Canada’s favorite poker son won the second-largest Canadian poker tournament of the year yesterday when Daniel Negreanu took home $371,910 for winning the fourth-annual British Columbia Poker Championships. Negreanu outlasted 689 other players at the $2,500 no-limit hold’em main event that ended on Sunday, Nov. 23.
In a press release put out by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Negreanu said the following after the win: "Being Canadian myself, playing and winning the B.C. Poker Championships is extra special to me. The tournament was extremely well organized and my opponents were very good. It may have been a smaller tournament, but I would say this has been the best $2500 buy-in event structure I've ever played."
The top 60 players received prize money in the event, and notable professionals who cashed in addition to Negreanu included Steve Paul-Ambrose, who finished in 43rd place and took home $6,931, and 2008 WSOP main event third-place finisher Dennis Phillips, who finished in 30th place and took home $8,543. Other pros who played in the main event included Brad “Yukon Booth, Gavin Smith, Lacey Jones, Gabe Kaplan, Isabelle Mercier, Liz Lieu, Tiffany Michelle, and Maria Ho.
The five tournaments that ran from Nov. 16-23 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, B.C., were a big success. Three events sold out as 2,368 seats were sold, and a total prize pool of more than $2.9 million was created. This was the second-largest poker tournament of the year in Canada, outside of the World Poker Tour North American Poker Championship, which is hosted each fall in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The River Rock Casino Resort is the largest casino in Western Canada, and the poker room holds 25 tables (making it the largest in Canada) that spread limit and no-limit variations of Texas hold’em, Omaha, Omaha eight-or-better, and seven-card stud, as well as daily poker tournaments.
Here are the results from the final table of the main event:
1: Daniel Negreanu -- $371,910
2: Adam Croffut -- $238,191
3: Warren Russell -- $150,285
4: Vorakbotgh Eam -- $118,335
5: Vincenzo Abate -- $97,204
6: Tyler Patterson -- $76,580
NOTE: All prize money is in Canadian dollars.