The 2nd annual West Coast Poker Championships at Edgewater Casino in Vancouver kicked things off in style on Friday night, throwing a party in their Stadium Club Theater to celebrate on several counts.
While the WCPC series returning for it’s second year was more than enough motivation for poker players to start things up and let loose on it’s own, however sharing some cake for a recent birthday for Matt Jarvis, some formal WSOP bracelet recognition for Matt, Daniel Idema and all those that cashed from the lower main land all added to the celebration. Last years inaugural WCPC Main Event winner, Dan Skolovy, was also presented with his crystal trophy and had his Champions banner unveiled; throw in some drinks and appetizers to go along with “DJ Vinnie V” spinning all night long and all the right ingredients were in place to draw out some of pokers biggest current names.
To get things going, the first 100 people to show up were eligible to win a seat into the Main Event, with 64 names first being drawn to decide the winner in true poker form; coined “MD’s 4some Free-roll” brackets were made and a triple shoot-out was played. The format had players beginning on 4 handed tables, with each person being dealt only one hand face up. The winner of each hand moved on, with lucky winner Craig Boyd receiving the $1650 seat and runner-up Ivan Yau grabbing two seats to attend an upcoming Vancouver Canucks game. 5 other players were also awarded $200 vouchers to towards the WCPC events as door prizes, while PlayNow.com gave away a couple of 4 packs of Canucks ticket and 2 packages for single night stays at the Georgian Court Hotel.
Event #1 began at noon on Saturday, busting it’s pre-series estimates by an extra 10% and filling all available seats, with 220 players turning out for the single day $300 No Limit Hold’em tournament. Sometime after 1:00 am, play finally ended for the day, with 22 players walking away with some decent cash for their time. Here are the results:
- Lin, Chun-Jui (CJ) $16,335*
- Ying, Tze Wei $9,900*
- Carey, Brandon Alexander $6,600*
- Kassardjian, Shiraz $4,620*
- Siah, Kelly Andrew $3,630
- Debruyn, Raymond Morris $2,970
- Even, Eitan $2,475
- Biermann, Ryan Frederick $2,145
- Babko, Maxim $1,815
- Chan, Chi Tsun (Big John) $1,485
- Finklestein, Jeremy $1,320
- Shockett, Howard-Eric $1,320
- Krafte, Scott $1,155
- Grippo, Steven Michael $1,155
- Coupland, George Benson $1,155
- Stamm, Eden Patrick $990
- Whitfield, Michael Frank $990
- Le, Tom Truong Vu $990
- Stregger, Pauline Marie $792
- Smith, Rodney David $792
- Tai, Andrew $693
- Alaniz, Carlos Alberto $693
Total Prize-Pool: $64,290 Total Entries: 220
Sunday set aside some time for the Ladies to shine, with a $275 No Limit Hold’em Ladies Event still underway at the time of this article, but we will bring you those results as they become available.
Monday, also with a noon start time, will be a $180 $20 Fixed Limit Hold’em with room for up to 200 players and as with the entire West Coast Poker Championship schedule, offers players a chance to change things up from the standard No Limit Hold’em formats offered…anywhere.
Tuesday will mix it up even more with a $500 $50 Pot Limit Omaha/Pot Limit Hold’em that is sure to well received and challenge players.
Those interested in the complete schedule and more detailed information can find more details here:
As always, CanadaPoker.com will keep you posted on the events as they unfold and will be on site for photos from the Main Event; be sure to visit again soon!