The 2011 Fallsview Poker Classic $5,000 Event wrapped up on Tuesday evening at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls. The tournament had a total of 184 registered players contributing to a $$856,700 prize pool.
At the end of the tournament it came down to a heads-up battle of the Giuseppes. In a spectacular final hand of heads-up play with chip counts close to even Giuseppe Spano in seat 1 with approximately $1.4 million chips versus Giuseppe Niro in seat 3 with approximately $1.3 million chips. Spano raises KK pre-flop and Niro calls with a pair of hearts. The flop comes 3,6,K of hearts. So Niro has flopped a flush and Spano has 3 Kings. Niro bets and Spano raises, Niro pushes all in with his flush. The turn comes a brick, so far it’s Niro’s game. Then comes a 3 on the river pairing the board giving Giuseppe Spano a Full House Kings and 3’s and the first place $5,000 main event trophy and cash prize of $312,000. Giuseppe Niro takes home 2nd place and $149,923.
The tournament paid cash to the top 20 players, here is how they finished.
|4||Van Binh Pham||$53,116|
|11||Quan Anh B||$10,280|
|12||Thanh H T||$10,280|
|18||Ryan De C||$10,280|
The second annual Fallsview Poker Classic tournament has come to a close. By the time the three events wrapped up, 1,228 poker players participated for a shot at winning a piece of the $2.4 million in prize money.
The Fallsview Casino Resort was the host of the only major poker tournament in Canada when it held World Poker Tour events for three straight years. But when the WPT and Fallsview parted ways two years ago, the casino decided to hold its own event. Last year saw capped fields of 300. This year, they put together a tournament floor with 60 tables and hosted one ot the largest tournament fields that Canada has ever seen, with 600 players capping out the first $1,000 buy-in event. Tournament director Tino Trinci said that they could have sold 1,000 seats for that first event if they had the table space.
Three events made up the schedule for this 2011 Fallsview Poker Classic, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 No Limit Hold’em tournaments. The casino also ran some very large super satellites (side tournaments with entry to the big events as prizes) and those sold out as well.
The tournament some big names in poker also. WSOP Bracelet winners Gavin Smith and Chris Bell along with WPT champion Mike Watson, and several other WPT champs. Last year Gavin won one of the events at the Fallsview Poker Class.
The Fallsview Casino Resort has plans to expand the Fallsview Poker Classic to an even bigger size for next year, and rumours are surfacing of a major tour stop coming to Fallsview in 2011.