Mikaela Gauthier Earns a Win for the Ladies at Great Canadian Freeze Out
For the past week, Cash Casino in Calgary, Alberta played host to the 2015 Great Canadian Freeze Out. With seven events over a week of action, the series posted well over $250,000 in prizes.
The series kicked off with a $330 tournament. With 234 entries, the prizepool swelled to almost $70,000, setting up some very nice payouts at the top of the table. Local talent took full advantage of the huge prizes, with Calgarians securing the top three spots. Raymond Trieu took home third spot, collecting $8,020, while Hank Oosterhuis won second for $11, 635. Joel Bullock took home the top prize, winning $18,000 for first place.
Events 2 and 3 of the series were low buy-in tournaments: the $160 Super Sunday and the $110 True Freezeout. Cornelius Vervloet took down Merv Tumak heads-up in Event 2 with $4,180 going to Vervloet and $3,650 to Tumak. Event 3 saw Ryan Hodge build on his recent Main Event win from the Winter Super Stack, getting heads-up against Dan White. Ultimately, Hodge settled for $1,800 for second place while White collected $3,000 for his win.
Events 4 and 5 were both $225 buy-ins. Bill Thomson took down the bounty event for $4,100, beating Willie Hernandez heads-up. Hernandez collected $2,500 for second. In the pot-limit Omaha event, Jamie Churchill won the first place prize of $4,575 over Shak Kaz who won $2,775 for second. Event 7 was a repeat of the $160 Super Sunday from event 2. Nick Haldemann and Chris Reville ended up heads-up with Reville winning for $4,855 and Haldemann taking second for $3,100.
The Main Event was a $540 affair with three Day 1 starting flights. 312 people came out for the tournament, amassing a $152,100 prizepool. 68 people made it through one of the starting flights, coming back Sunday, March 1, for the final day. Third place went to Steve Zhang who collected $16,100. Barry Middlebrook found himself heads-up against Mikaela Gauthier, ultimately finishing second for $24,600. Gauthier took home the top prize of $40,000.