59.79 billion by 2020, with much of the revenue coming from popular online casino games such as blackjack, roulette and, of course, poker.
There’s no denying it: that is certainly an impressive amount and yet the success of games such as online poker doesn’t mean that people aren’t supporting real-world, physical games as well. In fact, it seems that wholesome, traditional poker tournament meetups are continuing to remain popular all around the world.
Here, we’ll be focusing on just how popular they are in Toronto and how you can get involved. 1. What Are Poker Tournament Meetups however, if you get lucky you could go home with plenty of cash. Really, that’s the aim: to stay calm and survive long enough to win. To do this you’ll first want to make sure you have chips, as if they disappear from the table so do you.
Always keep an accurate count of how many chips you have in your possession and ensure your stack can keep up with the blinds as they increase. If you play your cards right, you never know, you could end up being the chip leader at your poker tournament.
Just ensure you avoid unnecessary risks, keep your expectations low and always keep an eye on how your opponents are playing. Do this consistently and with patience and you’re sure to have a great time as well as a better chance of winning. As you may have guessed, attending a poker tournament meetup can be quite an ordeal, especially if it’s your first time.
This why we recommend that before you attend your poker tournament meetup, you may want to practise online. Here, you’ll be able to get your feet wet, hone your skills and learn entirely new techniques from the comfort of your own home. This is the biggest difference between face-to-face poker tournament meetups and online poker: the latter doesn’t require you to leave your house or physically meet your opponents.
You can sit in your pyjamas, playing anonymously with other players who can’t judge your skill level or intimidate you. Instead, you can simply play with no attachments and practise until you feel you’re ready to enter the poker meetup arena. If you’re worried about going straight from playing anonymously online to being surrounded by dozens of other players, a good stepping stone may be trying live poker.
This includes a live video stream of a professional croupier and often also allows you to chat with fellow opponents. Live poker is great for social players who want a real-world casino experience and can help you learn how to vibe off of other people if you’ve only ever played regular online games.
Now that you have everything you need to know about attending poker tournament meetups in Toronto, we’re sure you’ll have no trouble getting involved. Of course, if you’re already a member of the community than we’d love you hear from you and all about your experiences on the Toronto poker scene in the comments below.
I am sending one of my trucks to Sturgis this year for the big show there. The truck is going to take all bikes from Toronto to Sturgis and unload them at the start, he is staying until the end and then reloading and coming home. Fly in meet the bike- party- fly home and the bike comes to your house in a TFX truck.
I am making some posters to take to all of my Harley dealer buddies and I am going to be sending out some flyers but if you or any of your friends are going this is a SMOKIN deal.
If you are going to ship somehting you might as well do it in style and stick with the pros. If you are going to ship somehting you might as well do it in style and stick with the pros. 401 heading into or leaving toronto. Hey adam, did the vette do it after ya picked it up?
Perm, ya , TFX is Adam's family business. Adam,the newer trucks are sure a far cry from the rigs your dad ran in the early days. I can't remember how many times I had to do an "emergency" rewire on those suckers.The old two place featherlites with some rattle can ford duallys for pullin. PS, tell your dad to give me a call when he wants the 6pack we discussed rebuilt for his new project.
Might need time to scrounge up some NOS parts so they come out factory.
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1,000 side event earlier this month. In total, 16 members of the TPL escaped the frigid Toronto weather and headed to the beautiful Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. 70,000 during their stay at the PCA, including a second-place finish. The Toronto Poker League is a free to join and play bar poker league that offers poker enthusiasts of all skill levels freeroll tournaments each week in five different venues.
Players accumulate points based on where they finish each week. If players earn enough points over a 12 week period they gain entry into the Series Main Event which qualifies the winner for a package to places like the PCA, World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, or local tournaments.
The TPL’s PCA Series saw 1,955 entries over a twelve week period.
