Party Poker Freerolls

Party Poker is one of the most popular online poker sites for Canadian poker players.  Their latest promotion, the 5Star Poker Challenge is a very sweet one.  Party Poker is holding a $5,000 freeroll every day in December.  31 chances to take home some free money.  In order to qualify for those freerolls all you have to do is earn 5 Party Points the day before.  Also qualify for 5 different freerolls and earn a seat into the $50,000 freeroll finale on January 2 2011.  There are also jackpot prizes worth up to $500,000!

Jackpot prizes:

1.       Win two daily $5,000 freerolls = $5,000 jackpot

2.       Win three daily $5,000 freerolls = $50,000 jackpot

3.       Win five daily $5,000 freerolls = $500,000 jackpot

Also a reminder that another favourite online poker site that Canadians favour, Poker Stars, is wrapping up the Canadian COOP this weekend.  The main event will be a 2day tournament $525 tournament beginning on Sunday November 28 at 18:00 est.  2010 WSOP champion Johnathan Duhamel will definately be playing under his current handle LeJohn54.  Play the Canadian COOP and knock out the champ!  Also the overall Canadian COOP champion will win $5000 worth of Sunday Million buyins.  Its still not too late to take the title as Canada’s best online poker tournament player.

Eric Place wins 2010 BC Poker Championships

Eric Place of Halifax Nova Scotia is the new 2010 BC Poker Championship main event winner.  On Sunday Nov 28 2010 Eric took home the grand prize of $300,000 as he bested over 550 other players to take the crown.  Second place went to Connor Allisen of Vancouver, and third went to Benjamin Leblond from Wakefield Quebec.  This $2700 main event at the River Rock casino in Richmond BC attracted other big name pros including Brad “Yukon” Booth, Gavin Smith, Greg “FBT” Mueller, Terrence “Unassigned” Chan, and November Nine memeber Matt Jarvis who just missed out on a final table.

Here are the final results for the 2010 BC Poker Championships

1st Eric Place $300,000
2nd Connor Allisen $189,978
3rd Benjamin Leblond $119,491
4th Brian Henningson $95,862
5th John Himbury $78,542
6th Chris Back $61,760
7th Afshin Majidi $48,334
8th Ashkan Razavi $37,593
9th Cory Wilkinson $26,852
10th Thomas Humniski $18,796
11th Samuel Ngai $18,796
12th Stanislav Kriventsov $18,796
13th John Hartery $15,440
14th Anthony Mak $15,440
15th Danny Kalpakis $15,440
16th Robert Alvarez $12,083
17th Dianel Endacott $12,083
18th Simon Charette $12,083
19th Achilles Tsougrianis $8,727
20th Darlene Lee $8,727
21st Marcus Verhel $8,727
22nd Cory McClure $8,727
23rd Shawn Buchanan $8,727
24th James Lopushinsky $8,727
25th Kevin Dawe $8,727
26th Michael Kirby $8,727
27th Matt Jarvis $8,727
28th Clark Hamagami $6,982
29th Keith Wintermans $6,982
30th Sean Stevens $6,982
Kathleen Row $6,982
32nd Justin Mandair $6,982
33rd Jordan Lois $6,982
34th John Hines $6,982
35th Richard Webb $6,982
36th Matt Predergast $6,982
37th Sadia Cohent $6,176
38th Rick Mask $6,176
39th Mike Smith $6,176
40th Brian Kulczycki $6,176
41st John Heger $6,176
42nd Clinton Harcourt $6,176
43rd Devin Semballik $6,176
44th Marko Perkovic $6,176
45th Dawit Tsegai $6,176
46th Sam Tong $5,639
47th Stacey Squire $5,639
48th Paul Ratchford $5,639
49th Amy Huang $5,639
50th Michael Collins $5,639
51st Mario Roux $5,639
52nd Nathan Moore $5,639
53rd James White $5,639
54th Andrew Sinclair $5,639
55th Edmund Chan wins a fridge???

Playground Poker Club

A new poker club is opening up in the heart of Montreal, the Playground Poker Club. This poker club will be open daily from 12pm noon to 6am with the grand opening on December 17. The Grand opening celebration will commence with cocktails at 6pm followed by a NLHE Freebuy tournament at 7:30pm. A freebuy tournament being $0 entry fee with a $50 rebuy (4 rounds of rebuys) with a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool. More Freebuy tournies will occur throughout the opening weekend.

