$500 No-Limit Hold'em
Days:
1

Event Info

Buy-in 450 CAD
Prize Pool 89,550 CAD
Players 199

Level Info

Level 23
Blinds 12,000 / 24,000
Ante 0
$500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

Toby Wu Captures the Opening Event of the Station Poker Classic for $23,828

ajlamers • Level 23: 12,000-24,000, 0 ante
Toby WU
Toby WU

The opening event has drawn to a close and a familiar face in the western Canada poker scene has captured the title. Toby Wu, living in Vancouver, BC currently, was victorious in Event #1: $500 No-Limit Hold'em and will take home $23,828 for his efforts. He defeated another live tournament grinder in the likes of Russ Meilunas who earned himself a cool $15,137 for his efforts.

When heads-up play began, it was Wu who held a commanding lead, which seemed to be the story of the day. It was as if Wu was just adding another chapter to his storybook where he just can't lose a hand. Starting after the dinner break, Wu started to run up his stack and held on to the chip lead for the better part of the day. There were many times where Wu was one card from heading out the door, but the river was kind to him and he continued to battle his way through a tough field.

Over the course of a short two year live poker career, Wu has amassed over $92,000 in tournament earnings, most of which has come at the stops in Western Canada. Wu also enjoys taking random trips to Las Vegas and has found some success inside the Venetian poker room as well. Many have been witness to the relentless aggressive play-style from Wu, and when he his hitting cards, he is nearly unstoppable.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize ($CAD)
1stToby Wu$23,828
2ndRuss Meilunas$15,137
3rdSheldon Birkeland$10,152
4thGordon Goble$7,160
5thPhil Riley$5,291
6thChris Bowers$4,078
7thTyler Williams$3,264
8thTrevor Norlander$2,702
9thJared Klimosko$2,303

It was a successful opening day for the 2018 Station Poker Classic with 199 entries taking to the felt for Event #1. They made up a prizepool of $89,550 which would be shared amongst 20 players. A min-cash was worth $1,142 and it was Meilunas who would help the field reach that number.

Meilunas burst the bubble when a number of short stacks were looking to squeeze into the money. It was the last hand before break and Meilunas woke up with pocket kings against his opponent's {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}. Meilunas faded the turn and river and sent his opponent home with nothing.

It's a new day tomorrow as Event #2: $700 No-Limit Hold'em gets underway at 12:00 PM local time inside the Showroom Lounge at Casino Regina. It is expected to be another action-packed day with more players making the trip into the heart of Saskatchewan. Follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team for all of the live updates from the tournament floor.

Tags: Chris BowersGordon GobleJared KlimoskoPhil RileyRuss MeilunasSheldon BirkelandToby WuTrevor NorlanderTyler Williams

Russ Meilunas Eliminated in 2nd Place ($15,137)

ajlamers • Level 23: 12,000-24,000, 0 ante
Russ Meillumas
Russ Meillumas

With around 120,000 in the middle already, the board read {j-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}. Toby Wu checked to Russ Meilunas who bet 60,000 on the button. Wu check-raised all in and Meilunas called off his last 320,000.

Toby Wu: {8-Spades}{2-Clubs}
Russ Meilunas: {j-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}

Wu had a stranglehold on the hand with trip deuces and the {a-Spades} on the river sealed the deal. Meilunas was forced to take home over $15,000 for his runner-up finish.

Toby Wu
Toby Wu
1,990,000 200,000
Russ Meilunas
Russ Meilunas
Busted

Tags: Russ MeilunasToby Wu

Meilunas Wrestles the Chip Lead Away; Wu Wins it All Back

ajlamers • Level 23: 12,000-24,000, 0 ante

Just as Russ Meilunas has wrestled the chip lead away from Toby Wu, the two clashed in a monster all in pot. All of the chips were in the middle preflop and Meilunas tabled {a-Spades}{k-Hearts} which was dominating Wu's {k-Spades}{j-Hearts}.

The flop came {j-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and Wu hit another favourable flop to take the lead. The {4-Spades} on the turn and the {10-Hearts} on the river changed nothing and Wu took a commanding chip lead.

