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Poker North of the Border

A great heads-up tournament

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Jul 24, 2009


Those Canadians love their poker! In mid-March, I went up to Calgary to play in the CPT (Canadian Poker Tour) Heads-Up Poker Championships. Last year’s champion, Huck Seed, and a few of my other friends, like Gavin Smith and Brad Booth, told me that the structure was terrific, and because of this, they thought that the skill factor was as high as they had ever seen in a heads-up tournament. Still, I don’t play in many poker tournaments outside of the big ones these days, so I told the founder of the CPT, Kelly Kelhner, that if the mayor of Calgary gave me the “key to the city,” I would come up and play. Kelhner called me a few weeks later and told me that they had a “White Hat Ceremony” for visiting dignitaries and celebrities, and that the mayor was ready to “White Hat” me. OK, how could I ...

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