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!