For the 20th year in a row, Casino Regina has hosted their Station Poker Classic in Saskatchewan’s capital. The long-running annual series was back in action March 16-19 with four tournaments of near-sellout fields.
Casino Regina plans the schedule to have escalating buy-ins from one day to the next. Event #1 featured a $400 price tag and a bounty format. A total of 184 entries created a prize pool of $55,200 plus $9,200 in bounties. This tournament was unique in that it only paid the final table no matter how many entries it received. Mike Marwick earned the top prize of $15,527, beating Manitoban Eric Johnson heads-up.
Event #2 bumped the cost of admission up to $600 and the tournament room was filled to capacity. With a maximum of 210 players at once, reentries allowed that number to creep up to 217 to put $117,180 in the prize pool. Troy Nisbet pocketed $31,045 for the win while Brian Anderson collected $19,672 for the runner-up finish. Trevor Norlander also made a final-table appearance, finishing in sixth place for $5,200.
The buy-in climbed to $800 for Event #3 which was another bounty tournament. A capacity field of 210 put $130,200 in the purse plus $21,000 in bounties to play for. Travis Coghill was the only player to hold on to his own bounty chip, collecting $34,565 for the win. Gord Matt picked up $21,929 in second place. Troy Nisbet, the winner of Event #2, also made it all the way to fourth place in this tournament to earn another $10,332.
The final tournament — the $1,100 Main Event — received 189 entries to put $189,000 up for grabs. Ivan Kermanov from Winnipeg, Manitoba, managed to clinch the win for $50,418. Chris Bowers was the runner-up for $32,074 and Trevor Norlander made another final-table appearance, earning $7,017 for seventh place.
Casino Regina has hosted two major series a year — the Station Poker Classic and Harvest Poker Classic — for many years, but a third series is being added to the calendar this year. The Diamond Poker Classic will be held at Casino Regina on May 18-21 with another four-tournament schedule similar to their other series. PokerNews Canada will be on site for live reporting and exclusive coverage of the series, so watch our site for more details soon.