The PlayNow Poker Championship has awarded just under $400,000 in prizes in the last four days. The four-event series just wrapped up at McPhillips Station Casino in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Twice a year, the only provincially regulated and licensed online poker room heads to McPhillips to host the four-tournament schedule. Players from Manitoba and surrounding provinces always make sure to travel to Winnipeg for the series and the full poker room on all four days is evidence of it.
With 30 tables set up for the week, all of them were in use for at least part of each day and most of them were still busy as tournaments played down and players transitioned to the cash games.
Throughout it all, representatives from PlayNow Poker were on site and members of the site could enter a draw for a free World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit tournament ticket. The Circuit returned to Canada again this month with their signature 12 tournaments with 12 champion’s rings up for grabs. The final two tournaments will take place online at Espacejeux.com (sister site to PlayNow.com). On the final day of the PlayNow Poker Championship, Tom Marion’s (pictured above) name was drawn and he’ll be playing in the $530 WSOP Circuit online event for free.
There were also a couple of champion’s rings awarded at McPhillips last week. The two highest priced events — the $600 Winnipeg Free Press No Limit Texas Hold’em Tournament and the $1,100 Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Poker Championship — awarded rings to the winners. The first went to Garth Arnason who won $22,369 for topping the 151 entries. The second ring went to Russ Meilunas who earned $35,781 for being the best of 158 entries. Meilunas also took third in the $600 tournament, showing great consistency in the series.
There was also the one-day $300 92 CITI FM No Limit Texas Hold’em Bounty Tournament that received an impressive 341 entries and came to a close just 10.5 hours later with Eric Johnson collecting $18,612 plus a fistful of bounties.
Finally, the series closed with the $400 PlayNow.com No Limit Texas Hold’em Tournament that attracted 155 entries and took only 9.5 hours to determine a winner. Jordan Feasey was part of a five-way deal and then went on to win, earning a total of $11,455.
For more details on any of the events, check out our live reporting page where we posted hundreds of updates and photos throughout all four tournaments.