Joel Bullock Wins DSPT Calgary, Kyle Hartree Wins Battle of Alberta

Joel Bullock DeepStacks Poker Tour Grey Eagle Resorts & Casino

The second half of DeepStack Poker Tour’s (DSPT) Battle of Alberta concluded Monday night at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Calgary.

With 11 tournaments spread over 11 days, it culminated in the $2,000 Main Event with $500,000 guaranteed. A total of 358 entries were tallied after the two starting flights, creating a guarantee-busting prize pool of $625,426.

Of the 45 contenders who collected some of the cash, there were plenty of well-known players that dropped out before the final table. Bo Fric (44th — $3,185), Kyle Hartree (42nd — $3,185), Ron Giles (41st — $3,185), Kris Klimosko (33rd — $3,690), Tony Comely (24th — $5,220), Sinan Tawfik (20th — $5,975), Mike McDonald (16th — $6,785), Russ Meilunas (11th — $10,320), and Jordan Johnstone (10th — $10,320) all fell before the final nine took their seats at the live-streamed final table.

Poker fans from across the province, the country, and beyond were able to watch the action unfold live on Twitch as the final table was streamed with hole cards visible. Tristan Wade provided the commentary throughout.

The well-deserved winner was local talent Joel Bullock, earning $132,096 plus a US$3,000 DSPT Championship package. This is the largest cash of his life, and puts his lifetime total near the $500,000 mark. His previous best came when he won the $760 Calgary Classic over eight years ago for $80,000.

The tournament came down to Bullock playing hotel roomie Roman Brar who were staying together for the series. Brar had to settle for $92,480 for the runner-up finish.

In third was Jimmy Lee from Edmonton who is well known on the local circuit. And in fourth was one of Alberta’s top talents, Thomas Taylor. Fifth place went to one of Saskatchewan’s best, Mike Smith, making it an incredibly stacked final table.

Final Table Results

1Joel Bullock$132,096 + US$3,000 Championship package
2Roman Brar$92,480
3Jimmy Lee$59,465
4Thomas Taylor$44,035
5Mike Smith$33,035
6Bucky Edraki$26,430
7Rene Berube$22,015
8Garth Cave$17,620
9Tank Vander$12,310

The series was one of a pair, matching the series that took place in Edmonton to make up the Battle of Alberta. A combined points race offered the best player across both series a juicy prize package, and it was Kyle Hartree who locked up the race.

Hartree has had an incredible year, and added to that with no less than 10 cashes across the Battle of Alberta! For his consistent results, he collected $2,500 in buy-ins to Casino Yellowhead, $2,500 in buy-ins to Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, and €3,500 plus airfare and accommodation for WPT DeepStacks Europe Championship.

* Lead photo courtesy of DSPTlive blog.

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