Toby Wu
Toby Wu
1,790,000 600,000
Russ Meilunas
Russ Meilunas
200,000 -600,000

Tags: Russ MeilunasToby Wu

Meilunas Counterfeits Wu to Double Up

ajlamers • Level 23: 12,000-24,000, 0 ante

Toby Wu raised to 60,000 on the button and Russ Meilunas pushed all in for 400,000. Wu quickly made the call and tabled {k-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} which was slightly behind Meilunas' {a-Spades}{8-Clubs}.

The flop came {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{q-Spades} and Wu took the lead with two pair. The turn brought the {j-Diamonds} providing some chop outs, and the {j-Spades} paired the board on the river. Wu's two pair was counterfeited and Meilunas earned a double up to narrow the deficit.

Toby Wu
Toby Wu
1,190,000 -290,000
Russ Meilunas
Russ Meilunas
800,000 290,000

Tags: Russ MeilunasToby Wu

Sheldon Birkeland Eliminated in 3rd Place ($10,152)

ajlamers • Level 23: 12,000-24,000, 0 ante
Sheldon Birkeland
Sheldon Birkeland

Toby Wu raised to 55,000 on the button and Sheldon Birkeland shoved all in for a little over 200,000 in the small blind. Russ Meilunas folded his big blind and Wu made the call.

Toby Wu: {k-Clubs}{8-Clubs}
Sheldon Birkeland: {a-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}

The flop came {10-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} and Birkeland remained in the lead with a pair of tens. The {9-Spades} on the turn left Wu drawing to one of three kings left in the deck. The dealer burned and turned the {k-Hearts} on the river and Wu came from behind again to send Birkeland home in third place.

Toby Wu
Toby Wu
1,480,000 595,000
Russ Meilunas
Russ Meilunas
510,000 -115,000
Sheldon Birkeland
Sheldon Birkeland
Busted

Tags: Russ MeilunasToby WuSheldon Birkeland

Level:
23
Blinds:
12,000/24,000
Ante:
0

Birkeland Doubles Through Meilunas

ajlamers • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

Sheldon Birkeland jammed all in for 157,000 on the button and was called by Russ Meilunas in the small blind. Toby Wu gave it some thought as well but elected to lay his hand down.

Sheldon Birkeland: {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}
Russ Meilunas: {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}

The flop came {a-Spades}{9-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and Meilunas was still in the lead with his pair of tens. However, the {j-Spades} on the turn moved Birkeland out front. Meilunas would need to catch a ten or a spade, but the {a-Clubs} on the window was not what he was looking for.

Russ Meilunas
Russ Meilunas
625,000 -170,000
Sheldon Birkeland
Sheldon Birkeland
330,000 20,000

Tags: Russ MeilunasToby WuSheldon Birkeland

Wu Takes the Lead Again

ajlamers • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

In a limped pot preflop, the flop came {10-Spades}{5-Spades}{3-Clubs} and Russ Meilunas led out for 20,000 from the small blind. Toby Wu called from the big blind and the {q-Diamonds} landed on the turn.

Meilunas checked this time and Wu tossed in a bet of 40,000. Meilunas instantly called and the {7-Clubs} hit the river. The roles reversed again as Meilunas led out for 80,000 and Wu snapped him off. Meilunas announced two pair but Wu tabled {q-Spades}{3-Spades} for a bigger two pair and took over the chip lead.

Toby Wu
Toby Wu
885,000 235,000
Russ Meilunas
Russ Meilunas
795,000 -35,000

Tags: Russ MeilunasToby Wu

Gordon Goble Eliminated in 4th Place ($7,160)

ajlamers • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
Gordon Goble
Gordon Goble

Toby Wu limped in from the small blind and Gordon Goble checked his option. The flop came {a-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{4-Spades} and Wu led out for 20,000 which Goble called.

The turn was the {9-Clubs} and Wu fired another 50,000. Goble raised all in this time for 285,000 and Wu made the call after a brief moment. Goble turned two pair with {9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and Wu would need some help with {a-Clubs}{2-Hearts}.

The dealer flipped the {a-Spades} on the river and Wu made trip aces to eliminate Goble in fourth place.

Toby Wu
Toby Wu
650,000 300,000
Gordon Goble
Gordon Goble
Busted

Tags: Gordon GobleToby Wu