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 CanadaPoker.com 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.”
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|
|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|
|8th||Qi “qihu00” Hu||101,235||$10,693.94||$5,625|
|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