WPT lands in Canada

Oct 2, 2006 3:19 AM

The Fallsview Casino Resort announced last week that it will host the first-ever World Poker Tour (WPT) Canadian Open from October 22-24 — just days before the giants of the poker community arrive in Niagara Falls for the WPT North American Poker Championship, beginning October 25.

Created to give recreational poker players from both sides of the border the opportunity to experience a big-time professional poker event, the WPT Canadian Open will be run exactly like the WPT North American Poker Championships, but will have lower buy-in costs both for the tournament itself and its various satellite tournaments, which are already under way in the poker room at Casino Niagara, Fallsview’s sister property.

"Players taking part in the WPT Canadian Open will experience everything the professional WPT players experience — the bright lights, the TV cameras, the pressure — everything," said Greg Medulun, the manager of corporate communications for Fallsview. "Playing online and in regular casino games is one thing, but sitting where the stars sit with all eyes on you is quite another."

The participants in the WPT Canadian Open will play down on October 24 until there are just six players left for the final table. Then, Fallsview will run the WPT North American Poker Championship from October 25-28 with the final table being held on October 29.

Finally, after allowing the pressure to build for six days, the six WPT Canadian Open finalists will play their final table on October 30 in front of the cameras.

"We recognized the need for a major national televised poker event that Canadians could call their own," said Steve Lipscomb, CEO and founder of WPT Enterprises, Inc. "Canada is rich with poker fans — both new and long-standing — who have already embraced the WPT on their TV networks. They have watched several of their own rise to the top on World Poker Tour, including Gavin Smith, the Season IV WPT Player of the Year, and Daniel Negreanu, the Season III WPT Player of the Year. We look forward to working in concert with the Fallsview Casino to establish the WPT Canadian Open as the premiere poker event in Canada."

Players can buy directly into the WPT Canadian Open’s main event for $2,700 (Canadian) or into the satellite tournaments at two different levels — $50 events on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and $330 events on Fridays and Saturdays until October 21. A win at the $50 level earns the winner a seat at the $330 level. A win at the $330 level earns the winner a seat in the main event.