DeepStacks Poker Tour Inaugural 200k GTD Begins This Week at Seneca Niagara Casino, Fallsview Poker Classic Heads into Final Day

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DeepStacks Poker Tour, poker’s newest tournament series, is now “off to the races” as their inaugural $1,500 ($1,350+$150) buy-in will kick things off at Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel from February 17th-19th, 2012. Just minutes across the USA border, the Western New York Poker Championships (Feb 14th-19th) will offer poker players the chance to compete against elite pros Mizrachi, Matusow, Levy, Smith and Flowers in a televised event with a $200,000 guaranteed prize-pool.

The Breeders Cup will also have presence at this event, as the presenting sponsor of the DeepStacks Poker tournament series. To put the icing on the poker cake, it is also a CardPlayer of the Year Points eligible event and the DeepStacks Poker Tour has teamed with media to provide timely updates as well as live streaming for their tournaments. Future stops will include stops in Montreal, New York, Nevada, California, New England and Florida; with a full schedule expected to be released this spring.

Player friendly structures, (as shown in the photo below), will start players with 25,000 in tournament chips, 50 minute blind levels and 3 scheduled days of play. Once the field thins to the final 36, a table draw will be done and play will resume as a 6-Max.

A very strong showing of Canadian players are expected to turn out for this one, so we’ll stay in touch with the action and let you know who is stacking chips.

Meanwhile, on our side of the Niagara Falls border, the 2012 Fallsview Poker Classic will be wrapping up it’s final event, a $5,000 No Limit Hold’em with 229 starting entries that will crown it’s on Monday February 13th. Both the $1,000 and $2,500 events had massive turnouts, with first place paying over $151,000 and $300,000 respectively. While full results have yet to be received, we do know who a few players we have been following made out…

The $1,000 final table was packed with familiar names; both Steve “BetrThanPhil” Tripp and Michael “Wywrotx” Wywrot owned much of the play leading up to the last nine, both however exited before the huge paydays up top. Wywrot cashed in 9th, then went on to make the money again in the $2,500; no word yet if he scooped any loot in the 5k to complete the tri-fecta. So far, Twitter and forum reports point to Milton Ontario’s Steve Howchin taking down the huge money for first. Here are the pay-outs and a few of the final table finishes we have found:

2012 Fallsview Poker Classic

50 – 41 $2165

40 – 39 $3248

30 – 21 $4330

20 -11 $$5954

10 – $8119

9 – $10825     Michael “WywrotX” Wywrot

8 – $13532

7 – $16238     Steve “BetrThanPhil” Tripp

6 – $18944

5 – $22194     Kevin “PokerPilot” Healy

4 – $27604

3 – $39512

2 – $75776

1 – $151 548     Steve Howchin (Milton, Ontario)

In the second event, a $2,500 No Limit Hold’em Lock Poker Pro Elite member Nicky Evans of the United Kingdom decided to grab himself CAD, collecting a reported $240,000 and the bragging rights after some sort of deal was struck. Evans adds to a prior career total of several hundred thousand in winnings on the world circuit and nearly $1,250,000 in MTT online winnings playings as “codmeharly”.

We’ll be back with more when we get it, so stay tuned!

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35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.

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