9th Annual Alberta Poker Championship PLO and $2k Results at Casino Edmonton


9th Annual Alberta Poker ChampionshipThe 9th Annual Alberta Poker Championships are all but wrapped up with the 2-Day $550’s final table and the last chance $300 still underway late Sunday; we do however, have the Pot Limit Omaha and $2000 No Limit Hold’em results for you…

With some very steady $25/$50 action leading up to the series keeping the “high rollers” happy at the Argyll poker room, it seemed a shame to waste an open night over tournament week; after enough players put in the request, a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha was added last minute to the schedule, with seats open for anybody with the guts and the bankroll to enter. A full table of players turned out on Monday night to do just that, hopefully breaking the ice for future things to come and playing until the sun started to rise on Tuesday. It was a very profitable night for a few of them, as you can see here:

January 16th $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha

1st Vince Lam $32,000
2nd Makram Chimayt $16,750

Total Entries: 10 Prize-Pool: $48,750

76 players kept the PLO action flowing on Tuesday, this time in a $500 Deep Stack, creating a total prize-pool of $37,050. The top 8 took home the cash as follows:


January 17th, $500 Pot Limit Omaha

1st Robin Bergren $12,700
2nd Ryan Zdunyck $7,500
3rd Ryan Smith $5,400
4th Matthew Rogers $3,800
5th Jody Fayant $2,650
6th Braday O’Hara $2,100
7th Malcom Boldger $1,600
8th Ed Tonnellier $1,300


Thursday January 19th and Friday the 20th played host to the multiple start day $500 No Limit Hold’em Main Event and is still in progress at the time of writing but we hope to post those results Monday. We do know right now that more there were more than 200 entries and Sunday’s top spot is paying $26,000.

Saturday took things up a notch again, this time with another 76 players turning out for the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship boasting a $50,000 top prize, trophy, bragging rights and bracelet. More than 300 players participated in the super satellites leading up to the event, but in the end 8 players once again divvied up a healthy prize-pool of $148,200 as follows:

$500 2-Day No Limit Holdem – January 19,20   (Finals on 22nd)

1st $26,000 Ronny Dattani
2nd $15,000 Glyn Gracias
3rd $9,000 Ryan McClean
4th $6,500 Lonnie Hallett
5th $5,500 Patrick Gunraj
6th $5,000 Braeden Criddle
7th $4,500 Randy Bot
8th $4,000 Francis Fan
9th $3,500 Ryan Comely
10th $3,000 Randy Ashe
11th $2,500 George Broumas
12th $2,100 Rodney James Mason
13th $1,800 Allen Butkovic
14th $1,500 Andrew Beliveau
15th $1,500 Wayne Witherspoon
16th $1,200 Holly Berry
17th $1,200 Kyle Hartree
18th $1,100 Cliff Ratynski
19th $1,087.50 Ronald Campbell
20th $1,000 Ivan Magulak
21st $1,000 Talal Shoush

With just these 3 completed events totaling $234,000 in prize money, another roughly $100,000 up for grabs in the $500 and Sunday’s “last chance” $300 No Limit Hold’em still left to be added to the tally, Casino Edmonton certainly didn’t disappoint once again for it’s 9th Annual Alberta Poker Championships; pre-series estimates aimed for an estimated $400,000 in tournament prize-pools, based on a total of 600 entries across the events.

$2,000 No Limit Holdem Main Event – January   21

1st $50,000 Basher Ramahi
2nd $30,000 Chase Olsen
3rd $21,000 Leo Brower
4th $15,000 Alemu Makonen
5th $12,000 Lonnie Hallett
6th $9,000 Ron Piasetzki
7th $6,700 Dana Forden
8th $4,500 Michael Smith

$300 No Limit Holdem Last Chance – January 22

1st $7,500 Jason Ross
2nd $4,500 Brian Flemming
3rd $3,000 Allen Butkovic
4th $2,300 Gary Spencer
5th $1,800 Kelly Bernas
6th $1,300 Ryan Smith
7th $937.50 Lance Lee Yuen
8th $600 Ronald Toledo




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Jon Harnish
35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.


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