Kai Heinonen Comes from Behind to Win PNPC $500 Event

Kai Heinonen PlayNow Poker Championship Hard Rock Casino Vancouver

Event 4 of the PlayNow Poker Championship at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver has found a winner. Hockey fitness trainer Kai Heinonen came from behind to secure the win and $14,815.

Action kicked off in the Coquitlam, B.C. casino at 11 a.m. with a sold-out field of 100 players for the $500 no-limit hold’em tournament. With the two hours of reentries and alternates, the total field amounted to 112 entries, creating a prize pool of $49,392.

It was a long 14 hours later at 1 a.m. that Kai Heinonen finally won the last pot for all the chips, earning top honours.

With 15 players set to get paid, Jason Gagne was the big stack in the room right around the money bubble. He carried that momentum to the final table and continued to accumulate chips as the eliminations came fast from 10th place down to three players remaining, but then the final three seemed to be locked in a stalemate as they exchanged chips without an elimination for a long time.

Gagne looked comfortable and ready to cruise his way to victory with a huge amount of chips to his two short-stacked opponents of Heinonen and Jacob Wideman, but then they started to chip away at his stack.

Gagne had as many as three quarters of the chips in play at one point, but they proved to be slippery. Without giving full double-ups, Gagne lost some big pots by folding when his opponents applied pressure, reducing him to a fraction of what he once had. He eventually finished in third after most of his chips were dispersed to the other two players through several levels of play.

Heads-up play began with Heinonen enjoying a significant chip lead, and it didn’t take too many hands for all the chips to go in the middle. Wideman three-bet all in preflop with {k-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and was well behind Heinonen’s {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} which improved to a flush by the turn, eliminating Wideman in second place.

2015 PNPC $500 No-Limit Hold’em Top 10 Results

1Kai Heinonen$14,815
2Jacob Wideman$8,397
3Jason Gagne$4,692
4Jason Tomei$3,457
5Terrence Kwong$2,717
6Logan Dunn$2,470
7Amir Khakban$2,223
8Fatima Nanji$1,976
9Mike Graf$1,729
10Dave Mak$1,482

If you’d like more information about how the tournament progressed, specific hand details, and to browse the photo gallery, head to our live reporting page for the event.

Wednesday will see the poker room filled with players 50 years old and better for the $330 Seniors’ No-Limit Hold’em. This is another sold-out event with players expected to be lining up on the alternates list. We’ll be back on the tournament floor to share all of the action with our readers throughout the day. Follow along right here!

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