Canadian poker player Sophon Sek won the 2009 BC Poker Championship on November 22nd, 2009 but was arrested on November 23rd, 2009 in connection with one of the most horrific gang murders in the history of British Columbia. The 30-year old from Surrey has been charged with manslaughter and break and enter in relation to the murders of six people, including two innocent bystanders in 2007. The incident is referred locally as the "Surrey Six Slaughter".
Sek made an appearance in the Surrey Provincial Court on November 23rd, 2009 but was sent into custody to await the continuation of his trial on November 30th, 2009. Sek could still face additional charges in connection to the murders, according to Cpl. Dale Carr of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Integrated Homicide Investigation Team. Sek outwitted 679 poker players to win this year's $2,700 dollars (CDN) buy-in BC Poker Championships late Sunday at the RiverRock Casino Resort in Richmond, a suburban area of Vancouver.
Sek's $364,364 dollars (CDN) in prize money is being held by the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation at the request of the Royal Canadian Mountain Police, according to Howard Blank, the vice president of media, entertainment and responsible gaming at the GCGC. This is the 5th year the BC Poker Championships have been held in the present format and the poker tournament continues to attract world class poker players.
This year, Amazing Race stars Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle participated as well as Lacey Jones, Liz Lieu, Gavin Smith, Greg "FBT" Mueller, "Yukon" Brad Booth and Scott Clements. Clements made the final table but eventually busted in 7th place. Last year, Daniel Negreanu, who is one of the biggest names in the Canadian poker circuit, outwitted all 688 participants to win the event for $371,910 dollars.