Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
It has been a long day at McPhillips Station Casino here in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The first event of the PlayNow Poker Championship has come to an end with just two players remaining.
The buy-in was set at $600 and players received 10,000 chips. With 151 entries, the prize pool settled at $83,050 with 16 players set to earn a piece of it.
Play reached the money bubble late in the evening and then action screeched to a halt. Hand-for-hand play lasted more than an hour and a half with the tournament clock paused before the bubble finally burst.
The eliminations followed in rapid succession. It took only minutes to reach the final table of 10 players.
Garth Arnason came to the final table with a huge stack and he only added to it, eliminating all but one of the final-table bustouts. With play stopping at the end of Level 20, just Arnason and Kyle Menne remained.
Arnason will return with a big advantage of 1,218,000 chips to Menne's 307,000 when play resumes at noon on Thursday. First place is set to earn $22,369 while the runner-up will receive $14,309.
PokerNews Canada will be back for the heads-up action to determine the winner. Until then, thanks for following along and have a great night!
Here are the official chip counts for the final two players as they bag chips and return Thursday at noon to finish off the tournament.
Garth Arnason shoved all in out of the small blind. Russ Meilunas called out of the big blind for just over 100,000.
Arnason had a monster with against the of Meilunas.
The board ran out and Arnason knocked out his seventh opponent of the final table.
Chris Wallmuth was on the button and pushed all in. Kyle Menne called from the small blind and the two flipped over their cards.
The board ran out with all misses for Wallmuth and Menne's pair held. Wallmuth was eliminated in fourth place — the only elimination at this final table so far that wasn't at the hands of Garth Arnason.
Russ Meilunas open-shoved 143,000 under the gun. Garth Arnason called out of the small blind.
Meilunas was all in for his tournament life needing to win a coin flip to stay alive.
The flop came and Meilunas needed running cards to make a straight or an ace or a nine to survive. The turn was a giving Meilunas more outs.
The river was a , giving Meilunas a straight.
With Russ Meilunas in the small blind and Kyle Menne in the big blind, the two got it in preflop with the latter at risk.
The board ran out and Menne's kicker played to give him the double-up.
Garth Arnason opened to 25,000 under the gun. Rick Davybida called all in for his remaining 8,000 chips in the small blind and Kyle Menne called out of the big blind.
The flop came . Arnason and Menne both checked the flop.
The turn brought the . Menne checked and Arnason bet 30,000. Menne folded.
Arnason had Davybida in rough shape and a was shown on the river to eliminate Davybida in fifth place.
Garth Arnason is running all over this final table. With a little over 1.5 million chips in play, Arnason currently has 970,000 of them in his control while play is five-handed.