The Grey Eagle Resort and Casino hosted another Canadian Poker Tour-sanctioned event this past weekend. The Summer Classic was a three-event series consisting of two hold’em tournaments, as well as a pot-limit Omaha.
Despite the rather large poker tournament taking place a bit south of Calgary in Las Vegas, enough people turned out for the prize pool to top $80,000. With CPT points at stake and many top players down south for the World Series of Poker, it was a great chance to score some extra points.
The series began Friday, June 20, with the $220 pot-limit Omaha tournament. Forty-one people came out to play for a prize pool that was just under $8,000, with the final four splitting the cash. Top prize of $3,700 went to Calgarian Merlin Ausenhus, while second place went to Edmontonian Tony Comely for $2,300. Steve Zhang and Jacob Fairholm, both locals from Calgary, were third and fourth for $1,300 and $695 respectively.
Next up was a $220 no-limit hold’em tournament the following day. A Saturday afternoon, the $220 drew a larger field, pulling in 144 runners for a total prize pool of over $28,000. It was nearly an all-Alberta affair, as only one of the 14 paying spots went to someone from out-of-province. Robert Spain from Golden, B.C. took second place for $5,200. Top spot went to Okotoks, Alberta resident John Abbott-Brown for $8,300, while Cindy Kerslake in third ($3,500) and the rest of the paying spots were Calgary residents.
The final event of the weekend was on Sunday, the $550 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. Ninety-six people turned out for the main event, building a prize pool just shy of $50,000, with 10 people splitting the cash. Justin Leeson was the eventual winner for $14,700 with Robbic Mosher finishing second for an even $9,000. Third place, worth $6,500, went to Raymond Trieu.
With point leaders and top names like Sean Giesbrecht and Mike Leah otherwise occupied in Las Vegas, it was an excellent chance for players who didn’t make the trip down south to make up some ground in the CPT Player of the Year race. Tony Comely especially took advantage as his second place in the PLO allowed him to move up the ranks to 13th overall.
Next up on the CPT schedule will be the Summer Showdown from this same location: Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary. With over $500,000 in prize money guaranteed, this is sure to be a massive event, and your PokerNews Canada team will be live on site to cover all of the action for you. Starting July 24, the massive 10-tournament event will include innovative “super-satellite” tournaments where, for a single buy-in, players can win tickets to as many as six events. Live coverage starts July 31 here on PokerNews Canada on our live reporting page.