The greatly-anticipated Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) Summer Showdown kicked off on Friday, July 25, with Event 1 at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Calgary, Alberta. The $330, two-day, no-limit hold'em event is on track to be the largest at that buy-in ever seen from CPT.
The $75,000-guaranteed event will easily soar past that prize pool as Friday's entries totaled 191. About eight and a half hours of play later and just 19 players had chips to bag for Day 2 on Sunday. Day 1b on Saturday is expected to bring in well over 200 players, which will push the prize pool up around the $120,000 mark or more.
The 19 remaining players — the top 10% — are now in the money, and Day 2 on Sunday will bring the survivors from Days 1a and 1b back with everyone guaranteed some cash.
Here are the 19 players who will advance to Day 2:
With a substantial chip lead, Dusty Speta is a recognizable face at Alberta poker tables. With over $140,000 in tracked live tournament earnings, Speta is familiar with going deep in events like this one. His largest career cash came in 2008 when he won the $760 Calgary Classic Main Event for $80,000.
You may also recognize Stephane Bisson who just final-tabled the $1,100 Stampede Classic Main Event in Calgary a couple of weeks ago. He also has a couple of World Series of Poker cashes to his name, including a deep run in the prestigious WSOP Main Event — 87th for $73,805 in 2012.
Alex Bylicki is another one to watch as he advances to Day 2. The Vancouver player picked up two WSOP cashes this summer and is often found going deep in tournaments online on PlayNow.
Most of the remaining players are also well know in the local poker community and have proven fairly consistent results in events at this price.
Saturday will see a new batch of entries for Day 1b of Event 1 starting at 2 p.m., and there is also a Super Satellite at 8 p.m. for $220 that awards packages of seats for the upcoming tournaments in this 10-event series with a $500,000 guarantee on the collective prize pool.
Check back in with PokerNews Canada for another daily recap to see the results from Event 1: Day 1b. And don't forget to use the hashtag, #CPTSummer.