John Agelakis Edges Out the Field to Become Spring UltraStack Main Event Champion
Edgewater Casino held their Spring UltraStack series from May 22 to June 1, hosting six events over 11 days, culminating in the $1,100 Main Event in Vancouver, BC.
The event saw 176 players buy in to the event over two Day 1s to create a $158,400 prize pool and paying a total of 18 players. A min-cash would see players take home $2,059, while giving the winner an outstanding $41,184. John Agelakis outlasted the other 175 players to win the Main Event, taking home $41,184, the trophy, and the honour of being the Spring UltraStack Main Event Champion.
After both starting days, a total of 62 players bagged chips to advance to Day 2 and play down to a final table. Wallace Yuen (196,200), Adam Young (174,500), Vi Hung Ha (167,500), Mike Kim (161,300), and Jason Gagne (160,100) finished their respective Day 1s with a top-five chip count from their 25,000 chip starting stacks.
Of those five players, Yuen would last the longest, exiting the tournament in 11th place, just short of the nine-handed final table for $3,010, and Adam Young and Jason Gagne (14th and 15th place respectively for $2,376 each) would be the only other top-five chip stacks to make it through the money bubble.
Shane Brotherwood from Calgary, Alberta came into the Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) sanctioned series in 16th place in player of the year points looking to move up the rankings. He came into Day 2 of the Main Event with 42,000 in chips, but would not cash to move himself up the rankings.
Event 1 saw a $500 buy-in with over 237 players, creating a $106,650 prize pool. Daniel Metry defeated Arian Alemzadeh heads up to take home $25,596.
Event 2 saw 51 players slap down $500 to take part in Pot-limit Omaha. Seven players made it into the money with Robin Luo outlasting Levi Jones to take home the top prize of $7,000.
Event 3 was a Turbo No-limit Hold’em tournament which had 121 players sprint to 12 paid spots. Saied Barkhordariah ran the best in this $340 to secure a $9,480 payday.
Event 4 saw added value to knocking out opponents in this $500 bounty tournament. Each time a player was knocked out of the event, the player collecting the chips also collected an extra $150 bounty. Brett Elder eliminated 10 players before getting to heads-up play before also knocking out second-place finisher Ian Modder to collect $9,576 plus 11 total bounties.