NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
Fallsview Concludes; Charette Makes News; Seebs Sings The Blues
January 15, 2022

The first annual Fallsview Poker Classic, concluded yesterday in Niagara Falls, Ontario, with Simon Charette claiming the top prize in the $5,000 buy-in main event.

Charette earned $270,630 for the victory, outlasting a total field of 156 players and surviving a tough final table that held, among others, PokerRoad's Gavin Smith, who eventually took fourth for a little over $43,000.

The final table finish positions for the $5,000 buy-in Fallsview Poker Classic were as follows:

1st.  Simon Charette- $270,630

2nd.  Van Binh Pham- $140,728

3rd.  Dominic Staniscia- $68,560

4th.  Gavin Smith- $43,301

5th.  John Moore- $32,476

6th.  Peter Topos- $23,815

The Fallsview Poker Classic saw 731 players participate in its three main events, allowing organizers to give away over $1.6 million in prize pools throughout the week's worth of tournaments. 

Gavin Smith, one of the biggest names to attend the new event, made two final tables during the week including a first place win in the $2,500 tournament.  Gavin's combined scores netted him close to a quarter of a million dollars, officially starting his 2010 in a very strong way. 

Gavin's success isn't necessarily good news for his longtime friend and PokerRoad Radio cohost Joe Sebok, who recently made a much publicized "last longer" prop bet with both Gavin and Jeff Madsen, where the loser has to get the winner's (i.e. the player that lasts the longest) face tattooed somewhere on their body.  Interestingly, Madsen, also currently running quite well, recently made it all the way into 19th place himself in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event- netting him $87,500.

With both Gavin and Jeff heading into the World Poker Tour's LA Poker Classic- the site of the last longer bet- with the kind of supreme confidence that comes only with favorable results, Sebok suddenly finds himself looking like the underdog of the group, and could soon very well end up with two lasting tributes to his friends... whether he wants them there or not.


Story by Mark Anderson

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