Rex Clinkscales Wins DSPT Battle of Alberta Edmonton Main Event

Rex Clinkscales Wins The Battle of Alberta Edmonton Main!

Rex Clinkscales (pictured) topped a field of 412 players at a final table that was five hours long to win the DSPT Battle of Alberta Edmonton Main Event on Monday at Casino Yellowhead. He took home CAD $79,300 in prize money, and also secured a $3,000 DSPT Championship package.

“It feels amazing, it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said Clinkscales after the hard-fought victory. “I came in eight of nine in chips today, and my game-plan was just to be patient, and try to let them hopefully make some mistakes and pick up some pots here and there. So I stayed patient through a lot of the final table to get a couple key hands short-handed, and I was fortunate to win,” said Clinkscales when he was asked about playing with a short stack for the majority of the final table.

Clinkscales became the first two-time champion in the history of the tour with his victory tonight. He won the Tampa stop earlier this season in June. Clinkscales also took the lead in the DSPT Player of the Year race with 1,800 points. “It definitely adds a lot of pressure, and then with the Immokalee stop being cancelled (due to Hurricane Irma) it was another stop where I wouldn’t have an opportunity to collect any points, so I wanted to make sure I got as many points as possible, and not leave anything on the table while I was here,” said Clinkscales when he was asked about the Player of the Year race.

Cards got into the air at 1 p.m. between the final nine players, and Jason Tran busted quickly in ninth place just a few hands into play. The shoves came early and often with the blinds escalating, but very few of them were called during the first hour of play. George Skrzypniak eventually hit the rail in eighth place, and Calvin Haczkewicz followed him in seventh place during the second hour of play.

We then lost Ryan Comely (Sixth Place), Dicky Deng (Fifth Place), and Kris Klimosko (Fourth Place) in rapid succession to take things down to three-handed play just over three hours into the final table.

The three-handed battle took longer than the entire play-down stretch from nine to three, as Clinkscales survived in a chopped pot, and Jamie Martin doubled up at the expense of Michael DeGirolamo to prolong the start of the heads-up final. There was another chopped pot between Clinkscales and DeGirolamo before DeGirolamo eventually exited in third place. Clinkscales took out DeGirolamo, and that gave him 4 million to take into the heads-up final against Martin’s 6.3 million.

On the final hand of the night, Clinkscales raised to 400,000 preflop on the button, and Martin came along for the ride. The flop was dealt 432, and both players checked. The turn fell 10, and both players contributed another 400,000 to the pot. The river delivered the 6, and Martin bet 500,000. Clinkscales raised all in, and Martin called all in. Clinkscales showed A3, and Martin folded his hand.

Clinkscales won the pot and the tournament with a flush on the river. Martin was out in second place, good for CAD $5,580. Clinkscales took home the top prize worth CAD $79,300, and the USD $3,000 DSPT Championship package.

Congratulations to our first two-time champion, Rex Clinkscales!

 

Final Table Results

1st: Rex Clinkscales – $79,300 + $3,000 DSPT Championship
2nd: Jamie Martin – $55,580
3rd: Michael DeGirolamo – $35,730
4th: Kris Klimosko – $23,870
5th: Dicky Deng – $18,360
6th: Ryan Comely – $15,220
7th: Calvin Haczkewicz – $12,780
8th: George Skrzypniak – $10,350
9th: Jason Tran – $7,930

That concludes our coverage from the DSPT Battle of Alberta Edmonton Main Event. Thanks to Casino Yellowhead for hosting another great stop. The next stop on tour will take us to the Downstream Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma for the DSPT Oklahoma Main Event that will run from September 22-25. The Main Event features an $1,100 buy-in, and a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. The DSPT live reporting team will have live updates, chip counts, photos, and videos for you from Oklahoma later this week.

DSPT Battle of Alberta Player of the Series Standings

 

Rex Clinkscales Wins DSPT Battle of Aberta Edmonton (CAD $79,300) – Jamie Martin Out in Second (CAD $55,580)

Level: 34
Blinds: 100,000/200,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players: 1/412

Rex Clinkscales

Rex Clinkscales (pictured above) raises to 400,000 preflop on the button, and Jamie Martin (pictured below) comes along for the ride. The flop is dealt 432, and both players check.

