November 03, 2008

Poker Championship Final Results

A Canadian not named Gavin Smith wins the 2008 North American Poker Championship in Niagra Falls, Ontario.

Gavin Smith's effort to win his first major poker title on his home Canadian soil came up one spot shy of the target. He found himself head's up with Glen Witmer for the title but facing an uphill battle with a near 3 to 1 chip deficit. Down to two players, the HU battle went nearly as many hands as the entire final table of the 2008 Borgata Poker Open. Smith eventually lost a coin flip (55 versus AK) which would have switched the poker chip stack into his favor but the small pair did not hold up.

When it was three handed, Witmer found himself with a nice stack but going up against Smith and Kathy Liebert, the all time leading women's poker tournament money winner. Even with the big stack, poker odds seemed against him but he held out and took down the top prize of $1,254,152 CAD.

Final table results (in Canadian dollars):
1. Glen Witmer - $1,254,152
2. Gavin Smith - $612,427
3. Kathy Liebert - $319,337
4. Ryan Fisler - $262,469
5. Marc Karam - $196,851
6. James Trenholm - $153,107

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