Yet another Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) event has come to a close, and players crowded into Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary, Alberta for a piece of the action this past weekend.
The Spring Classic was a short three-event series to warm players up for the upcoming busy season of poker. They hosted a $550 and a $220 No-limit Hold'em tournament, and also tried something new with a $220 Pot-limit Omaha tournament in response to high demand for the hot game format.
Attendance exceeded the organizer's expectations when 109 entries came in for the $550 event, creating a prize pool of $53,137.50. On a final table with an equal split of locals and players from other parts of Alberta, Michelle Spivak was the one to get the job done and earned $15,500 for the effort.
Since Global Poker Index (GPI) and CPT penned a recent partnership, Spivak will earn GPI points on the world-recognized ranking system, as well as points for the CPT Player of the Year leaderboard, currently topped by Matthew Lapossie.
11 players were paid.
|2||Alexander Michael Richmond||$10,000|
|11||M. Jamal Sahed||$1,102.50|
The $220 No-limit Hold'em event also drew out a good crowd of players. The tournament saw 128 entries, good for a prize pool of $24,960. Lance Bryant topped the field and won the top prize of $7,500.
The new Pot-limit Omaha tournament of the same value - $220 - found 68 entrants to battle for a piece of the $13,260 prize pool. Out-of-towner Curtis Burtch upset the locals with his win, taking $5,300 back to Edmonton for a profitable weekend in Alberta's largest city.
The next event at Grey Eagle is the much-anticipated CPT Spring Showdown starting April 8th. The series will have a $1,100 Main Event and a $3,300 High Roller, which are sure to bring some big names to town. Don't miss it!