Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Sells Out Four Straight Events

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The second annual Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Poker Championships gave Canada's west coast four great events this past week in a city that doesn't get to see many major poker series.

In a newly renovated poker room (the third renovation since the Hard Rock rebranding in 2013), there were four tournaments ranging in buy-in from just $200 to a $1,100 Main Event with collective prize pools estimated to reach $335,000. All events had a maximum of 100 entrants per day with no reentries.

The action kicked off on April 17 with a soldout Event 1, a $500 no-limit hold'em event with two Day 1s, creating a prize pool of $87,660 with the 200 entries. When the qualifying players returned for Day 2 on Sunday, April 19, Chi 'Big John' Chan won the top prize of $25,576.

Event 2 was scheduled for the following day — a tournament reserved for seniors (50+) with a seat worth $300. Neil Madu won the best prize of $8,346 in the soldout event of 100 players.

On April 21, the series had a unique mixed game on the schedule. The $200 C.H.O.P. (crazy pineapple, no-limit hold'em, pot-limit Omaha, pineapple) tournament saw 99 entries and Degeana Amarae came out on top for $5,958.

The series culminated in the $1,100 Main Event with two Day 1s, running from April 24 to 26. Another sellout, the tournament created a prize pool of $195,600 with 200 entries, making first place worth $56,724. That payout was earned by Jeffrey Wilson when he beat talented local pro Jonas Mackoff in a heads-up battle. Also deep in the tournament was World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet-winner and WSOP Main Event final-tablist Matt Jarvis who finished fourth.

Here are the top 10 finishers in the Main Event:

1Jeffrey Wilson$56,724
2Jonas Mackoff$31,296
3Eitan Even$17,604
4Matt Jarvis$13,203
5Jeremy Howe$9,780
6Rajdeep Pooni$8,802
7Lucian Draghici$7,824
8Ted Sorensen$6,846
9Michael Chow$5,868
10Scott Hill$4,890

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