Mrs. P Wins HRCV Poker Championships Event 3

Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (HRCV) is hosting their first poker tournament series since their reopening late last year. The four-event series offers buy-ins between $180 and $1,100, and the first three events have played down to a winner. The $1,100 Main Event will get started on Friday and will finish on Sunday.

Sanctioned by the Canadian Poker Tour (CPT), players will earn Global Poker Index (GPI) points in the industry-leading player-ranking system. The points will also count toward the CPT Player of the Year leaderboard, as well as a Player of the Series leaderboard that will award the best player across Events 2, 3, and 4 a $1,100 seat in the CPT Spring Showdown Main Event in Calgary next week, travel money, and accommodation.

Event 1

Starting DateBuy-inTournament
April 1st$200Seniors (50+) No-limit Hold’em

The action kicked off with a $200 Seniors event with a fairly loose definition of “senior.” 50 and up was good enough to get you a seat and the event sold out at 120 players. The total prize pool was $21,240 with $6,371 going to the 1st-place finisher. Alan S. was the last player standing and he earned the first Hard Rock Casino Vancouver trophy to go with the cash.

1Alan Schmelzel$6,371
2Joe Walsh$3,611
3David Malik$2,018
4Art Takahara$1,487
5Robin Choi$1,168
6Brian Higgins$1,062
7Greg Lloyd$956
8Brian Nett$850
9Gian Peproni$743
10Frank Ryan$637
11Dave Towson$531
12Don Krekoski$531
13Lorraine Boe$425
14Harry Fitzpatrick$425
15Li Ma$425

Event 2

Starting DateBuy-inTournament
April 2nd$180C.H.O.P.

If you aren’t sure what a C.H.O.P. tournament is, don’t worry, you’re in good company; we had to ask the organizers to explain the format to us too. The acronym stands for Crazy Pineapple, Hold’em (No-limit), Omaha (Pot-limit), and Pineapple – a dealer’s choice game with four poker variants.

Being a mixed game, the event attracted a few less players. 84 entrants generated a prize pool of $13,608. This tournament was the first in the series to contribute points to the Player of the Series race, and Steve L. got a strong head start by winning the event for $4,694, the trophy, the not-to-be-undervalued prestige, and 105.73 points for the leaderboard.

FinishPlayerPrizeCPT Player of the Series Points
1Steve Lynar$4,694105.73
2Jeff Brown$2,72289.19
3Damian Zilling$1,56579.52
4Idris Gencoglu$1,29372.65
5George Zawadzki$1,02167.33
6Donavan Cox$88562.98
7Todd Fletcher$74859.30
8Duy Vu Ong$68056.11
Mrs. P Wins HRCV Poker Championships Event 3 101
Mrs. P had plenty of supporters from the regulars in the poker room where she is well known.

Event 3

Starting DateBuy-inTournament
April 3rd$500No-limit Hold’em

The buy-in was bumped to $500 for Event 3 and the poker room still filled to capacity and sold out at 122 entrants. This was good for a prize pool of $53,924.

It took over nine hours to get down to the final table of 10. Once down to the final four, the clock was stopped for a long discussion of how to chop up the prize pool. With plenty of support from the rail, “Mrs. P” was holding about half of the chips in play while the remaining three players were sitting very short and blinds about to rise.

Eventually a decision was made on how to chop the prizes and the players continued to play for the trophy and the points. It didn’t take long for all three players to fall to the chip leader, and Mrs. P earned the trophy.

FinishPlayerPrizeCPT Player of the Series Points
1Khatoon Parpia$16,178*125.36
2Jackie Chen$9,167*107.27
3Richard Mullen$5,123*96.69
4Anthony Mar$3,775*89.18
5Lorne Willment$2,96683.36
6Anthony Griparic$2,69678.60
7Duy Vu Ong$2,42774.58
8Jonathan Pearson$2,15771.10
9Todd Fletcher$1,88768.02
10Douglas McLeod$1,61865.27
11Chris Nishi$1,34862.79
12John Wu$1,34860.52
13Chris Kierstead$1,07858.43
14Tyler Stadius$1,07856.49
15Johnny Wang$1,07854.69

* Denotes original payout structure. A four-way deal was made and players chopped the prize pool more evenly.

The final $1,100 Main Event will attract the best of Vancouver’s many talented poker players for the tournament. We’ll be bringing you end-of-day recaps to fill you in on all the action, so check back in with us throughout the weekend.

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