Kevin Martin Wins Main Event in Cash Casino's Calgary Classic
Cash Casino in Calgary fired up the summer poker action with the Calgary Classic series. The 10-day event featured seven tournaments ranging from $175 to $560 for buy-in.
Action kicked off on June 21 with the first of three starting flights for Event 1. The $340 event drew 305 entries over the three starting days which put well over $75,000 into the prize pool and meant 31 players would share in the money. When action got down to four-way play, the remaining players made a deal splitting the rest of the prize money. Viet Nam secured first-place money worth $15,000, while Huseyin Hasan grabbed $13,000 for second place. Matt Kwong and Dior Arifov both collected $12,000 from the cage for third and fourth place, respectively.
Event 2 ran on June 24 and saw 65 entries to the $175 tournament running along side Day 2 of Event 1. The win went to Jason Claus, wort $3,620. The third event of the series was a bounty tournament featuring a $100 bounty on a $230 buy-in. A total of 78 players came out for this one, and at the end of the day, Randy Jennings took out four players to win the event for a prize of $3,080. Ali Ghanem (third) and Cuong Lieu (sixth) tied for knockout king with seven bounties each.
Fans of the four-card game go their chance at the felt on June 26 in the $200 PLO tournament. The total number of players was 102, and the best player with four starting cards was Cuong Lieu who collected $4,160 for first place. For Event 5, the buy-in kicked up to $450 which drew 63 entries. K.C. Panjwani from Houston took down the top prize worth $7,700.
Event 7 ended the series on July 2, as the final day of the Main Event was ongoing. The $230 tournament drew 88 entries and James Jiajun from Edmonton won it all, pocketing $5,900 for the win.
Big Brother Canada Winner and Team PokerStars Online Pro Kevin Martin Wins Main Event
All eyes were on the Main Event, however, which ran from June 28 to July 2. Four Day 1s brought 287 entries to the felt for the $560 event, and players who bagged chips in one of the Day 1 flights came back on July 2 to fight for the Main Event title. Among them was the winner of Event 5, K.C. Panjwani, who was looking to secure a second title in the series with an eye on the Player of the Series title. He was only able to manage a fourth-place finish in the Main Event, but that was enough to secure the Player of the Series title. The honour secured Panjwani a ticket to the $1,100 Cash Casino Colossus Championship 2018.
The player with all the chips at the end was none other than Calgary's own Big Brother Canada sensation Kevin Martin. While his fame in the general public owes more to his innovative play on Big Brother Canada, making a deep run in Season 3 and winning Season 5 of the Canadian version of the reality show series, poker fans know he was an accomplished online player and Twitch streamer before his reality show fame. He brought those poker skills out to the live felt for the Main Event, capturing $37,000 for the win.
Wilson Liau, Poker Manager And Tournament Director at Cash Casino, was very pleased with the turnout and looked forward to the next Cash event. "I cant wait till the next one — the Wild West Shoot Out 2018." The Wild West Shoot Out runs from October 17 to October 28 at Cash Casino and will feature a $660 Main Event.