In addition to the cash games, there will also be daily tournaments with various guarantees the biggest so far being a $300 deep stack freezeout with a $15,000 guarantee on Thursday.

Playground Poker Club Contact Information

Phone number:  (514) 700 0300

(450) 635-7653 – Kahnawake Residents


Unit 1500 C Route 138
Kahnawake, QC
J0L 1B0



Here is a video presentation of the Playground Poker Club. Comments by Canadian poker pros Mike McDonald, Erik Cajelais, and Marc Karam. Video brought to you by Jon Harnish.

Deepstacks Poker Training coming to Canada

Deepstacks Live, the live edition of the popular poker training site Deepstacks University will be coming to Canada for a live training session. They will appear during the Four Aces Poker Open at the Four Aces Poker Club in Montreal on January 26, 2011 at 1:00pm – 7:00pm. Price of admission is $500.  Click the following for a Deepstacks Review

This will be a 1 day only training course that will feature the following DeepStacks Pros: Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Adam “Roothlus” Levy, Tom McEvoy and online phenom, Tristan “Cre8ive” Wade.

The 1-Day Power Poker Course uses a unique curriculum that gives our students the ultimate poker training experience. Taught exclusively at a poker table, our pros go hand-by-hand and scenario-by-scenario to effectively teach you some of today’s most advanced poker strategies. With over 6 hours of full access to our pros, the DeepStacks Live Power Poker Course will give you the confidence to sit at any poker table, against anyone, anywhere.

Here’s what you will learn:

• Advanced Cash Game Strategies
• Advanced Tournament Strategies
• Positional Play
• Bankroll Management
• Proper Game Selection
• Advanced Betting Techiniques
• Floating Your Opponent
• Playing In and Out of Position
• Picking Off Bluffs
• And so much more!

Seating is limited, so sign-up right away!

– Signup for Deepstacks Poker Training –

Also a reminder that Satellites are still running for the Four Aces Canadian Poker Open only available at UB.  The UB satellite that ran last night gave out 3 seats and there was an overlay of over $2,000.  There are only 2 satellites remaining, a $320 on Thurs Jan 13 20:30 EST and a $320 on Sun Jan 16 at 20:30 EST.  Both have 1 seat guarantees each.

– Satellite to the Four Aces Open Now –

Canada Poker News available in English or FrenchCanada Poker disponible en anglais ou en français Nouvelles

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Canada Poker News will now offer Canadian Poker News in either English or French!  Switch the language of the news article by clicking on the English or French Flag icons on the top right of this page and posts will automatically appear in the language that you have selected.  All poker news articles will be predominately written in English so if there are no French translations available they will still appear in English.  This will be for all posts from here on out, but will try to have archived posts for French related articles translated, such as Quebec online poker, Espacejeux, Jonathan Duhamel posts, etc.  Please excuse any errors in translation as a basic Google translator is being used.  Canada is a bilingual country, so it only makes sense that Canada Poker News be so as well.Canada Nouvelles Poker offrira désormais de Poker du Canada Nouvelles en anglais ou en français! Changer la langue de l’article de nouvelles en cliquant sur les icônes du pavillon français ou en anglais en haut à droite de cette page et les messages apparaîtront automatiquement dans la langue que vous avez sélectionné. Tous les articles de nouvelles de poker sera essentiellement écrit en anglais donc si il n’ya pas de traductions en français disponibles, ils apparaîtront toujours en anglais. Ce sera pour tous les messages à partir de maintenant, mais essayer d’avoir les messages archivés pour le français des articles connexes traduits, comme le Québec de poker en ligne, Espacejeux, Jonathan Duhamel messages, etc S’il vous plaît excuser les erreurs dans la traduction en tant que traducteur de base Google être utilisés. Le Canada est un pays bilingue, il est donc logique que le Canada Poker Nouvelles être ainsi.

