While Michelle Spivak’s poker career may not be as long as some others, what she lacks in length she makes up for with results. The Calgary, Alberta native began her poker career at a Calgary Flames charity tournament where she won her seat in a random draw from the game. Having never played poker before, she enlisted the help of her son, who was in Grade 11 at the time, to teach her the game.
Spivak’s love affair with the game began there and blossomed shortly after when her boss entered her in a Grey Eagle Casino tournament that she took second place in. Since then she’s taken down a $550 event at Grey Eagle earlier in 2014, and followed that up by shipping the top prize in this weekend’s CPT Spring Showdown Event 3 $200 No-limit Hold'em Turbo. With those two wins, she is just under $25,000 in earnings already. Considering she’s been playing poker for only a year and a half, it’s safe to say she’s taking the Calgary scene by storm.
Spivak lists Grey Eagle Casino as her favourite poker room and, considering her results there, it’s little surprise. She hopes to play most of the big events coming to Calgary this year, including the Stampede Classic in the summer and DeepStacks Poker Tour this coming fall.
Spivak made it to Day 2 in the Main Event this weekend with the third largest stack, but unfortunately she didn't make it into the money. She is also hanging onto third in the CPT Player of the Series, so if she decides to play the $3,300 High Roller this evening, there’s a chance she’ll earn enough points to win that honour. Regardless of her results in today's Main Event, the poker future looks bright for Michelle Spivak.