Spread across the larger cities of Calgary and Edmonton, while independent of each other, there will be more than 10 days of medium limit tournament poker action available in late April between the Deerfoot Inn and Yellowhead Casinos.
The Deerfoot Inn and Casino will once again host its annual Chrome Classic, beginning on April 21st, with 4 events wrapping up on the 25th.
Event #1 April 21st 2PM
$1200+120(100 for CPT Members)
Event #2 April 22nd & 23rd 12PM
$300+30(25 for CPT Members)
Event #3 April 24th 12PM Mega Stack
$400+50(40 for CPT Members)
Event #4 April 25th 12PM
According to the Canadian Poker Tour Schedule, the series kicks off with a $1320 event on the Thursday. The top 10% of the $330 event field advance each “qualifying” day held from the 21st to 23rd, to Sunday’s finals and the money. Also on the 24th, Event #3 will be a $450 “Mega Stack” and finally, for those not quite satisfied with their haul; a $170 “last chance” will be hosted on the 25th. Field caps and anticipated prize-pools have not yet been announced for the series, but it looks to be a great warm up for the action in Edmonton as the Western Canadian Poker Classic also starts on the Sunday.
The 9th annual edition for the $400,000 in estimated prize-pool series hosted by Casino Yellowhead consists of 3 days of pre-series satellites and 4 events. Beginning on the 24th, Sunday and Monday are $180+20+10 (additional add) on super satellites, with the top 10% of each day receiving entry into BOTH the $500+50 and $1000+100 events. Players start with 6000 chip, plus 2000 more if they choose to take the add-on. Tuesday is a Single Table “satty” day, with entries ranging from $45-$115 and awarding seats into the $330, $550 and $1100 events.
Things really get started on the Wednesday, with a $300+30+10 No Limit Hold’em single day event. Thursday and Friday, the 28th and 29th of April are $500+50+10 “qualifying” days, with the top 10% of each day advancing to Sunday’s noon finals. Players start the multiple day events with a generous 10,000 chips and the option of taking an add-on for 2000 more. Saturday is the largest buy-in, $1000+100+10, with deep starting stacks of 15,000 and the available 2000 add-on. Traditionally, fields have been around the 200 entry mark for this larger buy-in event in previous versions of the popular Edmonton series. Things wrap up on May 1st, with a final $300+30+10 “last chance”.
Calgary and Edmonton are about a 3 hour drive apart, with both cities having many attractions to visit outside of the poker room, including several of the countries largest malls, with the Rocky Mountains and Banff National park is about an hour from Calgary. There is plenty of nightlife in both cities, Edmonton’s White and Jasper Avenue are always “jamming” and the Deerfoot Inn and Casino does have an attached hotel. Good natured rivalry between the cities for just about anything competitive always adds to the fun.
Good luck to the locals and those making the trip!