If you’ve been waiting for gambling events relatively local to your city, look no further. We’ve gathered a small collection of major online and off-line casino tourneys especially for Canadian gamblers looking to score big.
Busy gamblers often miss tournaments with high payouts because they are frequently attending smaller venues with minuscule jackpots. Sometimes, newcomers to the poker scene are unfamiliar with where, why, or how to get into tournament action. Rather than waste your time piddling around with smaller payouts, consider attending these upcoming events where the casinos aren’t afraid to show you the money.
FIFA World Cup Tournament
Soccer fans from around the globe are watching the action unfold on their televisions waiting to see who will be 2014’s worldwide champion of soccer. Bookies will gladly take your money if you are sports betting inclined. There are also several online venues where you can enter tournaments paying C$1000 or more, with Canadian Gaming Tournaments leading the charge. With 128 seats available and a minuscule $10 entry fee, participants can go head-to-head and battle each other in a one week single elimination tournament. More information about this event is available at the company website.
Stampede Classic at Deerfoot Inn
Calgary natives persnickety about picking local tournaments to engage in probably never visited Deerfoot Inn during August. If you’re that unfortunate sap who skipped town hoping to find better jackpots, you’re missing out. Beginning August 6th-20th, the Summer Super Stack Series commences with all buy-ins and jackpots to be determined soon (hint: it’s big). The casino offers daily games with $50-125 buy-ins, Monday Night Football tournaments and professional players with showmanship like you’ve never imagined. Casino manager Robert Bowers can provide more information about booking reservations, accommodations and exact jackpot amounts to interested parties.
Harvest Poker Classic, Casino Regina
Saskatchewan, admittedly, is pretty boring. As a matter of fact, pretty much nothing in Saskatchewan is fun. That was before we found the Harvest Poker Classic which is located in the quaint capital city of Regina. Currently, tournaments take place on Tuesday and Wednesday although their schedule’s subject to change without notice. After viewing their past tournaments, most jackpots average C$150,000. Average buy-in for regular weekly tournaments is between C$50 and C$100. The casino averages roughly 2,000,000 visitors annually, and the locals seem to love the Texas Hold ‘em tournaments. The actual harvest poker classic takes place between November 4 and November 8 annually, so there’s plenty of time to practice.
Canadian Poker Tour
Perhaps the most widely televised poker tournament we found has partnered with the famous Edgewater Casino in Vancouver, British Columbia. Because the poker tournament actually keeps a point tally running all summer long, jackpots are considerably higher. Current point leader Matthew Lapossie has raked C$633,000 as of July 1, although several players are catching up quickly. The tour is currently in Calgary, Alberta, although players who wish to join the tour can simply go to the Canadian Poker Tour website to find out its current location. This tournament is definitely not for the weak, so I’d definitely vote for against joining unless you have what it takes to run with the big dogs.
PokerStars.com Live Tourneys
The most obvious long-running event which captivates the minds of Canadian poker players is the Poker Stars tournament which is not only on television, but is also a long-running online live game. Many current World Poker Tour players have cut their professional teeth by playing in this tournament, with jackpots as large as C$2 million frequently given away. Rookies can test their luck with as little as C$20, while seasoned professionals have brought in as much as C$3300. Check with the Pokerstars.com event calendar for more intricate details, which may be running a month or two behind. At the very least you’ll have an idea of what events happen throughout the month of May and annually around certain cities in Canada. For the poker stars live television schedule, switch the .com with .tv.
There are obviously many, many more tournaments that happened both online and at physical casino locations, although these are perhaps the better ones to attend at those times of the year. If you’ve never played tournament caliber poker or blackjack, you should definitely start small before jumping into tournament play. Good luck, and win big.