Marianne Coukuyt has no previous tracked tournament wins. She entered the second event of the 2016 Harvest Poker Classic on Thursday through a satellite and is now $36,053 richer after topping the sold-out field of 216 entries.
The second event of the 20th annual series at Casino Regina in Saskatchewan's capital began at noon with a price tag of $700 to get a seat. The room was filled to capacity plus a few extra entries that filled the seats emptied by early eliminations, taking the prize pool to $136,080.
A starting stack of 10,000 chips and 30-minute levels saw the field reduced to the final 22 in the money by mid evening. Leor Wasserman very nearly became the bubble boy for the second day in a row after doing so yesterday, but won a flip to double up on the money bubble. He ended up taking chips to the final table.
On the way to the final table, familiar faces like Adrian Baran (22nd — $1,577), Justin Lamb (20th — $1,577), Bel Roque (19th — $1,577), Mike Barnett (16th — $1,769), and Phil Riley (11th — $2,573) were all eliminated for a modest payout.
At the final table, Cindy Kerslake came to the top 10 with the best stack, counting out 556,000 chips when play resumed after a brief pause to redraw seats. The second-best stack was that of Shannon Vargo with 241,000. Most notably, it was a final table with three women still in contention. Kerslake was joined by Marianne Coukuyt and Roberta Kent.
Leor Wasserman was the first to be eliminated at the final table. He three-bet shoved from the button and found himself racing with against Roberta Kent's . He couldn't win the coinflip and found himself out in 10th for $2,901. Kent didn't hang on to those chips for long. She fell in ninth place shortly after.
After the elimination of Alex Korompis in third place after back-to-back hands that crippled him and then busted him, two ladies remained to settle the tournament heads up.
Cindy Kerslake began the one-on-one battle with a small chip lead, but it quickly slipped away in a series of small pots that went to Marianne Coukuyt.
The tournament concluded when both players found huge hands by the turn. With on the board, Kerslake had a set with and Coukuyt held a straight wtih . The chips were inevitably going in and Kerslake couldn't catch the board pair she needed on the river to survive. She was eliminated as the runner-up for $27,844 which is just barely the largest single cash of her life. She'll add that to the more than $200,000 she's cashed in live tournaments.
Marianne Coukuyt shyly posed for the winner picture after realizing she had just earned herself an impressive $36,053.
2016 Harvest Poker Classic $700 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results
There are still two more events at Casino Regina in the Harvest Poker Classic. Friday will be the $900 bounty tournament and PokerNews Canada will be back on the floor live reporting all of the action.