DSPT Championship Breaks New Ground in Alberta Poker

Duff Charette DSPT Championship

The bar keeps getting raised in Alberta. DeepStacks Poker Tour (DSPT) returned to Calgary for their season-ending Championship series and set new records with their hugely successful event.

This is the second year that the DSPT Championship has been hosted at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in the province’s largest city. After a great turnout last year with a $500,000 guarantee in the Main Event, DSPT doubled it with the first-ever $1 million prize pool guarantee in Alberta.

After the two Day 1s in the $2,500 Main Event, the new guarantee was smashed when the prize pool settled at an incredible $1,555,720 with 712 entries, breaking new ground for what is possible in tournament poker in Alberta.

The Main Event was the marquee tournament of the 10-event series, and it was further highlighted by the presence of Twitch streaming sensation Jason Somerville hosting a live stream of the final table. With hole cards broadcast to viewers, this was another pioneering achievement in Alberta poker.

The three-day Main Event came to an end on Monday after many notable players collected their prize in one of the 89 paying spots. Logan Dunn (81st — $3,845), Ryan Smith (79th — $4,265), Michael Smith (77th — $4,265), Ron Lauzon (73rd — $4,265), Tony Comely (63rd — $5,165), Martin Malone (62nd — $5,165), Rodney Ramalho (54th — $5,725), Cindy Kerslake (50th — $5,725), Jason Somerville (39th — $6,535), Jonathan Sanborn (34th — $7,390), Ruben Perceval (31st — $7,390), Russ Meilunas (28th — $7,390), Jerome Makonen (25th — $9,040), Michael Mizrachi (16th — $15,555), Rex Clinkscales (14th — $18,745), and Eric Wasylenko (10th — $23,490) were some of the noteworthy players to have a profitable Main Event.

The final table of nine players was led by Ontario’s Duff Charett with 3,210,000 chips. Also at the final table was WSOP bracelet winner Tyler Bonkowski (2,940,000) and two-time bracelet winner Kristen Bicknel (3,210,000), as well as Edmontonian Sam Ngai (1,275,000) who already won the DSPT Calgary Main Event earlier this year.

Sam Ngai was the first to go, unable to repeat his victory in back-to-back DSPT final tables in Calgary. He collected $28,405 in ninth place. Damian Minev followed in eighth place for $37,850.

Another recent Main Event winner from the same Grey Eagle room was Tosha Beaudry who topped the Western Canada Poker Open back in May for $36,338. She earned more than that in the DSPT Championship by finishing seventh for $47,575.

Tom Le (sixth — $57,420) and Peter Chien (fifth — $72,185) were the next to go, leaving four players with their eye on the title. Three of them were Canadian with three WSOP bracelets between them.

However, the two bracelet winners were the next out. Tyler Bonkowski pocketed $94,695 for finishing fourth and Kristen Bicknell earned $128,425 for third.

Duff Charette and Balram Bhandari faced each other heads-up. After making better than third place, Bhandari secured his hold on the DSPT Player of the Year prize. The Las Vegan finished runner-up just two months ago in a WPTDeepStacks series in Arizona, and he repeated that finish in Calgary, though for significantly more money. Bhandari collected $199,240 for being second-best in the DSPT Championship.

Ontarian Duff Charette was the DSPT Championship Main Event winner, earning a whopping $284,095 as well as the enviable title and trophy.

2016 DSPT Championship Main Event Final Table Results

1Duff Charette$284,095
2Balram Bhandari$199,240
3Kristen Bicknell$128,425
4Tyler Bonkowski$94,695
5Peter Chien$72,185
6Tom Le$57,420
7Tosha Beaudry$47,575
8Damian Minev$37,850
9Sam Ngai$28,405

That’s it for Season 3 of DeepStacks Poker Tour and a great finish with new strides taken in Alberta. The province is quickly establishing itself as Canada’s poker tournament destination and 2017 will bring plenty more great series.

Photo courtesy of the DSPT Live blog.

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