Super Sunday at CPT Spring Showdown, Chen and Lee Big Winners

Raymond Chen wins CPT Spring Showdown Main Event

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 {a-Spades}{7-Hearts} with a small stack against chip-leading Chen's {10-}{10-} 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 {8-Clubs}{7-Clubs} on a board of {8-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} when Chen shoved his {a-Spades}{k-Clubs} 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:

FinishPlayerPrize
1Raymond Chen$62,500
2Sean Giesbrecht$38,000
3Dustin MacDonald$26,150
4Ryan Schoonbaert$19,500
5Lorne Mckelvey$15,000
6John Sanborn$12,340
7Joe T.$9,490
8Tony Comely$7,410
9Vanessa Kade$6,155

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:

PositionPlayerChips
1Ali Rabah109,825
2Kyle Johnson71,350
3Allan Allison71,350
4Homan Mohammadi70,000
5Jason Mann69,950
6Linden Graham57,350
7Darlene Lee52,725
8Bo Fric46,350
9Brian Rankin36,675
10Dan Idema34,475
11Ron Lauzon14,300

PokerNews Canada will be on site live-reporting the action until a High Roller champion is found. Follow along on our live-update blog.

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