Ron Lauzon Leads PlayNow Poker Championship Main Event Day 1

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The PlayNow Poker Championship (PNPC) Main Event has concluded Day 1 with 29 players out of a total of 158 entries. Albertan Ron Lauzon finished the day with the chip lead, bagging 219,000 on Friday, April 22.

Just a week ago, Lauzon made our headlines for being the chip leader after Day 1a of the Spring Super Stack Main Event at Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta. He’s back at it again in the $1,100 Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Poker Championship at McPhillips Station Casino in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The prize pool sits at $158,000 and only the top 16 players will earn a piece of it. There is $42,558 waiting up top for the winner along with the PlayNow Poker Championship trophy and ring.

Right on the heels of Lauzon’s chip lead is qualifier Vlad Sharypov with 217,000 chips. Event #1 final-tablist Russ Meilunas (113,000), 2015 DeepStacks Poker Tour Championship runner-up Patz McMillan (52,000), and Event #1 winner Garth Arnason (50,000) are also returning on Saturday with chips.

PNPC Main Event Day 1 Top 10 Chips

Ron Lauzon219,000
Vlad Sharypov217,000
James Boyd181,500
Mark Golub146,500
Dave Shiska125,500
Peter Pawlak116,500
Russ Meilunas113,000
Ferosh Tailor104,500
Barry Nagus94,000
Derek Patience91,000

Some of the players who bought in but failed to survive the day included Kim McClymont, Chris Wallmuth, Neil Bechdoldt, Jeff Harrison, Raj Singh, Dylan Ellis, Daryl Ellis, Chris Clisby, Kyle Menne, Shaun Scrymgeour, Aaron Lapointe, and Francois Lincourt.

There is still one more event in the four-tournament series. On Saturday at 1 p.m., the $400 No Limit Texas Hold’em Tournament will give players one last chance to make a final table and earn a nice payday.

Day 2 of the Main Event will resume play at noon on Saturday and PokerNews Canada will be on site to provide live updates of all the action. Follow along on our live reporting page for coverage of both tournaments as two winners will be determined by Saturday evening.

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