WPT Montreal Main Event running from November 29th until December 5th. The buy-in will be $3,500+$350.

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.

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Upcoming Live Canadian Poker Events:

Enoch, Alberta – August 4th, Heritage Day Classic to at the River Cree Resort and Casino

Calgary, Alberta – August 8th to 18th, Summer Super Stack Series at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino

Calgary, Alberta – August 14 to 25th, Canadian Open Poker Championships at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino

Port Perry, Ontario – October 13th, GBH Fall Classic at the Great Blue Heron Casino

Charlottetown, PEI – October, Atlantic Canada Poker Championships at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – October, SIGA Poker Championships at Dakota Dunes Casino

Winnipeg, Manitoba – October, Manitoba Lotteries Poker Open at McPhillips Station

Vancouver, B.C. – November, West Coast Poker Championships at Edgewater Casino

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