2015 PlayNow Poker Championship: Ivan Kermanov Wins Event #2

Ivan Kermanov

Event #2 of the PlayNow Poker Championship took place on Wednesday at McPhillips Station Casino in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The $600 no-limit hold'em reentry event was sponsored by the Winnipeg Free Press. Originally set for a two-day finish, once the drinks started flowing, so did the chips.

Romanian native Ivan Kermanov, now calling Canada his home, was awarded the Championship ring and trophy in unique fashion. With four players left, the idea of a deal started to float around. Kermanov, Clayton Mozden, and Ferosh Tailor were pretty even in chips with Paul Trudeau slightly behind. The negotiations fell through and the very next hand, Trudeau got nearly a full double-up through Kermanov bringing everyone even closer. Chop talks resumed and, after five minutes or so, a deal was reached.

Kermanov, Mozden, and Tailor received $15,750 while Trudeau got the remaining $14,100. The players then decided to a one-hand, cards-up flip for the ring and trophy. Kermanov won the flip with {9-Clubs}{10-Clubs} turning a straight to outdraw his opponents.

When registration closed at the end of Level 3, the tournament clock showed 176 entries. There were 158 unique entries with 18 reentries. PlayNow was happy with the rise in entrants as the same event of the 2014 Spring series received 168 total entries. Poker Room Manager Rick Marinelli was very pleased with the turnout. “I think it’s great. We had a lot of interest this year. There is a lot of potential to grow. The contribution from PlayNow.com has made a real difference,” he said just before play began at the final table.

The 176 purchased seats created a prize pool of $96,800. The event paid 18 spots with a top prize of $25,893 and a min-cash earned $1,408. Here is how the payout structure looked:

1st$25,893
2nd$16,500
3rd$11,111
4th$7,877
5th$5,856
6th$4,545
7th$3,666
8th$3,058
9th$2,627
10th$2,313
11th$2,079
12th$1,903
13th$1,767
14th$1,660
15th$1,576
16th$1,508
17th$1,453
18th$1,408

PlayNow is handing out some awesome prizes this series. Any player who tags themselves on the PlayNow Facebook page will be automatically entered in a draw for a World Series of Poker (WSOP) Monster Stack event package this June in Las Vegas. PlayNow members were also handed ballots for a second WSOP Monster Stack package and $40 in PlayNow.com online tournament dollars.

Notable faces at the table in Event #2 not making the money included the defending 2014 Spring series champion Dylan Ellis who took down the title last year for $24,797, 2014 Spring series Event #3 champion Jordan Thomas, 2014 Spring Main Event winner Rajinder Thomas, and 2014 Fall Main Event champ Mark Charles.

Here is everyone who made it in the money:

FinishPlayerPrizeFinishFinishPlayerPrize
1Ivan Kermanov$15,75010Ivan Balenouie$2,313 
2Clayton Mozden$15,75011Nelson Genaille$2,079 
3Ferosh Tailor$15,75012Christopher Closas$1,903 
4Paul Trudeau$14,10013Ryan McLellan$1,767 
5Corey Kirby$5,85614Mike Lisanti$1,660 
6Jordan McAllister$4,54515Erick Pelletier$1,576 
7Drew Pirson$3,66616Thanh Nguyen$1,508 
8Josh Oniske$3,05817Mason Nault$1,453 
9Jimmy Olais$2,62718Leo Leclerc$1,408 

Event #2 champ of the 2014 Fall series, Jordan McAllister, made back-to-back final tables. McAllister busted sixth for $4,545 to add to his $20,786 score last September. Corey Kirby was the last player eliminated before the deal was struck. A fifth-place finish was worth $5,856.

Event #1 of this five-event series was a satellite tournament, and our live coverage of the action began with Event #2. Keep watching here as there are three more great events to come. Action kicks off at 1:00 p.m. local time in Winnipeg on Thursday featuring a $300 no-limit hold'em reentry bounty event sponsored by 92 CITI FM. Knocking out an opponent will award you a $50 cash prize. PokerNews Canada will be on site tweeting the action live.

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