Canadians dominate the 2010 WSOP

The 2010 World Series of Poker has been great for Canadians. With all events except the main event complete, it total Canadians won 5 bracelets, 511 wsop cashes, and a total of $12,820,047 in prize money won, good for 2nd place overall. Complete standings by country here. This also does not include the 2 Canadian November 9 players: Jonathan Duhamel of Boucherville Quebec and Mathew Jarvis of Surrey British Columbia. Jonathan Duhamel goes into the final table as the chip leader with 65,975,000 and Matthew Jarvis is 5/9 with 16,700,000 chips. Pascal LeFrancois of Rosemere Quebec just bubbled the wsop main event final table busting out in 11th, while trying to win his second bracelet of the 2010 wsop.

The Canadians winning a bracelet in the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) include:

Aadam Daya winning event #3 – $1000 NLH
Pascal LeFrancois winning event #8 – $1500 NLH
Miguel Proulx winning event #28 – $2500 PLO
Scott Montgomery winning event #36 – $1000 NLH
Gavin Smith winning event #44 – $2500 mixed event

Well done to all Canadians who played in the 2010 WSOP, you made us Canuck poker players proud. Good luck to Pascal and Matthew in the final, 1-2 finish… Ship it North!


PlayNow Review – BC online casino

Last month British Columbia became the first jurisdiction in North America to launch a full government run online casino. This online casino will capture a slice of the money lost to offshore gambling and help pay for provincial essential services such as health care and education. Online poker will be lauched later this year. Poker will be a GTech G2-powered poker network which will be shared by both the Loto-Quebec and the Atlantic Lottery Corporation. The Ontario government and the OLGC are still mulling at the option of adding a government run online casino. though did not launch sucessfully. BCLC’s online gaming site was taken down shortly after as the accounts belonging to 134 playing users were compromised. In total $8000 was illegally wagered and those users had partial credit card numbers revealed, banking information, and other personal info were compromised. A security breach of this sort is not a good thing for a new startup company trying to earn the trust of its players. The PlayNow system also crashed on the first day after unexpected levels of traffic.

So as of right now is currently unavailable.

BCLC apologizes for the inconvenience this has caused to all our players.

A solution has been implemented and we are now in the process of third party testing and verification. Once complete, next steps will be to receive regulatory certification and the site will be re-launched.

The BCLC better get their act together if they wish to add online poker to their offering. Poker players are less forgiving.

2010 BC Poker Championships

Historically this tournament has been one of the biggest poker tournaments in Canada with a 2 million dollar prize pool and many popular poker pros invading Vancouver for this event including Daniel Negreanu who was the 2008 BCPC champion and took home $371,910. Here is the official 2010 BCPC schedule:

Nov 19-21 12:00pm $550 No Limit Hold’em – $154,000 estimated prize pool. 2 day 1s + 1 day 2.
Nov 22-23 12:00pm $1100 No Limit Hold’em – $500,000 estimated prize pool. 2 day event
Nov 24 12:00pm $200 Super Satellites
Nov 25-28 12:00pm $2700 No Limit Hold’em – $1,875,000 estimated prize pool. 4 Day Event

Single Table Satellites will be starting up on October 1 for both the $1100 and $2700 events.
* $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Event
o $120 buy-in / 10 Players
+ 1st place receives entry to $1,100 event
o $230 buy-in / 10 Players
+ Top 2 receives entry to $1,100 event

* $2,700 Main Event
o $290 buy-in / 10 Players
+ 1st place receives entry to $2,700 BCPC Main Event
o $560 buy-in / 10 Players
+ Top 2 places receives entry to $2,700 BCPC Main Event

Starting on Sunday August 1st they will be running super satellites alternating every Sunday between the $120 (to qualify for the $1100) and $200 (to qualify for $2700).

# $1,100 Event Super Satellites

* $120 buy-in ($110 + $10)
* Awards one(1) $1,100 event entry for every 10 participants
* 12pm: Aug 1, 15, 29 | Sep 5, 12, 19, 26 | Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | Nov 7 & 14

# $2,700 Main Event

* $200 buy-in ($180 + $20)
* Awards one(1) $2,700 entry for every 15 participants
* 12pm: Aug 8, 22 | Sep 4, 18, 25 | Oct 2, 16, 23, 30 | Nov 6 & 13

# Sunday Nov 15 @ 12pm: $120 Super Satellite with $100 Re-buys and $100 Add-on

# Wednesday Nov 18 @ 12pm: $120 Super Satellite with $100 Re-buys and $100 Add-on

* Unlimited Conditional $100 ($2,000TC) Re-buys during levels 1 – 4 (players are eligible to re-buy at $2,000TC or less)
* All active players are eligible for the $100 Add-on ($4,000TC) at the end of level 4

No online satellites to the 2010 BC Poker Championships have been annouced yet, but Canada Poker News will report it as soon as we find out.

More info on the 2010 BCPC

Ontario joins the online gambling craze

To follow in the footsteps of BC, the Atlantic provinces, and Quebec, Ontario will now enter the online gambling foray. From the looks of things this will also include Ontario online poker.

Canadians wager over a billion dollars annually through online gaming sites and the Ontario government believe that opening up an online casino will bring in over $100 million annually. The OLG will be taking the reigns on this project and hopefully they won’t act as slow as they have been know

“Across Canada and around the world, online commerce is part of our everyday lives and OLG is excited to start the consultation process for online gambling and growing its marketplace in the future,” OLG chairman Paul Godfrey said.

