Poker in the News — Weekly Round-up for November 24, 2017

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Nov 24, 2017

Daily Fantasy Sports Partners With Poker For European Championship

DraftKings and World Poker Tour get together on satellites

The cross-over between sports and poker is much in evidence in the news this week that World Poker Tour and daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings have teamed up on the former’s upcoming (January 2018) WPT European Championships main event.

DraftKings will offer its vast player base eight opportunities to win a seat in the main event through its National Basketball Association and National Football Association products, and in return will have wide exposure at the Championships, scheduled for the Spielbank Casino in Berlin early next year.

Local Player Wins The World Poker Tour Montreal Tourney

Maxine Heroux the best in a stellar field of 606

Local player Maxine Heroux is Cdn$ 403,570 (including the $15,000 free seat at the uipcoming Tournament of Champions) wealthier this weekend after taking down the World Poker Tour Montreal competition at Playground Poker.

The Cdn$ 2 million guaranteed, Cdn$ 3,850 re-entry event attracted a field of 606, including notable names like David Peters, Eric Afriat, Kevin MacPhee, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Christian Harder, Sam Chartier, Michael Mizrachi, Mike Leah, Ari Engel and Manig Loeser.

The tournament ultimately offered a prize pool worth Cdn$ 2,057,730, enabling 76 entrants to cash.

Heroux set up the heads up when he eliminated Derek Wolters at third for Cdn$ 173,220, going on to face Pat Quinn with a significant chip lead that Quinn was unable to overcome despite a valiant effort. He was eliminated at second for Cdn$ 271,030.

Other final table cashes included:

Brendan Baksh Cdn$ 124,310

Eric Afriat Cdn$ 95,370

David Peters Cdn$ 78,050

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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