Casino Regina Station Poker Classic


Casino Regina’s Station Poker Classic is just around the corner, now only three weeks away, it is a sure bet that it will once again be one of Canadian players most liked and well attended poker series.  With experience and reputation in their corner, Casino Regina’s major poker tournaments series attracts not only local players, but many from neighboring provinces Alberta and Manitoba, as well as USA players since it is within a reasonable jaunt to the border.   200-400 players in any event offered is the norm, often selling out and this particular event series seems to have zoned in on the most popular buy-in ranges that build fat prize pools worth playing for.
The action starts on Tuesday, March 22nd with “Single Table Satellite Extravaganza”, giving players an economical shot at entries to any of the events offered over the series.  Those that have paid entry in full to any one of the major events will also be treated to the “Satellite Social Supper” held from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, giving players a chance to mingle in the dining room before they go to war on the felts.  “Know they enemy they say…” Well, something like that anyway and always a tasty, filling good time.

Wednesday the 23rd is a $550+50 No Limit Hold’em  Freeze-out with 5000 starting chips, 30 minute blinds and 180 maximum players.  Every preceding event held in the past few years at this buy-in level has exceeded this player cap, so get your seats if you want to play! Re-entry will be allowed the first four levels, if there are available seats and the game begins at noon.
Thursday the 24th bumps the stakes to $720+80, stacks to 8000 and the field cap to 210 players.  Blinds remain at 30 minutes, reentries for the first four levels and the game start time is again 12:00PM.

Friday the 25th plays host to the Main Event, a $1000+100 No Limit Hold’em with 10,000 starting chips and 30 minute blind levels.  Up to 270 players will be seated, plus re-entries with a noon start time for the event.

Saturday March 26th, is a happy medium, with the buy-in set $630+70 for the final event of the series. Players start with 7000 chips and are given 30 minute blind levels, with a 12:00PM start time. The field cap is set at 240 players and again, according to seating availability, reentry will be allowed for the first 4 levels.

Events at Casino Regina are most often played to completion, so plan on playing hard and playing late.

Also unique and available are the “Extreme Satellites”, popular with those who have a little gamble or are a little tipsy.  Every player who buys a spot at the table gets one hand, dealt face up. Don’t get to comfortable in your recently purchased satellite chair in these however; best hand gets the seat and its over. Crazy fun times!

Good luck to everyone making the trip, from wherever you call home!




1st Jim Loudon –  Sceptre , Sask. $27,951
2nd Peter Pawlak – Winnipeg, Man. $17,757
3rd Gerald Nelner – Langdon, Alta. $11,909
4th Kheaven Dumais – Warman, Sask. $8,400
5th Cody Natomagan – Prince Albert, Sask. $6,207
6th Barclay Treso – Regina, Sask. $4,784
7th James Harnden – Cobourg, Ont. $3,830
8th Chad Parker – Regina, Sask. $3,170
9th Jason Zawadsky –Thompson, Man. $2,702
10th Daniel McNamara – Calgary, Alta. $2,361
11th Senad Selimanovic – Regina, Sask. $2,108
12th Peter Mott – Oshawa, Ont. $1,916
13th Tuan Luu – Saskatoon, Sask. $1,768
14th Evan Casey – Regina, Sask. $1,653
15th Trent Sapach – Thompson, Man. $1,561
16th Norman Orerdijk – Baddeck, NS. $1,488
17th Scott Clements – Calgary, Alta. $1,428
18th Harry Kuksuk – Arviat, NU. $1,379
19th William Young – Regina, Sask. $1,339
20th Ian Menard – Winnipegosis, Man. $1,339

Total Prize Pool: $105,050

Entrants,-  191

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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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