Fallsview crowns new WPT title winners.
Canada held its first World Poker Tour tournament from the 22 – 28th of October at the Fallsview Casino Resort. The resort crowned two new WPT title winners, one for the inaugural WPT Canadian Open and the WPT North American Poker Championship (NAPC).
The resort held 793 local and US poker players for the two events, which had a combined prize pool of around $5.7 million. Of these several professional players tried for the title, including Daniel Negreanu, Isabelle Mercier, Gavin Smith, John Juanda, and Alan Cunningham. The tournament ended with ten of the twelve final table players in the two events hailing from Canada, with an amateur Canadian player taking the NAPC title and a young American poker pro capturing the first-ever Canadian Open title.
‘We were thrilled and overwhelmed with the amazing turnout and support of the two WPT events from the spectators, press and players,’ said Greg Medulun, Manager of Corporate Communications for Fallsview Casino Resort. ‘We couldn't have asked for better results for WPT's first foray into Canada.’
Playing in a field of almost five hundred players, 27-year-old amateur poker player Soren Turkewitsch, an automobile factory worker, of Oshawa, Ontario, battled through an eight-hour final table against five other players of the NAPC on October 30 to take home a first prize of over $1.3 million. This was his first major tournament win.
The final table for the WPT Canadian Open, and overall nearly three hundred, was held on October 30. Placing first was 25-year-old Scott Clements of Mt. Vernon, Washington, who claimed the first-ever WPT Canadian Open title and more than $250,000 in prize money.