Canadian Poker Championships | Brotherwood, Comely Lead at Casino Yellowhead After Day 1A and Event 1Results

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 The 12th Annual Canadian Poker Championships are well underway this evening, with 118 starting entries now battling it out in Day 1b of the $500 No Limit Hold’em and looking for their chance to advance to the money in Sunday’s finals.  With a total of 227 entries for Event #2, there will definitely be some five figure paydays worth going after.  At the completion of Day 1a, things are already promising to be exciting, with Calgary’s Shane Brotherwood and Edmonton’s Ryan Comely emerging as the chip leaders. 

Brotherwood is looking for his third title to come out of Edmonton, having previously won both the Edmonton and Alberta Poker Classic’s hosted by the same casino group, to go along with a dozen other medium limit final table finishes across the country.  Comely won’t be looking to hit the rail anytime soon either and as we previously reported in our profile/interview with Ryan, also owns a fist full of championship rings, complete with the bragging rights of being named “Player of the Year” in 2009, while currently leading the same points race again for 2011.

Of course, with a few dozen other players going to Sunday’s finals and all likely having the same goals in mind, even these top dogs will have their work cut out for them; Eric (Ren Ho) Zhang claimed the top spot in Casino Yellowhead’s $1000 Klondike Classic Event and is far from out of this one.  Given that Zhang also had a final table finish worth more than $213,000 at the 2011 WSOP just prior to that particular win, we have a pretty good feeling that he won’t go down easy, if it all.  Along with a top prize that we roughly estimate should be in the neighborhood of $30,000+, the winner of this event will receive a trophy and champions bracelet valued in the thousands, as will the 1st place finisher of Event #; a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em that will be played on Saturday.

We look forward to seeing who will be joining the 12 players who have already advanced in this one, once play for 1B completes today.

Event #1 wrapped up on Wednesday night, with Hao Wang seeing some very decent return on his $300 entry; his first place finish was worth over $14,000.  Looking over the recent history of this mid-week kick-off event, it doesn’t appear that Casino Edmonton and Casino Yellowhead’s recent changes to their re-entry policy have had much, if any effect on the prize-pools. 

Looking over the names on the results of the first events below, several “standard” names pop out immediately; Jon Sanborn, Paul Brar, Jody Fayant, Gregory Pelletier and Rob Nilsson are pretty much staples when it comes to Alberta tournament poker results and they all cashed in on this one. 

Here is this list of who made the money and chip-counts after Day 1A of the $500:

Event #1, $300 No Limit Hold’em

1st HAO WANG $14,400
2nd BRIAN FLEMMING $8,000
3rd JEREMY SINGLETON                                                             $5,200
4th GRANT WALL $4,000
5th DOUG KLEEN $3,000
6th JON SANBORN $2,400
7th IVAN KULUSIC $2,172
8th JASON GARRITTY $1,900
9th KEVIN KUSIAK $1,700

 

10th GREGORY PELLETIER $1,500
11th PAUL BRAR $1,300
12th THO NGUYEN $1,100
13th JOHN GAGNON $900
14th KEITH FILLER $900
15th JODY FAYANT $900
16th FRANCIS FAN $800
17th JAY MACKENZIE $800
18th ROBERT NILSSON $800

 

Total Prize-Pool: $51,772    Total Entries: 177

Event #2, $500 No Limit Hold’em  Day 1A CHIP COUNT SHEET  
   

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

CHIP COUNT

 
SHANE
BROTHERWOOD
350,500
 
RYAN
COMELY
262,800
 
DAVE
MCLEOD
213,600
 
RYAN
CARTER
140,100
 
DOUG
VERSTRAETE
117,600
 
ERIC
ZHANG
83,700
 
IVAN
KULUSIC
82,200
 
DAN
GLEASON
71,000
 
CORY
WALKER
54,400
 
ALLEN
BUTKOVIC
35,200
 
YEPING
SHAN
20,200
 
CALVIN
HACZKEWICZ
15,000
 

TOTAL CHIPS IN PLAY

1,446,300

 

AVERAGE STACK

120,525

 

BLINDS ENDED AT 2,000 – 4,000

 
 
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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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