Sold Out 2011 Atlantic Canada Poker Championships Underway


Poker players on the east coast of Canada certainly didn’t hesitate to grab a seat in the 2011 Atlantic Canada Poker Championships, currently underway at the Red Shores Casino and Racetrack in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island; the starting field is now completely sold out at 320 players and taking a wait list, making it pretty much a lock that Sunday’s winner will pocket the estimated top prize of $40,000.

The $500 plus $50 buy-in tournament features four qualifying rounds with a maximum of 80 players, starting twice daily on Friday, October 14th and on Saturday October 15th. The top 20%, from each round (in this case final 16 players), advance to the Championship Round on Sunday to battle it out for the prize money.

Players started with 5000 in their stacks and 30 minute blind levels, with those that make it through carrying their chips forward from the qualify rounds, but both stages have separate structures; play “re-sets” on Sunday.

With the completion of the events opening day, several familiar names are already present on the chip counts and clearly this event has attracted participants from across Canada; Shane Brotherwood for one we know to hail from Alberta, with many miles behind him since last week’s events in Edmonton.

Eric Place is in the top chip counts after the first few rounds, as the winner of both the 2010 BCPC $2,500 and 2011 Halifax Poker Classic, we can assume he will be one of the top contenders in this one.

Norm Overdijk also already sits with a monster chip count to start with on Sunday and finished just behind Eric in the same Halifax Poker Classic early this year, in addition to securing a player sponsorship at the beginning of the year as part of a 3 way deal with Gavin Smith in a Calgary event. Norm also has the extra motivation of looking to better his 3rd place finish the 2010 Atlantic Canada Poker Championships.

Here are the Chip Counts after 2 Rounds:

Player Name Chip Standing Player Name Chip Standing
1 Ryan Drake 83,600 17 Gary Lucci 22,125
2 Norman Overdyke 53,825 18 Robert Gringas 22,000
3 Jeff Kennedy 48,100 19 Craig Rout Gallant 21,950
4 Kyle Myers 39,275 20 Renee Miller 21,500
5 Danny Lee 32,700 21 Shane Brotherwood 21,125
6 Matt LeBlanc 29,150 22 Justin Cummings 19,550
7 Ryan Theriault 27,925 23 Trevor Mercer 18,900
8 Vandra Duff 26,075 24 Dale Carrol 18,750
9 Dave Edgett 25,425 25 Todd Webb 18,275
10 Gerald MacLeod 25,250 26 David Meunier 18,150
11 TJ Burke 24,600 27 Jerry Atlas 17,650
12 Eric Place 24,250 28 Allison Amero 12,875
13 Jack MacDonald 23,750 29 Mitchell Proctor 11,650
14 Troy Gallant 23,275 30 Rob Gardiner 8,725
15 Daniel Tomah 23,025 31 Allen McLaughlin 7,250
16 Eli Critchley 22,200 32 Danielle Casario 7,100

Be sure to check back here for more photos, chip counts and coverage from the 2011 Atlantic Canada Poker Championships!



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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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