CPT Summer Showdown Day 3: Speta Wins Event 1; Nguyen is Best of the Ladies

Thi Nguyen is the CPT Ladies National Champion

The first of 10 events in the Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) Summer Showdown at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Calgary, Alberta has played down to a champion and the first trophy has been awarded.

The two-day Event 1, a $330 no-limit hold'em tournament with two starting flights, managed to find an impressive 427 entries to create a prize pool of over $120,000 — well over the $75,000 guarantee.

At the end of Day 1a, Dusty Speta held the chip lead but was overtaken by Carson Ludwick on Day 1b. Speta began Day 2 as the second-largest stack and then commenced running over the tables to create a dominating stack to carry him all the way to heads-up play with a huge chip lead. It took very little time before he took the rest of Stephane Bisson's chips and found himself receiving the CPT trophy and $28,000.

The 43 players who returned for Day 2 all made money in this event. Here are the top 10 finishers:

FinishPlayerPrize
1Dusty Speta$28,000
2Stephane Bisson$17,740
3Jimmy Gill$10,870
4Carson Ludwick$8,430
5Davis Yuzdepski$6,600
6Ryan McDowell$5,150
7Todd Hunter$3,910
8Richard Quan Chan$2,700
9Shawn Baker$1,980
10Ryan Schoonbaert$1,735

While players were battling it out for a big payout in Event 1, the CPT Ladies National Championship got under way. The $330 no-limit hold'em event for female players saw 52 ladies pay the price of admission. The prize pool came to a total of $14,820, giving $6,000 of that to the first-place finisher.

With five players scheduled to be paid, the final six ladies decided to pony up $60 each to give the bubble $360 to soften the pain of missing the min-cash of $1,100. Vicki Shiu ended up being the player to claim the small consolation prize to make the tournament officially in the money.

Eventually, it was Thi Nguyen from Toronto who proved to be the best lady of the day. She has only started collecting live tournament results this year, but she's off to a strong start. In February, she cashed the $1,100 Event 1 at Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls, Ontario. She then final-tabled the $2,500 Event 2 in the same series for a prize of $32,496. She collects $6,000 for her win in the CPT Ladies National Championship.

These are the top five finishers:

FinishPlayerPrize
1Thi Nguyen$6,000
2Irina Roman$3,750
3Rano Shergill$2,420
4Brenda Wolbaum$1,550
5Sally M$1,100

Event 3 is on the schedule for Monday, a $250 turbo. Check back in with PokerNews Canada for a recap of the day's action.

* Photo courtesy of Canadian Poker Tour.

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