Raymond Siu won the TPL Main Event package to the PCA, while Joe Mucci took down the TPL Players Championship. On his road to qualification, Raymond Siu played in a series of events from August to December and after narrowly earning a Main Event seat, he found himself at the final table.
After finishing second at the final table of a previous event, he used his experience to earn the coveted trip to the PCA. When asked what his thoughts were going into PCA, Siu replied, "I was already satisfied with just winning the trip. A free vacation to a tropical destination and a buy-in to a huge poker tournament, what more can you ask for? Siu wasn’t expecting the long grueling days that tournament poker on the circuit brings compared to the shorter TPL events he usually plays.
"I had no idea what to expect in terms of level of competition, as it was my first experience in a major live poker tournament," admitted Siu. "The TPL tournaments usually ended within four to six hours. Even the main event tournaments I played in would be ten hours over two or three days.
Blinds and antes in the TPL increase every 15 to 20 minutes where at the PCA they increased every hour. It wasn’t all relaxation for Siu, though. With such a large field and so many good players he had to control his emotions. "This was a completely new experience for me, my body was wired on adrenaline and my heart was pounding almost the entire two days," said Siu.
Siu started Day 1 of the event by accumulating a large stack early on and went to work trying to use it to his advantage. While his big stack gave him a good start, he made a small blunder in the middle of the day which made Siu play catch up with a below average stack until the final table.
He used this strategy to take over the chip lead and get down to heads-up play. "I got unlucky at the end, that even with a big chip lead, I didn’t have a lot of experience playing heads-up and found out later that my opponent was a ‘heads-up specialist’.
I was also mentally and physically burnt out and he quickly got the upper hand during our battle and he took home the trophy." However, Siu isn’t disappointed in his second-place finish. 47,000 along with an experience of a lifetime. While Siu isn’t quite sure what he is going to do with his first tournament live winnings, he does have some use for the money: "some debts will be paid off," said Siu.
"I also plan to do some travelling, tuition, and use the money to help some charities. Playing in a major tournament series also has other perks as casual players get to play against well-known pros.
"I didn’t know at the time, but at the beginning of the tournament I sat next to Barry Shulman," said Siu. "I won a decent pot off him where he check-raised me on the flop. Another TPL success story features another member of the league, Oksana Jancevic. 11 satellite ticket through TPL partner Ukash on PokerStars.
700 Main Event Satellite. After a long fight, she won her package to the PCA Main Event. Even though Jancevic was unable to cash in the Main Event (busting in the late stages of Day 1) she still had a thirst for more poker on her trip. While she thought about playing the ladies event, it was too long of a wait and she decided to register for Event 22 instead.
Jancevic lost half her stack in the first level of the tournament but ended up being able to grind her way to Day 2 and make the final table. "Day 2 was a thrilling day," said Jancevic. Like Jancevic, Siu also was feeling the love from the TPL rail at the final table.
"There were at least 10 other members from the TPL cheering us on at the rails of the final table. I was also receiving encouragement from other TPL members back in Toronto posting on the league’s Facebook page," Siu explained. "Michael and Kendrick, TPL Founders and Tournament Directors, were also giving me insight on how they thought other players perceived me at the final table and how I could make use of that information. I just wish they could have coached me on heads-up play as well," joked Siu.
Bar leagues like the TPL offer players of all caliber the opportunity to improve their poker skills for free. They operate on a points system where competitors vie for the opportunity to win seats in local tournaments or bigger trips like the PCA or World Series of Poker.
Beginners to poker are able to get their feet wet by learning basic tournament strategy and poker concepts while more advanced players get to refine their skills all for a free night out at their local pub. "Playing in the TPL has helped my poker game quite a lot," stated Siu.
The TPL builds relationships with bars in the community and has built partnerships to offer their players the ability to play poker outside their free events.
