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:
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.