If there’s one bet you can almost always count on winning, it’s that February in Calgary will be cold. In keeping with that theme, Cash Casino hosted the Great Canadian Freeze Out 14 at their Calgary, Alberta poker room from February 20th to 23rd, a small festival running three low to medium buy-in tournaments.
Kicking the series off was a $230 Pot-limit Omaha tournament Feb 20th, a one-day event that saw 42 runners start the day. By the end, James Sikora was the last person standing, claiming the $3800 first prize from a total prize pool of $8190.
The Main Event, a $330 two-day event, started Feb 21st with Day 1a. Between the two starting flights the Main Event saw a total of 212 entries. When both Day 1’s were complete, 23 players remained to share the over $60000 in prizes on Sunday’s final day, with a guaranteed a min-cash of $600.
The Main Event reconvened Sunday at noon and less than eight hours later, Lance Bryant took down the first prize of $17,000, beating Toby Tinordi heads-up. Tinordi, one of three women at the final 10-handed table, netted $10,700 for second, while local Calgary legend Bill Thomson took down third place for $7000.
The third and final event of the Freeze Out series also ran on Sunday. With 65 entrants, it was a lively $160 single-day tournament with seven places cashing. When the dust settled, Josh Mitchell took home the first place money prize of $3600. All four days of poker featured a complimentary buffet meal in the evening, as an added bonus.
With over 300 total players across the four-day event, Cash Casino saw the series as a win. Wilson Liau, poker manager at Cash’s poker room, said it was “a very successful tournament week. Thank you to those who came from out of town and those that live in Calgary for their support. We can't wait for the Calgary Classic in June to arrive.”