Day 2 completed
|Blinds||30,000 / 60,000|
Day 2 completed
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:
|1||Ken Hunter||Canada||43,740 CAD|
|2||James Boyd||Canada||27,923 CAD|
|3||Chase Raabe||Canada||18,849 CAD|
|4||Trevor Gullivan||Canada||13,404 CAD|
|5||Ferosh Tailor||Canada||10,001 CAD|
|6||Dennis Rodriguez||Canada||7,793 CAD|
|7||Liuio Fuianesi||Canada||6,313 CAD|
|8||Joe Chan||Canada||5,289 CAD|
|9||Harold Applebaum||Canada||4,563 CAD|
|10||Drew Pirson||Canada||4,034 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.
Hand #136: James Boyd moved all in on the button and Ken Hunter made the call having his opponent covered.
The dealer brought out a flop of , giving Hunter the lead with a pair of kings.
The turn was the , giving both a flush draw with Boyd having the nut flush draw.
The river was the 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.
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 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.
Hand #125: Ken Hunter folded the button giving James Boyd a walk in the big blind. Boyd showed 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 and Hunter bet 200,000. Boyd folded and Hunter won the pot.
Hand #129: Hunter folded on the button giving Boyd a walk.
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.
The board ran out and Boyd doubled.
Hand #124: Boyd limped, Hunter checked, and the two saw a flop. Boyd shoved and Hunter folded.
Hand # 121: Ken Hunter opened to 180,000 and Chase Raabe called from the small blind. The flop was and Raabe bet 140,000. Hunter moved all-in over the top and Raabe called.
The on the turn left Raabe drawing dead and the [ on the river sealed his fate, busting in 3rd place for $18,849
Hand #118: Chase Raabe limped in and James Boyd shoved to take the pot.
Hand #119: Boyd shoved again and won the pot.
Hand #120: Ken Hunter opened and won the pot.
The action folded to Ken Hunter who was on the button who raised all in putting Ferosh Tailor at risk. Tailor called and turned over while Hunter had
Hunter rivered a set and eliminated Ferosh Tailor in fourth place for $13,404.
Hand #116: Chanse Raabe raised to 100,000 in early position and Dennis Rodriguez moved all in for 329,000. Raabe made the call and the players were looking for five cards.
The board ran out and Raabe made a pair of kings to eliminate Rodriguez in fifth place.