Calgary, Alberta is often affectionately referred to as “Cowtown” in reference to it being Canada’s cowboy city, and poker has a history that is intertwined with smokey old cowboy saloons with Stetson-capped, scruffy men packing revolvers on their hip. So it’s fitting that a recent poker tournament series at Cash Casino in Calgary carried the name ‘Wild West Shoot Out’.
Cash Casino routinely offers tournament series with lower buy-ins that are well-attended by Calgary’s poker community. The latest boasted an eight-event schedule with a Main Event priced at just $540 and several interesting tournament formats in the mix.
A unique eight-day qualifier tournament began on Friday, October 23 where, each day, players bought in for $60 and the top 10% of the field collected $130 each and came back for a final day on Friday, October 30 to play for the accumulative prize pool which was to be paid to just the players at the final table.
Friday also kicked off a two-day tournament with two Day 1s. The $330 ‘Deepstack’ received 201 entries to create a prize pool of $58,792, and Khoan Ho received the largest payout of $16,200 for first place when action concluded on Sunday.
There was also a one-day $160 tournament on the same Sunday that eventually saw 88 entries and Lino Bambino collected $4,425 for the win.
Monday saw the fourth event on the schedule play to completion. With a buy-in of $265 and a $100 bounty placed on each player, Sam Shum was the only player to hang on to his own bounty and earned $3,600 from the prize pool with his victory.
Calgary has a reputation for being a pot-limit Omaha haven, so it was no surprise that a tournament in the poker variant be added to the lineup. Tuesday’s $220 pot-limit Omaha tournament saw 51 players with Felix Gilmore taking the top prize of $4,245.
Another unique game variant was introduced on Wednesday. The $200 ‘Survivor’ event paid out the top 10% of the field an equal portion of the total prize pool. With 37 entries, play concluded when four players each cashed in for $1,804.
The final side event was another $160 tournament on Sunday to echo the one the previous Sunday. This time, the entries totalled 66 and Victor Hodges found the win worth $3,650.
The $540 Main Event highlighted the series and was a two-day affair that offered two Day 1s on Friday and Saturday, meeting in a final day on Sunday. Many of Calgary’s usual gunslingers were in attendance with the likes of Allon Allison (26th — $1,000), Sinan Tawfik (24th — $1,400), Shane Brotherwood (15th — $2,000), Chris Symesko (14th — $2,000), and Joel Bullock (12th — $2,000) all collecting a payout.
A total of 280 entries built a prize pool of $135,500 with a respectable $35,000 up top. World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Thomas Taylor earned the third-best cash of his poker-playing life when he claimed the victory, beating Andy Dang heads-up for the title.
2015 Wild West Shoot Out Main Event Top 10 Results
The next series at Cash Casino in Calgary will be their Great Canadian Freeze Out in February of next year.