Canadian Poker Player Magazine FREE Online

Now you no longer have to travel to your favourite casino to pickup the latest copy of the Canadian Poker Player Magazine. Starting with issue 8 with Gavin Smith on the cover, the CPP Mag will be available for free online at www.canadianpokertour.tv All back issues of the current Volume 1 have been added to the online viewing archive as well.

The Canadian Poker Player Magazine is a publication brought to you by Headsup Entertainment, the operators of the Canadian Poker Tour.  The 2010 CPT season wraps up on superbowl weekend with the CPT2011 Kickoff series and the CPT Finals at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Alberta.

PlayNow.com officially joins Canadian Poker Network

The British Columbia Lottery Corporations’s (BCLC) online gaming site, Playnow.com has now officially joined the first ever government run online poker network in North America, the Canadian Poker Network powered by GTECH G2.  PlayNow joins Loto Quebec’s Espacejeux.com as the two sites and provinces making up the newly launched network.  Now players in BC will be able to play with players in Quebec and enjoy the same promotions and tournaments that the QC residents have enjoyed.  This included a $250,000 freeroll held earlier this year, as well as a monthly $50,000 tournament on the first Sunday of every month.

Canadian Poker Network operations are based in Canada. The system is housed in a Montreal based data centre and poker network operations are in the National Operations Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick.

“The CPN is an excellent example of the kind of convergence of the igaming and lottery industries that GTECH G2 was created to serve,” said Paolo Personeni, President of GTECH G2. “We are proud to be partnered with such innovative lotteries, and look forward to enabling other lottery corporations to enter the igaming space with confidence.”

GTECH G2 is providing eight poker variants including Texas Hold’em and Canadian Stud (or Soko) which is played the same way as 5-Card Stud except that there are two extra combinations: a four-card Flush and a four-card Straight.

The Playnow.com poker room is now open.  Grand opening promotions include a $100,000 freeroll on March 27, and you can also win VIP Vancouver Canucks tickets.  There is also a Bad Beat Jackpot going on which is now over $300,000.  Simply lose with quad jacks or better, and win the BBJ!

Saskatchewan Online Poker on its way?

According to a CBC report on online gaming, the government of Saskatchewan has shown interest in the online gaming business. Some exciting Canada poker news for Canadian poker players.

“I saw on the news last night that an internet gaming source is advertising in Saskatchewan,” Cheveldayoff said. “I think that it’s growing. It’s there and it’s something we’re going to have to look at very closely.”

Cheveldayoff said he estimates that about $30 million is spent yearly by people in Saskatchewan gambling online.

He said if a government entity was collecting that money, profits could be spent on community programs.

“What troubles me is that the profits are leaving the province and can’t be reinvested in the good activities that Gaming Corporation, for example, does,” he said.

This would be great news for Saskatchewan poker players and the Canadian Poker Network.  The CPN which is expected to include Quebec and British Columbia, will be waiting for the other provinces to get into the game, a very profitable one indeed.  Ontario, Manitoba, and the Atlantic provinces have all shown their desire to provide an online gambling avenue for its citizens, rather than watching big sums of money flow outside the country.  Espacejeux.com from the Loto Quebec group has been especially popular so far, even running a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool poker tournament this past Sunday.

The CBC report also notes that Ontario was preparing to launch their online gaming site possibly by 2012.  The Saskatchewan online casino and poker room would most likely be run by the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation, which operates brick and mortar casinos in Regina and Moose Jaw.

Canadian Championship of Online Poker

PokerStars, the king of online poker tournaments has done it again. Now you can battle it out with other canucks to see if you are the best poker tournament player in Canada via the Canadian Championship of Online Poker. This 11 tournament series begins on November 21, 2010 and concludes with a $200,000 guaranteed $530 buyin main event on November 28. Here is the Canadian COOP schedule with a total of $580,000 guaranteed:

2010 CANADIAN COOP SCHEDULE

Events Date Time (ET) GTD
Canadian COOP-01: $55+R NL Hold’em [6-Max] 21-Nov 17:00 $25k
Canadian COOP-02: $215 PL Omaha H/L 21-Nov 20:00 $10k
Canadian COOP-03: $215 NL Hold’em [2XChance, Turbo] 22-Nov 21:30 $40k
Canadian COOP-04: $320 NL Hold’em 23-Nov 21:30 $125k
Canadian COOP-05: $215 NL Hold’em [Heads-Up] 24-Nov 21:30 $15k
Canadian COOP-06: $320 HORSE 25-Nov 21:30 $20k
Canadian COOP-07: $320 NLHE [6-Max] 26-Nov 21:30 $70k
Canadian COOP-08: $215 7 Card Stud H/L 27-Nov 17:00 $5k
Canadian COOP-09: $215 NL Hold’em [1R1A] 27-Nov 20:00 $50k
Canadian COOP-10: $320 PL Omaha 1R1A 28-Nov 17:00 $20k
Canadian COOP-11: $530 NL Hold’em Main Event 28-Nov 20:00 $200k

You can buy-in directly or win your seat through our wide range of Canadian COOP satellites. Find all tourneys and satellites under the ‘Tourney’ > ‘Regional’ tab.

The player of the year for the 2010 Canadian COOP will also win a NAPT main event seat.

Canadian Frenzy Week at Betfair

Frenzy Week in Canada!

To celebrate the launch of their Canadian poker website, Betfair Poker invites you to a series of frenzy promotions, featuring freerolls, guaranteed tournaments, U.S Sports swag, and sports events packages -exclusively restricted to Canadian players!

The O Canada tournament series is a series of 16 freerolls and small buy-in tournaments. To spice up the game, if you win 3 of any of these tournaments you will be rewarded a sports events package worth $1,500! Here are the details of the tournaments you have to conquer to win the package:

Frenzy Week Tournaments Schedule (8 – 14 November) All times in EST:

Terms & Conditions:

  • This promotion is open only to Canadian customers
  • Only one prize is available per person for the sports events package
  • The $1,500 package includes two tickets worth $500 each for a North-American sports event and $500 for the trip expenses. The details are to be communicated directly between the winner and Betfair Management.
  • The first successful claim for the sports events package prize will be deemed the winner, subsequent winners will not count.
  • All wins will be subject to security checks for soft-play, collusion or team playing, any player we suspect of attempting to abuse the spirit of this promotion, by whatever means, will be excluded.
  • You will receive your sports merchandise within one month after we’ve contacted you and you’ve specifed the details of your item.
  • Betfair Poker management’s decision is final.
  • Standard Terms and Conditions Apply

Get taxed at the WSOP? Get it back

Nothing worse than cashing in Vegas during the summer and having the USA IRS tax 30% of your winnings.  30%, what is that?  Why so much?  Worse than any actual rake.  Well at www.USTaxRecovery.com you can potentially get all 30% back!  Let US Tax Recovery do the work, get you an ITIN number, and get you your money that you earned.  They can even claim up to 3 years back.  Withholding tax can be claimed back on many casino games including poker, slots, and other jackpot related games where 30% was withheld since Canada does not have a treaty agreement with USA.  This whole process takes a few months, so might as well get started and get yourself a nice xmas bonus!