For a last kick at the summer poker series can, Albertan players headed to the province's capital for the Edmonton Poker Classic in late August. The five-event series followed a flurry of Albertan poker events across the province and capped off a busy poker season before the kiddies headed back to school and we all settled back into the old routine.
Pure Canadian Gaming's Casino Edmonton was the venue for this series, and they offered some variety across the five events. With buy-ins between $300 and $1,100 and game varieties like bounty and pot-limit Omaha added to the usual no-limit hold'em, there was an event for all players.
Action kicked off on August 25 with Event 1, and the $1,100 Main Event got under way with its first of two Day 1s on August 29. All of the events had sub-100 players, and the two Main Event Day 1s received 87 and 83 players each for a total of 170 entries to the tournament. People familiar with the Alberta poker scene would recognize plenty of players with big stacks in the chip counts going to Day 2 on Sunday, the last day of August.
The total prize pool was over $165,000 and, when the last card was dealt, Sinan Tawfik earned the top payout of $46,410 to complete a fantastic summer for the Calgary player. It began when he came runner up in the Canadian Poker Tour Summer Showdown $3,300 High Roller for $30,000 in Calgary. He then headed to Deerfoot Inn & Casino the following week in the same city for the Summer Super Stack and went deep in a $330 event before winning the $1,500 Main Event for $53,500. Then, just two weeks later, he booked this Main Event win at the Edmonton Poker Classic. That puts his Albertan tournament winnings at $131,825 just this summer — an astonishing feat.
Tawfik beat Rick Mombounquette heads up for the title and the more than $20,000 pay jump. Mombounquette took home a respectable $25,940 for his effort. These are the 17 players who made it in the money for the Edmonton Poker Classic Main Event:
|1||Sinan Tawfik||$46,410||11||Brian Anderson||$4,060|
|2||Rock Mombounquette||$25,940||12||Deron Noksana||$3,560|
|3||Ian Skinner||$16,990||13||Richard Wierzba||$3,560|
|4||Ian Broen||$12,850||14||William Remshardt||$3,070|
|5||Jason Ross||$9,950||15||Raymond Muzyka||$3,070|
|6||Shijia Lai||$8,290||16||Ambrose Ng||$2,650|
|7||Chris Macpherson||$6,880||17||George Mounsef||$2,640|