This past week, Casino Edmonton hosted the 11th annual Alberta Poker Championship. This five-event series was held from January 20th to 26th, and the Main Event was eventually won by Glen Ming for $45,000.
The $1,100 Main Event gathered 162 entrants across the two starting days, creating a total prize pool of $157,950. After starting Day 2 with the chip lead, Ming held on to a consistent advantage over the field and found himself heads-up against Tyler St. Clair before clinching the win.
St. Clair, a local to Edmonton, has made big splashes in major tournaments in Alberta and BC before. His results include three cashes in WSOP Circuit tournaments at River Rock Casino in Vancouver, including final-tabling the Main Event in 2012.
Other final-tablists include Mike Smith from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan who is a regular at Canadian majors and has consistent results in tournaments in the three western provinces as well as a deep run in the 2013 WPT Canadian Spring Championship. Another powerhouse from Saskatoon that final-tabled this event is Robin Bergren. Bergren has cashed in the WSOP and WPT several times and has earned over $500K in prize money over his career.
Main Event Payouts
|2||Tyler St. Clair||$25,000|
Casino Edmonton, a Pure Canadian Gaming property, offered several different game varieties and affordable buy-ins in their five-event schedule. The action got started with a No-limit Hold’em Freeze Out with a buy-in of $220. 101 people showed up to play the fast-structured tournament (20-minute levels), and Ian Alvardo outlasted them all to take home $6,050.
The next event was another No-limit Hold’em tournament with a slightly higher buy-in of $330 and slightly longer blind levels of 30 minutes to go with it. This time, George Mounsef came out on top of the field of 114 players and won $9,670.
Event 3 was a Pot-limit Omaha tournament, an increasingly popular game. The buy-in was set for $550 and 81 people showed up to play. Al Khani claimed the first prize of $12,240. Following the PLO game was a No-limit Hold’em Bounty tournament, also with a $550 buy-in, and $100 going toward the bounty. 121 players entered this event, and Doug Verstraete was the only player to win his own bounty and earned $13,600. St. Clair, the Main Event runner up, finished seventh in this Bounty event as well.