The 2015 Harvest Poker Classic (HPC) was an epic week of poker at Casino Regina. Built inside Regina, Saskatchewan's historic train station, Casino Regina offers a unique environment for poker. With the field sizes for the HPC, the poker room moves into the Show Lounge, a massive theater space with tiered levels and room for dozens of tables.
Started in 1997, the HPC is on its 19th running in 2015. As one of the longest running tournament series in Canada, it always attracts a big field, but 2015 was a record year. The four events saw a record 1,100 entries and prize pools exceeding $600,000. As well, the series saw a few interesting stories develop.
Kha Nguyen had a strong series, getting the final table of Events 1 and 2 and narrowly missing his third final table with a 14th-place finish in the Main Event. Glen Adams, Adrian Baran, and eventual Main Event winner Riley Kielick all made their second final table in the Main Event. And, while poker often seems to be a game for the young these days, the HPC proved that the older generation can still play with the best of them as two events went to players more senior in years.
The Main Event was a huge success, attracting a record field of 253 runners. It took about 13 hours to whittle that field down to a final table of 10 players, and another two to decide the eventual winner. Riley Kielich was the one left standing at the end with all the chips. He found himself heads up with Daniel Lamb who came into the final table with the massive chip lead. Lamb was unable to convert that into a win, however, finishing second for $42,021, while Kielich scored $66,576 and the HPC ring for his victory.
That brings to a close the 19th annual Harvest Poker Classic, and we look forward to the upcoming Station Poker Classic in March of 2016.