Kyle Buell Wins First Event at 2017 PlayNow Poker Championship

Kyle Buell

The first event of the 2017 fall edition of the PlayNow Poker Championship is in the books. A field of 242 players registered the event, creating a prize pool of $54,450. Kyle Buell was winner when his {q-Spades}{9-Spades} outlasted Jeff O'Neill's {q-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} to capture the title and $14,352.

Final Table Results

1Kyle Buell$14,352
2Jeff O’Neill$9,065
3Dennis Rodriguez$6,034
4Carmelo Todaro$4,215
5Donnell Revereza$3,078
6Nick Gioncola$2,341
7Jeff Mcfarlane$1,846
8Mike Nguyen$1,504
9Marc Sheridan$1,262
10Mikki Gagic$1,085

The $300 bounty saw $225 go towards the prize pool, $50 go to each player's bounty, and a $25 registration fee. The tournament paid out the top 25 spots but once down to the final 26, the remaining players agreed to pay the bubble $10 each and play continued.

The final table only lasted a total of 52 hands due in most part because there were only 50 big blinds in play between the final 10 players. Surprisingly enough, play continued for three more hours and at one point with five players remaining, there were only 16 big blinds in play. A fury of double-ups kept the action going but, eventually, Buell was able to seal the deal.

The second event takes place Friday at noon local time with the $600 No-Limit Hold'em event. Players will receive a 15,000 starting stack and blind levels will be 30 minutes long. This is also a ring event and, in addition to the prize money for first place, the winner will also win a trophy and a championship ring to mark the occasion.

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