The Fallsview Poker Classic is by far the most popular poker tournament series hosted in Ontario, in addition to being one of Canada’s largest prize pool poker tournament series; $1,000 No Limit Hold’em, $2,500 and the $5,000 will all be returning for with an estimated $2.5 million up for grabs from February 8th to 13th over it’s 3 events in 2012.
In the meantime, we can tell you some of the history of the events and some of today’s popular players who have a significant bankroll influx due to the previous 2 Fallsview Poker Classic series held in scenic Niagara Falls.
Starting with the 2nd annual FPC, held in January of 2011, Michael “SirWatts” Watson finished runner up to David Quang in the $2,500 for $141,694 while David pocketed $283,387 for the win. Watson has been on a bit of a heater recently, finishing 2nd against Tristan Wade for a WSOPE bracelet in the $3200 shoot-out and then shipping a $5,000 side event just a few days later for a combined $216,500. Quang as also continued to up his bank, cashing in several WSOP events this year in addition to final tabling, including wining one, a total of 3 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza events.
Joseph Mandool, who won the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em for $146,140 doesn’t appear to have added any major tournament scores since, nor has Giuseppe Spano, the 2011 Fallsview Poker Classic’s biggest winner with a 1st place finish in the $5,000 worth $312,697. In total, combined prize-pools for the 3 tournaments hit around $2,400,000.
Going back to 2010, Gavin Smith stole the show with a win in the $2,500 event that was good for $188,743 and a 4th place finish for another $43,301.
The final tables of the 2010 Fallsview Poker Classic must have been a good warm up for the World Series of Poker as both Smith and 5th place finisher Aadam Daya went on to win bracelets only a few months later, while the first place finisher of the $5,000 Simon Charette went on to cash 6 times over the 2011 WSOP for better than $400,000 after taking home $270,630 for his win in the main event of the FPC.
Kai Ngo was the winner of the $1,000 that year, snatching up nearly $82,000 for his win; a top prize that was nearly doubled by the next years winner in the same event, giving great testimony that this year’s 3rd installment could be even better.
Here is the complete schedule for the 2012 Fallsview Poker Classic:
Event #1: $930+$70 No Limit Hold’em
Wednesday February 8th,2012, 12:00PM start time.
This is a Two Day Event, with remaining Players return at noon for Day 2 on Thursday, February 9th and playing to completion.
Fallsview poker room has confirmed starting stacks for the FPC $1,000 at 5,000 chips with 45 minute levels. Please consult Fallsview Poker at 1-866-576-5375 for further details.
600 Player field cap, the 2011 Fallsview Poker Classic $1000 was a sell-out!
Super Satellite to $2,500: $250+$25 No Limit Hold’em
Thursday, February 9th at 3:00PM. Final 10% of the field will receive vouchers into Event #2.
Event #2: $2,350+$150 No Limit Hold’em
Friday February 10th beginning at 12:00PM
This is a Two Day Event, with remaining Players return at noon for Day 2 on Saturday, February 11th and playing to completion.
Fallsview poker room has confirmed starting stacks for the FPC $2,500 at 10,000 chips with 45 minute levels. Please consult Fallsview Poker at 1-866-576-5375 for further details.
The 2011 Fallsview Poker Classic $2,500 had 444 runners.
Super Satellite to $5,000: $500+$50 No Limit Hold’em
Saturday, February 11th at 3:00PM. Final 10% of the field will receive vouchers into Event #3.
Event #3: $4,800+$200 No Limit Hold’em
This is a Two Day Event, with remaining Players return at noon for Day 2 on Monday, February 13th and playing to completion.
Monday, February 13th, players return at noon to play to completion. The Final Table is scheduled to tentatively begin at 6:00PM in Grand Hall, subject to pace of play, with spectators welcome.
The 2011 Fallsview Poker Classic $5,000 had 184 entries.
Fallsview poker room has confirmed starting stacks for the FPC $5,000 at 15,000 chips with 45 minute levels.
Event #1 Single Table Sats: $200+$20
1st and 2nd receiving seats into the $1,000 event. Players receive 1500 starting chips with 15 minute blind levels.
Event #2 Single Table Sats: Step A and Step B
Step A is $110+$15; 1st and 2nd win seats to the $2500 “Step B” Satellite. 1500 chips/15 minute blinds
Step B: $500+$50 or a $2,500 Step A winners voucher
2000 chips/15 minute blinds, with 1st and 2nd receiving a seat for Event #2.
Event #3 Single Table Sats: Step A and Step B
Step A is $140+$15; 1st and 2nd win seats to the $5000 “Step B” Satellite. 1500 chips/15 minute blinds
Step B is $640+$60 or Step A winners voucher.
1st place receives a seat into Event #3, while 2nd and 3rd will get a “Replay” for the $5000 Step A. Players start with 2000 chips, with 15 minute blind levels.