There are Many Winners in Canada’s Largest Poker Event Field!


The 6th Annual Full Tilt Miriam Foundation televised charity poker event will once again be the largest entry field of any poker tournament held in Canada, with several starting days held from March 27-29th 2011. The last 100 players from each day play on March 30th, with the final 30 traveling to Vegas to finish it off in true poker professional form. Entry is $275, with re-buys available for $125 for the first 4 levels and $125 add-on is available at the completion of the re-buy period. Players can also win $500 packages on Full Tilt Poker starting as low as $3.00+.30 for qualifying rounds or competing directly in a $50+5 satellite. Canada also has a way you could play for free, read on!

Beyond the top 30 players being flown out and put up in Vegas to compete for 10 available WSOP Main Event entries and their share of prizing worth over a quarter million dollars, the real winners are the persons and families that will be helped by efforts of the not for profit Miriam Foundation thanks to the proceeds of the event.

While finishing in the top 100 spots will get the talent packed players cashing in, families encountering the challenges of developmental disabilities and autism will also continue to find invaluable support and resources as the playing community once again rallies for a good cause.

Play the game we love with a shot at a little fame and glory and the “big show” aka WSOP Main Event, all the while mixing it up with Full Tilt Pros, with up to 1800 players from across North America AND help a charitable cause at the same time? In Montreal, the home of the first ever Canadian WSOP Main Event Champion and probably the biggest poker boom hotspot that the country had seen in years? Quite possibly the perfect mix of ingredients for a lasting poker memory.  Howard Lederer, WSOPE bracelet owner Erik  Cajelais, WSOP bracelet holder and funny man Gavin Smith, Chris Ferguson and Marc Karam are just a few of the “Red Pros” that have attended and played at The Montreal Open.

To any avid player,televised poker fan or anyone having been involved with organizing poker events, it is always exciting to see poker of this magnitude played in Canada. To any mother, father or caregiver of a child with autism or any other developmental disability,racing the clock to help their loved one reach their fullest potential can be quite the opposite, exhausting and overwhelming. Having access to resources like The Miriam Foundation’s national support magazine, “Exceptional Family” and accredited information website are “aces in the hole”, when a family and Childs quality of life are what is placed out in the middle. Early Intense Behavioral Intervention and Applied Behavior Analysis services also supported by the Miriam Foundation and it’s partners can help a child be fully integrated into the school system by the age of six, but with an ever present back log of public services, having the early help of these charitable organizations can help ensure that nobody gets denied their opportunity in paperwork, wait lists and process.

The Montreal Open is about having fun, stacking chips, felting friends or poker foes in the quest for the top prize…Winning and helping a great cause doing it. will be awarding a seat to the Montreal Open to one lucky winner. More details to come soon. Please stay tuned in our next newsletter and in the forum for further details.

For even more details on The Miriam Foundation and the event, visit

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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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