Fallsview Poker Classic with WPT Begins February 16

The World Poker Tour may be based in the United States but makes several trips each year north of the border into Canadian territories. One of the most popular stops on its main tour is always the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic, which builds on the Fallsview and Casino Niagara series.

As the WPT executives and crew prepare to fly to Ontario for the action, Fallsview Casino and Casino Niagara are already putting it all together for a February 16th kickoff.

Fallsview Poker Classic Highlights

The series begins on February 16 and runs through February 23, 2020. There are four official tournaments on the schedule for the Fallsview Poker Classic, but the combined prize pools are projected to be at least $5 million.

The action will take place at the Fallsview poker room, with satellites happening all the way up to the starting date of the tournaments. Let’s look at the full schedule with details:

Event 1: $950+150 ($1,100) No Limit Hold’em

  • Day 1A at 12pm Sunday, February 16; Day 1B 12 12pm on Monday, February 17
  • One entry allowed per starting flight
  • Three-day tournament to final table on Wednesday, February 19
  • Starting stack of 30,000 chips
  • Levels of 40 minutes
  • Estimated prize pool: $1.36 million

Event 2: $2,250+250 ($2,500) No Limit Hold’em

  • Single starting day at 12pm on Wednesday, February 19
  • One reentry allowed
  • Three-day tournament to final table on Friday, February 21
  • Starting stack of 40,000 chips
  • Levels of 40 minutes
  • Estimated prize pool: $1,453,000

Event 3: $4,700+300 ($5,000) No Limit Hold’em

  • Single starting day at 12pm on Friday, February 21
  • One reentry allowed
  • Three-day (four days if needed) to final table on Sunday or Monday, February 23 or 24
  • Starting stack of 40,000 chips
  • Levels of 40 minutes (heads-up play levels of 30 minutes)
  • Estimated prize pool: $2,055,000

Event 4: $900+500+100 ($1,500) No Limit Hold’em Turbo Bounty

  • Single starting day at 3pm on Saturday, February 22
  • No reentries allowed
  • Bounties of $500 on every player
  • Single-day (two days if needed) to same-day final table or on Sunday, February 23
  • Starting stack of 20,000 chips
  • Levels of 20 minutes
  • Estimated prize pool: $132K

Satellites Running for Bargain Buy-Ins

Players at Fallsview and Casino Niagara have been looking forward to this tournament since last year. Satellites for the $2,500 buy-in tournament began on November 27, 2019, and those for the WPT Main Event started on December 13, 2019.

All of the main satellites and super satellites have been and will continue running at the Casino Niagara poker room through Saturday, February 15 at noon. After that time, satellites will be located in the Fallsview Casino poker room.

The remaining super satellites still available are as follows:

  • February 7 at 12:30pm: $550 super to $5K WPT, top 10% win vouchers for $5K entries
  • February 12 at 6:30pm: $275 super to $2,500 Event 2, top 10% win vouchers for $2,500 entries
  • February 18 at 4pm: $275 super to $2,500 Event 2, top 10% win vouchers
  • February 20 at 4pm: $550 super to $5K WPT, top 10% win vouchers

Daily satellites offer seats into the first three events on the Fallsview Poker Classic schedule. They are happening daily based on demand:

  • Step A: $245 satellite into $1,100 Event 1; 1,500 chips, 15-minute levels, top 2 win seats
  • Step B: $125 satellite into $2,500 Event 2; 1,500 chips, 15-minute levels, top 2 win seats
  • Step C: $550 satellite into $2,500 Event 2; 2K chips, 15-minute levels, top 2 win seats
  • Step D: $235 satellite into $5K WPT; 1,500 chips, 15-minute levels, top 2 win seats
  • Step E: $1,050 satellite into $5K WPT; 2K chips, 15-minute levels, top 2 win seats

Structure sheets are available via the Fallsview website.

Estimating Prize Pools

When a partnership like the WPT and Fallsview dates back so many years, it becomes easier to estimate the potential prize pool. The history of the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event provides insight.

  • WPT Season XVII = $5K buy-in, 602 entries, $2,744,518 prize pool
  • WPT Season XVI = $5K buy-in, 517 entries, $2,337,803 prize pool
  • WPT Season XV = $5K buy-in 489 entries, $2,229,954 prize pool
  • WPT Season XIV = $5K buy-in, 423 entries, $1,392,324 prize pool
  • WPT Season XIII = $5K buy-in, 419 entries, $1,504,111 prize pool
  • WPT Season XII = $5K buy-in, 383 entries, $1,556,505 prize pool

The estimated prize pool for this year’s event is $2,055,000. Interestingly, that seems to undercut the trend of the event in all of its six years thus far. The number of entries has increased every year, and the prize pool last year hit an all-time high.

Speaking of last year, Demo Kiriopoulos of Toronto won the WPT Main Event for the largest win of his poker career of $517,424. In fact, it was his first tournament cash ever at Fallsview.

 

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. As the online gaming sectors have changed and grown, particularly in the United States and Canada, she has followed it all and written about it for websites like World Poker Tour and PokerScout. In her free time, she runs a small business, reads, cooks, and enjoys music.

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