Claiming back your Withholding Tax

With the World Series of Poker (WSOP) only days away, this is a very popular time for Canadians to make their way to Las Vegas and jump into the massive pool of tournament action.  Along with the WSOP at the Rio, there is also the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza, Caesar’s Palace Mega Stack Series, Wynn Poker Classic, Golden Nugget Grand Series, plus a few other smaller poker tournament series.  Now if you are lucky enough to cash in any of these tournaments, you will most likely be subject to a 30% withholding tax.  The minimum amount cashed before a withholding tax is applied to differs from casino to casino, so it is best to check with the pit bosses before you start playing.

Though all is not lost in regards to the 30% gambling withholding tax.  A company called RMS (previously Refund Management Systems) can assist you in the recovery of taxes on US gaming wins.  They are the most reputable casino and gaming tax recovery service in the industry.  Headquartered in Toronto, and with additional offices in Vancouver and Las Vegas, the staff of qualified accountants will help you get your money back!

You can claim your withheld taxes back on various casino games such as Slot machines, Poker Tournaments, Blackjack Tournaments, Dog and Horse Racing, Keno, plus other jackpot wins.  Also non casino activities such as Lotteries and Game show wins can be reclaimed.

You can contact RMS by

Phone: 1-888-272-5559 (TOLL FREE US and Canada)



Canadians in the 2011 WSOP

Summer is almost here, but the WSOP doesn’t wait for summer to arrive before getting started.  The 2011 WSOP started on a sour note on the heels of “black friday” but this did not stop players from across the world to begin their trek in Las Vegas with their ultimate goal in winning a world series of poker bracelet.

Canadians will once again try to dominate the WSOP, headed last year by main event winner Jonathon Duhamel.

Tyler Bonkowski of Regina Saskatchewan has lead the charge becoming the first Canadian to win a WSOP bracelet in 2011.  By taking down event #14 the $3000 Limit Hold’em event, Tyler took home a hard earned $220,817, the largest cash of his career.

Mark Radoja of Guelph Ontario has won Canada’s second bracelet in Event #24, the $5000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout.  Mark bested 386 opponents to take home $436,538, also the biggest cash in his career, and his 9th career WSOP cash.

Daniel Idema from British Columbia has just made it back to back bracelet wins for Canadians by shipping Event #27, the $10,000 Limit Hold’em event for a $378,472 earning.  This is definately his marquee event as he narrowly missed winning a bracelet in the same event last year losing headsup.

Kirk Caldwell from Orangeville Ontario became the biggest Canadian winner so far taking home $668,276 for his win in event #32, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. With 2,828 entries and an overall prizepool of $3,817,800 this was a huge event. Not too bad for a guy who won a private home game satellite in the Orangeville Poker Tour for $150. Event #32 was special for Canada Poker as 4 Canadians made the final table! Canadians came 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 10th.

Shawn Buchanan just missed out on Canada’s 5th bracelet, losing heads-up to Frenchman Fabrice Soulier in the $10k H.O.R.S.E Championship.

Matt Jarvis has gone from November Nine member to bracelet winner! Matt beat out a strong field to win Event #40 the $5,000 NLHE 6max event and becomes the first Canadian to win over a million dollars in the 2011 WSOP by shipping $1,045,743 and the bracelet.

A bracelet near miss for Simon Charette finishing 2nd in Event #48, the $1,500 NLHE event. No WSOP for Simon but $404,235 should cheer him up.

Another near bracelet miss, this time Michael Yee places 2nd in Event #51 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better game. He took home $165,346 as a consolation prize.

