Canadian poker pro Gavin Smith, who possesses a pleasant, friendly and energetic personality and is highly popular especially during the poker boom era, has passed away unexpectedly whilst sleeping on Monday, January 14. The cause of death is still unknown. He was 50 years old.
Elderly members of the Minoru Place Seniors' Centre in Richmond, BC, Canada were prohibited from playing in that place their favorite afternoon pastime, Texas Hold'em, simply because they were playing with cash involved, which is clearly a violation of provincial gambling regulations.
A catholic priest in southern Ontario is in the hot seat as Canadian Police launched an investigation over his alleged gambling away nearly $380,000 dollars that have been allocated for refugees. Father Amer Saka told Bishop Emanuel Shaleta that a significant amount of money earmarked for refugees had disappeared. The bishop asked the priest how to which the priest said, "Gambling."
On Monday, after a month of "youtube-silence", Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu uploaded another video blog to youtube! This time he talked about 5 recent books he read and how some of them have affected him; how he organises his time, his plans for November, and more. Enjoy!
The Canadian Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu has been running very well this year. Last month, he won the WSOP APAC Main Event for $1,087,160 and received his fifth gold bracelet. Then, a few weeks ago, he finished 4th in the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event for $490k! Now he has won his first major title online as well! On Saturday, he outlasted a field of 180 opponents (Isaak Haxton, Jason Mercier, Joe Ebanks, Shaun Deeb, Ville Wahlbeck, Justin Bonomo and many other pros) in Event #39-H ($5,200 PLO 6-Max -Spring Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars) and received $216,000!
A total of 249 players signed up for the season XI World Poker Tour Barcelona main event earlier this week and yesterday, after four days of play, the final six battled it out on the final table. Characy Khun, from Canada, sat down at the final table with the largest stack and, believe it or not, he eliminated every single opponent during seven levels of play to lay hands on the first place prize of $258,448 - the largest cash of his career!
Ladies and gentlemen, the record field (1,173) at the 2012 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event has now been narrowed down to only 6 players and a final table. The action will start at 4:00pm ET today and there is about 23 minutes left in Level 31, with blinds at 60k-120k and a 20k ante.
Canada's first ever WSOP Circuit Main Event (The River Rock Main Event) is now in the history books. John Crncic, a poker amateur from Vancouver who won his seat through a $180 satellite, ended up taking home the whole thing for $286,382, a WSOP circuit gold ring, and a free seat in the $1 million National Championship. Apart from those amazing prizes, Crncic's boss promised him to pay the buy-in to the 2013 WSOP Main event if he won. Crncic assured the WSOP that his boss was a man of his word.
"I'm afraid I'm going to wake up and it's going to just be a dream," Crncic told the WSOP following his win. "It's absolutely fantastic. This is much more than I hoped for."
A total of 1,032 player signed up for the first ever WSOP Circuit Main Event (The River Rock Main Event) held in Canada - the third largest in WSOP Circuit history and the largest cash buy-in poker tournament ever in Canada. After 3 days of play, the player field had been narrowed down to only 9 players and Day 3 chip leader Sonny Sekhon held 4,660,000 chips, almost 33 percent more than Ryan Biermann in second place.
Following the very successful and popular SuperStar Showdown with Viktor Blom, the very first Limit Hold'em Challenge with Daniel Negreanu was played yesterday on PokerStars. KidPoker's first opponent was the German Limit-specialist "rUaBot".
Jonathan Duhamel, the 2010 WSOP main event winner, had an unwelcome visit on Wednesday when thieves broke into his house Boucherville, Quebec, Canda. According to a poker news site, two unknown persons entered his home at 9:15am on Wednesday and attacked him. However, the news site can't confirm whether or not the thieves got away with something.
The Winnipeg Free Press reports that Duhamel was treated for wounds at the hospital, but released shortly after. It remains unclear who the 2 thieves are and why they targeted Duhamel's residence. No arrests have been made so far, and Duhamel has still not spoken to the media about the incident.
We will keep you updated as the investigation develops.
Daniel Negreanu - just like many other pros - has left America and moved to Canada in order to play poker online. Negreanu is now located in Toronto and has already taken care of all necessary paper work etc. In his latest blog "Boy Did I Miss Online Poker!" he wrote the following:
"It took a couple days, but I successfully set up shop in Toronto so that I can play on PokerStars again. I already had the Canadian passport, but just like everyone else, I needed to attain the necessary documents then wait for the call from PokerStars security to verify the phone number, and voila! I'm back in action! I jumped right into some $25-$50 PLO 6 max deep with ante games, and within 5 hands I lost my first buy in HAHA. Had an open ended straight draw/flush draw versus top set and didn't hit. Oh well, it didn't hurt a bit, I was just glad to be playing again."
7 countries took part in Americas Cup of Poker at LAPT (Latin American Poker Tour) Punta del Este in Uruguay. After many hours of play, the Canadian team, led by returning team captain Greg DeBora - a well-known PokerStars Pro, took home the title after crushing Mexico in the final with 5-0. This is the second time Canada wins Americas Cup of Poker, and this year's title was worth $25,000.
In Daniel Negreanu's latest blog one can read about the hassle he recently had to go through to be able to make it to EPT Barcelona. The reason for all this hassle was that his passport had expired, and due to some miscommunication between him and his assistant, Patty, the passport hadn't been renewed only days before EPT Barcelona - a tournament that Daniel had been looking forward to for a long time.
Amer Sulaiman never knew that his relaxing holiday trip in Costa Rica would be his ticket to become the first LAPT Season 3 Champion! What started out as playing on a whim, this man born in Iraq had never realized that his vacation would turn out to be a blessing and actually win a poker championship. After four extremely tough days on poker, Sulaiman had successfully beat all his opponents and emerged as the winner. He will be taking home the $172,095 prize money which is the biggest win of his poker-playing career. Read more » Amer Sulaiman – The Champion of 2009 PokerStars LAPT
Daniel Negreanu, the Canadian PokerStars PRO, have 3 big passions in life - Poker, golf and statistics. A few days ago one could read in his blog that he had made statistics over how much the most successful World Poker Tour players have made from the tournament.
In the spreadsheet with the statistics, Daniel only included poker players who played a minimum of 30 WPT events so the information wouldn't be to misleading. 176 players qualified for his investigation. Here are the results.