Qualifying "Varsity Poker Teams" will gather to compete in the Student Poker Championships at Ryerson University's Student Centre in downtown Toronto on Saturday, March 25, it was announced Friday. According to a media release published by the Championships' organizers, over 6,000 students competed in 60 tournaments at 15 universities and colleges across Ontario to reach the Student Poker Championships.
The finishing position of each school's team member will determine a final score, and one school will be crowned the best poker school in Ontario. The Championships will award the overall individual winner with a trip for two to Europe.
The Student Poker Championships began in September, 2005, as a series of No-Limit Hold'em freeroll events, with each school hosting four 96-player tournaments during the year to create their "Varsity Poker Team."
Each competitor received $4,000 in starting chips, and blinds and antes increased every 20 minutes. The top two finishers at the 8-player final table in each tournament automatically qualified to represent their school at the March Championships.
Participating universities included the University of Waterloo, Ryerson University, Humber College, McMaster University, University of Ottawa, University of Guelph, St. Clair College, Algoma University, Algonquin College, Nippissing University, Canadore College, Conestoga College, Fanshawe College, University of Windsor, and Sault College.