Joel Bullock Wins DSPT Battle of Alberta Calgary Main Event

Joel Bullock Wins DSPT Battle of Alberta Canada

Joel Bullock (pictured) topped a field of 358 players at a final table that was just under eight hours long to win the DSPT Battle of Alberta Calgary Main Event on Monday at Grey Eagle Resort and Casino. He took home CAD $132,096 in prize money, and also secured a USD $3,000 DSPT Championship package. “It feels awesome, it’s been a while and this is a really tough field, a lot of good players. The final table was really tough, some of the best players I’ve played with, so it feels great, really good,” said Bullock right after the victory. Bullock also got to play against his good friend, and hotel roommate for the trip Roman Brar in the heads-up final. “He’s a good friend of mine, so it was fun for us to play heads up, it was pretty awesome,” said Bullock about the experience.

Bullock came into the final table on the short stack, but he quickly doubled up to turn things around, and then he scored not one, but two double eliminations back-to-back to take the final table from eight players down to four. “I was the smallest stack, but I just picked up a hand early and doubled up. Then I got extremely lucky with tens versus queens, that was a key hand, and then I picked up kings versus Mike’s [Smith] queens, that was a cooler, things went my way,” said Bullock about his rise at the final table.

Bullock also scored a dramatic double up to take the lead during heads-up play. Bullock flopped two pair with 8-2, but Brar improved to a better two pair on the turn with 9-6. Bullock hit a deuce on the river to make a full house in one of the crazier run outs we’ve seen on the tour in some time.  “That was a crazy hand, we just went all in before the flop. I flopped two pair and he flopped top pair, turn was two pair for him, and then I hit the lucky deuce on the river,” said Bullock about the hand.

Action kicked off slowly at the final table as a series of players doubled up along with a few chopped pots that saved players from elimination. This stretch proved to be a tough one for Tank Vander, he went from second in chips to busting out in ninth place.

The next stretch of play was punctuated by the double eliminations, something of a hallmark in this tournament (there were three on Day 2 once we made the money). Joel Bullock took out Garth Cave in eighth place and Rene Berube in seventh place in one hand, and then Bullock played the role of Grim Reaper once more when he eliminated Bucky Edraki in sixth place and Mike Smith in fifth place in another hand.

Another slow stretch of play set in after that between the final four players. Roman Brar then scored back-to-back eliminations with A-Q in the hole. In the first hand he took out Thomas Taylor in fourth place, and then he eliminated Jimmy Lee in third place.

This set up a heads-up final between Brar and Bullock. Brar held the lead with 6.75 million against the 4.77 million of Bullock. Bullock scored the aforementioned crazy double up after a couple of 30-minute levels of heads-up play, and Brar was left with just four big blinds after the dust settled.

On the final hand, Brar moved all in preflop for just over 500,000 on the button, and Bullock called to cover him. The two players then flipped over their cards.

Bullock: K7
Brar: 104

Board: KQ38K

Bullock won the hand and the tournament with trip kings. He took home the top prize of CAD $132,096, a $3,000 USD DSPT Championship Package, and the trophy. Brar was eliminated in second place, good for $92,480.

Congratulations to our new DSPT champion, Joel Bullock!

Final Table Results

1. Joel Bullock – $132,096 + $3,000 USD Championship Package
2. Roman Brar – $92,480
3. Jimmy Lee – $59,465
4. Thomas Taylor – $44,035
5. Mike Smith – $33,035
6. Bucky Edraki – $26,430
7. Rene Berube – $22,015
8. Garth Cave – $17,620
9. Tank Vander – $13,210

That concludes our coverage from the DSPT Battle of Alberta Calgary Main Event. Thanks to Grey Eagle Resort and Casino for hosting another great tournament. The next stop on tour will take us to the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa for the DSPT Iowa Main Event that will run from October 20-23. The Main Event features an $1,100 buy-in, and a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. The DSPT live reporting team will have live updates, chip counts, photos, and videos for you from Iowa later this month.

