Mike Smith Wins Inaugural Pure Poker Summer Showdown
Pure Canadian Gaming has introduced a new tournament poker series to the Alberta market with Pure Poker Summer Showdown.
The five-event series took place at Casino Yellowhead in Edmonton across seven days with action kicking off on August 28. Event #1 was a $220 bounty tournament with $50 awarded for each elimination. That was followed by a $330 tournament, a $550 tournament, and a $540 bounty tournament with each knockout worth $100.
The $1,100 Main Event featured two starting days on September 2 and 3, combining for a Day 2 on Sunday, September 4. A total of 230 entries created a prize pool of $218,500 to be split among 27 players.
The first in-the-money elimination went to Leor Wasserman for $1,965. Some of the notable players to collect a payout before the final table was set included Rick Mask (21st — $1,965), Ryan Smith (15th — $2,620), and Glen Cymbaluk (10th — $3,060) on the final-table bubble.
The final table was full of some well-known talented players that are regulars in Alberta poker. Francois Lincourt (ninth — $3,935) was the first player eliminated, followed by the infamous Malcolm Bolger (eighth — $5,460). The Klimosko brothers, Jared and Kris, finished third and fourth, respectively, and Raymond Trieu was the runner-up for $36,050. Mike Smith notched another win when he found the victory and pocketed $61,180 for the feat.
2016 Pure Poker Summer Showdown Main Event Top 10 Results
Photo from Deerfoot Inn & Casino's 2016 Summer Super Stack.