Sunday at the Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) Spring Showdown was a flurry of action that saw hundreds of thousands of dollars awarded over a couple of events. The series has been nothing short of precedent-setting since Day 1 at Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary, Alberta. Sunday saw the final day of the Main Event finish up, a Bounty event start and finish, and the High Roller get started to resume on Monday.
The $1,100 Main Event brought 59 players of the original 270 entries back for the final day to play for a prize pool of over $250K, double the guarantee.
The bubble burst once we got down to 27 players, and it wasn't too long before the final table was set. Play progressed quickly until there were just three players left, at which point there was a three-hour marathon of swapping chips with nobody making an exit. The exchange was between Dustin MacDonald, Raymond Chen, and serial final-tablist Sean Giesbrecht.
Eventually, MacDonald got it in bad with with a small stack against chip-leading Chen's and couldn't catch up to the pocket pair. The heads-up battle was much shorter lived, and Giesbrecht made the great call with top pair of on a board of when Chen shoved his overcards on the flop. Chen found a matching King on the turn and Giesbrecht failed to find a 7 or 8 on the river to survive.
Final table payouts:
Kelly Kellner from CPT grabbed Chen shortly after his victory to talk to him about his great run in the tournament.
With his runner-up finish, Giesbrecht has also secured the CPT Player of the Series prize regardless of the results in the High Roller — he is uncatchable with 353.13 points and his closest competition coming from Chen with 190.23. This is due to his incredible results throughout the series; he final-tabled three events in a row! He finished 4th in the $550 Mega Stack and 6th in the $220 Turbo. This great consistency has more than earned him the prize package that will send him to a VIP Suite at Aria in Las Vegas to play an upcoming tournament.
Sunday also saw the $330 Bounty Event 5 start at 1 p.m. and there were 159 entries. Jimmy Lee was the only player to collect his own bounty when he defeated Brad Denton heads-up to win $8,000. Kellner had a quick chat with Lee to ask him about his run in the event.
Later in the evening, the $3,300 High Roller event got started. There have been 21 entries so far, and just 11 are remaining, but registration continues to be open Monday until 4:10 p.m., well after play resumes at 2 p.m.
Chip counts of the 11 still alive from Day 1:
PokerNews Canada will be on site live-reporting the action until a High Roller champion is found. Follow along on our live-update blog.