Hard Rock Casino Vancouver is the destination for tournament poker action for the next 11 days with six events on the PlayNow Poker Championship schedule. The series kicked off on Thursday with the $330 Women’s No-Limit Hold’em, and Brianne Murphy earned the victory after topping the 38-entry field.
Just off of the Trans-Canada Highway in Coquitlam, B.C., the casino and poker room draw from the large pool of talented poker players in Vancouver, B.C. and throughout the Lower Mainland.
Scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., it wasn’t until nearly 11:30 when the first cards were dealt, as a male player fought to gain entry to the tournament and the staff delayed the start of the event to determine their course of action, eventually turning the young man away.
With 38 entries, the prize pool grew to $11,172 with five players to earn a piece of the purse. It didn’t take too long for the field to be reduced to a final table, and then down to six players. But then play slowed as the remaining ladies were less willing to risk their tournament life, trying to squeak into the money.
Eventually, it was Cindy Li who was the sixth-place finisher — the last player to be eliminated without a payout.
Following her out the door was Rita Wilde in fifth place and Monica Leger in fourth.
With three players left, chips exchanged hands with Murphy and Alyssa Webber swapping the chip lead while Donna Koziski trailed with the short stack.
Eventually, the three decided to chop up the remaining prize pool evenly. All three players agreed to $2,800 each, which was originally second-place money, and an extra $537 remained in play for the winner, along with the trophy.
In the very next hand, a cooler between the two big stacks saw Webber lose with all in preflop to Murphy’s when the latter turned a straight. Webber was eliminated in third place and the two remaining ladies went heads up with Murphy holding about a three-to-one chip advantage.
Not many hands later, Koziski three-bet shoved preflop and Murphy called her off, holding a better ace. Murphy had to Koziski’s , and an eight on the flop left Koziski with little hope. The board ran out , giving Koziski the second-place finish and Murphy the win.
This was Murphy’s first-ever live tracked tournament result, and she earned $3,337 along with the PlayNow Poker Championship trophy.
2015 PNPC $330 Women's No-Limit Hold'em Results
* Denotes three-way deal.
Friday will see the start of the $800 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout. With two Day 1s, it is rumoured that both are already sold out as the maximum capacity is 100 players per day.
You can find the full schedule here, and you can follow along with our tournament coverage by visiting our live reporting page for photos, chip counts, big hands, and all of the excitement of premier Vancouver poker.