Robert McLure Bags the Chip Lead in PlayNow Poker Championship Main Event Day 1

Robert McLure PlayNow Poker Championship

Day 1 of the $1,100 Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Poker Championship has come to a close with Robert McLure holding more chips than any other player.

The tournament is part of the four-event PlayNow Poker Championship series and is the highest-priced event of them all — the ‘Main Event’, if you will. With action kicking off at noon on Friday, September 2, tables quickly filled with 252 entries at McPhillips Station Casino in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

With the 15,000-chip stacks and 45-minute blind levels, play has yet to reach the money. The night ended after 15 levels of play with 25 players remaining, and only 15 of them will break through the money bubble on Saturday when play resumes.

The prize pool sits at $142,000 and first place is set to earn an impressive $38,413. McLure, a online qualifier, is sitting in a great position to make it to the final table to try to play for the large sum of money, as his stack of 216,500 chips was the largest in play when play concluded on Day 1.

Some of the other players to return for Day 2 include Iggy Grinevsky, Kevin Lee, Dylan Ellis, Chris Parisien, Marcel Pruden, Bella Iomdina, Matt Kazemi, and Jimmy Olais. Day 2 will also see the blind levels lengthened to 60 minutes.

PokerNews Canada will be back on the tournament floor for live updates all the way through to the eventual winning hand and the awarding of the trophy and champion’s ring. You can follow along on our live reporting page right here.

Of course, if you would like more details on how the tournament played out on Friday, you can review all of our updates and photos on our live reporting page of Day 1’s action here.

While the $1,100 tournament resumes at 12 p.m., the final event of the schedule kicks off at 1 p.m. The $400 No Limit Texas Hold’em Tournament is the lowest-priced event of the series and will surely see a large field of players. Each entry will receive 8,000 chips and play will progress through 20-minute blind levels. We’ll be following the action in this tournament as well, so there is plenty to watch for today.

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