Devon Morgan has earned $21,720, the trophy, and the champion’s ring in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The first tournament of the four-event PlayNow Poker Championship kicked off in a big way on Wednesday, September 30 with the $600 Winnipeg Free Press No Limit Texas Hold’em Tournament. The day saw 146 entries in the tournament hosted at McPhillips Station Casino, and they each tried to run up their 10,000-chip starting stack through half-hour blind levels to earn a piece of the $80,300 prize pool.
The money bubble burst when 15 players remained in the late evening, and just three hours later a winner had been found in Brandon, Manitoba's Devon Morgan. This is the second champion’s ring Morgan has won; his first was at the World Series of Poker Circuit stop in Gatineau, Quebec back in 2013. But his second ring awards Morgan the largest recorded live tournament cash of his poker-playing life.
When the final table of 10 players was set at about 11:30 p.m., the players were very even in chips, with the exception of a short-stacked player who quickly exited in 10th place. A couple of eliminations later, a deal was made since everyone was fairly even and quite short.
We won’t reveal the details of the deal, but they played through another couple of eliminations before deciding to just flip for the first-place spot in order to get things wrapped up before it got any later in the night. It was 2 a.m. when Morgan slipped his new ring on his finger.
2015 Winnipeg Free Press No Limit Texas Hold’em Tournament Top 10 Results
You can review our live coverage of the tournament to see how the event played out and look through our gallery of all of the players here on our live reporting page for the event.
The action continues on Thursday with the 92 CITI FM No Limit Texas Hold’em Bounty Tournament where players can buy in for $300 and try to collect a piece of the prize pool as well as as many $50 bounties as they can for eliminating opponents. Players will receive 5,000 chips to start and the blind levels are set at 20 minutes.
PokerNews Canada will be on the tournament floor again to live-report all of the action from the first card off the deck until the last. Follow along on our live reporting page.
For more details on the PlayNow Poker Championship and the full schedule, click here.