Gavin Smith Wins 2011 Canadian Poker Tour Finals

gavin-smith-cpt-finalsThe Canadian Poker Tour 2010 Point Leader Championship and Finals wrapped up last night at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino.  The series kicked of last Wednesday with a super satellite to the $2200 Main Event, which had a tiered buy-in for the Tours top points leaders, depending on their overall rank.  In addition, three other events were held around the championships, varying from $200 to $500.
Seventy of the CPT’s top players entered the starting field on Saturday for a very deep stacked competition with hour-long levels.  It took 12 hours to end Day 1, leaving around 20 tough players to battle it out on Day 2, including returning back to back champion Richard Webb, and Jody Fayant, both who had snagged sponsorship contracts in the finals last year.  They would have their work cut out for them, however, as World Series of Poker Bracelet winner Gavin Smith was also in the mix.  Play resumed Sunday until a final table was finally reached around supper time.  One by one, the field thinned, with Ron Campbell, the 2008 Player of the Year on the CPT being the first to make the money, collecting $2300 for his hard work.  Robert Nillson would be the last man to leave on the games second bubble, making some decent money, but missing the sponsorship contracts remaining for the final three spots.
With Gavin having about a 1,000,000 chips to the remaining players approximate 300k and 200k, a deal was struck between the exhausted trio.  Gavin, who had lead the leader board for a good portion of 2010, would get the much deserved title, top sponsorship contract of $25,000 in Canadian Poker Tour buy-ins and the $14,000 in first place prize money.  Todd Hunter with 2nd place chips then made a generous deal with the slightly smaller stack, they both would take $9000 in cash and split the remaining two contracts, leaving them both $12,500 in sponsorship monies.
Congrats boys! Well played!  Here are the first few events results while we wait for everybody to recuperate.
2011 CPT Finals Results
Event #3
Buy-in: $330
Total Entrants: 118
Place Finished Prize Player Name
1ST $       9,128 Dan McNamara
2ND $       6,525 Jay Mackenzie
3RD $       4,733 Doug Verstraete
4TH $       3,381 Dean Nimmo
5TH $       2,366 Josh Wallace
6TH $       1,690 Daniel White
7TH $       1,352 Vincent Lam
8TH $       1,183 Jeff Babante
9TH $       1,048 Bo Fric
10TH $          914 Ross Healy
11TH $          811 James Gibson
12TH $          676 Paul Westberg
TOTAL $   33,807
Event #2
Buy-in: $220
Total Entrants: 111
Place Finished Prize Player Name
1ST $          5,466 Shane Brotherwood
2ND $          3,948 Johnathon Pearce
3RD $          2,835 Jeff Babante
4TH $          2,025 Doug Verstraete
5TH $          1,417 Braeden Criddle
6TH $          1,012 Scott Churchill
7TH $             911 Matt Hyatt
8TH $             810 Laurie Hawman
9TH $             709 Joe Party
10TH $             607 Yeping Slevan
11TH $             506 Eric Davis
TOTAL $     20,246
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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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