Canadian Final Tables at the 2011 WSOP
Event #54 $1,000 NLHE: Ren Ho Zhang 4th for $213,539
Event #54 $1,000 NLHE: Sebastien Roy 9th for $53,333
Event #53 $1,000 Ladies NLHE Championship: Gloutnez Genevine 8th for $17,537
Event #51 $1,500 PLO 8B: Michael Yee 2nd for $165,346
Event #49 $2,500 2-7 Triple Lowball: Shawn Buchanan 9th for $13,897
Event #49 $2,500 2-7 Triple Lowball: Nicholas Verkaik 10th for $13,897
Event #48 $1,500 NLHE: Simon Charette 2nd for $404,235
Event #40 $5,000 NLHE 6 Max: Matthew Jarvis 1st for $1,045,743
Event #39 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha: Jonas Mackoff 8th for $30,040
Event #37 $10,000 Horse Championship: Shawn Buchanan 2nd for $376,458
Event #35 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha: Michael McDonald 5th for $73,965
Event #32 $1,500 NLHE: Kirk Caldwell 1st for $668,276
Event #32 $1,500 NLHE: Marc Mclaughlin 3rd for $292,634
Event #32 $1,500 NLHE: Gabriel Houle 4th for $211,353
Event #32 $1,500 NLHE: Michael Whitfield 10th for $38,445
Event #28 $1,500 NLHE: Owen Crowe 4th for $190,147
Event #27 $10,000 LHE: Daniel Idema 1st for $378,472
Event #24 $5,000 NLHE Shootout: Mark Radoja 1st for $436,568
Event #14 $3,000 LHE: Tyler Bonkowski 1st for $220,817
Event #13 $1,500 NLHE Shootout: Erik Cajelais 5th for $79,315
Event #11 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8+: Guillaume Rivet 6th for $92,908
Event #8 $1,000 NLHE: Jonathan Driscoll 10th for $38,128
Event #7 $10,000 PLHE: Eric Cloutier 7th for $87,702
Event #4 $5,000 NLHE: Sean LeFort 3rd for $348,128
Event #1 Employees $500 NLHE: Jason Baker 2nd for $50,807

Congratulations go out to all Canadians who have cashed in the 2011 WSOP. Unfortunately there is too many to list here. For those who have cashed in the WSOP or any other poker tournament in Vegas and need help reclaiming the 30% withholding tax that has been stripped from your winnings, contact RMS it is the easiest and most painless way to get your money back.

Rake Free Tournaments at Party Poker

In an unprecedented move and equally great promotion, has Eliminated Tournamnet Fees for at least the next month.  With no fees to pay across the entire MTT schedule, 100% of players’ money will go straight into the prize pool or anothers rake free or zero rake for tournament players.  You’ll save up to $50 in fees every time you register for a tournament and enjoy bigger prize pools as well as busier fields.  This will include the Summer Million taking place the first Sunday of August (Aug 7) in which you will save the $40 fee from the $600 buy-in tournament with a million dollars guaranteed prize pool.

Canadians can play freely without worry on Party Poker. Don’t miss out on this huge value opportunity.

WPT returning to Canada .. Not

edit: Party Poker has removed this from their events page.  Looks like it was a premature listing which may not even happen anymore.

Straight from the Events calender on Party Poker, the owner of the World Poker Tour (WPT), listed for the confirmed schedule for the World Poker Tour Season 10 is the return of the WPT North American Poker Championships. (NAPC) Taking place at the Fallsview Casino and Resort in Niagara Falls, this event will run from October 10-22, 2011.  With this event spanning over 13 days, it looks very promising to be an actual tournament series like the Fallsview Poker Classic.  Rumours of an eventual WPT return to Niagara or even Canada have always been premature, but this looks like it could be true.  Though it is not listed on the current WPT website.

Satellites for the WPT North American Poker Classic should be running soon on Party Poker.  More WPT Niagara news will be posted as they become available.

Remember Party Poker still has rake free poker tournaments for another 2 weeks.  Sign up today and receive a $600 bonus!

Mike McDonald wins Epic Poker League Main Event

Mike McDonald, otherwise known as Timex in the online poker world, emerged as the champion of the Epic Poker League main event #2.  Mike the student from Waterloo Ontario bested out a tough final including runner up David Steicke, Erik Seidel, Isaac Baron, Fabrice Soulier, Dutch Boyd, and Nam Le, to take home the title and the $782,410.  Timex’s A4 held up against the might K2 of Steicke, and he became the first EPL champion from Canada.

Here is the final table payout of Epic Poker League Event #2

1. Mike McDonald $782,410
2. David Steicke $506,260
3. Fabrice Soulier $299,160
4. Erik Seidel $184,100
5. Nam Le $126,570
6. Isaac Baron $92,050
7. Sean Getzville $69,040
8. Dutch Boyd $57,530

The next event will take place on Dec 9 and will be a heads up tournament.  Congrats and way to represent Canada Mike!