After two days of play, Waylon Gibson is the 2016 SIGA Poker Champion.
The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) host their annual championship event at Dakota Dunes Casino just outside of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This past weekend, western Canadian poker players descended on “Paris of the Prairies” to play in the $660 tournament with hopes of earning the title and the accompanying bracelet.
Day 1 of the tournament was on Saturday, October 1, and 364 entries were tallied by the time registration closed two hours into play. The prize pool was calculated to be $218,400 with 55 players to earn a payout.
The money bubble burst late in the evening on Day 1 and play continued as the field was reduced to just 26 players a little after 2 a.m. when play paused for the night.
Action got back underway at 4 p.m. on Sunday and it took just three hours to reduce the field to a final table of 10 players. Once there, two players were quickly eliminated with Jim Loudon earning $3,126 in 10th place and Murray Potter collecting $3,647 in ninth.
Next out was Dwayne Kok who rode a roller coaster all day. At one point, he was down to a single big blind and then found his way to becoming chip leader before coming to the final table as a middle-of-the-pack stack. But after being crippled when he ran his into Jerry Sklar’s , Sklar finished him off minutes later when his won the race against Kok’s and Kok collected $4,689 for eighth place.
Ryan Kun was the next to go when he called all in for the last of his small stack in the big blind with against Waylon Gibson’s and couldn’t catch a card. Gibson added Kun’s chips to his ever-growing tower and Kun pocketed $5,731 for seventh place.
Neil Maier found himself in a desperate situation when he pushed all in from the button with and ran into Pauline Fleck’s , leaving him in dire straights after he paid her the double-up. He pushed in the rest in the next hand and found two callers and his never connected with the board, giving him sixth place and $6,773.
The recipient of most of Maier’s stack, Pauline Fleck, was the next to go. She got it all in preflop in fantastic shape with against chip leading Waylon Gibson with , but the flop came to give Gibson the lead. The turn of left her drawing dead and she was eliminated in fifth place as the last lady standing and earned $8,857.
Four-handed play began with Waylon Gibson still holding the chip lead as he had been since the final table began, but David Anderson wasn’t too far behind. A few hands later, Anderson asserted pressure on Gibson and won some big pots to take over the lead.
David Anderson’s chip lead was added to when he eliminated Jerry Sklar in fourth place. Anderson’s found a straight against Sklar’s after the two got it all in preflop and Sklar earned $13,546 for the deep run.
Then Francois Crepault saw his tournament life come to an end in third place for $19,798, taking David Anderson and Waylon Gibson heads-up for the title with the former holding the larger stack.
Not long into the head-to-head match, Waylon Gibson received a gift in the form of two aces. The two players went to a flop of and David Anderson check-raised to 1,100,000 after Gibson bet 500,000. Gibson pushed all in and Anderson called with for top pair to Gibson’s premier overpair. The turn of and river of were no help to Anderson and he saw almost all of his chips pushed to Gibson. He was left with just three big blinds.
In the very next hand, all the chips went in and David Anderson revealed against Waylon Gibson’s . The dealer swiped across the felt and Gibson’s rail erupted into cheers as he won the tournament. Anderson earned the runner-up prize of $27,613 while Gibson collected $38,136 plus a $10,000 USD entry to the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event and the SIGA bracelet.
2016 SIGA Poker Championship Top 10 Results
|1||Waylon Gibson||$38,136 + 2017 WSOP Main Event seat|
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