Inside Casino New Brunswick, underneath the fitting lighthouse towering over the casino, players sat down to play the $1,100 Poker Bowl on Sunday, January 26th. With just five tables in their poker room, this was a sell-out event with 55 players.
Designed to give players as much play as possible but still finish within one day, the Poker Bowl began at 10 a.m. with 25,000 chip stacks and blinds increased every 30 minutes. 11 hours later, James Gallant earned the top prize of $20,350. 2nd and 3rd place prizes of $12,100 and $8,250 were won by Jim Sullivan and Yves Boudreau respectively.
According to Jason Chan, Shift Manager at Casino New Brunswick, the poker room tries to offer a $1,100 one-day tournament quarterly, and they usually sell out quickly. Other majors in the year include the Maratime Poker Championship in late April which has six events including a $550 Main Event, and the Lighthouse Classic later in the year. These series will have multi-day tournaments and are played in another room to allow for more tables than the poker room can provide.