The PlayNow Poker Championship (PNPC) has found its first two winners. Garth Arnason completed his domination to win the $600 Winnipeg Free Press No Limit Texas Hold’em Tournament and Eric Johnson was the knockout king in the $300 92 CITI FM No Limit Texas Hold’em Bounty Tournament.
The second day of the four-event four-day series saw Event #1 come to a conclusion and Event #2 kickoff and play to a winner as well at McPhillips Station Casino in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Garth Arnason Wins PNPC Event #1
Just two players remained when play resumed at noon on Thursday, April 21, out of the 151 entries that were tallied the day before. Garth Arnason came to the table with a four-to-one chip lead against Kyle Menne. Arnason, despite years of tournament results, had never closed out a tournament with a win before, while Menne had plenty of heads-up experience. Most notably, Menne won a heads-up PokerStars’ Spring Championship of Online Poker event last year.
However, the deficit proved too large to overcome and Menne was eliminated just a few hands into the day. Menne had and shipped in his chips which Arnason easily called with . A third eight hit the flop to deny Menne even a sweat in the race, and Arnason won first-place money of $22,369. Menne pocket the runner-up prize of $14,309.
Eric Johnson Wins PNPC Event #2
Just minutes after Event #1 came to an end, the tournament room was set up for the start of Event #2. Action kicked off at 1 p.m. in the $300 bounty tournament and it was a fast-paced day with $50 bounties being paid out constantly.
Registration closed with an impressive 341 entries. Each player received 5,000 chips and they played through 20-minute blind levels. It took just 10.5 hours for the hundreds of players to be reduced to one, and that one was Eric Johnson.
The money bubble burst in the early evening with 35 players set to earn a piece of the $76,725 prize pool. The eliminations came quickly and it didn’t take long to get down to a final table. Once there, there were bustouts seemingly every couple of minutes.
At 11:30 p.m., the final elimination was that of Garnet Workman and Eric Johnson became the only player to keep his own bounty. He earned $18,612 for the win as well as a fistful of $50 bounties.
PokerNews Canada is still in Winnipeg for the rest of this series with the $1,100 Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Poker Championship kicking off on Friday at noon. Players will receive 15,000 chips and play through 45-minute blind levels. We’ll be on the tournament floor providing live updates of all the action, so follow along on our live reporting page.