CanadaPoker.com has compiled a list of top 10 poker tournaments or tournament series of 2012. The lists have been ranked based on our own research and the feedback that we have obtained by members of the Canadian poker community.
In order to evaluate the top 10 Live Poker Tournaments enjoyed by Canadians, we have examined and ranked the tournaments using a number of factors as the tournaments would appeal to Canadian poker players: overall tournament popularity, prize pool amounts, actual prize pool vs. estimated prize pool, tournament quality and structures, tournament participation, tournament prestige, tournament recurrence, venue, tournament size and event turnout, overall player response.
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The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) is a tournament that takes a sting out of winter. Players from all over the world make the trip to the beautiful sunny Bahamas in January to jump start the New Year and to soak up some sun and play poker with players who travel from all over the world. The PCA takes place at the Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island. It’s a great tournament with an incredible atmosphere, but the catch is that the competition is fierce because the tournament attracts many of the top pros, many of them PokerStars pros.
The PCA runs many tournaments during the nine days, with buy-ins ranging from a low $270 all the way up to a staggering $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller tournament. The main event is a $10,000 buy-in.
Canadians easily won more than $2.6 million at the 2012 PCA. Some of the bigger money finishes at a PCA event include Xuan Liu ($600,000 in Main Event – 4th place), Daniel Negreanu ($250,900 in Super Highroller – 5th place), Andrew Chen ($191,990 in $10k HR Turbo – 2nd place), Phil D’Auteuil ($85,000 in Main Event – 11th place), Matt Marafioti ($72,520 in the Highroller – 11th place). Jonathan Duhamel alone made several cashes worth more than $1.2 million.
This year, the River Rock Casino Resort shuffled up their tournament schedule by moving their much successful annual British Columbia Poker Championships (BCPC) to May 2013 to make room for a WSOP Circuit event in its place in November.
The WSOP-C was very well received with a total of 12 with buy-ins ranging from $320 to $1,675 that also included 2 online tournaments that were hosted on PlayNow.com which in total created an impressive prize pool of $2,866 million. The $1,675 buy-in main event accounted for $1,548 million in prize money with 1,032 player entries.
This is the first WSOP Circuit event to be hosted in Canada and with its success could see more to follow. However, it could be that the WSOP-C benefitted immensely from the traditional tournament slot held by the BCPC each year and we will have to see whether or not the BCPC will suffer at all by moving to May.
Since there was no BCPC in 2012, it is excluded from our top list but it will surely find its way back for 2013.
Poker on a picturesque setting and the largest tournament in the region – the Fallsview Poker Classic. Three events showcase the Fallsview Poker Classic, an $1,000, $2,500 and impressive $5,000 buy-in, one of the largest buy-ins at a Canadian poker tournament which pulled in $ $1,066,224 prize pool last year. The combined prize pools for the 2012 Fallsview Poker Classic events were over $2.89 million with a total of 1,392 players and the FPC has been growing over the past years. Thomas Middleton won $ $303, 873 in the $5,000 event, Nicky Evans won 1st prize and $308,006 in the $2,500 and Steven Howchin won the $1,000 event which paid him $151, 548.
Niagara is about midpoint in Canada so it’s a good compromise for players from East and West to meet and battle it out. The Fallsview Casino Resort was also once a stop on the WPT circuit and counts the largest top prize ever awarded in Canadian poker to Scott Clements $1,361,724 in a tournament that showcased the who’s who of the poker world.
The 2013 Fallsview Poker Classic is right around the corner and will be taking place from January 16 – 21, 2013.
We’ve all heard that old expression “if you build it they will come”. Well Playground Poker Club which is located on the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory just minutes from Montreal undertook an ambitious expansion project that would see it become Canada’s largest poker destination and in doing so, with the additional capacity mandatory to host a world class poker event, they helped resurrect the World Poker Tour in Canada… in a very big way.
The WPT Montreal shattered Canadian records in 2012 having achieved the largest prize pool of $3,387,930 for the $3,300 buy-in Main Event with 1,173 entries. Including the side events that were played during WPT week, there was over $4 million in prize money awarded.
Jonathan Roy of Boucherville, Quebec became the first WPT Montreal Champion, winning $754,162 and his $25,000 seat to the WPT World Championship.
The tournament packed a number of celebrities and a large number of renowned poker pros like Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Jonathan Duhamel, and many many more. Even the most decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps, made a special appearance.
The WPT has finally made its comeback to Canada and thanks to the success of inaugural WPT Montreal, organizers are already talking about a repeat next year which is expected to be even bigger and better.
It’s no surprise that the biggest poker event worldwide is also one of the largest draws for Canadian poker players year after year. Although we cannot tell you the exact amount of Canadians poker players who made Vegas their home for all or part of the 2 month tournament series each summer, during 2012 there were some 450 Canadians who played the $10,000 WSOP Main Event contributing $4.5 million to the prize pool. WSOP popularity for Canadians has increased since Jonathan Duhamel won the Main Event in 2010.
Canadians finished in 3rd place after the United States and the United Kingdom in over WSOP tournament cashes. Canadian poker players cashed in a total of 519 times during a 2012 WSOP Las Vegas event earning a total of $11,452,349 in winnings. Canada actually tied in 2nd place with France during the 2012 WSOP having achieved a total of 3 WSOP bracelets which were won by Ashkan Razavi, Simon Charette, and Timothy Adams who combined earned about $1.74 million of the total won by Canadians.
Las Vegas is no doubt the world poker hub and during the WSOP and Vegas casinos pull out all the stops and poker players can find their game.
There are online satellites to WSOP events taking place on many online poker rooms, and even poker players on a budget can find their way to Vegas to play in the coveted WSOP.
There is no evidence of a slowdown and the World Series of Poker remains the favourite tournament stop by Canadian poker players.