$1,100 Main Event
Days:
12

Event Info

Buy-in 1,100 CAD
Players 163

Level Info

Level 24
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 6,000
$1,100 Main Event
Day 2 completed

Ken Hunter is the Main Event Champion

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 6,000 ante

The Main Event of the 2017 PlayNow Poker Championship has a winner, and his name is Ken Hunter. Hunter claimed his second PlayNow Poker Championship Main Event title topping a field of 163 entries to walk away with the trophy, championship ring and a top prize of $43,740.

Hunter won the inaugural Manitoba Lotteries Poker Open back in 2011, besting a field of 212 entries to claim the first-place prize of $56,162. Since then, Hunter has racked up over $80,000 in career earnings and will cross the $100,000 mark once today's result gets posted.

Final Table Results:

PlaceNameCountryPrize
1Ken HunterCanada43,740 CAD
2James BoydCanada27,923 CAD
3Chase RaabeCanada18,849 CAD
4Trevor GullivanCanada13,404 CAD
5Ferosh TailorCanada10,001 CAD
6Dennis RodriguezCanada7,793 CAD
7Liuio FuianesiCanada6,313 CAD
8Joe ChanCanada5,289 CAD
9Harold ApplebaumCanada4,563 CAD
10Drew PirsonCanada4,034 CAD

The $1,100 two-day championship event saw the field narrowed down to just 20 players when Day 2 kicked off Sunday morning at the Club Regent Casino in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Hunter began the day in the middle of the pack and stayed around the middle even through the start of the final table.

With only the top 17 making the money, three players fell early into play allowing a sigh of relief for the rest of the field. Alex Tong earned the unfortunate title of bubble boy after falling to Harold Applebaum who used those chips to secure a ninth-place finish.

Defending champion Jeff Harrison, who captured Main Event glory in May of 2017, was the only player left on Day 2 who earned his buy-in through a $120 live-satellite Wednesday evening at Club Regent Casino. Harrison was hoping for a sweet return on his investment and snuck into the money but made an incorrect read and was eliminated in 15th place.

The start-of-day chipleader Ferosh Tailor continued to lead the pack all the way to the start of the final table after Matt Perin departed in 11th place. Tailor would soon be overtaken by Chase Raabe and eventually fell in fifth place. After 50 hands of action at the final table, Hunter had climbed to second in chips, slightly behind Raabe.

Overall, the final table lasted 136 hands. By the time heads-up play was reached, Hunter had a commanding lead over runner-up, James Boyd. Boyd would score a double up to tighten up the match but a couple hands later, Hunter sealed the deal. On the final hand, Boyd shoved preflop with ace-six and Hunter called with king-ten. A king on the flop would give Hunter the lead and it held to earn him the victory.

Tags: Alex TongChase RaabeDennis RodriguezDrew PirsonFerosh TailorHarold ApplebaumJames BoydJeff HarrisonJoe ChanKen HunterMatt PerinTrevor Gullivan

James Boyd Eliminated In Second Place ($27,923)

perogie67 • Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 6,000 ante
James Boyd
James Boyd

Hand #136: James Boyd moved all in on the button and Ken Hunter made the call having his opponent covered.

Boyd: {a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}
Hunter: {k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

The dealer brought out a flop of {9-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{5-Clubs}, giving Hunter the lead with a pair of kings.

The turn was the {2-Diamonds}, giving both a flush draw with Boyd having the nut flush draw.

The river was the {2-Clubs} pairing the board and giving Ken Hunter the win and eliminating James Boyd in second place. James Boyd received $27,923 for the runner up finish while Ken Hunter received $43,740 for the victory along with the trophy and the championship ring.

Ken Hunter CA
Ken Hunter
CA 3,625,000 1,025,000
James Boyd ca
James Boyd
ca Busted

Tags: James BoydKen Hunter

Hands #130-135: Nothing Changed

perogie67 • Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 6,000 ante

Hand #130: James Boyd raised on the button and Ken Hunter folded giving Boyd the pot.

Hand #131: Ken Hunter folded ont he button giving Boyd a walk.

Hand #132: James Boyd gave Hunter a walk.

Hand #133: Hunter gave Boyd a walk.

Hand #134: Boyd called on the buttona nd Ken Hunter checked his option.

The dealer put a flop of {k-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{7-Hearts} out on the board. Hunter checked and Boyd moved all in. Hunter folded to give Boyd the pot.

Hand #135: Ken Hunter raised on the button to 120,000 and won the blinds and antes.

Ken Hunter CA
Ken Hunter
CA 2,600,000
James Boyd ca
James Boyd
ca 1,000,000

Tags: James BoydKen Hunter

Hands #125-129: Hunter Holds Onto The Chip Lead

perogie67 • Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 6,000 ante

Hand #125: Ken Hunter folded the button giving James Boyd a walk in the big blind. Boyd showed {a-Clubs}{a-Spades} for pocket aces!!

Hand #126: Boyd called on the button and Hunter raised to 200,000. Boyd folded giving Hunter the pot.

Hand #127: Boyd received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #128: Boyd limped on the button and Hunter checked his option.

The dealer fanned out a flop of {a-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{a-Clubs} and Hunter bet 200,000. Boyd folded and Hunter won the pot.

Hand #129: Hunter folded on the button giving Boyd a walk.

Ken Hunter CA
Ken Hunter
CA 2,600,000 100,000
James Boyd ca
James Boyd
ca 1,000,000

Tags: James BoydKen Hunter

Hands #122-124: Boyd Doubles

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 6,000 ante

Hand #122: James Boyd Shoved and Ken Hunter folded.

Hand #123: Boyd put himself at risk, moving all in for 492,000 and Hunter called.

Boyd: {a-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}
Hunter: {8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}

The board ran out {9-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{k-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{5-Hearts} and Boyd doubled.

Hand #124: Boyd limped, Hunter checked, and the two saw a {4-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{8-Hearts} flop. Boyd shoved and Hunter folded.

Ken Hunter CA
Ken Hunter
CA 2,500,000 -300,000
James Boyd ca
James Boyd
ca 1,000,000 800,000

Tags: James BoydKen Hunter

Chase Raabe Eliminated in 3rd Place ($18,849)

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 24: 30,000-60,000, 6,000 ante
Chase Raabe
Chase Raabe

Hand # 121: Ken Hunter opened to 180,000 and Chase Raabe called from the small blind. The flop was {5-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} and Raabe bet 140,000. Hunter moved all-in over the top and Raabe called.

Hunter: {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}
Raabe: {k-Diamonds}{j-Spades}

The {3-Clubs} on the turn left Raabe drawing dead and the [{5-Diamonds} on the river sealed his fate, busting in 3rd place for $18,849

Ken Hunter CA
Ken Hunter
CA 2,800,000 1,700,000
Chase Raabe CA
Chase Raabe
CA Busted

Tags: Chase RaabeKen Hunter