Ben Wilinofsky Takes Down DSPT Championship in Calgary

Ben Wilinofsky 2018 DSPT Champion

The final series of the 2018 season of the DeepStacks Poker Tour (DSPT) ran in Calgary in the final weeks of November. Grey Eagle Resort & Casino played host to the 12-day, 11-event series featuring buy-ins ranging from $220 all the way up to the $2,500 Main Event. When all the hands were played, it was Vancouver's Ben Wilinofsky who took down the Championship prize.

The series kicked off on November 23 with a $550 BB Ante event that ran two Day 1s. By the time the Day 1s were finished, 434 entries were recorded to put the prize pool at $206,149. Edmonton's Sheraz Nasir was the last player sitting after defeating Kyle Crego from Calgary heads up. Already a WPT Champion with nearly $500,000 in winnings, Nasir won $41,622 for the victory, while Crego pocketed $29,195 for second.

Another notable tournament in the series happened on November 29 with Event #7: $400 NL 6-Max. A total of 167 entries turned out for the one-day event, including local PokerStars Team Pro Online and Big Brother Canada winner Kevin Martin. Martin is coming to the end of a storybook 2018, and after a fifth-place finish in the first event of the series, Martin powered through the field in Event #7 for another win. The $15,181 win over Calgary's Phil Wright ($9,946) was Martin's fourth win and 15th cash on the live circuit in 2018.

The $2,500 Main Event kicked off the first of two starting flights on November 30. By the time Day 1b was finished on December 1, a total of 529 entries swelled the prize pool to a massive $1,155,865. When Day 2 began, 120 players were emptying chips out of bags with the intention of making the final table by end of day.

Day 3 began with Vancouver poker sensation and EPT Champion Ben Wilinofsky at the top of the final table chip counts. He headed a final nine stacked with western Canadian talent including Eric Wasylenko, Tyler Warken, Tyler Bonkowski, and Raymond Trieu. Nearly nine hours after the first hand was dealt at the final table, Wilinofsky's pocket tens took down the championship after heads-up play against Edmonton's Steven Dahrouge. The full final table results from the Main Event are below.

FinishPlayerPrize
1Ben Wilinofsky$223,359
2Steven Dahrouge$156,573
3John Foley$100,687
4Dave McLeod$70,612
5Tyler Bonkowski$54,222
6Tyler Warken$44,814
7Eric Wasylenko$37,277
8Duff Charette$29,764
9Raymond Trieu$22,331

Photo courtesy of DeepStacks Poker Tour.

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