First Half of Battle of Alberta Concludes in Edmonton

Rex Clinkscales

The Edmonton chapter of the Battle of Alberta has concluded with eight events in the books across 11 days of poker. Pure Canadian Gaming’s Yellowhead Casino in Edmonton played host to the DeepStacks Poker Tour in its fourth season.

The DSPT Edmonton $1,100 Main Event featured three starting flights followed by Day 2 and then the final table on Day 3. While the feature event guaranteed a prize pool of $250,000, a total of 412 entries were tallied at the close of registration on Day 1c for a total prize pool of $391,400 paying 52 spots.

Rex Clinkscales is the Main Event champion ($79,300 + $3,000 DSPT Championship seat) after grinding his way to a heads-up battle with Jamie Martin after coming in to the final table as the second-shortest stack. Martin pocketed $55,580 for his deep run. Clinkscales is also the first two-time DSPT Main Event champion in the history of the tour after winning a title in Tampa just a few months ago. This win also put Clinkscales in the lead for Player of the Year with 1,800 points.

In the final hand, Clinkscales rivered the nut flush with ace-three of diamonds on a ten-high board with a four-card straight on the board as well. Martin called his stack off on the river, only to muck his hand once he saw what he was up against.

Final Table Results

1Rex Clinkscales$79,300 + $3,000 DSPT Champ
2Jamie Martin$55,580
3Mike DeGirolamo$35,730
4Kris Klimosko$23,870
5Dicky Deng$18,360
6Ryan Comely$15,220
7Calvin Haczkewicz$12,780
8George Skrzypniak$10,350
9Jason Tran$7,930

The field was certainly anything but soft and many notable players made the money including Jerry Tria (16th — $4,580), Deron Noksana (20th — $3,800), Chris Bowers (21st — $3,800), Paul Sokoloff (22nd — $3,230), Bash Ramahi (28th — $2,170), Talal Shoush (31st — $2,170), Kyle Hartree (33rd — $2,170), Ryan Smith (42nd — $1,940), Ron Lauzon (46th — $1,720), and Trevor Norlander (51st — $1,720).

Leading up to the Main Event were seven side events with a half/half tournament with both no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha, as well as an 8-max pot-limit Omaha event, plus a ladies-only bounty tournament.

Event #1 - $550 NL
Winner: Toller Conrad - $14,000
Runner-up: Deron Noksana - $20,160

The opening event was the ever-popular $550 no-limit hold’em three-day event with two starting flights. When all was said and done, there were a total of 267 entries to make up a prize pool of $126,825 paying out 34 spots. Toller Conrad closed out the tournament for $14,000 after making a four-handed deal while he was the second-shortest stack. Deron Noksana took the lion's share of the remaining prize pool and Conrad ended up going on a tear to earn the trophy and the title. Here is a look at the ICM deal that was made:

Deron Noksana$20,160
Ali Razzaq$12,960
Toller Conrad$14,000
Jerry Tria$7,910

Event #2 - $330 NL/PLO
Winner: Ken Lee - $12,185
Runner-up: Alex Fang - $7,900

The second event of the series was half/half tournament with a structure that included both no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha for a good mix. Ken Lee was the winner for $12,185 after making a heads-up deal with Alex Fang. The two players battled for the title and Lee was victorious to capture the trophy and glory that came with it. The final table was full of heavy-hitters including Brandon Lang, Ryan Comely, James McLeod, and another appearance from Ryan Schoonbaert. This event ended with 159 entries paying 20 spots for a prize pool of $45,315.

Event #3 - $550 NL
Winner: Chris MacPherson - $17,220
Runner-up: Wojtek Tomczak - $10,705

The one-day $550 no-limit hold’em event brought in 125 entries at the close of registration for a prize pool of $59,375. A total of 16 players made the money but it was Chris MacPherson on top after a long 14-hour grind. He took home $17,220 and the trophy after defeating Wojtek Tomczak. Kyle Hartree finished in third place among a stacked final table that included Ryan Smith, Gerry Fehr, James McLeod, and Marc Wilson.

