HeadsUp Entertainment announces Canadian event

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March will bring the 2008 Canadian Open Poker Championship to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The tournament, put on by HeadsUp Entertainment Inc., will feature a series of five events with an estimated prize pool exceeding $1.3 million CAD.

"We are excited to be hosting this event in Calgary at the Deerfoot Casino," said Kelly Kellner, HeadsUp Entertainment president and CEO.

"Our last event attracted a world-class field of competitors such as Antonio 'The Magician' Esfandiari, Andy Bloch, Nenad Medic and Huck Seed, World Series of Poker Main Event winner from 1996, as well as Canadian pros Greg 'FBT' Mueller and 'Yukon' Brad Booth."

The company expects an even bigger and more pro-packed field for the March 5-9 series.

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

The first event on the schedule is the $500 Freezeout Charity Event on March 5. The event will see 5% of the prize pool donated to Breast Cancer Research. The tournament has a 250-player capacity.

The second event begins March 6 and is the main event of the five-event series. It is a $5,000 heads-up event that will be limited to 128 players.

"A number of international poker pros and celebrities have already committed to attend and play in the event, which will be televised in Canada and around the world," said HeadsUp Entertainment in a press release.

Event 3, $1,500 Short-Handed, will play March 7. This one has a 200-player capacity. Event 4 will follow the next day as a $1,000 buy-in freezeout tournament, and a $500 buy-in freezeout will cap off the tournament March 9. The final two events are expected to attract up to 300 players each.

All events are subject to regulatory approval.

For more information about the 2008 Canadian Open Poker Championship, visit CanadianChampionshipPoker.com.

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