This week’s poker news starts off with the World Poker Tour’s visit to Canada this past week. To no one’s surprise, a Canadian player ended up winning the Fallsview Poker Classic. Here are the details ofr the big win:
Afriat Wins 2020 World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic
The World Poker Tour made a swing up into Canada this past week with the World Poker Tour $5000 CAD classic in the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls. It might not surprise you so much to hear that a Canadian ended up winning the event.
Eric Afriat claimed the prize after outlasting a field of 549 players. With the win, he now becomes just the sixth player ever in tour history with three or more wins on the main tour. That includes the 2014 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and the 2018 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. For his career, he’s now earned just over $3.1 million in winnings on the WPT.
For this particular win, Afriat earned $394,120 along with 1680 Card Player Player Of The Year points. He actually entered the final day in 10th place among the final 15 players before he made his move. At one point, he was the shortest stack on the table with just 15 blinds to his name. However, he ended up surviving and thriving through to the end.
Rounding out the top three was Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault, who won $265,805 and Adam Hui, who collected $170,905 for his third-place result.
2020 World Series Of Poker Main Event Coverage Announced
While it feels like we just flipped the calendar to 2020, it also feels like the 2020 World Series of Poker is right around the corner. With the crown jewel of the poker calendar rapidly approaching, the WSOP has announced what the broadcast schedule will look like.
To start, we know that the main event is set to get wire-to-wire coverage from July 1st to July 14th via two options. One will be through ESPN and the second will be through Poker Central’s streaming service PokerGo. We’ll also see coverage on ESPN, which will host 14 straight days of main event action with PokerGo covering some of the action that’s outside of the times when ESPN will be live.
Not that it really matters, but the main ESPN network won’t be as involved as ESPN2 will be the station that carries the most action. ESPN will jump in on the first day of action, the second day and the final day, which will be on July 14th. At that point, there will be just three players remaining and they’ll show the final battles to see who is crowned champion.
Garosshen Wins HPT St. Louis $1650 Main Event
In one of the smaller but still notable wins of the week, Kevin Garosshen took home the Heartland Poker Tour Hollywood St. Louis $1,650 Main Event. In total, the tournament welcomed 392 participants. Garosshen survived them all to take home $131,184 as well as a $3,500 Championship Package.
For his career, he’s now collected more than $430,000 in live tournament winnings. Brent Cunningham won $80,991 for his second-place result while Laura Hoppe – the only female at the final table – took home $53,899 for her third-place result.