The 2016 Calgary Stampede came to a close on Sunday with the top cowboys and cowgirls winning trophy belt buckles in events at the rodeo grounds. But one last buckle was to be awarded in the Deerfoot Inn & Casino Silver Buckle Poker Tournament in Calgary, Alberta, and it was won by Dusty Speta.
After nine days of wildcard rounds where players could earn a seat to the finals, Showdown Sunday kicked off at noon on Sunday, July 17. Players who didn't enter through the wildcard rounds were able to buy in directly for $1,100. By the time registration closed late in the afternoon, 115 entries were tallied to create a prize pool of $109,250.
The top 12 players were set to earn a piece of the purse and the money bubble burst late in the evening. It didn't take long to set the final table of nine players, but then play slowed and it took several more hours to get down to the silver buckle winner.
At the final table was the husband-and-wife duo of Leo and Claire Leclerc, but the former was the first player eliminated and he collected $3,500 for ninth place. His wife went on to take fifth-place money of $7,600.
Kyla Bolt was the other female player at the final table and she met her demise in eighth place after getting her short stack all in with and losing to Dusty Speta’s when he flopped a gutshot and turned the straight. He earned $4,100 for the run.
Speta was also responsible for the seventh-place elimination of Stephane Bisson when Bisson get it all in preflop with to Speta’s and the flop delivered both a ten and a nine. Bisson pocketed $4,800 for his finish.
Bill Hopkins was next to go, finishing in sixth for $5,700, then the aforementioned Claire Leclerc. With four players left, AJ Cummings’ tournament came to an end in fourth place for $10,700, followed by Connor O’Hara earning $14,600 in third.
Derek Van Loon and Dusty Speta began playing heads up with essentially even stacks and then proceeded to swap the chip lead back and forth. But Speta finally got the job done when he called a raise of 80,000 preflop to see a flop of . Van Loon continued with a bet of 125,000 and Speta called again.
The turn card was the and Van Loon pushed all in. Speta thought for a moment and called, showing for ace high. Van Loon flipped over a strong combination draw with in the pocket, but the on the river was of no help and Speta won the pot, eliminating his final opponent to claim the trophy buckle and $29,500 in prize money. Van Loon earned $20,800 for finishing second-best.
2016 Silver Buckle Poker Tournament Final Table Results
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