Over $600,000 Awarded During 2019 Spring PlayNow Poker Championship
The 2019 Spring PlayNow Poker Championship presented by Farmery Estate Brewery took place at the Club Regent Casino + Event Centre from April 24-28, with four events plus a multi-table satellite tournament. The four events, including a $1,100 Main Event, saw $645,175 in prize money dished out to players. This was the first PlayNow Poker Championship that also featured the big blind ante for all events, speeding up play at the tables.
The multi-table satellite tournament was a $180 buy-in and got the festival underway on April 24th. Players that won a ticket would win a ticket for both the $1,100 Main Event and the $600 event that took place the next day. In the end there were 294 entries that saw 29 players win seats to both of the mentioned events.
The first event giving prize money out was the $600 No Limit Hold'em event on April 25. A total of 219 players ponied up the money looking to take down the tournament to create the $120,450. After the final card was dealt, Clayton Mozdzen outlasted the field and nudged out Rocky Cairns heads up for the $31,912 first place prize along with a trophy and a PlayNow Poker Championship ring.
The second event was the $300 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Bounty event. This event saw a $50 bounty be awarded for knocking out a player which saw 293 players enter. The $65,925 in prizes didn't take long to be awarded as the turbo structure and added incentive for knocking out players had the tournament end at a decent time. Mitchell Gach beat Sonny Lubana heads up to win the $17,280 first place prize along with a bunch of bounties.
Saturday marked the start of the $1,100 Main Event where 254 entries created a prize pool of $254,000. The event took place over two days and Ahn Phan ended the first day as the chip leader amassing 483,000 from the 20,000 starting stack. The day ended with 32 players remaining with 26 players cashing. Phan ended up bowing out in 12th place though while Barry Nagus beat World Poker Tour (WPT) Champion Patrick Serda heads up for the $66,840 first place prize along with the trophy, ring, and PlayNow Poker Championship winners jacket.
The final day of the event not only awarded a main event champion but also saw the beginning and conclusions of the $400 No Limit Hold'em event. There were 190 players that entered the event to create the $71,250. Clayton Mozdzen almost won his second event of the series, but was denied during heads up play by Carlo Todaro for the trophy and $19,008. Mozdzen collected $12,092.
That ends the 2019 Spring PlayNow Poker Championship. The next PlayNow Poker Championship will take place September 4-8, 2019 from the Club Regent Casino and Event Centre.