Tony Comely Wins More Than $80,000 With DeepStacks Title

Tony Comely at DeepStacks Poker Tour Edmonton

The DeepStacks Poker Tour (DSPT) rolled into Edmonton last week for a spring stop on the DSPT. Casino Yellowhead played host to the tour from April 6 to 16, culminating in the the DeepStacks Edmonton Spring Main Event.

After two Day 1s, a total of 420 players ponied up the $1,100 buy-in for the event. That put the prize pool at $399,000 with the top 53 players sharing in the money. When players convened on Sunday for Day 2, just 89 players remained in contention for the prizes.

Day 2 was all about making the money, but 26 of the returning players would go home empty-handed. The bubble burst fairly early in the day without going hand for hand, and the first person who walked away from the table with money was Tyson Potrebenko with a minimum cash of $1,740.

Play on Day 2 continued through the field until a final table was set. Along the way, some pretty familiar names in the local poker community collected cash from the cage. Among the players to add to their bankroll on Day 2 were Garret Bok, Francis Fan, Glen Cymbaluk, Jody Fayant, Josh Wallace, Kaan Becer, Phil Riley, Trevor Norlander, George Broumas, and Raymond Trieu, among others.

One other name to cash out on Day 2 was Kris Klimosko, who scored $5,710 for a 14th-place finish. Along with his brother Jared, Klimosko is a familiar face on the western Canadian poker scene who hails from Humboldt, Saskatchewan. For the DeepStacks Main Event, he was sporting a Humboldt Broncos hockey jersey to commemorate the horrific bus accident the junior hockey team was involved in earlier this month. Fifteen young lives were lost in the crash, and in an emotional interview, Klimosko pledged 60% of his winnings to the #HumboldtStrong fundraiser.

When Day 2 was finished, just nine players remained in the hunt for the trophy. Haven Werner was the player with the biggest bag at the end of the day, but she was facing stiff competition from players like Kris Steinbach and Tony Comely. By the end of Level 30, the third level of the day, the tournament was down to five players remaining and things went pretty quickly from there.

Steinbach was eliminated early in Level 31 in fifth place for $18,870, and Dwayne Reid followed closely behind to collect $24,540 for fourth place. Werner was the next to fall, managing to pull third-place money of $36,610 from her start-of-day chip lead just before the end of Level 31.

That left Andrew Goertz heads up against Tony Comely for the trophy. The more experienced Comely was able to finish the tournament out before the end of the level when he flopped bottom pair with {k-Diamonds}{4-Spades} on a {9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} flop. He called Goertz' flop bet before {k-Spades} hit the turn. Goertz shoved for more than 4 million chips, and Comely made the call with a bigger stack. Goertz was well behind with {9-Hearts}{8-Hearts} and the river {k-Hearts} gave Comely the boat and the decisive win. Goertz won $56,940 for second.

DeepStacks interviewed Comely after the win. “It feels pretty good. It’s a long time coming — overdue,” he said. The $81,200 win (including $3,000 DSPT Championship prize package) is his largest live cash ever, and pushes his career earnings very close to US$300,000.

DeepStacks Poker Tour Edmonton Final Table Results

1Tony Comely$81,200 incl. $3,000 DSPT Championship prize package
2Andrew Goertz$56,940
3Haven Werner$36,610
4Dwayne Reid$24,540
5Kris Steinbach$18,870
6Brieanne Chetek$15,640
7Ian Alvarado$13,130
8Tony Nguyen$10,620
9Damian Minev$8,130

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