The Fallsview Poker Classic is back for 2013! Since its introduction, players from across Canada, scratch that, form across the globe have come from far and wide to play the three No Limit Hold’em Events that will all be returning in January to build an estimated $2.5 million in combined prize-pools at the Fallsview Casino Resort.
The $1,000 No Limit Hold’em, $2,500 and the $5,000 are all on the schedule once again, with an estimated $500,000, $1,000,000 and $1,000,000 estimates on each event respectively. The 2012 Fallsview Poker Classic drew more than $2,800,000 in pay-outs, while the winners scored as 1st place payouts were $151,558 (Steve Howchin, 1k winner), $308,006 (Nicky Evans, 2.5k winner) and $303,873 (Thomas Middleton , 5k winner).
The 2nd annual FPC, held in January of 2011, Mike “SirWatts” Watson finished runner up to David Quang in the $2,500 for $141,694 while David pocketed $283,387 for the win. 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, then Charette followed up with a bracelet win in 2012.
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 year’s winner in the same event, giving great testimony that the 4th installment in 2013 could crack $3,000,000 in prizing!
Here is the complete schedule for the 2013 Fallsview Poker Classic:
Event #1: $930+$70 No Limit Hold’em
Wednesday, January 16th – 12:00PM start time.
This is a Two Day Event, with remaining Players returning at noon for Day 2 on Thursday, January 17th to play to completion.
600 Player field cap, the 2011 Fallsview Poker Classic $1000 & 2012 FPC 1k both sold out!
Super Satellite to $2,500 – $250+$25 No Limit Hold’em
Thursday, January 17th at 3:00PM. – Final 10% of the field will receive vouchers into Event #2.
Event #2: $2,350+$150 No Limit Hold’em
Friday, January 18th – Noon Start
This is a Two Day Event, with remaining Players returning at noon for Day 2 on Saturday, January 19th and playing to completion.
The 2011 Fallsview Poker Classic $2,500, had 444 runners and 2012 had 563!
Super Satellite to $5,000 – $500+$50 No Limit Hold’em
Saturday, January 19th 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, beginning at 12:00 PM for Day 1 on Sunday, January 20th. On Monday, January 21st, players return at noon to play to completion.
The Final Tables of each Day 2 are 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 while 2012 grew to 229!
Single Table Satellites running on demand now (phone ahead to confirm anyway)
Event #1 Single Table Sats: $200+$20
1st and 2nd receive 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.