The 2008 Canadian Open Poker Championships announced by HeadsUp Entertainment International Inc. will be held March 5-9, 2008. This 5 day event hosted at Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, will feature 5 events that are estimated to produce a prize pool over $1.3 million CDN.
President and CEO Kelly B. Kellner was quoted as saying, “We are excited to be hosting this event in Calgary at the Deerfoot Casino. Our last event attracted a world class field of competitors such as Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari, Andy Bloch, Nenad Medic and Huck Seed, World Series of Poker Main Event winner from 1996, as well as Canadian pros Greg “FBT” Mueller and “Yukon” Brad Booth. We have a distinct advantage with international players as Canadian prize pools for poker tournaments are tax free and with US and Canadian dollar parity we expect a strong international turnout.”
A full breakdown of the blind structure, fees and final prize pool will be released later according to the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s website at www.canadianchampionshippoker.com. The schedules for the events are:
March 5 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Event 1 – $500 Charity poker tournament with 5% of the generated prize pool going to Breast Cancer Research with entrants maxed at 250 players.
March 6 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Main Event – 5000 buy in, heads up tournament. This tournament is capped at 128 entrants and will be televised through out Canada and around the world.
March 7 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Event 3 – $1500 buy in, short handed tournament. This table will feature 6 players to a table and a maximum of up to a 200 players.
March 8 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Event 4 – $1000 buy in freezeout poker tournament.
March 9 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Event 5 – $500 buy in freezeout poker tournament.
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