Each year, poker players from eastern parts of the country look forward to Atlantic Canada’s Poker Championship at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The $550 poker tournament took place this past weekend and was another sold-out affair.
With 100 players filling the poker tables to capacity on each of the three entry flights, the total field of 300 created a prize pool of $150,000.
The final day of play saw 59 players return to the tables and Kevin Doyle was the chip leader with 137,600 chips, followed closely by Kendrick Banks with 136,000. But the day ended with Ha Van Nguyen claiming the victory and $40,000 despite starting the day as one of the shortest stacks. When play resumed on Day 2, Nguyen had just 17,500 chips.
2016 Atlantic Canada’s Poker Championship Top 10 Results
|1||Ha Van Nguyen||$40,000|
This is Ha Van Nguyen’s breakout year, having never recorded a live tournament cash before 2016. But he started out strong with a 13th-place finish in the WPT Canadian Spring Championship at Playground Poker Club for $15,300.
Runner-up Gary Lucci, however, has been racking up an impressive resume of tournament scores for years with total winnings over $300,000.