Calvin Hackewicz Wins CPC $1,100 Main Event at Yellowhead Casino


The 13th annual Canadian Poker Championships at Yellowhead Casino in Edmonton wrapped up on Sunday pulling together combined prize pools of more than $331,600 over it’s 5 No Limit Hold’em events.

Changing things up from standard series in Edmonton with a 2 starting day $1,100 Main Event proved to be the right recipe for a Thanksgiving long weekend series, drawing 161 entries to battle for a top prize of $44,600.

Local Calvin Hackewicz nearly doubled his tracked career winning total after defeating the poker room’s major tournament money leader Malcolm Bolger during heads up play in the Main Event; with this victory Calvin claims his first championship title and nearly $45,000 up top.

Hackewicz had previously made 8 final tables in Western Canadian series, including a 2nd and 5th place finishes in this same tournament over the years, making it even more fitting that he finally owns the bragging rights and bling for Event #4.

Also continuing to dominate in Edmonton was Basher Ramahi, who’s two final table finishes this time around included a win in the $300 No Limit Hold’em Event #5 for $9,150.

Basher won the Main Event at the 9th Annual Alberta Poker Championships at the start of the year for $50,000 and has also more than doubled his career totals over 2012; adding a combined $11,650 for his performances this week.

Adding to Ramahi’s celebration was a $17,300 win for friend Toufic Chehayben in Event #3, a $800 No Limit Hold’em. Toufic, also known as Troy, defeated a field of 79 entries to take the top prize, with notable Samuel Ngai also making a final appearance in 5th for $4,450.

Event #2, a $550 No Limit Hold’em was won by Azad Ismael who was the last player standing of 111 for $16,000 payday.

Event #1, a $300 No Limit Hold’em with 173 runners had a 1st place prize of $9,500 that was claimed by Garrett B.; we’ll have full results shortly to add as an update to this post.

Congratulations to all the players!




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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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