The 2015 PlayNow Poker Championship at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver — the first-ever for B.C. — is officially at the halfway point. The third of six events came to a close early Monday evening with Martin Kendell taking top honours.
It was a $330 bounty tournament with quick 20-minute blind levels that began at 11 a.m. and was finished eight hours later.
While the room could fit a maximum of 100 players at a time, the two hours of reentries and alternates allowed for a field of 124 entries, creating a prize pool of $30,380. The top prize was set at $9,112, plus as many $50 bounties as players could collect.
Shortly after registration closed, the quick format saw players falling in rapid-fire succession. Just before the tournament reached the money bubble, Martin Kendell emerged as a chip leader by a large margin, and he never let go of that position all the way to the end.
The top 15 players earned a payout, and most of them were eliminated at the hands of Kendell. He steamrolled the final table behind his fortress of chips and kept stuffing bounties in his pocket, eventually finishing with about 20.
When play got heads-up between Kendell and Ricardo Teixeira, Kendell had more than a 10-to-one advantage. Only a few hands later, the two got it all in on the flop with Kendell holding top pair and Teixeira drawing to a flush, but never managed to get there. Teixeira earned $5,165 for finishing runner-up, while Kendell collected the $9,112 top prize.
2015 PNPC $330 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty Top 10 Results
For more details on the tournament, head to our live reporting page for the event where you can read back on the big hands, track the progress of chip counts, and browse the photo gallery.
Next up is the $500 tournament, getting starting on Tuesday at 11 a.m. and scheduled to play to a conclusion on the same day. PokerNews Canada will be back on the tournament floor bringing you live updates of all the action. Follow along right here.