888 Poker sponsors Canadian University Poker Championship
The Canadian University Poker Championship is a popular event for college students and is usually sponsored by online poker room PokerStars. However, this time, the event was sponsored by online poker brand 888 Poker.

The championship went with 888 Poker in light of the Black Friday dealings of last year. The event took place in Montreal and saw eighty four competitions participating from fourteen different universities. Players were able to qualify for the event by earning points while playing online poker at 888 Poker.

G-poker reported on this story and Jeremy Taylor, a spokesman for G-Poker, commented: “Last year this university poker tournament was hosted by PokerStars, but it’s clear the organizers wanted to try something different in a post-Black Friday world. Even though PokerStars reopened to Canadian online poker players after the shutdowns, it would make sense to partner with a company like 888 that was completely removed from the legal issues of Black Friday. Sites like PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker need more time to recover from the negativity surrounding last year’s shutdowns. “

The Championship tournament saw players competing online for twelve weeks, all the while earning points. The players with the most points would move on to the championship which was titled the 888 University Poker Championship. The event has now finished up and the winner of the championship is Maxime Gagne of University du Quebec. The winner too home a prize package which included an entry into a 2012 World Series of Poker event.

- 2012-04-10

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