The Weekly Review: Live Tournament Main Events and Greenwood Leads GPI
There was lots of live poker to recap this week with the 2018 Spring PlayNow Poker Championship coming to a close alongside the partypoker MILLIONS North America. The Global Poker Index rankings results were released for April, and we recap the top scores from the Sunday majors.
Here is your Weekly Review for April 29 to May 5, 2018:
Shaner Yo Captures Main, Nguyen Takes Finale in Record-Setting PlayNow Poker Championship
Shaner Yo outlasted a field of 192 players in two marathon days of poker to capture the Main Event at the 2018 Spring PlayNow Poker Championship. Yo defeated Anders Prokopowich heads up for $51,088 along with a trophy and a ring. Yo Also won the player of the series points race to secure an entry into every event at the PlayNow Poker Championship in September.
The fourth and final event of the festival was a $400 buy-in tournament, which served as a last chance, running alongside Day 2 of the Main Event. The tournament saw 148 entries and Khai Nguyen defeated Pierre Remillard heads up for the $9,850 first-place prize.
The 2018 Spring PlayNow Poker Championship had record turnout this year, which kicked off with 292 entries in the Main Event satellite. This was followed up with 204 entries in the $600 kickoff event that saw over $100,000 in the prize pool. The prize pool in the $300 bounty event also saw a spike, reaching nearly $75,000 when 331 players entered the tournament to go along with almost $17,000 in bounties available. The Club Regent Casino looks to be one of the premier spots on the western Canadian poker scene with a great Vegas-style poker room to go along with a PlayNow Player of the Series award to add further incentives to players.
- Shaner Yo is the 2018 Spring PlayNow Poker Champion
- Khai Nguyen Takes Final Title in PlayNow Poker Championship
- PlayNow Puts on Record Show in Winnipeg
Black Wins Main Event while Shao Collects Win in Finale
The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America event wrapped up from the Playground Poker Club, just outside of Montreal. The last two events on the docket were the $5,300 Main Event and the $1,100 turbo.
The Main Event trophy would fly south of the border after Santa Cruz, California native Taylor Black outlasted Darryll Fish heads up to collect $1,400,000.
David Shao outlasted a tough final table for the win in the $1,100 Turbo event which saw Shaun Deeb (seventh place — $19,000) and Griffin Benger (second — $115,000) fall short of the $180,000 first-place prize
- Taylor Black Wins partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America Main Event
- Shao Wins partypoker LIVE MILLIONS $1,100 Turbo, Benger 2nd, Deeb 7th
Greenwood Leaps Into Lead of 2018 Canadian PoY Race
The Global Poker Index (GPI) is the ranking system for live tournament poker players which analyzes the results of players of six half-year periods.
Ari Engel held onto top spot in the overall GPI top Canadian tournament player race. Sam Greenwood moved into second on the list, though, with some amazing tournament results in April, passing Kristen Bicknell who sits in third.
Speaking of Greenwood, he has passed Engel for the top spot in the 2018 Canadian GPI Player of the Year race. With three wins in high roller events throughout April, he catapulted his way from fourth on the list last month all the way to the top spot. Greenwood also sits in third place of the overall GPI Player of the Year race.
You can read the full article and get the full top 10 rankings from the article linked below.
”OLD TIME GIN” Takes Second in Sunday 500 on PokerStars
The top score of the week went to “OLD TIME GIN” who scored a second-place finish in the Sunday 500 on PokerStars, securing $26,375.
Over on partypoker, “AlligatorBLUD” saw a runner-up finish in the Super Sunday Deepstack-H event, winning $24,640 from the $215 buy-in.
In the $1,050 buy-in Super Sunday 1K Deepstack-HR event on partypoker, “akaPman” was the only Canadian that saw a final table appearance and collected $22,366 for a third-place finish.