PokerStars Canada Cup: Jeet Shergill Builds Monster Stack, “Talonchick”, Labchuck & “Spektah” Amongst Final Nine Headed to TV table at PCA

Jeet “Sharpy59” Shergill

More than 400 players from across the country took their seats online in the $530 buy-in, PokerStars Canada Cup Finals this past Sunday and it’s safe to assume that that all of them sat down with the same goal in mind of finishing in the top 9 to secure a seats at the live, filmed for television final table that will take place on January 9th 2012 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. After around nine hours of play wrapped up, those players have now been determined, including several names we at recognize from tournaments we have traveled to; emerging as the massive chip leader with more than a 2-1 chip advantage for TV table on all but one opponent was Calgary’s Jeet Shergill, while “TraVison” is the only other player with more than half of that count. This will won’t be Shergill’s first time playing at the PCA either, speaking with him it turn out that over the past few years Jett has a fistful of seats into the events hosted at Paradise Island, cashing in a smaller event there just this past January. As far as this upcoming trip goes Jeet simply said, “I am very grateful to be going and I want to win the whole thing. I plan on playing the best that I can and not under estimating, or over estimating, the other players.”

Benjamin Leblond
Benjamin Leblond

Jeet will have plenty of company from his home region, with at least two other players hailing from Alberta; Edmonton’s PokerStars Team Online Player Adrienne “talonchick” Rowsome also made the final 9 as did Calgary’s David “Dick_Fosbury” Labchuck. Ironically, we interviewed “talonchick” just a few days prior to the event and along with questions on her signing with PokerStars this year; we had asked her about the Canada Cup. Adrienne said she would be fighting hard to make that prestigious table and it looks like she pulled that off with flying colors. Rowsome sits comfortably with around average chips for the title fight in January, while David sits with a very similar count. His track record is also quite similar to Adrienne’s in that both have around a quarter million dollars in prior multiple table tournament winnings on Pokerstars, with Labchuck best score a 4th place finish in a 2010 Sunday Millions worth more than $165,000.


While we are still digging up the real names and histories of a few players that will be joining these three, there is one other player that has continued to keep us busy writing about his top live results over the past few years; sometimes Ottawa, sometimes Montreal, Ben “Spektah” Leblond will also be returning to the PCA this year to gun for the title, trophy top prize money and $25,000 High-Roller seat that will go to the winner. Leblond was the 2009 COPC $5,000 Heads Up winner, after facing and defeating 11 time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, High Stakes cash game player Brad Booth, WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Madsen along with back to back CPT Invitational winner Richard Webb in the best 2 out 3 format. Benjamin also finished 6th in the $5,000 PCA Heads Up this past year, 5th in the 2010 COPC $5,000 when returning to defend his title, 3rd in last year’s BCPC’s Main Event and 3rd in the Poker Pro Classic $1,500; all this to say we can expect “Spektah” to be a serious contender when things play out in the Bahamas this January.

All of the finalists will also receive flights, luxury accommodations along with $500 in spending cash for meals and are paid out 9th place prize money. We’ll keep looking for more information on the others, but in the mean time, we have all their chip counts and what the final table pay-outs are set at:

  Name/Screen Name Chip Count ICM Posted By PokerStars at Tournament Pause Actual Prize Payouts*      *To Be Determined Live
1st Jeet “Sharpy59” Shergill 592,545 $42,367.11 $47,500+$25,000 High Roller Seat
2nd   “TraVision” 365,644 $27,707.23 $35,500
3rd Sarvesh “serbie” Pershad 251,439 $20,358.75 $25,625
4th Adrienne “talonchick” Rowsome 209,304 $17,647.60 $19,500
5th David “Dick_Fosbury” Labchuck 196,451 $16,820.58 $13,500
6th Benjamin “Spektah” Leblond 133,403 $12,763.77 $10,625
7th   “107tiger” 114,660 $11,557.75 $8,125
8th  Qi “qihu00” Hu    101,235 $10,693.94 $5,625
9th    “Virgo005” 95,319 $10,313.27 $4,150
  Total Chips in Play:  2,060,000 Average: 228,889 Average: $18,905 Total: $170,150 (+ $25k Seat)


Total Prize Pool for Online $530 Finals: $250,000 (63 spots paid) Total Entries: 412

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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.


  1. My name is Andrew Virgo and I am Virgo005 on pokerstars. I also play on titan poker as AVirgo77. It’s an honour to be at this final table. I may be the short stack but don’t count on me going away quietly 😉


  2. i used to be ok at poker , but now i cant win anything will anyone stake me , il play micro stakes because i dont wanna lose alot of investors money , i will not lose that much I AM BENJAMI


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