Event #4 - $660 PLO 8-Max
Winner: Steve Schartner - $16,180
Runner-up: Dennis Laronde

Pot-limit Omaha has quickly become a popular game of choice, and that was apparent after Event #4 $660 PLO 8-Max attracted 88 entries for a prize pool of $50,160 for a one-day event. Steve Schartner took this one down ($16,180) but not before getting past the likes of Ryan Schoonbaert, Laurence Louie, and Gary Terris on the final table. Schartner’s final opponent was Dennis Laronde and he entered heads-up play with a 10-to-1 chip lead before seeing Laronde double multiple times. He didn’t let up and finished the job after a lengthy battle, earning himself the title.

Event #5 - $440 NL $50 Bounty
Winner: Robert G - $13,100
Runner-up: Kyle Hartree - $8,210

The final table was stacked with the likes of Ryan Schoonbaert, Kyle Hartree, Leor Wasserman, Gerry Fehr, and Sal Sen, but the eventual winner was Robert G. The champion went heads-up with Hartree, earning himself the trophy and the title for $13,100.

Hartree has had a phenomenal run this series, finishing as runner-up and in third place in two tournaments. Leading up to this series in 2017 alone, Hartree final-tabled 12 events and booked two wins. He also racked up seven cashes this summer in Las Vegas at the World Series of Poker, including a 1,057th-place finish in the $10,000 Main Event for $15,000. He earned his buy-in to the world’s most popular tournament after he won the Player of the Series award at the 2017 Winter Super Stack Series at Deerfoot Casino in Calgary back in February. It’s safe to say that Hartree has emerged as a tough competitor and will continue to be a force on the felt.

Event #6 - $220 NL Turbo
Winner: Tyler Fillmore - $6,640
Runner-up: Josh Wallace - $4,090

The final event of the series wrapped things up with the $220 no-limit hold’em turbo. Tyler Fillmore took the title, trophy, and $6,640 after defeating Season 4 DSPT Calgary champion Josh Wallace ($4,090). The final event as part of the Battle of Alberta - Edmonton attracted a total of 118 entries for a prize pool of $22,420 at the close of registration. Familiar faces to make the money in this event included Tony Comely, Harada Hiroaki, Brian Lee, Laurence Louie, and Sunny Lubana.

Ladies Event - $330 NL Bounty
Winner: Lilly Nguyen - $3,200
Runner-up: Randy Rusnell - $1,870

For the second series in a row, DeepStacks Edmonton held a ladies’ event, and this time the buy-in was increased to $330. A total of 30 entries were tallied by the end of registration and it was Calgary’s Lilly Nguyen who came out on top. The champion pocketed $3,200 and a fistful of bounties along with the trophy and the title.

Final Results

Main$1,100 NLRex Clinkscales$79,300 + $3,000 DSPT Champ
1$550 NLToller Conrad$14,000*
2$330 NL/PLOKen Lee$12,185
3$550 NLChris MacPherson$17,220
4$660 PLOSteve Schartner$16,180
5$440 NL BountyRobert G$13,100
6$220 NL TurboTyler Fillmore$6,640
Ladies'$330 NLLilly Nguyen$3,200

* denotes a chop

Kyle Hartree Leads the Battle of Alberta Player of the Series

Kyle Hartree
Kyle Hartree at the World Series of Poker.

The DeepStacks Poker Tour has come up with a creative Player of the Series package that stretches across Battle of Alberta - Edmonton and Battle of Alberta - Calgary. Now that Edmonton’s series is in the books, Kyle Hartree currently sits atop the leaderboard with 180.5 points after three cashes including a runner-up finish, a third place, plus a deep run in the Main Event. Hartree is in line to win his third Player of the Series package in Alberta after scooping two WSOP $10,000 Main Event seats for his top finishes at Deerfoot Casino. Behind him is Calgary’s Ryan Schoonbaert with 163.4 points with three cashes as well. Calgary’s series is on the horizon so it only makes sense to see the same players taking their shots in the coming weeks. Here is a look at the top 10 players in contention:

1Kyle Hartree180.5
2Ryan Schoonbaert163.4
3Rex Clinkscales160
4Toller Conrad140
5Wojtek Tomczak131.4
6Ken Lee130
7James McLeod125
8Deron Noksana124
9Tyler Fillmore120
10Robert Garic120

The next major series in Western Canada is the Battle of Alberta - Calgary series at Grey Eagle Casino from September 28 through October 9. The battle continues just a few hours south of Edmonton and features a package schedule including a live-streamed $2,000 Main Event with $500,000 guaranteed. This is another series you don’t want to miss!

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