Already well known for two series that are now in their 20th year running — the Station Poker Classic and Harvest Poker Classic — Casino Regina is adding a third annual series to their calendar with the Diamond Poker Classic in May.
The Diamond Poker Classic hasn't been offered at Casino Regina since 2008, but it is finally set to return!
Like the other two tournament series, the Diamond Poker Classic is a five-day event with four tournaments. The first day is dedicated to single-table satellites, so the real action takes off on May 18 with one tournament a day filling the tables until May 21.
The buy-ins escalate as the days go on with Event #1 starting with a $400 pricetag for a seat in the bounty tournament. It will begin at noon on May 18 and players will receive 8,000 chips and 30-minute levels to try to earn a spot in the payouts. This tournament is very unique in that only the players who make the final table will earn a prize, regardless of how many people enter.
Event #2 will get underway at noon on May 19 with a $600 tournament that gives players 10,000 chips. The blind levels will by 30 minutes long again and the payouts will go to the top 10 percent of the field this time.
May 20 will feature the $800 bounty tournament — Event #3 — with another noon start time and the same structure as the previous tournament aside from the knockout format. Each elimination will earn the winning player $100.
The final tournament — Event #4 — will be the $1,100 Main Event on May 21. For the premier tournament of the series, players will receive 15,000 chips and the same 30-minute blind levels to try to earn the big money up top.
2016 Diamond Poker Classic Schedule
|May 18||#1||$300+$50+$50||no-limit hold’em bounty|
|May 19||#2||$540+$60||no-limit hold’em|
|May 20||#3||$620+$100+$80||no-limit hold’em bounty|
|May 21||#4||$1,000+$100||no-limit hold’em|
All of the tournaments allow reentry while staying within a maximum of 210 players at a time, which is a cap that is often hit in a few of the tournaments in previous series at Casino Regina.
The converted train station that serves as Regina, Saskatchewan’s casino makes for a beautiful place to play a few days of poker and players will be coming in from all over the western half of Canada to take their shot at the prizes.
PokerNews Canada will be on site for live reporting of all the action in each of the four tournaments. Follow our live reporting page for updates on the biggest stacks, notable players, exciting hands, and photos of the premiere event. See you there!