The final Day 1 of the Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) $1,100 Main Event saw the close of registration, the release of the prize pool, and the setting of the final 43 players for Day 2.
On Saturday, 180 entries passed through the cashier at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Calgary, Alberta, adding to the 128 from Day 1a to come to 308 in total, to create a prize pool of $292,600 — almost double the $150,000 guarantee. There were 23 players who survived the day and they will join the 20 from Day 1a to determine who will earn a piece of the prize pool. The tournament is just 12 eliminations away from the money, as 31 players will make at least the min-cash of $2,490, while first is promised $68,000.
Doug James was the chip leader coming out of Day 1a with 348,200 chips, and was one of just four players who tipped over the 300,000 mark. Day 1b adds just three more players to the 300,000 club, but they are way over the mark — well past James' stack. Thomas Slifka will come back as the chip leader by a huge margin with 824,400, followed by Zariyan Qayyum with 545,200, and Quentin Siffledeen with 500,200. The tournament average currently sits at about 215,000.
It's also worth noting that a few local heroes are still in this. Familiar faces like Ryan Schoonbaert (289,700), Jimmy Lee (252,700), Tony Comely (236,200), and Chris Symesko (186,700) will be back. Mike Leah still has a stack with 196,500, and Thi Nguyen — CPT Ladies National Champion and CPT Player of the Year leader — will return with 284,300.
For more details — a full table draw and complete chip count — visit the PokerNews Canada live blog. Then follow the action there throughout the day on Sunday as these final 43 play down to a champion.
Saturday also saw the unique All In or Fold event. With a buy-in of $200, players had only two options preflop: fold, or push all in. It may be a flip fest, but it makes for a lot of fun. The poker room quickly livened up at the start of the event and you could hear the howls and laughs from across the casino.
Proving that there is still plenty of skill to these events, Alyssa Webber from Vancouver won the event. Remarkably, Webber also won the most recent All In or Fold event which was at Playground Poker Club in Montreal. These back-to-back wins suggests there is more than just run-good to these tournaments. Second place went to a local who has known the Calgary poker scene since its earliest days — Frank "Cinnamon Frank" Longinotti.
Check back in with us again tomorrow for a recap of the final two events as the Main Event plays down to a winner and the $330 Bounty plays out.