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.

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

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.

Kris Klimosko Doubles Thru Ryan Comely

Level: 28
Blinds: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players: 8/412

Kris Klimosko

Ryan Comely raises to 110,000 preflop on the cutoff, and Kris Klimosko (pictured) reraises all in for 400,000. Comely calls so they flip over their cards.

Klimosko: A3
Comely: AK

Board: 99395

Klimosko flops two pair, and improves to a full house to double up and survive with 865,000. Comely is down to 545,000 after paying out the double.

Kris Klimosko – 865,000 (17 bb)
Ryan Comely – 545,000 (10 bb)

Final Table Set at DSPT Battle of Alberta Edmonton – Jamie Martin Leads Final 9

Jamie Martin

We are down to the final nine players remaining in the DSPT Battle of Alberta Edmonton Main Event after 84 returned for Day 2 here at Casino Yellowhead in Canada. The chip leader at the end of play is Jamie Martin (pictured) with a stack of 2,770,000. The only other stack over 2 million is held by the Season 4 DSPT Edmonton Spring Main Event runner-up Mike DeGirolamo (2,160,000).

Rex Clinkscales (520,000) is appearing at his second DSPT final table of the season after winning the Tampa Main Event back in June. He currently holds 1,000 points in the DSPT Player of the Year race, and he can take the lead with a finish of fifth or better at the final table. Another interesting story-line to keep an eye on is that Kris Klimosko (430,000) made the final table of this event last season, and he will be looking to improve on his eighth-place finish from one year ago.

Here is a look at the seating chart with chip counts for Monday’s final table.

Seat 1: Dicky Deng – 1,215,000
Seat 2: George Skrzypniak – 545,000
Seat 3: Mike DeGirolamo – 2,160,000
Seat 4: Jamie Martin – 2,770,000
Seat 5: Jason Tran – 575,000
Seat 6: Ryan Comely – 910,000
Seat 7: Rex Clinkscales – 520,000
Seat 8: Calvin Haczkewicz – 1,240,000
Seat 9: Kris Klimosko – 430,000

Here is the remaining prize pool up for grabs:

1. $79,300 + $3,000 DSPT Championship
2. $55,580
3. $35,730
4. $23,870
5. $18,360
6. $15,220
7. $12,780
8. $10,350
9. $7,930

The top 52 players made the money today after Kwon Shing An busted on the money bubble this afternoon. Here is a look at the full results from Day 2:

The final table begins on Monday at 1 p.m. The final nine players will return at that time, and they will play all the way down to a champion tomorrow. The DSPT live reporting team will be here to bring you all of the action in live updates, chips counts, photos, and videos from Edmonton, Alberta up in Canada. If you’re looking for something to read in the meantime, you can check out these spotlights on Downtown Edmonton, and the West Edmonton Mall, as well as the DSPT Travel Guide to the Battle of Alberta Edmonton Tour Stop.

You can also look back at the history of the DSPT Edmonton stop in the following flashback posts:

Season 1 Edmonton Main Event
Season 2 Edmonton Spring Main Event
Season 2 Edmonton Fall Main Event
Season 3 Edmonton Spring Main Event
Season 3 Edmonton Fall Main Event
Season 4 Edmonton Spring Main Event

Another fun feature during the DPST Battle of Alberta is that the player who collects the most points at this stop and the upcoming DSPT Calgary Main Event will win the following prize package:

Battle of Alberta

Ben Cooper Eliminated in 10th Place by Calvin Haczkewicz

Level: 27
Blinds: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players: 9/412

Ben Cooper

Calvin Haczkewicz raises to 90,000 preflop on the hijack, and Ben Cooper (pictured) reraises all in for 545,000 on the button. Haczkewicz calls to cover him so they flip over their cards.

Haczkewicz: AQ
Cooper: KK

Board: Q965Q

Haczkewicz finds two queens on the board, and he wins the hand to grow his stack to 1,240,000. Cooper is eliminated in 10th place, good for CAD $6,690.

Calvin Haczkewicz – 1,240,000 (31 bb)
Ben Cooper – Eliminated in 10th Place (CAD $6,690)

Final Table Seating Chart

Level: 27
Blinds: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players: 10/412

Here is a look at the final table seating chart with chip counts.

Seat 1: Dicky Deng – 1,725,000
Seat 2: George Skrzypniak – 675,000
Seat 3: Ben Cooper – 635,000
Seat 4: Mike DeGirolamo – 1,300,000
Seat 5: Jamie Martin – 2,600,000
Seat 6: Jason Tran – 1,050,000
Seat 7: Ryan Comely – 725,000
Seat 8: Rex Clinkscales – 380,000
Seat 9: Calvin Haczkewicz – 770,000
Seat 10: Kris Klimosko – 510,000

Ali Razzaq Eliminated in 11th Place by Jamie Martin

Level: 27
Blinds: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players: 10/412

Ali Razzaq
Ali Razzaq is all in with A2 in the hole on the cutoff, and Jamie Martin had him covered holding KK from the big blind. The board is dealt Q9762, and Razzaq is eliminated in 11th place, good for CAD $6,690. Martin now holds 2.6 million, over a quarter of the chips in play.

Jamie Martin – 2,600,000 (65 bb)
Ali Razzaq – Eliminated in 11th Place (CAD $6,690)

Level 27 Begins (11 Players Remain)

Level: 27
Blinds: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players: 11/412

Blinds increase to 20,000-40,000 with a 5,000 ante for the start of Level 27 on Day 2 at the DSPT Battle of Alberta Edmonton Main Event. There are now 11 players remaining, and nine of them will advance to the final table on Monday.