If your were following the Canadian poker scene over the last few weeks, there is a good chance you read a lot about the 2014 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic, a series that has been running since 2010, prior to being joined by the World Poker Tour for it’s latest edition. So what are the biggest differences that the new partnership brought to the table? Let’s take a look at some of the numbers…
$1,375,00 dollars – roughly the number that the combined prize-pools increased by over 2013, an ~ $3,650,000 total, which was also around $850,000 dollars larger than the the previous year of 2012, where about $2,800,000 changed hands. It’s also more than a million dollars bigger than the prize-pools of the live events making up WSOP-C Vancouver, though WPT Fallsview has some work left to do if it wants to beat the ~ $4,337,000 of WPT Montreal and the Playground Fall Classic (~ $5,837 if we include the Party Poker Premiere League VII).
3 Events – nothing new here, not withstanding the $1000 being increased to an $1,100. The $2,500 and $5,000 buy-ins of past FPC series remained the same, though the 5k now became an official WPT Championship Main.
50 Alternates – the extra room that was added to each tournament to accommodate for what was sure to be high demand. 49 of these alternate seats were used for Event 1 and we’re not quite sure how the last one escaped unscathed…
1 Day – the allotted time added to each tournament, with each event set to span 3 days instead of the 2 days of past series and all of the events did use it for final table play.
878 – the number of entries that this year’s total series count of 1610 exceeds the inaugural 2010 turnout, coming in at more than double, and a 15% growth from the previous best. The $5,000 WPT Main Event had 383 entries for 2014, which is 154 more than the 229 of 2012 and a 2.5 times bigger than the 150 entries of 2013. The $1.1k was up 49 players (sold-out), while the $2.5k seen an increase of 125.
$162,500 – the amount of money first place has grown was worth in the $5,000 Main when compared to last year, though the payouts were still noticeably “flatter” or less top heavy,than prior series, with a higher percentage of the field also making the money.
$726,000 – the total of the three top prize amounts set aside for the 2014 World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic Champions; to see where it all went, please visit our recap in the link and thanks for reading!