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Friday, January 4th, 2008

Canadian Tourney Set

Written by Tom Somach in Poker News

Heads Up Entertainment, Inc. has announced that the 2008 Canadian Open Poker Championships are to take place March 5-9, 2008, at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The extravaganza is to feature five separate events, with an estimated total prize pool in excess of $1.3 million Canadian dollars, which is roughly equal to the same amount in U.S. dollars.

Event #1 is to be a charity event, with 5% of the prize pool to be donated to breast cancer research.

It is to have a $500 buy-in and be a freeze-out tournament with a capacity of 250 players.

Event #2, the main event, is to have a $5,000 buy-in and be a heads-up tournament with a capacity of 128 players.

A number of international poker pros and celebrities are scheduled to play in the main event, which is to be televised in Canada and elsewhere.

Event #3 is to have a $1,500 buy-in and be a six-handed tournament with up to a capacity of 200 players.

Event #4 is to have a $1,000 buy-in and be a freeze-out tourney with a capacity of 300 players.

Event #5 is to have a $500 buy-in and be a freeze-out tournament with a capacity of 300 players.

“We are excited to be hosting this event in Calgary at the Deerfoot Casino,” said casino president and CEO Kelly B. Kellner.

“Our last event attracted a world-class field of competitors such as Antonio Esfandiari, Andy Bloch, Nenad Medic and Huck Seed,” Kellner added.

Others scheduled to participate, Kellner said, are Canadian poker pros Greg Mueller and Brad Booth.

“We have a distinct advantage with international players as Canadian prize pools for poker tournaments are tax-free, and with U.S. and Canadian dollar parity, we expect a strong international turnout,” Kellner said.

For more information about the Canadian Open Poker Championships, visit the event’s website at www.canadianchampionshippoker.com.

(E-mail Tom Somach at [email protected])

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