"All of the tournament buy-ins that we awarded into the PCA were from PokerStars, and our host venues and sponsors covered the costs associated with hotel and travel," said TPL Tournament Director and Founder, Michael LeFrank. "Through their partnership with the league, PokerStars provides new players to the game, like Raymond Siu, with a unique opportunity to learn, play, and improve, which also happens to be the league motto. Many of the league members migrate to online tournaments once they become more comfortable with their play. This grassroots support is important to the game! 47,000 — gave him some fantastic memories and he has already started to earn points towards the next TPL Main Event. 1,000 buy-in bracelet event at the 2014 World Series of Poker. Get all the latest PokerNews Canada updates on your social media outlets. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!
LAS VEGAS, Nevada --Brian Balsbaugh had his heart set on becoming a professional golf agent. His marketing and law degrees from Indiana University put him on that course. When he joined a small Minneapolis-based sports management firm in 1998, Balsbaugh's career path was set. The firm had him deal with top college golfers to get players under contract. Within a few years, Balsbaugh was working with touring professionals, such as LPGA star Natalie Gulbis and PGA standout Ben Crane. He realized quickly, however, that the business was tougher than expected. Instead, he cashed in his chips and went out and signed on to represent the top players in a totally different game. Balsbaugh formed Poker Royalty LLC, the only management agency that exclusively represents poker-playing professionals.
He started the firm in 2003 by negotiating some sponsorship deals for an up-and-coming Toronto poker player named Daniel Negreanu. The next year, Negreanu went out and won twice on the World Poker Tour, a World Series of Poker bracelet and Card Player magazine's Player of the Year honors, and has become one of the game's most recognized players. Negreanu's success opened the door for Balsbaugh. Balsbaugh also has under contract Denmark's Peter Eastgate, winner of the just-concluded World Series of Poker, and the tournament's runner-up Ivan Demidov of Russia. So instead of becoming the Scott Boras of the golf world, Balsbaugh has become poker's super agent.
Balsbaugh began the business in Minneapolis but moved it to Las Vegas two years later to be near his clients and the heart of the poker world. Question: How did you happen upon poker? Answer: I always had this entrepreneurial spirit. I felt I had a skill set and I was willing to gamble on myself. I spent close to a year thinking of different ideas but nothing moved me. I was watching poker on television and it occurred to me that guys were just sitting around the table. It was like a watershed moment of clarity. The camera just stayed on those guys and didn't go anywhere else. There had to be an opportunity.
I felt if I could find a company willing to pay to have a logo on a player, that guaranteed exposure. Question: Is it a challenge finding businesses willing to sponsor poker players? Answer: The challenges are different now from when I started. I came out gangbusters and had a list of 100 companies to contact and explain why it made so much sense for them. The most common response I got was why would they ever associate their brand with poker or gambling. Answer: I think I was ahead of the curve. One of the companies I dealt with in golf was Oakley Sunglasses. It made a lot of sense for them to get involved with poker.
Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 World Series of Poker wearing Oakleys. But the company was vehemently opposed to associating their brand with poker. Six months later Oakley called me back. I think it percolated enough in the company that they were willing to do something. We ended up doing some deals. Question: Is poker becoming more mainstream? Answer: It's more corporately acceptable. Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Scotty Nguyen all appeared in Diet Pepsi ads and we've done a number of brand alcohol sponsorship deals. We've done about 50 personal appearances with Fortune 500 companies. They are very open and interested in having a player appear at one of their employee or corporate events. But they are more hesitant to actually put their corporate logo on a poker player. Question: How do you match up players and sponsors?
Answer: Over the last two years, we haven't signed players unless we already had a deal in place for them. I speak with the companies that spend money in poker routinely and try and create opportunities that match with their goals. Obviously online poker sites, such as FullTilt and PokerStars, are important sponsors for the players. Question: What other opportunities do poker players have? Answer: Personal appearances have grown and there are licensing and branding opportunities, such as memorabilia, video games, books, chip sets and bobbleheads. We negotiated a deal with Upper Deck for a set of 25 trading cards, but they sat on it for a year and sold it to one of their distributors.