Ok so I went to Fallsview Casino and Resort for their annual Fallsview Poker Classic. The Fallsview Poker Classic consists of 3 Main Poker Tournaments, a $1000 buy in, a $2500 buy in, and a $5000 buy in. I decided to buy in directly to the $1k and the $2.5k, since these 2 tournaments will be the biggest in Ontario all year, just like last years Fallsview Poker Classic.
I arrived Thursday morning around 10am and the $1k event started at noon that day, got my seat assignment, and hooked up with Darryl "Wetts1012" Wettlaufer, Gregory Hartwick, Ashley "actyper" Cheung, Daniel Goymour, Garry Cyre, which most of them won a satellite tournament that I ran through Orangeville Poker Tour to play in this $1k Event. We all found out that the $1k Event was sold out at 600 players, and that the super satellite tournament that Fallsview was running the night before was sold out with 270 players and 27 seats to the $1k event awarded. What we found out later was that someone bought like 50 seats to the Super Satellite and was selling them to player for $150 instead of what it actually cost of $120. This is SCALPING and ILLEGAL, what I also found out was that a $1k seat was also selling for as much as $1.5k to $1.8k, the day of the tournament, more SCALPING.
Ok so I bust out of the $1k Event fairly early and continue to rail my buddies and wait almost 4 hours to get a seat at the cash tables in the main poker room, which I found out after I finally got a seat is if I told them I just busted from the tournament I would have been at the top of the list for the next available cash table seat.
This brings me to Friday afternoon and the start of the $2.5k Super Satellite which is a $275 buy in, and was told that they will be capping this at 400 players for 40 seats and that the actual $2.5k Event will be capped at 600 players. Wow great turn out for the first two events and great prize pools. So the super satellite starts and I noticed that in fact they capped it at 280 players for 28 seats? What happened to 400 players? Answer I got was they didn't want the super satellite to run to late considering the $1k super satellite went to around 2am with 270 players.
Now onto Saturday and the start of the $2.5k Event. I played pretty good poker and was trying to trap the most aggressive player and chip leader at my table most of the day, when I flopped the nut flush, he checked the flop, and I checked right back, turn came the 5 of clubs and he bet $5k, I raised to $15k, he then raised to $30k, and I pushed all in for another $20k on top and he called showing a set of 5's and I showed my nut flush. River came pairing the board and he wins with a full house and I am out of the tournament about 8 to hours in. No biggie that is poker.
I start to rail Darryl "Wetts1012" Wettlaufer and I notice that Gavin Smith is also out of the tournament but is inside the rail watching his wife/girlfriend play in the tournament standing right behind her. Now from what I know his wife/girlfriend is a solid poker player, but why is Gavin Smith aloud to rail her by standing right behind her when everyone else's family and friends have to be behind the rail?
Wetts makes day 2 and lets me know that they just made the money but he is short stacked. I decide to make my way down to the tournament area to rails my good friend Wetts and support him in the hoped that he gets a double up or even a triple up. When I arrive I notice that Wetts is at a very tough table with WPT Winner Michael "SirWatts" Watson, and EPT Winner Mike "Timex" McDonald. I also notice that Gavin Smith's wife/girlfriend is still in the tournament and gavin is there inside the rail again watching her and checking out all the other tables as well. Michael Watson bust my buddy Wetts with pocket aces against Wetts' A Q, and once Wetts makes his way to me, he points out that Gavin has a media pass to allow him inside the rail. Now Gavin has no notepad, no laptop, no anything to report for any media outlet at all.
So Fallsview gives Gavin Smith a known Professional Poker Player a media pass so he can stand right behind and watch his wife/girlfriend play poker. Well what else do you think he is doing? Maybe getting reads and tells on her opponents, and letting her know on breaks what he has noticed? Yes Gavin is technically a part of Poker Road, and can get a media pass through them, but he had nothing in his hand to take notes, record, or anything so he could report to Poker Road. I am a member of pokerforum.ca a Canadian Poker Forum and a member of canadapoker.com, and I am pretty sure I couldn't get a media pass, in fact canadapoker.com, in fact Canada Poker was told that they would not be aloud to take pictures of the events.
So in closing The Fallsview Poker Classic was run excellent, the actual tournaments and super satellites that is.
The negatives, well, lets just saw the communication with all the suits with what is going on with the super satellites, and the events with regards to what are they actually capping each event at. The SCALPING of seats to the events. Come on Fallsview, the interest is there, maybe limit the amount of seats one person can buy, letting someone buy 50 seats, what the hell do you think they are going to do with them? Fallsview you know you are going to have lots of poker players there, maybe get more dealers so you can have all your tables going with cash games, and maybe even use the tournament area for cash as well. And Fallsview if Gavin Smith is aloud to have a media to stand right behind his wife/girlfriend, and I don't care if he is a Professional Poker Player or not, I want media passes for my poker playing friends and family, so they can stand behind me and let me know what my opponents tend to do with tells and reads. Also I think the payouts for each event needs to be flattened out a little bit, especially when 1st place is more then double that of second place
Just so you all know my buddy Wetts cashed in 34th spot, for a min cash of $5060 in the $2.5k Event, and like I said Fallsview runs an excellent tournament, but they have a lot of work to do with communications with their staff and looking out for their poker players especially when we are there for their events.
I am sure there are spelling mistakes in this, and my grammar may be wrong, but this has been my longest blog to date and I just want to post it asap. I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on The Fallsview Poker Classic, and YES I will buy into this event next year as well, and hopefully make the money.