The marquee events for the Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) Summer Showdown got into full swing yesterday with Day 1 of the $3,300 High Roller.
The $100,000-guaranteed tournament attracted some of Canada’s poker elite, including the winner of the last CPT High Roller at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, Dan Idema, as well as Toronto’s Mike Leah, CPT Ladies National Championship winner Thi Nguyen, and CPT Spring Showdown Main Event winner Raymond Chen. With 41 total entries, the guarantee was easily surpassed, with a full 15 more entries than the Spring Showdown High Roller.
Play went on for a total of six levels on Day 1, with registration open throughout the day. Players slowly moved into the poker room with Leah, Talal Shoush, and Bash Ramahi among the early registrations. Idema was a later arrival, but showed how strong he is in the High Roller format by quickly chipping up with tablemate Ramahi summing up the action well: “People just gift wrapping their chips and sending them over to @DanOdema”
Leah led the way to the dinner break at the end of Level 3 with almost 50,000 in chips, well ahead of the second-biggest stack Ramahi at 33,950. Action heated up after the dinner break however with entries from familiar faces Raymond Chen and Talal Shoush, both of whom were at Grey Eagle for the Spring Showdown. Chen lost little time chipping up, building a massive stack of 76,000, just 2,000 less than chip leader Idema at the end of Level 5.
Seemingly out of nowhere, near the end of the day, Sinan Tawfik started crushing the event. By the time the players were bagging for the night, Tawfik had stacked a massive 108,175 chips, jumping out to a huge lead. Raymond Chen was second at the end of the night, logging 91,925 for Day 2. Dan Idema rounded out the top three with a healthy stack of 69,050 after leading for much of the day. Leah ended the night on a low note, bagging a small stack with only 16,175.
Players return for play at noon on July 31 for Day 2 of the event. Registration remains open for three levels on Day 2, meaning there is plenty more action to come. Go to our live reporting page to follow all the Day 2 action live.