Hartree's Heater Holds, Wins Great Canadian Freeze Out

Kyle Hartree

Cash Casino Calgary just wrapped up their seven-event series aptly dubbed the Great Canadian Freeze Out while winter temperatures dipped again. The venue is known for providing good-value, lower-buy-in events for Alberta’s thriving tournament poker community.

Coming out on top of the affordable $560 Main Event was none other than Kyle Hartree who just claimed the title of High Point Champion at Deerfoot Inn & Casino’s Winter Super Stack for the second time.

It was less than a month ago that Hartree was down the road at Deerfoot Inn & Casino and finished first, second, third, and sixth in four of Winter Super Stack’s 13 events. As the repeat High Point Champion, Hartree earned a seat in the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event and a one-year lease on a Toyota RAV4.

Keeping the heater alive, Hartree topped Cash Casino’s Main Event field of 311 entries to win $40,000.

The Great Canadian Freeze Out Main Event got down to a final table on Sunday and had some great local talent still in the running.

Finishing in seventh place, Aleeyah Jadavji is used to standing behind the table with a notepad as a freelance tournament reporter, but she was seated at the table this time and found a $6,000 cash for her deep run.

Minh Thai was another notable player who had a seat on the final table, and he made it as far as fifth place before being eliminated for $9,000.

Heads-up play came down to Ryan Cairns and Kyle Hartree with Cairns ultimately falling one place short of the win, pocketing $24,000.

2017 Great Canadian Freeze Out Final Table Results

1Kyle Hartree$40,000
2Ryan Cairns$24,000
3Duane Wong$14,000
4Chris Dedoo$11,000
5Minh Thai$9,000
6Kaija Karmiste$7,501
7Aleeyah Jadavji$6,000
8Vincent Chahley$4,500
9Ray Curry$3,500

The series kicked off on February 23 with a $340 tournament that received 397 entries. Braeden Criddle was the winner, earning $25,000.

That was followed by a $175 one-day event that had 111 entries and Tyler Foran earned $4,630 for the win.

On Monday, the buy-in was $230 and 38 entries was topped by Johnny Galelonia for $3,425.

Tuesday’s tournament was a pot-limit Omaha event worth $235 and Jordan Johnstone came out ahead to collect $7,300 in the 135-entry field.

On Wednesday, $265 earned players a seat in a bounty tournament and 119 entries passed through registration. James Keichinger was the bounty king, collecting $2,823 from the prize pool and an unknown amount in bounties.

The Main Event filled the tables from Thursday to Saturday, and with the field reduced on Sunday for Day 2, there was room to run a $175 final one-day tournament that received 80 entries and was won by Tyler Warken for $4,260.

The next series in Calgary’s busy tournament scene will be the return of DeepStacks Poker Tour to Grey Eagle Resort & Casino running March 10-19.

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