Canadian players hoping to live out some of their poker dreams have the opportunity this week during the World Series of Poker Circuit series at Calgary’s Deerfoot Inn and Casino. The property’s latest circuit stops features 13 championship ring tournaments running from May 3-15.
The circuit is the series’ mid-major tour that plays out each month at casinos around the world offering some hardware and nice payouts for winners. This marks the fourth time the series has visited the property and players can buy into tournaments for as little as $250.
WSOP Series Again Heads to Calgary
The WSOP is the biggest name in poker, dating back to its founding back in 1970 at the Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. The circuit launched in 2005 during the poker boom, allowing for more major tournaments at numerous partner casinos.
The action kicks off on May 3 with a $250 No Limit Hold’em event. That’s followed by a $400 bounty tournament a day later. Other highlights include a $00 seniors event on May 7 and the $1,700 Main Event on May 12. A $2,200 high roller tournament wraps up the action on May 15.
All events award championship rings and players will also find several satellites to get in the action at even lower buy-ins as well.
Deerfoot is one of Canada’s premier casino properties. The resort boasts 188 guest rooms, a conference center, indoor water park, and three restaurants as well as plenty of slots and table games. The resort also houses a popular poker room, which should be busy during the upcoming series.
Players scoring a championship ring automatically earn a seat into the WSOP Tournament of Champions. The $1 million freeroll tournament is set for May 31 as part of the live WSOP in Las Vegas at the Horseshoe and Paris casinos. All bracelet and championship ring winners, whether live or online, receive an entry into the tournament.
Building on Previous Success
Canada is no stranger to big-name poker players, both online and in a live setting. Toronto native Daniel Negreanu has accumulated more than $50 million in live tournament winnings and is one of the biggest names in the game. His poker record includes six WSOP bracelets and two World Poker Tour titles.
High stakes regular Sam Greenwood, also from Toronto, holds an impressive record and sits second on the Canadian all-time tournament money winnings list behind Negreanu. He has almost $31 million in live tournament winnings including victories on the Triton Poker Series, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, WSOP, and more.
Canada also is home to an active online poker community with some provinces allowing players to compete on the major international platforms. Others, such as Ontario, now feature a more regulated online poker experience.
Players looking at their own live tournament success on Canadian soil now have the WSOP Circuit Calgary to look forward to. Last May, the event awarded more than $2.9 million in prize money. Robert Limpert, of Grande Prairie, Alberta, took the main Event title for $241,737 after the tournament produced a field of 905 entries for a $1.4 million prize pool.
The Deerfoot’s January circuit series fared even better, handing out more than $5.3 million to players attending from all over Canada, the U.S., and beyond. That festival saw Jonathan French, of Canmore, Alberta, take down the main event for $340,242. The tournament brought in 1,432 entries for a $2.2 million prize pool.
Here’s a complete look at the upcoming series at Deerfoot.
Negreanu Details Massive WSOP Schedule
In other news, and speaking of Canadian poker great Daniel Negreanu, he recently outlined his own plans for the annual WSOP in Las Vegas. The Poker Hall of Famer loves the series and his vlogs offer poker fans an inside look each year at what it’s like to be a poker pro grinding the series.
Negreanu not only offers a look at his poker plans but also gives poker fans the opportunity to buy a piece of his action via an online staking site. If Negreanu wins, backers are rewarded with a share of the cash as well.
My 2023 WSOP Schedule
These are all events I may/will play if not already in a previous event. If an event is not on this list there is no scenario where I’ll play it:
May 30 2pm $25k NL6max
May 31 2pm $1500 DC
Jun 1 12pm $5k PLO/NLH
Jun 1 2pm $1500 LH
Jun 1 3:30pm $333 NLHO…
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 15, 2023
This year, Negreanu is planning on a massive schedule of 88 events unless he runs deep in a tournament and events then overlap. The staking opportunities for fans went live on Monday, but didn’t last long. Negreanu’s action sold out after just 41 minutes. His entire schedule includes buy-ins of more than $900,000 and only two days off.
This year’s WSOP runs from May 30 – July 18 and features 95 live events with 20 other tournaments playing out online.