2011 PCA: Dana batters men in Fish and Chips Showdown

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpgBack home in British Columbia, Canada, Dana Weeks helps run five remote fishing lodges so it's hardly surprising that she has just won the angling part of the inaugural PCA Fish and Chips Showdown.

The Showdown, which is Event #1 of this year's PCA, is a brand-new tourney that combines fishing on the high seas with high-stakes action at the poker table. The $2,300 buy-in is divided into three different prize pools: the fishing derby ($400 per player), the poker tourney ($900) and the overall champion ($1,000). The overall champion will be determined by a ratio of one-third fishing, two-thirds poker.

Dana has been playing poker recreationally since she was a kid but, despite her top-notch fishing credentials, she still might find her Showdown opponents a challenge on the felt. There are only four of them but together they comprise a formidable line-up of live and online prowess: former world champion and Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker plus online pros Kenneth Hicks, Calvin Anderson and Wade Townsend. Dana's best live result to date was sixth place in the British Columbia Poker Championships' Ladies Event in 2007 for $ 5,000.

Now the fishing part of the Showdown is done and dusted, Dana and the four guys are heading over to the main tournament area of Atlantis to compete in the No Limit Hold Em tourney. She said: "I have a huge advantage because I'm a total unknown to these players. My strategy now is just to let them all knock each other and hopefully end up heads-up."

Dana's husband Rick, who was caring for the couple's two children Jacob, nine and six-year-old daughter Mackinly while his wife was out at sea said: "I don't play poker at all but Dana has been playing since she was a kid and really enjoys it. I'm Chairman of Rugby Canada so next month we're heading to Las Vegas for the HSBC Sevens World Series and Dana will be competing in the poker tournament we have for that as well."

Together Dana and Rick run Langara Fishing Adventures (www.langara.com), a pioneering sport fishing business with five lodges in British Columbia's stunning Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte) islands. Some of the lodges specialize in salmon and halibut sea-fishing while others are for Steelhead Salmon and Rainbow Trout fly fisherman. Rick said: "Dana and I actually met when I was on my way to the Haida Gwaii islands to go fishing 18 years ago ... she was working for the airline I chartered the plane with."

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All aboard