ePlay Digital Inc’s PokerVision Media Inc. is once again shaking up the digital media space by signing on the dotted line to produce and broadcast two live poker tournaments in Canada.
In 2013, I learned that Canada was a country separate from the USA when they tore the World Series of Poker (WSOP) apart winning ten bracelets, cashing 561 times, and winning over $10.5m in the process.
In the following four years, Canadian poker has gone from strength to strength including the Montreal Nationals winning Season One of the Global Poker League (GPL), and then this happened just recently:
Elliot Smith won the PokerStars Championship Macau for $370,246. Griffin Benger won the Irish Open for €200,000. And the top-ranked Canadian player in the Global Poker Index (GPI), Ari Engel, recently won an American Poker Award (APA) for Tournament Performance of the Year for winning the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event and took down the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSTPT) Main Event in Milwaukee for $114,876.
So it’s little wonder that ePlay Digital Inc’s PokerVision Media Inc. Believe they are onto a winner by shaking up the digital media map in the land of Mounties, maple syrup, and Mike Myers.
After hiring TV and Radio personality Chantal Desjardins, Twitch star Jaime Staples, and broadcasting live from Bill Perkins StreamBoat, PokerVision are back in the news after securing the rights to produce and broadcast coverage of two Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) events.
The first event is the Canadian Open Poker Championship (COPC). The event previously aired on both Rogers SportsNet and The Score TV Network, with a $5,000 Heads-Up event acting as the main dish. According to a press release issued by PokerVision, the new and improved series will incorporate their CyberRail interactive broadcast app.
The second event is the CPT National Poker Championships and this time they are spicing things up. The new series will use the multi-venue format that has recently gained popularity thanks to the World Poker Tour (WPT) and partypoker. The CPT will host a series of phases across Canada before bringing the finalists together in a yet undisclosed venue to play to a winner. PokerVision hopes the new format will produce one of the largest prize pools ever garnered on Canadian soil.
And there will be competition for that honour.
Partypoker Million North America, taking place at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal is a CAD$5 Million GTD event with CAD$1 Million reserved for the winner. And the PokerVision team will be on hand to broadcast the Twoplustwo PokerCast featuring Terrence Chan and PokerVision’s Director of Poker Programming, Adam Schwartz.