The 20th annual Harvest Poker Classic at Casino Regina in Saskatchewan's capital city came to a climax on Saturday as the $1,100 Main Event was played out in the show lounge.
Action kicked off at noon and registration closed with 239 entries. The top 24 players earned a piece of the $239,000 prize pool and the bubble burst with the elimination of Kim McClymont. When on the money bubble, there's little more you could hope for than to be dealt kings twice within three hands, and that's just what McClymont was dealt.
The first time she got the kings all in, she was called by another player who was also holding kings, and they chopped the pot. When McClymont found kings again two hands later, she got it in against Bel Roque's ace-king and an ace appeared on the board, eliminating McClymont on the bubble.
It took hardly any time at all to get down to the final table and Eric Wasylenko led the final 10 with a huge stack of 962,000 chips. The second-best count belonged to Kyle Irvine with 517,000 and he was looking for his second Casino Regina Main Event win after taking the title in 2013 in the Station Poker Classic.
Unfortunately for Irvine, his tournament came to an end in fifth place when he got it in with on a board, but Paul Maendel held for two pairs and the river bricked out. Irvine collected $13,613 for his run.
Irvine's knockout came in the middle of a flurry of eliminations from the start of final-table play down to the final three where things suddenly slowed down.
Paul Maendel, Eric Wasylenko, and Pete Fylyma played several levels, exchanging pots every direction without an elimination. Wasylenko was the perpetual short stack, trying to gain some traction but constantly running into strong made hands of his opponents.
Finally, the very active and aggressive Paul Maendel open-shoved in the small blind and Pete Fylyma snap-called. Maendel had and Fylyma held . Maendel never caught up and was eliminated in third place for $26,586.
Heads-up play began with Fylyma enjoying better than a four-to-one chip lead over Wasylenko, and it didn't take long for their battle to come to an end.
On a flop of , the two players piled the chips in and both held top pair. However, Fylyma's held a better kicker than Wasylenko's , and the turn of left Wasylenko drawing dead as his opponent improved to two pairs. Wasylenko collected $39,891 for finishing runner-up.
This was the first major tournament cash for Pete Fylyma. He pocketed $63,087 for the victory along with the Casino Regina champion's ring. When asked what he will do with his winnings, he mentioned taking a drive in B.C. with his dog and maybe heading to Calgary to play the upcoming DeepStacks Poker Tour Championship.
2016 Harvest Poker Classic $1,100 Main Event Final Table Results