Saskatoon’s Trevor Norlander is the 2017 SIGA Poker Champion
October 10, 2017 – Saskatoon, SK – Saskatoon local Trevor Norlander was named the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA)’s 2017 Poker Champion this past weekend. Norlander took home $39,345 in cash winnings, a custom made sterling silver poker championship bracelet and a $10,000 USD seat at the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
SIGA’s annual Poker Championship was held at the Dakota Dunes Casino (on Whitecap Dakota First Nation, near Saskatoon) October 6, 7 and 8. It proved to be a great Thanksgiving weekend for Norlander, who won the championship after he bested a field of 380 entries.
Norlander was the chip leader going into the final table with 2.7 million in chips at 6:40 p.m. on Sunday, October 8. Norlander maintained his chip lead for most of the final table but Milton Jiricka, also from Saskatoon, won a majority of show downs and held a slight advantage during the final heads up. After three hands, Jiricka lost most of his chip stack when he flopped second pair to Norlander’s top pair. Jiricka then went all-in with his remaining short stack. Norlander made a quick call with his high hand making Jiricka the runner-up, winning $28,488.
The $600+75 no-limit hold’em championship ran for three days and attracted players from neighbouring provinces and from all over Saskatchewan. The final table lasted just over two and a half hours.
For more information, contact:
Bryce Cameron, Senior Operations Manager
Dakota Dunes Casino
Maryann Yeomans, Marketing Director
Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
SIGA’s mission is to strengthen the lives of First Nation people through employment, economic growth, positive community relations and achieving financial self-reliance. A non-profit organization, all net profits from SIGA’s casino operations go to local First Nation communities, community development corporations and the province’s general revenue fund. Sharing Success with Saskatchewan communities. SIGA.sk.ca