Monday, December 27, 2010

Four Aces Poker Room, Poker Pro Canada, and Ultimate Bet

The biggest poker tournament in Quebec history is back for another showing at Four Aces Poker Club in Montreal. Sponsored by the nation’s leading poker publication, Poker Pro Canada magazine, and popular online poker room UB.com, the $1,500+$150 buy-in event is set for January 27-30.

Last year, the Poker Pro Canada Classic attracted 246 players, including well-known pros Mark “P0ker H0” Kroon, Hollywood Dave Stann and Canadian Heads-Up Champion Benjamin Lablond, who took third in the first Classic. The prize pool swelled to a whopping $370,000 and in the end, local player Oliver Baksic took home the title, pocketing the first prize of $118,000 in the process.

The Poker Pro Canada Classic features three “day ones,” allowing players to rebuy into the tournament on Day 1B should they be unable to qualify for Sunday’s finale on Day 1A, and then again on Day 1C if they fail to qualify on Day 1B. Players will start with 20,000 chips and will experience a ton of play with one-hour blind levels. Twenty-five players each day will advance to Sunday’s finale.

On Wednesday, January 26, there will be a VIP Players Party at Four Aces, complete with free drinks, prime rib and seafood buffet.

Ultimate Bet is back for another year as event sponsor and will be providing 25 seats to the event.

Here is a list of UB satellites for the event:

January 2 & 9, 16:05 ET, $2,500 package, three packages GTD, $200+$15 buy-in.
January 5 & 12, 21:00 ET, $2,500 package, three packages GTD, $200+$15 buy-in.
January 13, 20:30 ET, $2,500 package, one package GTD, $300+$20 buy-in.
January 16, 20:30 ET, $2,500 package, one package GTD, $300+$20 buy-in.

Each of these super satellites have many qualifiers to get into them ranging from $10 to $40. The qualifiers run the same day as the super satellites all the way up to the starting times of the super satellites. Check the UB lobby under the SATELLITES TAB on the day of each super satellite.
To pre-register for the Four Aces Poker Pro Canada Classic in Montreal call 450-638-POKER or 877-77-4ACES.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Playground Poker Club

Playground Poker Club is located in Montreal Quebec and opened it's doors this month with a few freeroll poker tournaments with high guarantees. A few Canadian Poker Pros made the trip there and the action was good both for the tournaments and the cash games.

Initial reviews of The Playground Poker club is that it has a Vegas feel, and the customer service goes beyond what you would expect. For more information on The Playground Poker Club, please visit their web site here. http://www.playgroundpoker.ca/

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Great Blue Heron Charity Casino Fall Poker Classic

The Poker Fall Classic at Great Blue Heron Casino in Port Perry Ontario was on Wednesday October 13, 2010. This tournament was an $1100 buy in with a 10k starting stack and 30 minute blinds. This tournament is one of the best structured tournaments in Ontario, and is a main reason why I go to Port Perry every month or so to play in these events.

The day started slow for me , as I couldn't get much going in the first 4 levels as I was still around starting stack at first break. Things slowly started to turn around for me as I continued to win small pots and built my stack up slowly. By the time we had 3 tables left I had about 120k in chips. A significant hand was when I was in the big blind and looked sown at Pocket Kings, when there was a raise, then a re raise all in, before I had to act, and of coarse I pushed to try to just play heads up, which did happen. It was my Kings against my opponents Pocket 9's, and my kings held up and my stack grew to about 160k.

When the tournament finally got to the final table I had a stack of about 190k and my whole time at the final table I just couldn't build my stack above 200k. I made a sick bluff with 7 8 of diamonds on the river to get a player to fold the best hand and my Pocket 3's flopped a set against Pocket 7's, but still I could get my stack over 200k at the final table.

When we were 4 handed the player on my left had about half the chips in play, and the rest of the chips were basically split evenly amongst the other 3 of us. I busted out with A 2 off suit against K Q off suit when the K hit the river.

So I finished 4th out of 96 players for a good cash of $8200. It was a great day of poker for me and hopefully I can get a few more good cashes in before the end of the year and maybe even before The 2011 World Series Of Poker starts next summer and maybe just maybe I will be able to play The 2011 WSOP MAIN EVENT.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Switch Poker

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Canadian Open Poker Championships

So I decided to make the trip out to Calgary for The COPC to play in The $2500 Main Event and to meet some of The Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) management that I have been in contact with via email for the past little while.

