Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary, Alberta got the 2014 Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) off to a great start with the CPT Kickoff Series from January 23rd to 26th. This is the first event of the year to reward points for the CPT leaderboard, making it a must-play for anyone wanting to take a run at the Player of the Year award.
This three-event series began with a $330 No-limit Hold’em Bounty tournament with $100 bounties and gave players 20,000 chips and 30-minute levels to ensure plenty of play for the money, something Grey Eagle Casino is always conscious of giving their players. 141 players registered and Shawn Meegan finished in the top spot for $7,700.
Event 2 was the Main Event and had two starting days for players to buy in for $550. Grey Eagle Casino set a prize pool guarantee of $60,000 and came just shy of doubling it by the time registration closed. The final tally put $116,375 in the pot to play for. By the time Day 2 had played out, Yong Yuan from Edmonton was the last of the 245 entrants still standing and earned $28,500 for the feat.
The third event was actually a satellite for WPT Fallsview next month in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The buy-in was set at $200 with $100 rebuys and add ons. There was a WPT Fallsview package for every $6,000 in the prize pool and a guarantee of at least two packages to play for. The packages included $1,000 cash to go with a $5,000 WPT Fallsview Main Event seat.
There were 47 entries to the event, resulting in three packages in the prize pool. Charlie Villeneuve and Bill Thomson from Edmonton and Mark Friel from Calgary will all be headed to Ontario in a few weeks to try to turn this satellite into a big money result. Kelly Kellnaw just missed out on a package, but collected $2,145 for the effort. Thomson may be the one to watch going into WPT as he has a consistent track record in major tournaments and final tabled a $1,000 WSOP event in 2012.