Thomas Taylor has taken down the first event he has ever played at Casino Regina, pocketing $22,567 for the win last night, along with a ring and another title to add to his already-impressive resume. Cody B was the runner-up for $14,357, but both of these players came in and dominated the final table together.
The $500 tournament was the first of the four-event Station Poker Classic taking place in Saskatchewan's capital this week.
This opening event attracted a total of 188 entries, making up a prize pool of $84,600, paying out a total of 19 spots. Play went quite rapidly, with the final table coming together after just 10 hours of play. Many familiar faces came out to play but didn't make it in the money, including Kim McClymont, Chris Bowers, and Robin Schaefar.
2017 Station Poker Classic $500 Final-Table Results
In the final hand, Cody raised it up preflop and they saw a ten-high board. Taylor check-raised the turn and got Cody to pile it in. Taylor held two-pair while Cody held one pair with a jack kicker. He couldn't improve and Taylor was the eventual champion.
Taylor has nine recorded wins, making this his 10th, taking his lifetime earnings over $600,000. He also has an impressive record online, known as "sandman201", and booked over $200,000 in cashes alone during the World Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars this past fall. Taylor has been on a tear since last year when he final-tabled the World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event, followed by 11 cashes at the World Series of Poker. Look for Taylor to continue crushing and become a familiar name in Canada.
The final table began 10-handed and was led by Taylor, but Cody was close behind in second. The first player to go was Sam Gottiparthi (10th — $1,958) when he got it in with a flush draw, but was unable to pull ahead of Cody's set of sixes. Soon after, Murray Hicks piled his short stack in the middle with ace-ten, only to find he was up against Cody's ace-king. He settled for a ninth-place finish for $2,233.
The eliminations came quick, as Ryan Fletcher (eighth — $2,610) was the next to go after he was unable to win a flip with pocket sevens against Cody's ace-king (again). The flop was king-high and Cody kept adding to his growing stack. Next up was Kyle Irvine (seventh — $3,141), and he was also unable to win a flip after getting his money in the middle with ace-king against Taylor's pocket eights. He flopped and turned some draws, but the river was a brick and was headed to the cash cage.
Play was steady for a bit, but Curtis Mason was next to go after he became short and his king-high was unable to hold against Taylor's queen-high. Taylor flopped a pair, and Mason was gone in sixth place for a payday of $3,909. Fifth place would eventually go to Corey Douglas ($5,055) after he was out-flopped by Cody holding ace-high to his king-high.
Four-handed play continued for almost a full level until Mike Rogal (fourth — $6,821) also lost with ace-high to Taylor's king-high on the flop. Rogal did, however, ladder up significantly after doubling up as the short stack on three different occasions.
Coming in third place was the familiar Troy Nisbet ($9,647) who fell at the hands of Taylor as well. Nisbet check-raised all in on a six-high board and Taylor called with ace-queen high, thinking he was ahead. Nisbet held a pair of sixes, but the ace on the turn sealed his fate and he was eliminated.
A full list of results as well as all of our posts from the day is available on our live-reporting page.
Event #2 is on deck today, March 23, at noon local time, and the cost to enter is $700. Reentries are allowed for the first four levels of play, and players begin with 10,000 chips playing 30-minute levels.
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