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Mike Smith Wins Inaugural Pure Poker Summer Showdown

Mike Smith Deerfoot Inn & Casino 2016 Summer Super Stack
  • Mike Smith notches another win at the first-ever Pure Poker Summer Showdown at Casino Yellowhead.

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

1Mike Smith$61,180
2Raymond Trieu$36,050
3Kris Klimosko$24,040
4Jared Klimosko$16,720
5Bradley Stevens$12,455
6Karim Chatur$9,620
7Richard Wierzba$7,430
8Malcolm Bolger$5,460
9Francois Lincourt$3,935
10Glen Cymbaluk$3,060

Photo from Deerfoot Inn & Casino's 2016 Summer Super Stack.

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