Opening Day of PPT 2024 Season Sees Big Numbers!

The first series on the Pure Poker Tour (PPT) for 2024 got a big start on Thursday, Feb. 15 with two events that saw big numbers.

The 2024 season of the PPT is now underway, and it looks like it could be a big one. The first day of play saw two events award trophies and both games got bigger fields than last year’s Feb series here at Casino Edmonton.

Opening day action got going at noon on Thursday, Feb, 15 with the Seniors First game, a tradition on the PPT that sees the 50+ game always running as Event #1. To ensure that everyone had a chance to play on the opening day, however, there was an evening side event, the First Chance Turbo for players who can’t make the age cutoff for Seniors.

Ronald Taylor Wins Event #1: $340 Seniors First ($11,180)

The first trophy of 2024 on the PPT was, technically speaking, actually the second. The Seniors game was an epic tilt that went close to 16 hours before Ronald Taylor (pictured above) bagged the trophy at about 3:40 am.

It was a great turnout that saw a couple more entries than this game in 2023, with 152 total. That meant they were playing for $43,320 in total with 15 players sharing in the gold.

Taylor didn’t have an easy run of it, facing off against a pretty stacked final table of 50+ regs. He battled Gerald Chung heads up, who has won a few of these Seniors events in the last couple of years, with the previous winner Nick Milkovich, Brian Wells, Jeff Forester, and Ed Zurawell also in the final nine players.

Event #1: $340 Seniors First Results

1Ronald TaylorEdmonton$11,180
2Gerald ChungSherwood Park$6,960
3Darren SEdmonton$5,330
4Nick MilkovichRyecroft$4,240
5Greg DukeEdmonton$3,380
6Brian WellsEdmonton$2,750
7Sheldon ClarkeEdmonton$2,120
8Jeff ForesterLeduc$1,490
9Ed ZurawellSherwood Park$950
10Jerry OzogEdmonton$840
11Andy WongFort McMurray$840
12Arnel MateoEdmonton$840
13Rob LothianSherwood Park$800
14Russ SluchinskiEdmonton$800
15Robert ThackerEdmonton$800

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Markus Williams Wins Event #2: $230 First Chance Turbo ($7,180)

The second trophy of PPT 2024 was awarded before the first one, as the Turbo game lived up to its name. It started five hours later than the Seniors game but still ended about an hour earlier than the 50+ crowd.

The turnout for the first open event of the series was massive with 143 entries on the board when registration closed. That was significantly higher than the 94 entries this game got in 2023 and bodes well for the remainder of the series.

In the end, it was Marcus Williams (pictured above) with all the chips. The final four players agreed to a deal that saw everyone secure $4,200 with $830 left over for the winner. Williams had the lead when the deal was struck, and ended up holding on to take it all down.

Event #2: $230 First Chance Turbo Results

1Marcus WilliamsSt. Albert$7,180
2Krista Meilleur (Tellier)Leduc$4,390
3Nadeem WaljiEdmonton$3,370
4Angela CarrollInvermere, BC$2,690
5Trevor YorkCAN$2,140
6Colin ArmstrongEdmonton$1,750
7Kris SteinbachEdmonton$1,350
8Artan BislimiCAN$960
9Francis FanEdmonton$630
10John LettsAB$550
11Abhizer RajkotwalaVancouver, BC$550
12Daniel O’LearyEdmonton$550
13David CoxKamloops, BC$530
14Julius RoqueLethbridge$530

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