PokerStars Ontario Launches Poker Night in Canada Series PokerStars Ontario Launches Poker Night in Canada Series
Key Takeaways
  • PokerStars Ontario has launched a weekly poker series called Poker Night in Canada, running throughout the 2023-24 NHL season.
  • The series offers special tournaments every Sunday night, with rewards such as cash prizes, Maple Leaf tickets, and exclusive merchandise.
  • A special $50 No-Limit Hold’em event, with a guaranteed prize pool of $10,000, takes place on the last Sunday of each month.
  • PokerStars has also formed partnerships with US sports teams, like the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia 76ers, and Formula One Team Oracle Red Bull Racing.

For enthusiasts of online poker in Ontario, and avid hockey fans, PokerStars Ontario has introduced an exciting new weekly poker series called Poker Night in Canada, which runs throughout the 2023-24 NHL season.

The series, which started on November 5, offers a variety of special tournaments held every Sunday night, offering Ontarians the chance to win rewards such as cash prizes, Maple Leaf tickets, gift cards, and exclusive merchandise.

But that’s not all — on the last Sunday of each month, players can also win a coveted Red Spade Pass and cash prizes in a featured $50 No-Limit Hold’em event boasting a guaranteed prize pool of $10,000.

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All of this has become a reality thanks to a multi-year partnership between the PokerStars Ontario app and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), a collaboration unveiled last year. MLSE owns of four major sports franchises and Scotiabank Arena, the home stadium for two of its teams — the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.

MLSE also owns Toronto FC in Major League Soccer, the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League (CFL), and the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League (AHL).

“Our aim is for this partnership to be a win-win for our players and fans alike — making the experience of playing with PokerStars more epic thanks to the partnership, and finding ways to make the fan experience of watching their teams better too,” said Tom Warren, PokerStars Marketing Director.

Where to Find Poker Night in Canada Tournaments?

Players can access these tournaments under the “Poker Night in Canada” tab in the tournament lobby, where they will find details on start times, buy-ins, and prize pools for each event.

PokerStars has already released the schedule for the first four weeks of Poker Night in Canada. Week 1, held on November 5, featured a freeroll with $1000 in prizes, including cash prizes and Maple Leaf Tickets.

Week 2 on November 12 hosted a $50 buy-in Poker Night in Canada Progressive Knockout (PKO) tournament with $8000 in guarantees and additional Leaf tickets up for grabs. It drew 330 runners to nearly double its guarantee, ending with a final prize pool of $15,015.

Week 3 on November 19 is set for another $1000 guaranteed freeroll with cash and Leaf tickets as rewards.

Finally, on November 26, the last Sunday of the month, a $50 featured No-Limit Hold’em event with a $10,000 guarantee and a coveted Red Spade Pass for the champion will take place.

A PokerStars Red Spade Pass is an exclusive VIP package providing unique experiences such as an F1 experience in Las Vegas or a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Los Angeles.

PokerStars Ontario Poker Night in Canada Schedule

Date Gtd Buy-in Prizes
Nov 5 $1000 Freeroll Cash + Leaf Tickets
Nov 12 $8000 $50 Cash + Bounties + Leaf Tickets
Nov 19 $1000 Freeroll Cash + Leaf Tickets
Nov 26 $10,000 $50 Cash + Red Spade Pass to the Winner

This collaboration between PokerStars and Maple Leaf is not a one-time affair. Since it was formed last year, they have organized generous giveaways, all-in shootout tournaments, and even provided an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles, among other exciting events.

PokerStars has also been extending its reach in the US by forming partnerships with sports teams such as the Detroit Red Wings in Michigan, the Philadelphia 76ers in Pennsylvania, and Formula One Team Oracle Red Bull Racing across the country.

Fall Fest Series Gets Underway

In other news, PokerStars Ontario is currently hosting the Fall Fest Series for its second iteration. It kicked off on November 17 and runs until November 27. The series guarantees over CAD $550,000 in prize money across 54 events.

The buy-ins for the series range from CAD $10 to CAD $1000, with the widely popular Progressive Knockout (PKO) format featured in half of the tournaments, totaling 27 events.

It culminates in a CAD $70,000 guaranteed Main Event scheduled for November 26, requiring a buy-in of CAD $200.

Throughout the series, PokerStars will be running daily Freerolls awarding Fall Fest tickets, with each freeroll guaranteeing CAD $1000. These freerolls will continue running daily until November 26.