The Weekly Review: Harvest Poker Classic, WPT, and WSOPE in the Headlines
Live poker action returned to Canada with the 2017 Harvest Poker Classic at Casino Regina wrapping up this week with four events in four days. The World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour also had some announcements this week.
Here is your Weekly Review for November 5 to 11, 2017:
Lyndon Knutson Wins Harvest Poker Classic Main Event
The Harvest Poker Classic took place from November 8 to 11, seeing four events take place across the four day span from the Show Lounge in Casino Regina.
The $500 no-limit hold’em event got the festival underway as Phil Riley outlasted a field of 237 entries with a total prize pool of $106,650 to collect $24,953 and a coveted ring. Riley and his heads-up opponent Buddy Little made a deal while heads-up was ongoing to both guarantee themselves $21,000 while the eventual winner took home the remaining $3,953 in the prize pool.
Event #2 was the $700 no-limit hold’em tournament. The tournament attracted 246 entries to create a prize pool of $154,980, seeing the winner earn $40,839. Justin Skamanis took an overwhelming chip lead into the final table and made good use of those chips by going wire to wire to collect his first Harvest Poker Classic ring and second ring from Casino Regina events.
The third event had all players bounty hunting with the $900 bounty. The tournament attracted a whopping 247 entries to create a prize pool of $177,840. Phil Riley, who won Event #1, ended up almost winning another one but fell in third place for $25,000. The final four players agreed on a chop and after the heads-up battle began between Jared Klimosko and Adrian Baran, Klimosko had Baran short, but after doubling up a couple of times with both players being all in blind, Baran eventually won the battle when his made a straight against Klimosko’s to collect $31,948 while Klimosko won $28,000 for second place.
With the first three events over-and-done with, the $1,100 Main Event was set up. The tournament saw 251 players purchase a ticket to the tournament to create a total prize pool of $251,000. The final table saw tournament scene regulars Jody Fayant, Leo Leclerc, Phil Riley, and Trevor Norlander all have chips within the final nine. Fayant, who was co-chip leader at the beginning of the final table, end up in ninth place for $5,717, Leclerc fell in seventh for $8,412. Jason Jungle left the tournament in fourth place for $19,332, which set up a ménage-a-trois between Phil Riley, Trevor Norlander, and Lyndon Knutson.
This was Riley’s third final table of the 2017 Harvest Poker Classic including a win in the first event and a third place showing in the previous day’s $900 bounty. Riley couldn’t pull off a double win though and ended up falling in third place for $27,716. This left a heads-up battle between Norlander and Knutson.
Norlander ended up getting short and after getting a double up to be only down to a two-to-one chip disadvantage got his chips in with bottom pair and a straight draw against the top pair of Knutson. At 4:30 a.m. local time, Knutson’s top pair held to capture the Harvest Poker Classic Main event and collect $66,045 while Norlander collected $41,689 for his second-place finish.
For the full recap of the event you can click on any of the event recaps from the list below:
- Phil Riley Takes Event 1 at Harvest Poker Classic for $25K
- Event 2 of Harvest Poker Classic Goes to Justin Skamanis
- Adrian Baran Harvests the Bounty at Casino Regina
- Lyndon Knutson Wins Harvest Poker Classic Main Event for $66K
$1 Million Big One For One Drop Returns To WSOP
With the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) taking place, the WSOP Executive Director made the announcement that the popular $1 Million For One Drop would be returning to the 2018 WSOP after a four-year hiatus. The tournament is set to take place from July 15-17 and the field will be capped at 48 players. $111,111 of every players buy-in will go to the One Drop Foundation which provides sustainable safe water access to communities in need across the world.
For the full details of the event please click the article linked below.
888poker and WPT Team Up
The World Poker Tour (WPT) and 888poker have announced a partnership that allows players the ability to qualify for WPTDeepStacks events. 888poker is offering the ability to qualify for events through satellites and super- satellites for as little as one cent. The first event that takes place under this partnership is the $1,500 Main Event for WPTDeepStacks Berlin.
To find out all the details check out the article linked below.