Lamarche Stomps Through Fields, Dattani Continues Crushing and Gavin Smith Makes Some Extra Scratch at 2012 Kick-Off Series

Jeff Lemarche

Over a 10 day long 2012 poker “kick-off” series that started last Thursday at Deerfoot Inn & Casino, just 3 events have yet to determine their champions. In the mean time however, several names are off to quite the start at the felts after several January events on the Canadian circuit; with Calgary’s Jeff Lemarche and Umang “Ronnie” Dattani are certainly at the top of that list.

In the first 3 events at DFIC, Lemarche was definitely “on the march”, chopping Event #1, a $275 “Turbo Challenge” with 4 starting heats, then going on to win both Event #2, a $175 NLH Re-Buy and finally conquering Event #3, the $220 No Limit Hold’em “Triple Chance”.

Jeff earned himself roughly $5,000 for each of his impressive performances, turning approximately $700 worth of buy-ins into around $15,000.

Lemarche told that he hopes to add significantly more to those totals over the final events taking place this weekend and we look forward to talking to him more about his success and tactics in this series once things wrap up.

Umang Dattani

Dattani on the other hand, also showed that there is more than just taking down No Limit Hold’em in his bag of tricks; after winning the $500 event in the 2012 Alberta Poker Championships in Edmonton for $26,000 less than two weeks ago, Ronnie added another $8,075 to his stats for this year in Event #4, an $1,100 Pot Limit Omaha. Dattani made an even chop with PLO cash game legend Frank Watson this time around.

While we are still waiting for full results for the $1650 Main Event, Saturday’s $550 and the final $350 “Super Bowl Sunday events, we do know that Gavin Smith made some cash in the Main Event, his last Tweet reading; “came third today in Calgary, Superbowl tourney tomorrow then off to Ontario Monday”.

G-Smith also hosted a sold-out $300 monthly “Poker Challenge” held at Grey Eagle Casino over his trip to Calgary. We do know that the event ended in a deal, with very recently announced Blue Shark Optics Team Canada member Todd Hunter quickly stepping up to the role and bagging $6,300 for his share of the chop.

So far we have heard that between 60-65 players entered the $1,650 No Limit Hold’em, creating a prize-pool in the neighborhood of $100,000. We should have the official numbers soon.

In the meantime, here is what we have for full results so far:


Event #1, $300 “Turbo Challenge” (1a-1d Final Results)


1 Ryan Lai $6,590
2  Jeff Lamarche $5,000
3 Tom Mansell $3,410
4 Duane Wong $2,275
5 Rick Jeffrey $1,590
6 Jag Johal $1,135
7 Steven Noseworthy $1,020
8 Simon Qu $910
9 Braden Hall $799


Total Entries: 87 Prize-Pool: $22,639


Event #2, $175 No Limit Hold’em “Re-Buy”


1 $5,235 Jeff Lamarche

2 $3,780 Jay-R Medrano

3 $2,620 Adam Cygman

4 $1,745 Steve Smith

5 $1,165 Randy Trautwein


Total Entries: 42 Prize-Pool: $14,545


Event #3, $220 “Triple Chance”


1 $4,555 Jeff Lamarche

2 $3,000 Lee Miller

3 $2,280 Marc Poirier

4 $1,500 Ryan Lai

5 $955 Jeet Shergill

6 $710 Wayne Hoffert

7 $640 Angelo Jopek

8 $570 Meaghan Whitney


Total Entries: 75 Prize-Pool:$14,210



Event #4, $1,100 PLO Deepstack


1 $8,075 Frank Watson

2 $8,075 Umang Ronnie Dattani


Total Entries: 17 Prize-Pool: $16,150

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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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