Chase Johnston Wins a Casino Regina Ring at Diamond Poker Classic
The second event of the 2017 Diamond Poker Classic filled tables at Casino Regina in Saskatchewan’s capital on Thursday. The $600 tournament was the second of four one-day events with each one awarding a champion’s ring to the victor.
At about 1 a.m., the tournament came to an end with Chase Johnston winning the Casino Regina trophy ring and the $15,617 top prize.
Action got started at noon in the Show Lounge — the casino’s theatre which has been converted into a large poker room for the week — and entries came to a total of 104 by the time registration closed a couple of hours later. That created a prize pool of $56,160 to be paid to the top 11 players.
The bubble was burst in the mid-evening and the final table of 10 was set shortly after. Cody B came into the final table with the chip lead of 188,400 chips, followed by Daniel Lamb with 160,200 and Chase Johnston with 128,300. Those were the final three players as well, though finishing in reverse order of their stacks with Cody finishing third and Johnston claiming the win.
The first to be eliminated from the final table was Wes Gelowitz on the fourth hand of the final table. He open-shoved his and was called off by . His opponent hit a set on the flop to improve to a set and Gelowitz collected $1,936 for finishing 10th.
In the very next hand, Corey Douglas three-bat shoved with and was called by , losing the race and finding himself eliminated in ninth for $2,119. Just like that, the final table was down to eight after two flips where the pocket pair held on both times.
Hanging high up on the wall behind the final table are the banners bearing the names of Main Event Champions from the Station Poker Classic, Diamond Poker Classic, and Harvest Poker Classic. Two of those names were at the final table, but the next to be eliminated was one of those players.
Glen Adams three-bet shoved with and was up against . A king on the flop foreshadowed Adams’ elimination, and he collected $2,369 for eighth place.
In seventh place, the other Main Event Champion fell. Chris Bowers got it in with and was up against . Despite hitting two pairs on the flop, the turn gave his opponent a straight, and the river sealed it, knocking out Bowers in seventh for $2,721.
Aaron Chuley busted in sixth place after he was unable to catch a card with against on a nine-high board. He earned $3,232.
Brent Ober finished fifth for $3,992 when he three-bet for everything with against and his opponent found a jack.
In fourth place, Ferosh Tailor pushed all in and found two callers. He held and completely whiffed the board. Both of his opponents had better hands with finding a pair and making a set. He earned $5,165.
The start-of-table chip leader was the next to go. Cody B limped and his opponent shoved. Cody made the call and held to . He paired his king on the board but the other player also paired their ace, so Cody collected $7,041 for third place.
Heads-up play began on Hand #73 of the final table with Chase Johnston and Daniel Lamb fairly even in chips. It took 43 hands to determine a winner. Johnston limped the button and Lamb checked, going to a flop of . Lamb check-called a bet of 20,000 and the turn was the . Both players checked to the river. Lamb led out for 50,000 and Johnston raised to 250,000. Lamb three-bet all in for a little more and was called.
Lamb held for a straight while Johnston had made a flush with . Lamb pocketed $10,167 for finishing second while Johnston earned the title, the ring, and the $15,617 first-place prize.
2017 Diamond Poker Classic $600 Event Final Table Results
For even more details about the event, you can head to the live reporting page where we covered all of the action all day. There is a photo gallery and a record of hand-for-hand coverage of the entire final table if you want to know exactly how it played out.
The end of this event marks the halfway point of the series. Two more events are on the schedule with a $800 bounty being offered on Friday and the $1,100 Main Event running on Saturday.