The end of April brought the annual Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Poker Open in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In total, the series saw four different Hold'em tournaments ranging in buy-ins from $300 to $1,100.
The series kicked off with a $600 event sponsored by the Winnipeg Sun. The two-day event drew 168 entrants for a total prize pool of $92,400. Dylan Ellis of Winnipeg took first place for $24,797.
Alongside Day 2 of the Sun event, a $300 bounty event by Citi-FM ran with 384 entries. Jordan Thomas took first-place money of $22,507 from the total pool of over $85,000 with nearly $20,000 in bounties.
Event 3, a $400 No-limit Hold'em tournament sponsored by PlayNow.com, saw 210 runners for a total prize pool over $75,000. Kyle Irvine of Regina Beach, Saskatchewan won $20,906 for his first-place finish.
The Main Event was a two-day tournament that saw 167 pony up the $1,100 buy-in for a shot at the prize pool. With nearly $100,000 in the top three spots, there was a lot to play for. Local players from Winnipeg locked down the top two prizes, with Rajinder Singh earning $44,818 for 1st, and Donald Karasewich making $28,608 for his second-place finish. Third place went to Paul Esposti from Thunder Bay, Ontario for $19,311. Over the four days, the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Poker Open saw total prize pools of nearly $500,000.
Lead image courtesy of Casinos of Winnipeg.