I met up with Jon Harnish who was in charge or promotions and social media for The CPT just as Canadian and WSOP November Niner Matt Jarvis took down The $5000 COPC Heads Up Tournament for about $100k. I also got to play some poker with Matt Jarvis during The Main Event. This is definitely his year and all around nice guy, and he just recently signed with Full Tilt Poker and is now a Red Named Pro on their site.

I also met up with Kelly Kellner who is the big cheese for The CPT and I expressed my concerns about The CPT in Ontario, and trying to get The CPT more recognized here in Ontario. I did kind of get an inside scoop on what The CPT has planned for Ontario and to the east for next year, but I am sorry I really can't say anything about it and this time, but as soon as anything is official I will let you all know.

I was only in Calgary for the weekend but I did get to meet 2010 WSOP Bracelet winner Gavin Smith, and have a few drinks with Brad Booth, both really nice guys and Gavin was hilarious, though he might have been drunk.

As for the poker in The Main Event, well I made it to the last level of the day before my A 10 suited lost to Q 9 , oh well that's poker, but I truly had a great time in Calgary and Banff

Friday, August 27, 2010

Poker and TV Ontario

As most of you know, I am the founder of the Orangeville Poker Tour, a home poker league that also runs satellites to The World Series Of Poker.

Last month we held one of these satellites, and had a good turn out of 22 players. Amongst these 22 players was Jeff "AceTenBomber" Burnett and some of his bomb squad. Jeff had contacted me about a week before this tournament letting me know about a small crew from TV Ontario, that wanting to film some of the action and passed along the directors contact info.

After to talking to the director, I found out that TV Ontario is making a documentary on amateur poker players trying to grind out a living playing poker, that will be called "Grinder", and should be aired in the summer of 2011.

I decided to allow this camera crew to come and film us playing poker to try and win a seat to The 2011 WSOP, now who knows if any of the footage will make the final cut, or if this director will come out to any more Orangeville Poker Tour Events, but I must say it was a very different experience having the lights and the cameras there for a little home game satellite played in a basement of a house.

We will see where this documentary goes, and if any of us make it through to the small screen.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Las Vegas Part 2

I know I have been back for a bit now, but life got in the way of me updating you all on my second trip to Vegas.

The highlight of this trip was being able to play in a tournament with pro Vanessa Rousso. She was sitting in the 10 seat and I was in the 2 seat. She was very friendly and always kept the conversation going at the table and I also learned a few things about poker as well from her.

She doubled me up with her A J against my A K, and then a couple of hours later I crippled her massive stack when she raised, I reraised, she pushed and I insta called with K's against her A Q. I didn't cash in this tournament, but I had a great time.

As for the rest of the trip, things didn't go to well at all, I always seemed to have a better hand pre flop just to lose by the turn or river.

What's up next for me, well a little break right now as I am recovering from my Vegas poker coma. August will bring me to play in a couple of Satellite Tournaments to next years World Series Of Poker hosted by The Orangeville Poker Tour and near the end of August I will be going to Port Perry to play in their Canadian Poker Tour sponsored Shootout Tournament.

Vegas is a blast and I can't wait until next year to go back.

-- Post From My iPhone

Monday, June 7, 2010

Vegas Trip Part 1

I just got back from Las Vegas the other day from playing in Event #11 of The World Series Of Poker (WSOP). I won a satellite to play this event and only went for the weekend. My day started good in this tournament quickly chipping up to 7k in chips when I turned a straight, got bet into, where I then raised to have my opponent push all in. This is exactly what I was hoping to happen since I had the nut straight, so of coarse I call and find out that my opponent had turned 2 pair. I am ahead and had to avoid an Ace or a King on the river, which I couldn't do as an Ace fell on the river to give my opponent a Full House, and I was severly crippled, and busted out a few hands later.

Since I busted out fairly early, the next day I pretty much had to myself, and decided I would make the trip downtown and check out Binions 4th Annual Poker Classic Event #11 a $200 buy in. This tournament had a lot of ups and downs for me where it felt like a roller coaster ride. I made some great calls, but also made a few mistakes that I will learn from. In the end I took 1st place, the trophy and the winning prize money.

This trip proved to be a success as I came home from Vegas up money and will be going back to play Event #56 of The WSOP, which is a $2500 buy in. I will be there for just over a week and once I am done with The WSOP Event I plan on playing some Deepstack Events at The Venetian.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Running Good

Ever since my dominating performance at the Royal Cup Of Poker in Kitchener, I went on to a pretty good streak. Went to Ching Hill and finished 3rd for a small little cash, and then at The Orangeville Poker Tour's Season Ending Tournament I finished 2nd for a $1100 cash. I also participated in a World Series of Poker satellite tournament which I won and will be going to Vegas in June and July now. It has been a very enjoyable run lately.

