Day 1 completed
|Prize Pool||84,600 CAD|
|Blinds||8,000 / 16,000|
Day 1 completed
Thomas Taylor has taken down the first event he has ever played in here at Casino Regina, pocketing $22,567 for the win, along with a ring and another title to add to his already-impressive resume. Cody B is the runner-up for $14,357, but both of these players came in and dominated the final table together.
This opening event attracted a total of 188 entries, making up a prize pool of $84,600, paying out a total of 19 spots. Play went quite rapidly, with the final table coming together after just ten hours of play. Many familiar faces came out to play but didn't make it in the money, including Kim McClymont, Chris Bowers and Robin Schaefar.
Here is a look at the final table results:
|1st Place||Thomas Taylor||$22,567|
|2nd Place||Cody B||$14,357|
|3rd Place||Troy Nisbet||$9,647|
|4th Place||Mike Rogal||$6,821|
|5th Place||Corey Douglas||$5,055|
|6th Place||Curtis Mason||$3,909|
|7th Place||Kyle Irvine||$3,141|
|8th Place||Ryan Fletcher||$2,610|
|9th Place||Murray Hicks||$2,233|
|10th Place||Sam Gottiparthi||$1,958|
In the final hand, Cody raised it up pre-flop and they saw a ten-high board. Taylor check-raised the turn and got Cody to pile it in. Taylor held two-pair while Cody held one pair with a jack kicker. He couldn't improve and Taylor was the eventual champion.
Taylor has nine recorded wins, making this his tenth, taking his lifetime earnings over $600,000. He also has an impressive record online, known as sandman201, and booked over $200,000 in cashes alone during the WCOOP on PokerStars this past fall. Taylor has been on a tear since last year when he final-tabled the WPT Montreal Main Event, followed by 11 cashes at the WSOP. Look for Taylor to continue crushing and become a familiar name in Canada.
The final table began ten-handed and was led by Taylor, but Cody was close behind in second. The first player to go was Sam Gottiparthi (10th place - $1,958) when he got it in with a flush draw, but was unable to pull ahead of Cody's set of sixes. Soon after, Murray Hicks piled his short stack in the middle with ace-ten, only to find he was up against Cody's ace-king. He settled for a 9th place finish for $2,233.
The eliminations came quick, as Ryan Fletcher (8th place - $2,610) was the next to go after he was unable to win a flip with pocket sevens against Cody's ace-king (again). The flop was king-high and Cody kept adding to his growing stack. Next up was Kyle Irvine (7th place - $3,141), and he was also unable to win a flip after getting his money in the middle with ace-king against Taylor's pocket eights. He flopped and turned some draws, but the river was a brick and was headed to the cash cage.
Play was steady for a bit, but Curtis Mason was next to go after he became short and his king-high was unable to hold against Taylor's queen-high. Taylor flopped a pair, and Mason was gone in 6th place for a payday of $3,909. Fifth place would eventually go to Corey Douglas ($5,055) after he was out-flopped by Cody holding ace-high to his king-high.
Four-handed play continued for almost a full level until Mike Rogal (4th place - $6,821) also lost with ace-high to Taylor's king-high on the flop. Rogal did, however, ladder up significantly after doubling up as the short stack on three different occasions.
Coming in third place was the familiar Troy Nisbet ($9,647) who fell at the hands of Taylor as well. Nisbet check-raised all in on a six-high board and Taylor called with ace-queen high, thinking he was ahead. Nisbet held a pair of sixes, but the ace on the turn sealed his fate and he was eliminated.
A full list of results is available under the Payouts tab.
Event #2 is on deck tomorrow at noon local time, and the cost to enter is $700. Re-entries are allowed for the first four levels of play, and players begin with 10,000 chips playing 30-minute levels.
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Cody B raised to 40,000 on the button and Thomas Taylor defended his big blind.
The flop came and Taylor check-called a bet of 50,000 from Cody.
The turn was the and Taylor checked again. Cody bet 80,000, and Taylor put in a check-raise to 210,000. Cody moved all in and Taylor snap-called.
The river was the and Cody was eliminated as the runner-up in this opening event, taking home $14,357 for his finish.
With 210,000 in the pot, on a board reading , Troy Nisbet checked and Thomas Taylor bet 80,000.
After a moment, Nisbet moved all in for about 600,000. Taylor had him covered by just a couple of big blinds and he went into the tank. After a couple of minutes, Taylor called.
Nisbet asked, "Do you have an over pair? I don't have much - I thought I could get you off."
Taylor showed for ace-high, but Nisbet tabled for a pair of sixes.
The turn was the , giving Taylor the lead with a pair of aces, and the river was the .
Nisbet finished in 3rd place for $9,647.
Mike Rogal moved all in for his remaining 70,000 chips and got a call from Thomas Taylor.
Taylor held king-eight off suit while Rogal tabled ace-three off suit.
The flop came king-high and Rogal was unable to hit an ace on the turn or river, sending him home in 4th place for a healthy $6,821.
Mike Rogal was all in again, this time with against Cody B's pocket nines.
The flop came ace-high and Rogal was able to double up yet again.
Action folded around to Troy Nisbet in the small blind and he raised enough to put Mike Rogal to the test for his remaining stack of 72,000. Rogal took his time and eventually called.
The flop came and Nisbet pulled ahead with a pair of queens. The turn was the , but the river was the and Rogal made a straight to the king to stay alive.
Here's a look at how the final four stack up:
Corey Douglas moved all in on the button for about 90,000. Cody B was in the big blind and called.
The flop came and Cody jumped into the lead with a pair of jacks. The turn was the and the river was the , sending Douglas to the rail in 5th place with an extra $5,055 in his pocket.
Thomas Taylor limped in from the small blind and Cody B checked his option in the big blind.
The flop came and Taylor led out for 12,000. Cody raised to 35,000 and Taylor called.
The turn was the . Taylor checked again, and Cody bet 62,000 this time. Taylor called.
The river was the . Taylor tanked for a minute and then checked. Cody quickly checked back.
Taylor tabled and Cody mucked his hand. Taylor now leads the final five.