Station Poker Classic Gives Away More Than $600,000 in Prizes

Casino Regina Station Poker Classic

The 21st annual running of the Station Poker Classic finished up at Casino Regina this past week. Over four events, the series blew past $600,000 in prizes.

The venerable poker series is one of three series held annually in the historic Regina rail station. The spring Station Poker Classic, and the fall Harvest Poker Classic are two of Canada's longest running series, and the recently returned Diamond Poker Classic, held annually in June, are all highlights in the western Canadian poker calendar.

The series features four different no-limit hold'em events, including one bounty tournament, and they ranged in price from $500 through $1,100. Casino Regina converts their beautiful, Las Vegas-style Show Lounge into a poker room for the series, and in addition to 20+ tournament tables, there are multiple cash game tables spread across three levels.

The series kicked off with the $500 No-Limit Hold'em on Wednesday, March 21. The first event in the series recorded a total of 199 entries by the time the first break was over, and that meant there was $89,550 up for grabs, split between the top 20 players. The tournament came down to a battle of the grinders, with Toby Wu defeating Russ Meilunas heads up for the title. Meilunas is a regular face at Casino Regina final tables, and while this was Toby Wu's first championship ring from Regina, it was his fifth career tournament win.

2018 Station Poker Classic Event #1 Final Table Results

1Toby Wu$23,828
2Russ Meilunas$15,137
3Sheldon Birkeland$10,152
4Gordon Goble$7,160
5Phil Riley$5,291
6Chris Bowers$4,078
7Tyler Williams$3,264
8Trevor Norlander$2,702
9Jared Klimosko$2,303

The $700 No-Limit Hold'em ran on Thursday, March 22, and when registration closed, 203 buy-ins had been collected by the cage. That put $127,890 in the prize pool with 21 players expected to share in the money. The top prize came down to a battle where the experience level of the two players was quite different.

Thomas Taylor, with nearly $900,000 in 108 live cashes over his career, clearly had the experience advantage over Darrel Marsden, who was cashing for the third time live with a payout that was already far and away the best of his career. The experience of Taylor was unable to hold the day, however, and despite coming into heads-up with the chip lead, he had to settle for second place, while Marsden got the first win of his live career.

2018 Station Poker Classic Event #2 Final Table Results

1Darrell Marsden$33,952
2Thomas Taylor$21,540
3Senad Selimanovic$14,421
4Darcy Reaney$10,148
5Len Sepke$7,478
6Ethan Ellis$5,746
7Lee Clark$4,585
8Randy Trautwein$3,782
9Mike Bakeman3,211
10James Boyd$2,797

Friday night always brings the much-anticipated bounty event to the Show Lounge. The $900 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty puts $710 of the buy-in into the prize pool, and converts another $100 into casino chips to be handed out when a player busts. As testament to the popularity, 218 entries hit the felt which put $156,960 into the prize pool. When all the cards were dealt, Chris Wallmuth had captured his first career win and pushed his lifetime earnings over $100,000. Wallmuth defeated Moon Yuen heads up.

2018 Station Poker Classic Event #3 Final Table Results

1Chris Wallmuth$41,582
2Moon Yuen$26,350
3Scott Moskal$17,612
4Thomas Taylor$12,369
5Murray Hicks$9,091
6Chad Zipchian$6,966
7Francis Fan$5,540
8Mike Vaynshteyn$4,555
9Dean Ollenberg$3,855
10Bob Mullen$3,346

The marquee event of the series is always the $1,100 Main Event, which runs on the final day of the series. In the biggest turnout of the week, 237 entries created a prize pool of $237,000. Twenty-four players would share in those prizes, with the top prize set at $62,558. It all came down to a battle of the ages, with the veteran John Ludwig outlasting the young challenger Kris Klimosko heads up.

It was a long day of poker as the top prize was awarded more than 16 hours after the first card was dealt. The win was Ludwig's fourth career win, and second Casino Regina ring after capturing the $800 event at last year's Diamond Poker Classic. Klimosko's second-place cash of $39,558 was his biggest tournament score to date, and brought his lifetime earnings to over $140,000.

2018 Station Poker Classic Main Event Final Table Results

1John Ludwig$62,558
2Kris Klimosko$39,558
3Bernie Scott$26,364
4Chad Zipchian$18,447
5Russ Meilunas$13,499
6Scott Dunford$10,289
7Jerry Tria$8,136
8Chad Gayle$6,648
9George Broumas$5,592
10Jonathan Turner$4,823

That's a wrap from Regina, but there'll be lots more prairie poker action in June at the Diamond Poker Classic. Join PokerNews Canada for all the fun.

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