The Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) Spring Showdown at Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary, Alberta is hitting high gear today. With three events in the books now, and Day 1a of the Main Event just under way, the poker action at Grey Eagle is hot this weekend.
Thursday, April 10th, saw both Event 2, a $200 Pot-limit Omaha Rebuy event, and Event 3, a $200 Turbo No-limit Hold'em, run late into the evening. Starting at noon, Event 2 was a hard-fought battle throughout the day, with the final table finally starting about seven hours later, with another two hours to make it down to the final six money spots from a starting pool of 56 entries.
The battle for the cash and the trophy began in earnest, with Calgarian John (who asked his last name not be used) being the first player out. His short stack going into the final six had to go in pretty quickly. John put it all on the line against Vincent Lam in the ninth seat on a flop of , but Lam called with a set of 6s and John’s didn’t improve, taking home $1,850 for his time.
Knockouts came fast and furious after that, with Firoz Pirani busting in 5th for $2,515, and Dominick (Dino) French of Victoria collected $3,555 for his 4th-place finish.
Aiden Dunne from Calgary finished in 3rd for $4,655 when Damien Zillig’s club flush knocked him out in a hand that saw Aiden pot-bet preflop and shove his remaining stack on the flop of . When the board ran out we were into heads-up play. That’s when the battle for the money really heated up.
Heads-up started between Vincent Lam and Damien Zillig with Zillig in the chip lead, but the battle see-sawed back and forth with ownership of the big stack changing places half a dozen times at least. In one hand, typical of the action, Zillig raised on the button to 49K with blinds at 8,000/16,000. Lam re-raised pot and Zillig called. Lam shoved the rest of his stack on the flop of and Zillig called. When the hands were tabled, Lam showed for the club flush draw, plus the gutshot straight draw. Zillig showed for top pair and some backdoor draws. The board ran out giving Lam the big win and the chip lead yet again.
Heads-up play continued for nearly two hours with the players trading the lead. Finally, in Level 24, the two players decided to chop the remaining prize pool of $20,625, with Lam winning $10,625 and Zillig collecting $10,000 and with only the trophy left to play for.
With the money out of the way, the pace picked up and players were all in shortly thereafter on a hand where all the money was in preflop. Lam’s faced off against Zillig’s and when the board came down Zillig was left holding the hardware with his broadway straight. This comes less than a week after Zillig can be seen supporting his good friend Todd Fletcher taking down the Main Event at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Poker Championships.
Event 3 No-limit Hold'em Turbo started later in the day and went well into Friday morning before Michelle Spivak from Calgary won the 1st-place prize of $9,300 over 2nd-place finisher Colin Debakker, also from Calgary, who pocketed $6,350.
Other notable finishers included Sean Giesbrecht who took 6th place for $1,865 for his second cash of the series, following his 4th from Event 1.
Action is under way now in the $1,100 Main Event Day 1a, with 69 entries so far. PokerNews Canada is on site live-reporting the action. With Day 1b entries on Saturday, the guarantee of $100,000 will easily be surpassed. Late registration is open on both days until the end of Level 6, so head down to the Grey Eagle and take your shot at the CPT Main Event title.