The second PlayNow Poker Championship of the year was at Winnipeg’s McPhillips Station Casino from September 29 to October 2, featuring a $1,100 Main Event won by Chad Cook for $36,162.
The twice-annual four-event series is hosted by the province’s only licensed online poker site, PlayNow.com. The government-run poker room offered online satellites in the weeks leading up to the series and several of the tournament winners earned their seats online.
Play got underway on Thursday, September 29, with a $300 bounty tournament that received 219 entries. Winnipeg local Jaret Melnyk came out on top to win $13,055 plus an unknown number of bounties.
The following day, a $600 tournament received 159 entries to create a prize pool of $87,450. Paul Trudeau found victory, earning $23,557, and Chad Cook found his first deep run of the series when he finished third for $10,199. Cook won his ticket on PlayNow.com and said this was his first major live tournament.
The next day, the $1,100 Main Event began but didn’t get finished until the evening of October 2. The 133 entries created a prize pool of $133,000.
Chad Cook had earned another PlayNow.com seat online and went on to find victory this time, beating his third-place finish in the second event of the series. He pocketed an additional $36,162 to add to the $10,199 he’d already won. Local regular Daryl Ellis finished runner-up for $23,253.
The final event of the series was a $400 tournament that received 125 entries. Keith Carson won this tournament for $12,823. Carson also earned his ticket to the tournament on PlayNow.com.