The “City of Champions” has found its newest champion this week with Mitchell Heidt winning the DeepStacks Poker Tour Main Event for an astonishing $100,000.
It has been a while since Edmonton, Alberta, could celebrate its champion heritage, causing the city to actually remove the slogan last year. But DeepStacks Poker Tour is giving the province’s capital a new reason to be proud of a game played within the city walls. The series just broke its previous record for Main Event attendance for this stop, receiving a massive 511 entries to the $1,100 poker tournament.
DeepStacks proved to be no joke as they rolled into town on April 1 and kicked off their first of seven tournaments in the 11-day series at Casino Yellowhead. With buy-ins ranging from $220 to $550 in the side events, the tour gave players the premier tournament experience for a bargain — the signature of the brand.
The record-breaking Main Event began on Thursday, April 7, and entries tallied 118 by the time registration closed. At the end of the day, 23 of them still had chips. Ahmad Rehaime led with 273,500 followed by Samuel Ngai (252,000) and Will Ng (215,500) who were the only three to top the 200,000 mark.
Action continued on Friday for Day 1b and a further 150 entries passed through registration. Out of the 33 players who survived the day, there were four players who passed the 200,000 mark, but two of them shot well past. Gerald Fehr finished with an incredible 432,500 chips with Malcolm Bolger not far behind with 424,000. Ricardo Texeira (208,500) and Doug James (202,800) also topped the counts.
The final chance to try to qualify for Day 2 came on Saturday and the tables were flooded with players. An additional 243 entries pushed the total up to the record-breaking 511 for the entire field. At the end of play, 66 players had chips to bag with Ed Sikorski leading at 285,500. Gurdeep Dhillon (234,500) and Luke Felstead (209,500) were the only other two to surpass 200,000.
On Sunday’s Day 2, a total of 122 players returned to their chip stacks to play into the money and try to earn a seat on Monday’s final table. However, only 54 players were destined to make money in the tournament.
When play ended for another day, Jimmy Lee held the chip lead among the final nine with 2,570,000. The next-best stack was that of Ed Sikorski with 1,695,000 and Bahman Ataeianfar was right behind with 1,690,000.
Some of the players to collect a payout on Day 2 included Chris Symesko (11th — $6,700), Tristan Wade (22nd — $3,910), Devin Verstraelen (28th — $2,990), Malcolm Bolger (35th — $2,990), Bash Ramahi (38th — $2,610), Valerie Ross (40th — $2,610), and Sinan Tawfik (45th — $2,610).
The nine final-tablists returned one more time on Monday with their eyes on the mouth-watering $100,000 awaiting the winner. Unfortunately for Tony Hoang, he was the first player to have that dream shattered when he was eliminated in ninth place for $10,000.
The next elimination was none other than Ryan Smith (eighth — $12,500) from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who has been decimating Alberta poker tournaments along with his brother Mike.
Day 1c’s chip leader Ed Sikorski was the seventh-place finisher, pocketing a respectable $15,500, and he was followed by Doug James in sixth for $18,600.
With payjumps growing, Jimmy Lee earned $25,700 for fifth place after beginning the day with the most chips. Jasdeep Manhas finished in fourth for $33,200, taking the tournament three-handed.
The trio was broken when Bahman Ataeianfar was eliminated in third place for $42,120 and two players well known to the local community faced each other heads up. It was Laurence Louie against Mitchell Heidt, but Louie couldn’t make the final elimination, falling in second and collecting the runner-up prize of $66,000.
Heidt earned the best tournament cash of his life when he collected the champion’s prize of $100,000 plus a $3,000 DeepStacks Poker Tour Championship package.
DeepStacks Poker Tour Edmonton Final Table Results
DeepStacks Poker Tour will be back with another two Albertan series before this year is out. Next is a return to Casino Yellowhead in early October and then the season-ending Championship series is back at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino a few hours down the road in Calgary in late November and early December.
Details and photo courtesy of the DSPT Live blog.