Dozens of PlayNow Qualifiers Headed to WSOP Monster Stack

PlayNow Monster Stack WSOP

One of the most anticipated events on the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) calendar is the return of the Monster Stack. Most players love to start with as many chips as tournament organizers are willing to give them, and the Monster Stack gives players exactly what it says on the tin.

Rather than the usual 7,500 chips provided for a $1,500 buy-in (and that's up from the 4,500 provided in earlier years), Event #28: Monster Stack $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em gives players 15,000 chips to start with, providing plenty of play for the money in the hour-long levels. Last year, 7,862 entries created a massive prizepool that paid more than $1.3 million to Hugo Pingray when he won the coveted bracelet.

Knowing that this would be one of the most popular events on the schedule, PlayNow Poker ran daily qualifiers throughout all of April and May, awarding 100 Monster Stack packages to players in B.C., Manitoba, and Quebec. For between $24 and $53, satellites ran every single day for two months on PlayNow Poker, and now those package winners are packing their bags for Las Vegas.

The Monster Stack package includes the $1,500 buy-in to the event, plus $1,100 for expenses, and access to the VIP PlayNow Las Vegas Party at Nobu Suites in Caesar's Palace on June 11. Here are all of the players who won their package on PlayNow poker and will be wearing the government-operated poker site's patch at the table:

PlayerCity, ProvinceMonster Stack Starting Day
Ravinder BediRichmond, B.C.1a
Dylan EllisWinnipeg, Manitoba1b
Scott CraigVancouver, B.C.1b
Ho-Yeung TangRichmond, B.C.1b
Kostantinos SegounisRichmond, B.C.1b
Jody HoweRichmond, B.C.1b
Philip DobrikinBurnaby, B.C.1a
Alan SchmelzelPort Moody, B.C.1a
Jaki KnelsenSteinbach, Manitoba1b
Cory ParentRichmond, B.C.1b
Roman PereyaslavskyRichmond, B.C.1a
Sharrol SegalVancouver, B.C.1b
James McabeeMission, B.C.1b
Blake CarriereLangley, B.C.1b
Jamie WeissKelowna, B.C.1b
Stuart LoweryVictoria, B.C.1b
Andrew MoncekWinnipeg, Manitoba1b
Dung NguyenSurrey, B.C.1b
Jeff HarrisonWinnipeg, Manitoba1b
Hui ZhouAldergrove, B.C.1b
Colin LeishmanWest Kelowna, B.C.1a
Alexander BylickiVancouver, B.C.1a
Chris MartaVancouver, B.C.1a
Sean LannonVancouver, B.C.1b
Phetsamone PhongpradithSquamish, B.C.1a
Kaan BecerRichmond, B.C.1b
Joanne LewisVancouver, B.C.1b
Amy WongBurnaby, B.C.1b
Daryl EllisWinnipeg, Manitoba1b
James ParryVictoria, B.C.1a
Huy Xuan PhanRichmond, B.C.1b
Graham TusonNew Westminster, B.C.1a
Duncan BellRichmond, B.C.1b
David WarnerRichmond, B.C.1a
Brant TaylorVancouver, B.C.1b
Chris BackTerrace, B.C.1b
Berle SillAnahim Lake, B.C.1b
Mark ChomyshenKelowna, B.C.1b
Bernard Yuan Yin TungRichmond, B.C.1b
Matt MadsenMaple Ridge, B.C.1b
Keith CarsonWinnipeg, Manitoba1b
Edward SorensenVancouver, B.C.1b
Travis DarrochVancouver, B.C.1b
Fatima NanjiVancouver, B.C.1b
Richard CroweVancouver, B.C.1b
Jonas MackoffNorth Vancouver, B.C.1b
Michael FlanaganVictoria, B.C.1b
Richard MullenWhite Rock, B.C.1b
Jay HaragaSurrey, B.C.1b
Anthony MarNorth Vancouver, B.C.1a
John SkorvanBurnaby, B.C.1a
Jordan HamiltonVancouver, B.C.1a
Jeremy HoweRichmond, B.C.1b
Tamara BremnerBurnaby, B.C.1b
Elliot AttwoodVictoria, B.C.1b

As PlayNow Poker operates on the Canadian Poker Network, sharing the same pool of players across the three regulated provinces, Quebec-based players were also able to win Monster Stack packages on the French poker site, Espacejeux. Here are all of the package winners from that poker room:

PlayerCityMonster Stack Starting Day
Steve MoreauMontréal1b
Carl VeilleuxHonfleur1b
Denis BlaisLaval1b
Benoit JeanGranby1b
Maxime LessardJonquière1b
Nicholas St-LaurentSt-Jean-sur-Richelieu1a
Alexandre LavigneSaint-Augustin-De-Desmaures1b
Philippe LemaySt-Ignace-de-Loyola1b
Frédéric PierrePrevost1b
Lucas DroletShawinigan1b
Boualem AkroufMontréal1a
Gylbert DroletSaint-Nicolas1b
Sébastien ProulxLaval1b
Gilles GauthierJonquière1b
Philippe BelleyMontréal1b
Ema ZajmovicSaint-Augustin-De-Desmaures1b
Jacob MartelL'Assomption1b
Yan PoudrierLaverlochere1b
Andre CamiliBlainville1b
Kristofer CoulombeLes Mechins1b
Yifan DongBrossard1a
Denis CyrBoischatel1b
William St-PierreMontréal1b
Charles La BoissonnièreSaint-Augustin-De-Desmaures1b
Pierre PoirierTemiscouata-sur-le-Lac1b
Kenneth GuitardLachine1a
Réal BissonnetteSt-Constant1a
Jean-François AlexandreLaval1b
Marc-Olivier Carpentier-PerraultOutremont1b
Michel AllenSaint-Romuald1b
Jonathan PepinMontréal1a
Stephane AlarieSte-Thérèse1b
Simon BeauregardOrford1b

All of these players will be enjoying a trip to Las Vegas and will have their buy-in paid to the Monster Stack, starting on June 12 for Day 1a and June 13 for Day 1b. For those that are wearing the PlayNow patch (the B.C. and Manitoba qualifiers), PlayNow has added an additional $13,000 in value for free. The last PlayNow qualifier still in the Monster Stack will earn a WSOP Main Event seat!

To follow this last-longer challenge and to provide coverage of all of these qualifiers, PokerNews Canada will be on site keeping our eye on the PlayNow players. You can follow all of the action here as we provide hourly recaps of each level of the tournament. Use the hashtag #PlayNowWSOP to join the conversation on Twitter.

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