I have decided with the good weather finally arriving and going to Vegas twice over a month, that I will take a little break from poker, and consentrate on family before I head to Vegas. Hopefully I continue to run good in Vegas. I can't wait to get to the WSOP as I really look forward to this every year.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Royal Cup Of Poker In Kitchener

For those that don't know what The Royal Cup Of Poker is, it is basically a team poker event that is played by teams of 8 players each. 4 team players play Stud and 4 team players play Pot Limit Holdem to start off the day. Then all members play Limit Holdem, the No Limit Holdem, and then each team captain sets up Heads Up matches. All formats are played like a single table sit and go and each player receives points for where they finish at their table, and the team with the most points at the end off all 4 events wins the Royal Cup Of Poker.

I was fortunate enough to be on a solid team from Ching Hill in Brampton as we took down this event with 252 Points. I was also named MVP of the event as I won my PLO, LH, NLH, and HU Table for a perfect score. I was pretty excited with my performance as I never really play that much Omaha or Limit Holdem.

The next Royal Cup should be in the fall sometime. If you are interested in finding out more about this event you should go to http://www.pokerforum.ca and click on te Royal Cup sub message board.

If was definately a fun day of poker and very well organized.

-- Post From My iPhone

Friday, April 23, 2010

BlogPress for iPhone

So my last blog post was on Sunday just past and I used BlogPress for iPhone. This little app that I found is great, not only can I easily update my blog but I can also add photos, save a newly started blog as a draft to continue later, and also add tags.

Basically I am hopping that with this app I will be able to update my blog more frequently.

What does this weekend bring for me? Well Friday night is Event 15 of the Orangeville Poker Tour ( http://www.meetup.com/OrangevillePokerTour )
And then I am off to Kitchener on Saturday for a little team poker tournament called the Royal Cup. Not only will I be playing Texas Holdem but I will also be playing some Omaha, we will see how that goes.


-- Post From My iPhone

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Running Bad

For the last couple of months while I am playing poker, I seem to be playing pretty and not making many mistakes. But it just seems that I always get my money in ahead and end up losing by the time the river card comes up.

In my latest poker tournament at Seneca Casino, the last three hands I played were, pocket queens, pocket kings, and pocket aces. Each of those hands lost but the river to 2 pair on the river, trip on the river, and 2 pair on the turn, all against players defending their blinds.

Is this the way Texas Holdem Poker is being played now? Players defending their blinds with marginal starting hands, just in the hopes of getting lucky on the flop.

Anyways I may be running bad right now, but I am sure it will turn around soon.


-- Post From My iPhone

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Little Update

Man time certainly gets away from you. I am really trying to update my blog more often, but it just seems to be not working.

Well in my last poker update I listed what upcoming tournaments I was planning on playing in. Out of the 7 listed below in an earlier post I played in 5 of them and managed to cash in the $330 Seneca Casino Tournament for $600 for finishing 12th. The thing that sucked about this is that it got to where the short stacks had no option but to push all in and I ended up doubling up 3 short stacks to cripple my stack when QQ < A 5, KK < AQ, and AK < AJ. Oh well what can you do.

For the month of April I plan on playing the following tournaments:

Friday April 9 - Orangeville Poker Tour Event #14
Saturday April 10 - $340 at Seneca Casino
Wednesday April 14 - $550 at Great Blue Heron Casino
Saturday April 17 - $550 at Seneca Casino
Friday April 23 - Orangeville Poker Tour Event #15
Saturday April 24 - Royal Cup of Poker in Kitchener

For more info on The Orangeville Poker Tour click this link

Hopefully I can get a few good cashes in before I go to Vegas for The WSOP

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Really????












I guess people have nothing better to do then to bitch about the way Team Canada's Olympic Women's Hockey Team celebrated their Gold Medal Victory.

What is wrong with you people? The girls were happy, the fans were gone, so they cracked open a couple of beers, some champagne, and lit up some cigars, to celebrate. Are you telling me that you have never seen a sports team do this before when they won something major?

