PlayNow Spring Poker Championship Hits Winnipeg's Club Regent Casino
Manitoba's premier poker event is the PlayNow.com Poker Championship and the 2018 spring edition runs in April from the 25th through the 29th at Winnipeg's Club Regent Casino. The fall 2017 edition of this series generated total prize pools in excess of $300,000, so there's sure to be plenty of prizes up for grabs for this year's event.
The five-day event starts with the satellite for the Main Event. Starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, $120 will get a player 5,000 chips toward Main Event tickets. The number of tickets depends on the entries and total entries are capped at 180 players, so the tournament will put a maximum of 18 seats up for grabs before the end of the night.
In addition of the multi-table satellite running, Wednesday marks the beginning of single-table satellites featuring three buy-in levels. For $50, players will fight for a seat to the $400 event at the end of the series, while $70 will put players in competition for a seat to the $600 event on Thursday. Players looking to get a discount on the Main Event price can play $120 single-table satellites for a seat in the $1,100 Main Event. Single-table satellites for the $400 and $1,100 events run through the week starting after 7 p.m.
The series proper kicks off on Thursday with the $600 No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament. Cards go in the air at 2 p.m. with players getting 15,000 chips and playing 30-minute blind levels. The tournament is capped at 280 players, with late registration open through Level 5, and once registration closes, players will play until one of them has all the chips.
Friday is bounty day in Winnipeg with the $300 No-Limit Texas Hold'em Bounty Tournament. $50 of the entry fee goes toward a player bounty, with $225 going into the main prize pool. Capped at 290 players, the bounty element along with only 7,000 chips to start and 20-minute blind levels will make for some crazy knockout action.
The Main Event for the series starts Saturday, April 28, at 12 p.m. with the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Poker Championship. The $1,100 event is the marquee event of the series with a starting stack of 20,000 chips. The pace of play will be more leisurely with 45-minute levels and players can late register until the end of Level 6 up to a maximum of 290 players.
The Main Event will finish play for the day after the end of Level 15, which should be around 12:45 a.m. Players who bag chips at the end of Day 1 will return to the felt at 12 p.m. Sunday to play down to a winner.
An hour after Day 2 of the Main Event begins, the final tournament of the series kicks off. The $400 PlayNow.com No-Limit Texas Hold'em will play 20-minute blind levels with late registration open for five full levels.
Last fall, Ken Hunter took down his second PlayNow Poker Championship Main Event title for more than $40,000 after winning the inaugural event in 2010. Head down to Club Regent Casino in Winnipeg for the 2018 Spring PlayNow.com Poker Championship, and it could be you collecting that big prize.