The first post-WSOP Albertan poker series of the summer was Casino Yellowhead’s Pure Poker Summer Showdown in Edmonton. The one-week series offered five events and the last of it just wrapped up on Sunday.
After a $550 bounty tournament kicked the action off on July 23 and a $330 no-limit hold’em tournament, a $440 pot-limit Omaha tournament, and a $220 no-limit hold’em tournament followed through the week, the $1,100 Main Event highlighted the series.
There were two starting flights for the Main Event. Once Friday and Saturday’s Day 1s came to an end, a total of 254 entries was tallied, creating a prize pool of $241,300.
Much of the usual talent was present among the final 32 players who earned a payout. There’s a pool of Alberta regulars that always seem to be among the top of the pack in these mid-sized series.
The final table included the likes of Sam Ngai (seventh — $8,080), Bashar Ramahi (fifth — $11,620), Jody Fayant (fourth — $15,050), and Devin Verstraelen (third — $24,730). It ultimately came down to a heads-up battle between Shahram Taghavizadeh and Taranvir Vander with Vander coming out on top to collect $55,410 while Taghavizadeh had to settle for the runner-up prize of $38,960.
Pure Poker Summer Showdown Main Event Final Table Results