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.