Calgary's Cash Casino Offers a Low-Priced, Unique Tournament Mix

Cash Casino Calgary Wild West Shoot Out

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

1Thomas Taylor$35,000
2Andy Dang$22,200
3Josh Wallace$14,500
4Kaija Karmiste$10,000
5Chase Johnston$7,400
6Andrew Nahas$5,400
7Chris Sager$4,400
8Ray Trieu$3,500
9Tho Nguyen$3,100
10Willie Hernandez$2,800

The next series at Cash Casino in Calgary will be their Great Canadian Freeze Out in February of next year.

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