The turn falls 10, and both players contribute another 400,000 to the pot. The river delivers the 6, and Martin bets 500,000. Clinkscales raises all in, and Martin calls all in. Clinkscales shows A3, and Martin folds his hand.

Clinkscales wins the pot and the tournament with a flush on the river. Martin is out in second place, good for CAD $5,580. Clinkscales takes home the top prize worth CAD $79,300, and the USD $3,000 DSPT Championship package.

Clinkscales is the first two-time champion in the history of the tour with his victory tonight. He won the Tampa stop earlier this season in June. Clinkscales also took the lead in the DSPT Player of the Year race with 1,800 points.

Congratulations to our first two-time champion, Rex Clinkscales!

Jamie Martin EliminatedJamie Martin Eliminated

Michael DeGirolamo Eliminated in Third Place (CAD $35,730)

Level: 34
Blinds: 100,000/200,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players: 2/412

Michael DeGirolamo

Michael DeGirolamo (pictured) raises all in preflop on the button, and Rex Clinkscales calls to cover him on the big blind. The two players then table their cards.

Clinkscales: QQ
DeGirolamo: A10

Board: K825J

DeGirolamo is eliminated in third place, good for CAD $35,730, and Clinkscales stacks up 4 million after collecting the pot.

Rex Clinkscales – 4,000,000 (20 bb)
Michael DeGirolamo – Eliminated in Third Place (CAD $35,730)

 

Level 34 Begins (Three Players Remain)

Level: 34
Blinds: 100,000/200,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players: 3/412

Blinds increase to 100,000-200,000 with a 25,000 ante for the start of Level 34 at the final table of the DSPT Battle of Alberta Edmonton Main Event. There are now just three players remaining from the original 412 entries.

Michael DeGirolamo Survives in a Chopped Pot

Level: 33
Blinds: 75,000/150,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players: 3/412

Michael DeGirolamo moves all in preflop for 1,725,000 on the button, and Rex Clinkscales calls on the big blind. The two players then table their cards.

DeGirolamo: 88
Clinkscales: 33

Board: KJ10Q9

A straight is dealt on the board, so the two players split up the blinds and antes.

Michael DeGirolamo – 1,825,000 (12 bb)
Rex Clinkscales – 4,000,000 (26 bb)

Jamie Martin Doubles Thru Michael DeGirolamo

Level: 33
Blinds: 75,000/150,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players: 3/412

Jamie Martin

Jamie Martin (pictured) raises to 300,000 preflop on the button, and Michael DeGirolamo calls on the big blind. The flop is dealt 873, and Martin bets 500,000. DeGirolamo check-calls before the turn falls 7. Martin bets 1 million, DeGirolamo check-raises all in, and Martin calls all in for 1,895,000. The two players then table their cards.

Martin: AA
DeGirolamo: K3

River: 6

Martin doubles up to survive with 5.74 million, and DeGirolamo is down to 2.45 million after paying out the double.

Jamie Martin – 5,740,000 (38 bb)
Michael DeGirolamo – 2,450,000 (16 bb)

Level 33 Begins (Three Players Remain)

Level: 33
Blinds: 75,000/150,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players: 3/412

Blinds increase to 75,000-150,000 with a 25,000 ante for the start of Level 33 at the final table of the DSPT Battle of Alberta Edmonton Main Event. There are now just three players remaining from the original 412 entries.

Rex Clinkscales Survives in a Chopped Pot

Level: 32
Blinds: 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players: 3/412

Rex Clinkscales

Michael DeGirolamo raises to 320,000 preflop on the button, and Jamie Martin calls on the small blind. Rex Clinkscales (pictured) reraises all in for 1,120,000 on the big blind, and both DeGirolamo and Martin call.

DeGirolamo and Martin check down the board dealt QJ310A, and Clickscales flips over A4. Martin shows A6, and they chop up the pot after DeGirolamo folds. The chip counts sit almost right back where they started the level after the hand.

Rex Clinkscales – 1,650,000 (13 bb)
Jamie Martin – 3,400,000 (28 bb)
Michael DeGirolamo – 5,370,000 (44 bb)