Justin Skamanis is the Bounty Champion, Winning $16,395 at Diamond Poker Classic

Justin Skamanis Casino Regina Diamond Poker Classic

There is only one champion's ring left to award in the four-event Diamond Poker Classic in Saskatchewan’s capital as the third tournament has come to an end with Justin Skamanis winning $16,395 and a pocketful of bounties.

Action kicked off at noon on Friday at Casino Regina in the $800 knockout event and registration closed at about 2:30 p.m. with 94 entries tallied up. The prize pool came in at $58,280 with the final table of 10 set to earn a payout.

By 9 p.m., the money bubble burst and the final table was set with Mike Barnett leading the way with the largest stack. With 11 players remaining, Jody Fayant pushed all in preflop with {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and was called by Barnett’s {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts}. The board ran out nine-high and Fayant was eliminated on the bubble.

Barnett managed to use his big stack to get as far as fifth place before being eliminated, largely because of an earlier cooler where he ran pocket queens into Justin Skamanis' pocket kings and gave him a large chunk of his big stack.

Three-handed play began with Justin Skamanis holding the most chips with Shawn Sperber not far behind and Tyler Bonkowski clinging on with a tiny stack. Bonkowski managed to patiently claw through several orbits before he finally met his demise when his {q-Spades}{4-Diamonds} was called off by a dominating {q-Clubs}{8-Spades} preflop and he was unable to catch up.

Justin Skamanis also had the chip lead when heads-up play began, but Shawn Sperber chipped away at it with some big shoves to nearly even up the score.

But on a flop of {a-Spades}{6-Clubs}{k-Hearts}, Skamanis check-called a bet of 36,000 and then check-shoved the {10-Hearts} turn. Sperber tank-called with an ace but Skamanis held {q-Clubs}{j-Clubs} for the nuts. Sperber collected $10,738 for finishing as the runner-up and Skamanis earned the champion's ring along with $16,395 and a heap of bounty chips.

2016 Diamond Poker Classic $800 Bounty Event Results

1Justin Skamanis$16,395
2Shawn Sperber$10,738
3Tyler Bonkowski$7,493
4Jeff Fechter$5,547
5Mike Barnett$4,330
6Leo Leclerc$3,540
7Doug Maier$3,011
8Chris Bowers$2,645
9Rae Hallett$2,385
10Kerwin Rempel$2,196

Some of the notable players to take a shot in this event but fail to make the money included Jared Klimosko, Ryan Smith, Mike Smith, Russ Meilunas, and Kyle Irvine.

One final event remains in the Diamond Poker Classic. The $1,100 Main Event begins at noon on Saturday and PokerNews Canada will be back for live reports of all the action from the first hand until the last. The last player standing will win the last champion’s ring and the honour of having their name placed on the champion’s banner.

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