The Diamond Poker Classic at Casino Regina has come to an exciting finish with Chris Bowers winning the $1,100 Main Event for $22,942.
The Diamond Poker Classic returned this year after an eight-year absence and joins the other two tournament series at Casino Regina each year — the Station Poker Classic and Harvest Poker Classic. Incredibly, this was Bowers’ third Main Event final table in the three most recent series.
Last November, Bowers finished seventh in the Harvest Poker Classic for $8,479. He improved that to a second-place finish in the Station Poker Classic this March for $32,074. Now he’s found the win in his third attempt in three events, winning the Diamond Poker Classic on Saturday.
The action kicked off in Saskatchewan’s capital at noon on May 21 in the beautiful Show Lounge at Casino Regina which houses more than 30 poker tables. The $1,100 buy-in got players 20,000 tournament chips and they played through 30-minute blind levels in the one-day tournament.
When registration closed, 94 entries had been tallied to create a prize pool of $94,000 and, like all of the tournaments this series, just the final table of 10 players would earn a payout.
After 10 hours of play, the money bubble burst and the remaining 10 players were in the money with Chris Bowers holding the chip lead. Also at the table was 2012 Station Poker Classic Champion Glen Adams looking for his second Casino Regina champion’s ring, and his wife Danette Holzwarth also had made the final table alongside him (literally; the table draw sat them side by side).
The pair of spouses were the first eliminated with Adams finishing in 10th and Holzwarth following in ninth. Then Gord Matt, Sam Dickson, and Jody Fayant saw their run come to an end. The remaining five players went on a scheduled break with Bowers holding more than 1 million chips while the other four were fairly even with a lot less.
Before a single hand could be played after the break, a discussion about a deal struck up and the negotiation didn’t take long to reach a conclusion. Bowers earned the win and the champion’s ring, took $3,500 off of first-place money, and the other four split $3,000 of it evenly with Steve Barclay pocketing the extra $500.
2016 Diamond Poker Classic $1,100 Main Event Results
Some of the notable players to take a shot in the event but fail to cash included Russ Meilunas, Ryan Smith, Vanessa Kade, Mike Smith, Jared Klimosko, Kyle Irvine, and Tyler Bonkowski.
For more details of the event, visit our live reporting page where we posted updates all throughout the day. You can review the big hands, the progression of chip stacks, and photos from the tournament.