British Columbia Lottery Corporation

British Columbia Lottery Corporation

November 27, 2006 17:11 ET

British Columbia Lottery Corporation: Abbotsford's David Ross White is B.C.'s 2006 Poker Champion

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 27, 2006) - After three days of tournament play, David Ross White of Abbotsford, B.C., is B.C.'s newest poker champion, walking away with the grand prize of $600,000, the champion's watch and bragging rights.

White outlasted 784 other poker players to nab the top title after 32 hours of play in the $2 million No Limit Texas Hold'Em event at River Rock Casino Resort on November 26.

"I feel fantastic," said White. "I think we'll use this money to pay off some debt and go on a holiday. We're going to have a great time!"

The tournament attracted players from Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and the Yukon, and from states as far away as Florida, Texas, Nevada, California and Washington.

"The response we received from players and spectators at this year's tournament is truly remarkable," said Brian Lynch, BCLC Vice-President of Casino Gaming.

"This week, we've witnessed some of the best poker players in Canada and the U.S. playing their best game. It's a testament to the first-class gaming experience we offer at B.C. casinos," added Lynch.

Well-known players who competed in the tournament included Gavin Smith, who finished 27th, Brad "Yukon" Booth and poker legend Johnny Chan.

Derrick Law finished second, taking $290,000 back to his home in the Yukon. As Brad "Yukon" Booth's protege, he obviously learned from one of the best.

"Great Canadian would like to congratulate Dave White and all the finalists of the BCPC," said Howard Blank, Great Canadian's Vice-President of Media, Entertainment, Marketing and Promotions. "We look forward to working with B.C. Lotteries in making next year's BCPC an even greater success."

With an overall prize pool of $2.36 million and registration totaling 2,202 for the week's events, players clearly demonstrated their enthusiasm for tournament play.

November 23 and 24 marked round one of the No Limit Texas Hold 'Em event. The top 195 players advanced to the second round on November 25 where the best of the best battled it out to earn a seat at the final table on November 26. All 10 players at the final table will be featured on Sportsnet, as Sunday's action was filmed for Canadian Poker Tour.

The week-long B.C. Poker Championships also featured a Super Satellite event and two Pot Limit events - Omaha Hi/Lo Split and Texas Hold'Em. Pot Limit events on November 20 and 21 had total prize pools of $196,000 and $434,000.

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Contact Information

  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation
    Shelley Marsh
    Corporate Communications Officer
    (250) 828-5576 or (250) 371-7274
    Website: www.bclc.com
    or
    River Rock Casino Resort
    Alex Lee
    Manager Media and Public Relations
    (778) 999-2539
    Email: alee@gcgaming.com