Red Shores Racetrack and Casino in Charlottetown, PEI, held its annual Deep Freeze Bounty poker tournament this weekend. The title is fitting considering the weather conditions in the Maritime region right now. The $400 No-limit Hold'em knockout tournament was capped at two 80-player starting sessions in one day. The sold-out 160-player field created a prize pool of $56,000, rewarding the champion $17,500, and every knockout earned players an additional $50 bounty prize.
The first of two sessions began early Saturday morning. Both 80-player flights would play down to a final 20, the top 40 moving on to Sunday’s final. Bagging up the most chips in the first session was Scott Carragher who built a stack of 95,350 from his 10,000 chip start.
The second flight of the day produced several larger stacks, but none greater than Halifax native and 2010 British Columbia Poker Championship winner Eric Place. Place built a stack of 137,825, followed by Dwayne Shaw with 119,750. Here’s a look at the top 40 going into the Sunday final.
Play resumed Sunday morning with the top 40 battling down to a winner. After all the dust had settled, Scotchford, PEI’s John Jadis was crowned champion. Jadis took a well below average stack into the final day of the tournament and used it to gather every other chip in the room. The win earned Jadis a $17,500 payday and a slew of bounty prizes to go along with it. Stratford, PEI’s Ryan Drake was the runner-up, taking home $9,600, while Day 1 chip leader Eric Place rounded out the final three for $5,300. 16 positions were paid in total.