Canada Cup II Final Table Set & Calgary Casino ABS All In Challenge Recap


The PokerStars Canada Cup II $530 Main Event online portion took place on Saturday, drawing 343 entrants to an attractive overlay of $78,500 in prize-money, plus the value of 9 trips to the Bahamas.

While slightly down in attendance from the inaugural PokerStars Canada Cup, there is still some nice pay-days left to play for in 2013…

The $250,000 guaranteed tournament pays a total of 54 spots, with 45 players already collecting from $1,250 up to $3,250 for their efforts; the entire final table however, have now locked down their way to finish up things live at a TV table during the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. There is still $172,375 left to fight for, title and the trophy, as well as 3 PCA Main Event seats that will go the top 3.

At the pause of play, the chip counts were as follows:

Danny “DannyN13” Noseworthy (St. John’s) – 417,683
Joe “N0b0dy” (Montreal) – 312,356
Chris “Bushman” Bush (Vancouver) – 251,621
cHipIT2ThKiD (unknown) – 210,630
rapid786 (unknown) – 195,842
Brent “DeathBlow500” Bibby (Milton) – 118,082
THEDUTCH4141 (unknown) – 106,975
morrell11 (unknown) – 65,878
RedPantRed (unknown) – 35,933


Play was paused at Level 23, with blinds at 2500/5000 and a 625 ante. The chip average is 190,555.

While we don’t know the real names of the entire final table just yet, we can tell you that chip leader “DannyN13” has more than $800,000 in tracked combined live and online career winnings, and should be a force to be reckoned with, though the bulk is from his play on the virtual felts.

Vancouver’s Christopher “Bushman” Bush should also be considered a favorite given his $1.5 million dollars in tournament winnings on PokerStars alone, along with more than $620,000 in live event results, while Brent “DeathBlow500” Bibby” has comparably put up about $300,000 spread almost evenly across both the live and Stars felts.

Good Luck to all 9, the Final Table is payouts are set as follows:

1st –  $47,975 6th – $10,625
2nd – $35,625 7th – $8,125
3rd – $26,250 8th – $5,625
4th – $20,000 9th – $4,150
5th – $14,000

On a completely unrelated note, the first $2,010 “All in Challenge” will wrap up at Casino ABS Calgary; the tournament drew 42 runners for it’s Super Satellite and a total of 32 runners for the 2k event.

While the tournament wasn’t marketed aggressively, those that did turnout to “test the waters” reported being more than satisfied with the structure and money up for grabs; sit and goes were organized after those that missed their there way in through the super satellite eagerly requested another shot.

Comparably, the $1,100 Chrome Classic at Calgary’s Deerfoot Casino in October drew 34 runners, the 2012 COPC $1,100 drew 77 players and 65 players for the $2,200 after a nationwide marketing champaign; all and all the new $2,000 Calgary event didn’t fall to far from recent marks.

Slapped between to of the largest tournament series ever held in Canada, WSOP-C Vancouver and WPT Montreal, one can only hope that given the positive feedback from players and under the direction of the new room management, the next time around will see some growth via planning.

 Sunday’s finalists Results:

Allen Butkovic 
 $             28,860.00
2- Jerry Tria  $             14,430.00
3- Candace Eggers  $                9,813.00
4- Davinder Singh  $                4,617.00


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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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