Richard Comely Wins Western Canadian Poker Classic

2014 Western Canadian Poker Classic

Casino Yellowhead in Edmonton Alberta hosted their annual Western Canadian Poker Classic (WCPC) this past weekend, a five-event, week-long series that began at the end of April and stretched into the start of May. Local Richard Comely came out on top of the 223-entry, $1,110 Main Event and earned a career-best $56,600.

Comely is no stranger to deep runs in Edmonton tournaments. He has six final tables to his credit in the past year, including a win in a $440 Bounty tournament during the Klondike Classic last summer, his previous best cash. Most of his results are from tournaments in the $300 buy-in range, so his win in the $1,110 Main Event this past weekend has eclipsed any results in his past.

The Main Event ran two starting days to accommodate the 223 entries, which built a total prize pool of $217,425. They cleverly scheduled Day 1a on Friday to start at 4 p.m. to allow working folks to make it in for the afternoon and evening, and started Day 1b on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Just the top 10% were paid — 22 players — and these are the full results:

1Richard Comely$56,600
2Kyle Johnson$35,900
3Alemu Makonen$27,200
4Dale Chalifoux$20,900
5Park Ang$15,975
6Damian Minev$11,450
7Brian Flemming$7,610
8Eric Betts$5,440
9Sheraz Nasir$4,350
10Richard Rogers$3,480
11Mike Vaynshetyn$2,940
12Dean Brick$2,940
13Shane Hartman$2,500
14Phong Truong$2,500
15Brian Anderson$2,390
16Ryan Forest$2,390
17Ryan Smith$2,170
18Marshall Barbour$2,170
19Ron Piasetski$2,170
20Bashar Ramahi$2,170
21Will Ng$2,090
22Christopher Comely$2,090

The action kicked off on a Monday, April 28, with a $340 Event 1 which pulled in 142 entries for the 6 p.m. start. Tran Thien Kien won the top prize of $11,840.

The next day, Event 2 was a $560 Bounty tournament that found 131 entries. This time it was George Broumas who scooped all the chips to his side of the table and claimed $14,500 in winnings as well as the bounties he collected.

Event 3, a No-limit Hold'em and Pot-limit Omaha mixed game, offered the cheapest buy-in of the series at $260, and 152 entries put up the money for a stack. Jeremy Singleton earned $9,500 for finishing in the top spot.

Thursday was a 6-Max No-limit Hold'em Event 4 with a $560 buy-in that brought 111 entries to the short-handed tables. Tyler Bonkowski came out on top and took home $15,900 for his effort.

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