We would also like to congratulate Kyle Hartree for winning the Battle of Alberta Overall Series Champion award. He cashed an impressive 10 times in the events hosted here in Calgary and earlier this month up in Edmonton. Hartree took home the following prize package for his achievement:

Battle of Alberta

Joel Bullock Wins BOA Calgary ($135,855) – Roman Brar Out in 2nd ($92,480)

Level: 31
Blinds: 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players: 1/358

Joel Bullock

Roman Brar (pictured below) moves all in preflop for just over 500,000 on the button, and Joel Bullock (pictured above) calls to cover him. The two players then flip over their cards.

Bullock: K7
Brar: 104

Board: KQ38K

Bullock wins the hand and the tournament with trip kings. He takes home the top prize of CAD $132,096, a $3,000 USD DSPT Championship Package, and the trophy. Brar is eliminated in second place, good for $92,480.

Congratulations to our new DSPT champion, Joel Bullock!

Roman Brar

Joel Bullock Doubles Thru Roman Brar

Level: 31
Blinds: 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players: 2/358

Joel Bullock moves all in preflop for 5,130,000, and Roman Brar calls to cover him, so the two players table their cards.

Bullock: 82
Brar: 96

Board: 98262

The absolute roller-coaster ride of a hand gives Bullock the lead with two pair on the flop, Brar makes a better two pair on the turn, but Bullock improves to a full house on the river to double and take a commanding chip lead with 10.48 million. Brar is down to 520,000 after the hand.

Joel Bullock – 10,480,000 (87 bb)
Roman Brar – 520,000 (4 bb)

Level 31 Begins (Two Players Remain)

Level: 31
Blinds: 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players: 2/358

Blinds increase to 60,000-120,000 with a 20,000 ante for the start of Level 31 at the final table of the DSPT Battle of Alberta Calgary Main Event. There are now just two players remaining in the hunt to be the next DSPT champion.

Joel Bullock Takes One Down

Level: 30
Blinds: 50,000/100,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players: 2/358

The two players contribute 200,000 to a pot preflop, an the first three cards are dealt K42. Brar bets 225,000, and Bullock check-calls. The turn falls 9, Brar bets 400,000, and Bullock check-calls again. Both players check the 10 on the river, and Brar shows K3. Bullock holds K7 however, and the seven-kicker is good enough to win him the pot.

Joel Bullock – 3,300,000 (33 bb)
Roman Brar – 8,220,000 (82 bb)

Joel Bullock Gets Some Chips Back

Level: 29
Blinds: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players: 2/358

Roman Brar raises to 200,000 preflop on the button, and Joel Bullock calls. The flop falls Q65 and both players check. The turn is the K, Brar bets 200,000, and Bullock check-calls. The river delivers the 5, Bullock bets 400,000, and Brar folds. Bullock takes down the pot uncontested, and he holds 3.7 million after the hand.

Joel Bullock – 3,700,000 (46 bb)
Roman Brar – 7,820,000 (97 bb)

Chip Count Update

Level: 29
Blinds: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players: 2/358

Here is a look at the chip counts at the start of the heads-up final.

Roman Brar – 8,720,000
Joel Bullock – 2,800,000

Level 29 Begins (Two Players Remain)

Level: 29
Blinds: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players: 2/358

Blinds increase to 40,000-80,000 with a 10,000 ante for the start of Level 29 at the final table of the DSPT Battle of Alberta Calgary Main Event. There are now just two players remaining in the hunt to be the next DSPT champion.

Jimmy Lee Eliminated in Third Place ($59,465)

Level: 28
Blinds: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players: 2/358

Jimmy Lee

Jimmy Lee (pictured) is all in preflop on the button, and Roman Brar has him covered from the small blind. Here is a look at the cards.

Brar: AQ
Lee: A6

Board: 87410J

Lee is eliminated in third place, good for $59,465, and Brar stacks up 6,750,000 after collecting the pot.

Roman Brar – 6,750,000 (112 bb)
Jimmy Lee – Eliminated in Third Place ($59,465)