After players spent almost 13 hours at the felt without resolving a winner here in Winnipeg's Club Regent Casino, play was going to halt and resume on a second day, but the threat motivated the final six players to make a deal and chop up the prize pool. Marcel Pruden took the win and the best prize of $15,713.
This $600 first event of the 2018 Spring PlayNow Poker Championship saw an impressive 204 total entries, creating a prize pool of $112,200 to be paid to the top 21 players.
It took nine and a half hours to get down to the bubble, which was burst quickly with the elimination of James Gibson in 22nd place. That happened at about 11:30 p.m.
Almost two hours later, a final table of 10 players was set, led by Chris Wallmuth with about 487,000 chips, followed closely by Joe Chua with 450,000.
Gabriel Novelli was the first to fall from the final table, getting all the chips in three ways and holding the best hand. But his kings couldn't hold against two ace hands that connected with an ace on the flop. He pocketed $2,454 for the run.
Edwin Seagris was next to go, chunking it in with king-ten and running face first into Chris Wallmuth's aces. The board ran out without any surprises and Wallmuth's aces ended Seagris' run in ninth place for $2,817.
Paul Esposti also fell to the mighty stack of Chris Wallmuth, earning $3,318 for eighth.
In seventh place, Steve Mager collected $4,022 after losing a flip with king-ten to Marcel Pruden's pocket nines. Not long after that, the final six chopped up the rest of the money and called it a night.
At 2 p.m. Friday, the $300 bounty tournament will get underway and PokerNews Canada will be back reporting all the action. Thanks for following along. Have a good night!