Brotherwood Wins Another In Edmonton, WCPC at Casino Yellowhead Event 1& 2


The 10th Annual Western Canadian Poker Classic is currently underway at Casino Yellowhead in Edmonton Alberta, having wrapped up it’s first two events for the May 2nd-6th tournament series on Wednesday and Thursday. We have those results for you, but we can’t claim they come with any big surprises…except wait!

This just in: Calgary’s Shane Brotherwood has won an event in Edmonton! And another before that, and before that and before…well, you get the point. Near as we can figure and keeping our estimates on the conservative side, Brotherwood has won at least 3 events over the past couple years in Edmonton, with as many more top 5 finishes, with cashes totaling near $150,000 in the capital city. Congratulations to him on his latest haul!

His isn’t the only name that is starting to look like a standard copy/paste for those preparing the results in Edmonton; Patrick Gunjai has also had at least 3 deep finishes over the past few series and Cliff Green just keeps adding to a five figure running tally.

Ryan McClean told this writer pre-series that he was going to make him and a few lucky investors some scratch, a bold statement already backed up by a noteworthy 4th place finish in the $500 after the tournament played straight through the night with the final table still playing 5 handed at 9:00am! Edmonton’s Talal Shoush claimed the top spot in the end after holding the chip lead for much of the final table and crushing dreams with quad 8’s…


There are of course already a few others that have seemingly become staples on Canadian pay-out sheets that if we hadn’t met in person we might start to think they are live poker bots; anybody surprised to see Michael Smith, Zennawi Petros and Jerome Makonen collect four figures for their days work either? We aren’t.


Event #3 started up Friday afternoon, a hefty $2,000 No Limit Hold’em with 75 runners and $50,000 set aside for first. We’ll be back to drop some more names, but until then, here are the results to date:


WCPC Event # 1, $300 No Limit Hold’em


1st      Shane Brotherwood      $13,500


2nd    David Chau    $8,300

3rd    I Simpson    $5,000

4th    Jerome Makonen    $3,700

5th    Kim Graham    $3,000

6th    Ron Lauzon    $2,500

7th    Zennawi Petros    $2,100

8th    Brian McLachlan    $1,800

9th    Ken Knight    $1,500

10th  Joseph Williams    $1,400

11th   Kyle Hartree    $1,300

12th   Nathan Tyndale    $1,200

13th   Roan Michenev   $1,100

14th   Glyn Gracias   $1,000

15th   Grant Wall   $900

16th   Sean Coombs    $800

17th   Jonathan Kozel    $625


Total Entries: 175 Prize Pool: $49,725


WCPC Event #2, $500 No Limit Hold’em Chips


1st    Talal Shoush    $22,000


2nd    Bryan Hoeving    $12,500

3rd    Christa Backlund    $8,200

4th    Ryan McClean    $6,200

5th    Cliff Green    $4,800

6th Duy Pham $4,000

7th Cory Hauser $3,400

8th David Chan $2,900

9th Kenneth Bernard $2,450

10th Ryan Zdunick $2,200

11th Patrick Gunraj $2,000

12th Michael Smith $1,800

13th Tho Nguyen $1,700

14th Cody Fleming $1,600

15th Christopher Paulson $1,500

16th William Joseph $1,400

17th Nick Holloway $1,300


Total Entries: 164 Prize Pool: $79,950

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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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