Some of Canada's top poker pros will be returning to the country for the World Poker Tour (WPT) Canadian Open beginning this weekend.
More than 300 local and U.S. players are expected to participate in the inaugural event and Daniel Negreanu, a Toronto native; Gavin Smith, who grew up in Ontario; and Isabelle Mercier, a French-Canadian; have recently confirmed they will attend.
"It is certainly fitting that these three, who have risen to prominence on the WPT, are coming home to pay tribute to the millions of Canadian poker fans who have watched them become worldwide celebrities on their TV sets," said Steve Lipscomb, CEO and founder of WPT Enterprises, Inc. "Daniel, Gavin and Isabelle's participation in this ground breaking WPT event represents the importance of establishing a tournament that Canadians can call their own."
The sold-out event begins Sunday and plays down to the final table Oct. 24 at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The next day the WPT North American Poker Championship will begin, with its final day taking place and being recorded for television Oct. 29. Then the final table from the Canadian Open will take place Oct. 30 and be taped for television as well.
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