The excitement continues at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver with the second event of the six-tournament, 11-day PlayNow Poker Championship series. With Day 1a coming to a close on Friday night, it was Keith Wintermans with a huge lead on the nearly capped field.
There are two starting flights for this two-day $800 freezeout tournament, and the first began on Friday at 11 a.m. Players received 20,000 chips to start and played through 12 45-minute blind levels before bagging their chips for Sunday’s Day 2.
The tournament is capped at 100 players per day, and only three seats sat empty for the event with 97 entries. Saturday’s Day 1b is already sold out of all 100 seats. When the chips were sealed in their bags Friday night, just 28 of those players still had a life in this tournament.
However, among the ladies in the tournament, their Day 1 survival rate is 100 percent. Two female players started the day, and both were still playing when play paused at 9:30 p.m. Fatima Nanji has a little less than average with 41,200, while Suzanne Ewing is hanging on with 25,700.
Keith Wintermans could hardly fit all of his chips in one bag once they were all counted at 204,200. The second-best stack is nearly 70,000 less at 135,500 and belongs to Mijat Djakovic. Only three others crossed into six-figure territory.
2015 PNPC $800 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em Day 1a Top 10 Counts
Wintermans is the kind of player who can do a lot of damage with those chips. He has a great track record of making deep runs in the events that he cashes. It was right around this time last year that he was playing the $2,200 West Coast Poker Championship and finished sixth, following a 13th-place finish in another event in the same series. But with just under $450,000 in lifetime tournament winnings, it was his victory in the $3,000 Coast to Coast Poker Championship in 2008 that was his best ever, earning him $224,100.
For more details about Day 1a and to browse the photo gallery of players, head to our live reporting page where all of our coverage can be found.
Another Day 1 begins on Saturday at 11 a.m., playing the same 12 45-minute levels. We’ll be on the tournament floor in this sold-out field live reporting all of the big hands, the largest stacks, and the players you want to follow. Don’t miss any of the action; follow along right here.