One thing is for sure, online poker in ontario will surely be easier to win at than the $50 million lotto max that has teased Canadians in 2010.

BCLC PlayNow Casino reopened plus free $100 Bonus

After a mess of a launch, BCLC’s online casino, PLAYNOW, is back. And to get users playing real money, they have enticed gamblers with a very nice deposit bonus. This deposit bonus is a 100% up to $100 max with only a 2x turnover rate! So basically make a $100 deposit, wager $100 on an eligible game, get your $100 casino token, wager another $100, and do whatever you want with the funds. Check the FAQ for eligible games, but they include various slot games, blackjack, baccarat, sic bo, and many more. This is a great casino bonus, a blast from the past for casino bonus whores.

About This Promotion

How do I qualify for this promotion?

Qualifying is easy. Follow the three steps below to qualify:

1. Login to (not a member? Register Now)
2. Make a single deposit of at least $100 to your Account prior to 11:59pm October 5th, 2010.
3. Then wager $100 (cumulative) on casino games prior to 11:59pm October 5th, 2010.

This offer is only valid one time during the specified time period.

When do I receive my Casino Token?

Your Casino Token is credited to your account once you have wagered at least $100 on casino games.

This promotion expires on Oct 15, 2010 and only players living in BC are allowed to play on

Matt Jarvis wins the 2010 Canadian Open Poker Championships Heads Up Title

Matt Jarvis is on one sick run. The 2010 november nine member just captured the $5k headsup tournament at the 2010 Canadian Open Poker Championships (COPC). This bodes well for him if he intends to go up against Jonathan Duhamel headsup in the 2010 wsop main event to be crowned the first ever Canadian WSOP main event winner.

Matt Jarvis defeated Christopher Bush to take home $100,000 for his efforts.

Congrats Matt on a job well done, and good luck in November!

The other COPC marquee event – $2200 main event is still happening number. Notable players still in the tournament include Mike “Timex” Mcdonald (sitting in 5th), Brad Booth, and Gavin Smith

World Team Poker Team Canada

The World Team Poker Championships returns this fall, and Team Canada is looking very strong. Team Canada entry is lead by captain Greg “FBT” Mueller. Other team canada poker members include Terrence “unassigned” Chan, Kyle Wilson, Owen Crowe, Daniel Peter Idema, Eric Cloutier, and Shawn Buchanan.

Canada was one of 19 countries added to the World Team Poker Championships, making it a total of 30 teams. Last year’s champions were China a team which included successful professionals Johnny Chan, Chau Giang, David Chiu, and others.. The 2nd season will begin sometime next month at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. Season 1 will air on Fox Sports Net starting Sunday January 2, 2011 and will run for 13 consecutive weeks.

Vote for AceTenBomber in the Victory Poker Contest

Victory Poker is holding a contest where players submit videos and the winner as chosen by the public and a panel of judges will win a free $100,000 poker player sponsorship.  One lucky male or female out there will win $100,000 in tournament buy-ins, a fully furnished condo on the Las Vegas strip, a new car, a watch, and more!  This contest ends on October 31, 2010 and one of the current leaders in the contest is none other than Canadian Jeff “AceTenBomber” Burnett.  The Acetenbomber has his own clothing line, website, and a poker crew named the bomb Squad.  Wouldn’t it be great if you helped a fellow Canadian win this contest.  Head over to victory poker and vote for Jeff Burnett now.

2011 Fallsview Poker Classic

The 2011 Fallsview Poker Classic will run January 6-11, 2011 at the Fallsview casino in Niagara Falls Ontario.  Once again there will be 3 events, a $1000 buyin, a $2500, and a $5000 buyin.  The 2010 Fallsview Poker Classic was pretty much dominated by poker pros Gavin Smith and Simon Charette. Satellites will begin October 25, 2010 in the form of winner take all single table sit n goes.  $120 buyin for the $1000 event, $275 for the $2500 event, and a $550 for the $5000 event.  There is also a $70 sub-satellite to qualify for the $550 main event sat.  New for 2011 there will also be super satellites. On January 5 at 4pm there is a super sat for the $1k event, Jan 7 for the $2,500 event, and Jan 9 for the $5,000 event.  Buyin amounts are the same as the single table sats.

Qualify for the $1k event online at Betfair

Here is the 2011 Fallsview Poker Classic Schedule

  1. January 6 (Jan 7 Day 2) – $1,000 buy-in ($930+70)
  2. January 8 (Jan 9 Day 2) – $2,500 buy-in ($2,350+150)
  3. January 10 (Jan 11 Day 2) – $5,000 buy-in ($4,800+200)

The estimate is that there will be $2.8 million in overall prize money.  $500,000 for the $1k, $900,000 for the $2.5k, and $1.4 million for the $5k.  One good thing that they changed this year is the events do not overlap.  This year it is possible to play all 3 events!

See you in Niagara in January 2011!

2011 Fallsview Poker Classic Results


  1. Joseph Mandool $146,140
  2. Thinh “Mike” Bui $70,364


  1. David “dQuang” Quang $283,387
  2. Mike “Sir Watts” Watson  $141,694

Full $2500 Results


  1. Giuseppe Spano  $312,697
  2. Giuseppe Niro  $149,923

2011 Fallsview Poker Classic results will be posted as soon as they are readily available.

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