Toronto casino set to host city’s WSOP Circuit event

February 26, 2024 6:48 PM
Photo: Great Canadian Entertainment (courtesy)
  • Mark Keast, CDC Gaming Reports
February 26, 2024 6:48 PM

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has added Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto as the host of its first-ever international circuit event in the city.

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The event, in cooperation with GGPoker, will take place March 22-April 1.

WSOP offers live poker tournaments in Las Vegas, online poker, and the WSOP Circuit at various locations around the U.S. The international circuit takes them to Brazil, England, France, Holland, and Canada. Playground in Montreal (April 8-23) and Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary (May 1-13) are other stops on the schedule for 2024 so far.

Last November, Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto announced the opening of a state-of-the-art poker room, with 30 tables operating around the clock, seven days a week.

“Bringing the World Series of Poker to Toronto for the first time is a fitting milestone that will create further momentum for our recently opened 30-table poker room at Great Canadian Toronto,” said Robert Katsavelos, General Manager, Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto, in a statement. “We welcome tournament participants from across the North American poker community and from right here in Toronto and are certain that this event is going to be a huge success.”

The tournament will feature eight Circuit Ring events with a total of $3.9 million in estimated prize pools. The $2,000 Main Event will award $2.9 million in prize money and a $3,500 High Roller event will have an $850,000 prize pool.

GGPoker will operate the online qualifying tournaments and will host poker ambassadors to the WSOP Circuit at Great Canadian Toronto, including Canadian Daniel Negreanu.

“I’ve been playing WSOP events around the world for over 25 years,” said Negreanu, GGPoker Global Brand Ambassador. “There is something quite special about being able to finally compete in one in my hometown.”

The full schedule of events for the tournament will be announced soon.

The new $1 billion Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto encompasses 328,000 square feet of gaming space, including over 4,800 slot machines and 145 table games. It’s the largest casino in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Adjacent to Woodbine Racetrack, near the interchange of Highways 401 and 427, it’s a Vegas-style resort featuring a 400-room hotel, 5,000-person live-entertainment space, and a selection of onsite restaurants.