July Medium Limit Canadian Poker Events and GBH $1100 Results


Canadian players are either in the Money at the final WSOP event right now, or headed back home and looking for a little local poker tournament action that is free of any withholding headaches.

Playground Poker Club

Those in Alberta and Quebec, or looking for a road trip are in luck, as both Edmonton’s Casino Yellowhead and Montreal’s Playground Poker Club are hosting some great events at the end of the month; between these two venues there are tournaments to suit every level of player.

Starting at Playground Poker Club, just one medium limit tournament is scheduled, but it’s the best kind; a very Deep-stacked $500 buy-in that offers players 30 minute levels and 25,000 starting stacks.

With almost as many chips as the “Main Event” going on down south and very reasonable blind increments that don’t cut corners, up to 200 players plus alternates can take their time and pick their spots and share of the prize-pool.

Previous events at both similar and even higher buy-ins of $1000 that have been held at Playground Poker Club have had no problem drawing nearly 200 players, so there is sure to be a decent amount of cash to play for.

One of the busiest poker cash game venues in the country, those also looking for a bit of side action will have no trouble finding games at every stake, with tables filling for ring game action as fast as they break from the tournament; with some extras set aside to make sure everybody finds the poker they are looking for. The Bad Beat Jackpot isn’t capped either and everybody playing in cash games is entitled to piece if they are lucky enough to be there when it goes; $60,000-$80,000 in the BBJ is not uncommon! The Deep-stack Event gets underway on July 30th at 1:00 PM.

Casino Yellowhead Edmonton

Those poker player planning on being in Edmonton’s for the “Capital Ex” (formally known as Klondike Days), might also want to make some time for the 2nd Annual “Klondike Classic” hosted by Casino Yellowhead in Edmonton Alberta, from July 25th to 31st.

Based on an over decade long history of very well attended series, an estimated $300,000 in combined prize pools will be up for grabs, should around 600 entries be reached over the four scheduled events. Just a three months ago, almost the identical series was offered at Casino Yellowhead and drew over 700 entrants, creating combined prize pools of more than $348,000.

$180 $20 Super Satellites will be hosted on both Monday, July 25th and Wednesday July 27th at 7:00 PM, awarding the top 10% of each field entry to both the $550 and $1100 events. Players in the satellites start with 6000 tournament chips, with a $10 optional 2,000 bonus chips. “Sit N’ Go Satellites” are also offered on interest through-out the week of the series:

$65 total individual entry per each 10 player table will award one seat into the $550 and $115 total individual entry per each 10 player table will award one seat into the $1100.

Things get down to business on Thursday July 28th, beginning at 6:00 PM with Event #1. The $300 $30 No Limit Hold ’em tournament starts players with 8,000 in tournament chips, with a $10 optional “add-on” for 2,000 bonus chips.

Event #2 will be held on Friday July 29th at 2:00 PM, a $500 $50 No Limit Hold’em, with 10,000 starting tournament chips and an available $10 optional 2,000 bonus chips. The final table will resume play on Sunday, July 31st at noon, giving those playing for the “big bucks” ample rest and time to play.

Event #3 is scheduled for Saturday, July 30th at 2:00 PM, a $1000 $100 No Limit Hold’em with a generous 15,000 in starting stacks and the available $10 optional 2,000 bonus chips.

Event #4 wraps up the action; Sunday July 31st at 2:00 PM another $300 $30 No Limit Hold ‘Em with 8,000 in tournament chips and the $10 optional 2,000 bonus chips will play-out as the final table of the $500 finds it’s champion.

“Klondike Days” are always a blast in Edmonton and the 2nd Klondike Poker Classic will certainly be both some great poker and good times.

Lastly, back on our own felts, those players who play at the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino in Port Perry Ontario were treated to a little Deep-stack tournament poker of their own this week, as the venue hosted it’s own $1000 $100 event on Wednesday July 13th. Here are the results from our July 13, 2011 No Limit Hold’em Freeze out Tournament. This event had 88 players participating for the prize pool of $83,600.00. Here is a list of the top nine money winning players, Congratulations to them!

1st Xavier Zofimo $29,260.00   Milton Ont.
2nd Wing Tat Yeung $18,392.00   Toronto Ont.
3rd Aberdeen Parro $10,032.00   Toronto Ont.
4th John Owen $7,524.00   Oshawa Ont.
5th Clifford Mason $6,688.00   Oshawa Ont.
6th Leonard Tsesler $5,016.00   Thornhill Ont.
7th Victor Jin $3,344.00   Mississauga Ont.
8th Sheldon Saul $2,508.00   Thornhill Ont.
9th Keith Perritt $836.00   Lakefield Ont.





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Jon Harnish
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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