2012 Regina Harvest Poker Classic Crowns New Saskatchewan and Alberta Champs in Event 1 to 3 Results


Despite cold and a ton of snow rolling in, players at Casino Regina have wasted no time in grabbing their share of an  estimated $500,000 in series prize-pool at the 2012 Harvest Poker Classic.  Results from Events 1 through 3 show players Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario on the board, while it seems one gentleman even made the trip from Nunavut!  So far, around a $354,000 has been awarded in the first 3 events with Saturday’s $700 No Limit Hold’em yet to go.

Moose Jaw’s Rod Bearchell , the winner of Event #1 for $14,139 and the Event #2 winner,  Regina local Daniel Lamb’s $29,022 haul, both appear to be the first major tournament hauls for each; five figures being a fine way to put your name  on the MTT poker map. Calgary’s Rod Naylor however now has a title to add to his monthly $300 Deep Stack Challenge win back in 2009 at the Grey Eagle Casino.

With an average of 195 players per event so far this series, it isn’t a stretch to expect at least 150-200 players to sit down for Saturday’s concluding event.  We’ll be back with a series recap then, along with a look at a few notables making bank on the Prairies once again.  Here are the full results for Events 1-3:


1st Rod Bearchell – Moose Jaw, SK $14,139
2nd Darrin   Oremba – Regina, SK $8,916
3rd Kyle Menne   – East St.Paul, MB $5,921
4th Dean   Arsenie – Regina, SK $4,124
5th Aaron Wawryk – Regina, SK $3,001
6th Matt   Deschamps – Regina, SK $2,272
7th Diane Olson   – Estevan, SK $1,783
8th DNR $1,446
9th Danette   Holzwarth – Lethbridge, AB $1,206
10th Lance Storz   – Regina, SK $1,031
11th Brian   Anderson – North Battleford, SK $902
12th Dan Lamb –   Regina, SK $803
13th Richard Allan – Portage La Prairie, MB $728
14th Andrew Sedor – Carnduff, SK $669
15th Linell   Rossouw – Regina, SK $622
16th Chris   Dietze – Oxbow, SK $584
17th Lindsay   Flannery – Lumsden, SK $554
18th Chelsey   Desjarlais – Wadena, SK $529
19th Dennis   Worme – Quinton, SK $508
20th Keith   Sanburn – Thompson, MB $508
21st Nick   Palanuik – Regina, SK $508
22nd Garth   Arnason – Winnipeg, MB $508
23rd Allan Yu   Hui – Regina, SK $508
24th Harry   Kuksuk – Arviat, Nunavut $508
25th Leroy Kuan   – Saskatoon, SK $508
26th Andy   Stewart – Regina, SK $508
27th Shawn   Klassen – Lampman, SK $508


Total Entrants:  269      Prize Pool: $ 53, 800     Bounties $26,900   Grand Total: $80,700


1st Daniel   Lamb – Regina , SK $29,022
2nd Alma Baconfield— Regina , SK $18,609
3rd Garth Arnason— Winnipeg , MB $12,637
4th Michael Smith— Saskatoon , SK $9053
5th Tony   Dimini— Grand Coulee , SK $6813
6th Sam Gottiparthi— Mississauga, ON $5,360
7th Len Sepke— Saskatoon , SK $4386
8th Farrel   Rempel— Steinbach, MB $3712
9th Jay Watson— Saskatoon , SK $3,234
10th Allen Pedlow— Brandon , MB $2,886
11th David Craig— Moose Jaw , SK $2,627
12th Lindsay Flannery— Regina , SK $2,432
13th Ryan Smith— Saskatoon , SK $2,281
14th Larry   Iron— Canoe Narrows , SK $2,163
15th Joe Ranalli—  Regina ,    SK $2,069


Total Entries:  149   Total Prize Pool: $107,280



1st Rob   Naylor — Calgary , AB $44,545
2nd Mike Lisanti — Headingly , MB $28,437
3rd Garth Arnason — Winnipeg , MB $19,196
4th James Loudon — Sceptre  , SK $13,651
5th Brad   Heidt — Kerrobert , SK $10,185
6th John Hashem — Regina , SK $7,937
7th Buddy Little — Thompson , MB $6,429
8th Allan   Fischer — Regina , SK $5,387
9th Neil Bechdoldt — Winnipeg , MB $4,646
10th Kyle Irvine — Regina , SK $4,108
11th Michael Fenrich — Leader , SK $3,708
12th Harold Veronelly — Calgary , AB $3,405
13th James Gibson — Stonewall , MB $3,171
14th Matt   Deschamps — Regina , SK $2,989
15th Khaly Dang — Mississauga , ON $2,844
16th Geoffery Mulligan – Warman , SK $2,728
17th Robbie Parry – Naicam , SK $2,634

Total Entries: 166            Total Prize Pool: $166,000

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Jon Harnish
35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.


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