First Women's Poker Classic held in Canada, benefits cancer research

Clarissa Hannem took top honors and CAD $22,680 to become Canada's first ever Women's Poker Classic champion, it was announced Monday. The CAD $75,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em event was hosted at the Cascades Casino in Langley, British Columbia, from February 18-19. With over CAD $112,000 up for grabs, the tournament not only made Canadian poker history but also supported Breast Cancer research in the province by making a CAD $25,000 donation to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

For every registered participant, Cascades Casino made a CAD $50 donation to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon Chapter. Another casino, Treasure Cove Casino & Hotel, donated an additional CAD $5,000 to the organization. In total, over CAD $30,000 was given to further Breast Cancer research in British Columbia.

"It was great to play in a tournament for women only and to see so many women out to support Breast Cancer research and have a good time playing poker," said Hannem.

The weekend-long inaugural event began at noon on Friday, February 17, with a $37,500 Limit Texas Hold'em event. On Saturday, February 18, the No-Limit Texas Hold'em main event began, also at noon, with a 249-person playing field. The final table was held on Sunday, February 19. The top 20 players in both the Limit and No-Limit games finished in the money.

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