The Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) Spring Showdown kicked off in high gear on Wednesday with the first event, a $550 Mega Stack. With a $40,000 guarantee, the 182 people who came out to Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary more than doubled the guaranteed prize pool, ending with a final pool of $86,450.
With the huge turnout, the final table went well into the early morning hours, finishing at 4:30 a.m. Despite the late finish, many players complimented the structure of the tournament. With a starting stack of 25,000 chips and 30-minute levels, the structure allowed a lot of deep-stack play well into the tournament.
When all was said and done, Scottish player Niall Farrell finished in the top spot for $20,700, with Calgarian James Tyler Lewis taking home $14,950 for 2nd place. Ryan William Cairns of Forestburg, Sean Giesbrecht of Vancouver, and Ryan Theriault of Calgary rounded out the final five.
Action continues at Grey Eagle today with Event 2, a $200 Pot-limit Omaha rebuy, already underway, and Event 3, a $200 Turbo No-limit Hold'em starting at 6 p.m. Players looking to satellite into the Main Event have one more chance on Friday night at 6PM, but sit-and-go satellites will also run through the week. A $400 satellite to the $3,300 High Roller Event 5 also runs on Saturday afternoon, giving players plenty of opportunities to satellite into the big events for a lower cost.
So head on down to Grey Eagle Casino and get in on some of the action. With Event 1 crushing the guarantee, the prize pools for the rest of the events look to be massive. Head to the CPT website for full details on the series. PokerNews Canada will be live reporting the Main Event and High Roller so you can follow the action from home.