Give me a break, and don't even bother going and saying but there is one girl with a beer in her hand and she is only 18 years old. Suck it up and shut up already and let the girls enjoy their well deserved victory over The USA.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

A Little Poker Update

I hosted a poker tournament at my place that is part of The Orangeville Poker Tour. I didn't do to well busting out second around 9pm. Now I am thinking this is going to be a long night still 20 plus players left and not enough out to start a cash game. I decide to fire up my MacBook and Ultimate Bet to see what kind of tournaments are starting soon. As I scroll through the list, I see that there is a 10k Garanteed Tournament starting at 9:20pm for $25 + $2.50 and decide to play this.

What kind of degenerate poker player am I? I bust from one tournament and then start playing online right away lol. As time goes on I am up and down in chips and now a live cash game has started with 4 of us at my place, so now I am playing onlinbe and a live cash game at the same time.

The cash game breaks around midnight and I am still playing the online tournament and there is about 5 players left in the live tournament. I make the final table online and bust out in 9th place for $280 when I called a similar short stack pushed all in with KQ against my AQ, a K fell on the flop and I was out.

February looks to be a pretty busy month for live poker tournaments that I plan on playing, here is the list;

Wednesday February 10 - $550 at Great Blue Heron Casino
Saturday February 13 - $250 at Seneca Casino
Friday February 19 - Orangeville Poker Tour
Saturday February 20 - $330 at Seneca Casino
Sunday February 21 - $250 at Seneca Casino
Wednesday February 24 - $280 at Great Blue Heron Casino
Saturday February 27 (My Birthday) - 2010 WSOP Satellite in Bolton

So lots of poker coming up this month, and I hope to at least cash in more then one of them as well as get some more time in for some online poker, and oh ya I better make sure I make it to my full time job.

Bring on this poker full month, I can't wait.

If you want more info on The Orangeville Poker Tour, you can find it here.
http://www.meetup.com/OrangevillePokerTour

Friday, February 5, 2010

Rake Back At Multiple Online Poker Sites

I have a found a new online poker site that will give you a percentage of the rake you are charged back to you. What online sites do they have this for you ask? Well after I quickly scanned through the list, I will have to say almost every online poker site out there is available to get rake back.

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Dion Phaneuf The Newest Leaf

So last Sunday The Toronto Maple Leafs held a big surprise news conference to announce a big trade. Big it was, The Leafs sent a bunch of players packing and in return got 3 players from The Calgary Flames, Dion Phaneuf being the main player.

I really do not know why Calgary gave up on Phaneuf. I know he is not having as great as a season as expected, and has been left of The Canadian Olympic team roster, but man he is only 24 years old and still has a lot to learn in the NHL and is only going to improve as time goes on.

Yes the leafs gave up Matt Stajan, Ian White, Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers, but in the long run I have to give this trade in favour of The Maple Leafs, since down the road everyone will still know who Dion Phaneuf is and those others players people will be saying who is that.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Rush Poker On Full Tilt

This week Full Tilt Poker introduced online poker players to Rush Poker. What is Rush Poker? you ask?

Well plain and simply there is no more waiting for a seat to open up at a ring cash game. You are automatically seated at a table of 9, and if you do not like you dealt hand you simply click the "quick fold" button and you are moved to another table and dealt your new cards right away.

This concept speeds up the play and you will definitely get dealt a lot more hands in 1 hour then you normally would. Right now the highest no limit hold em you can play is .50 - 1.00 but as the popularity of this grows I am sure that will increase.

I have played Rush Poker just a handful of times so far, I really like the speed of it and a lot of pros seem to be enjoying it as well. If you want to check out Rush Poker, just click the banner below and sign up for an account at Full Tilt Poker.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

A New Year

So the new year has rolled around and work has been taking up most of my time. Basically during the week I have literally no internet access, so I can't update my blog as much as I want to.

My plans for this year is for one, get the internet hooked up where I am living during the week so I can get back into some online poker. I am also going to try and play more live poker events this year. Also I have just started to learn how to make iPhone Apps, as I have a pretty good idea that will be very useful and to my surprise there is no app already available to the depth that I want to take my idea to.

The 2010 World Series of Poker announced their schedule last month and my plan so far is to go to Vegas on June 12th to June 18, and play Event 26 a $2500 buy in six handed no limit holdem tournament, and for the rest of my time in Vegas I will play some Venetian and Caesars Deepstack events along with some cash games.

So this year I am going to take poker more seriously and not go out drinking as much as I did last year so I can stay focused while in Vegas, and keep reminding myself to not go on tilt so much after bad beats and remember those that chase don't always get there like they seem to be lately.

Here is to an excellent and exciting 2010, it feels like it could be a good one