British Columbia Lottery Corporation

British Columbia Lottery Corporation

May 24, 2006 19:31 ET

Bagri is the Last Man Standing in the Pacific Poker Shootout

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 24, 2006) - Stuart Bagri of North Vancouver outlasted all other participants to win $51,300 to become B.C.'s Pacific Poker Shootout champion.

Bagri out-manoeuvered and out-played 340 other players to nab the top prize after about six hours of play in the Limit Texas Hold 'Em tournament held at Cascades Casino in Langley on May 21.

"I can't believe it. It's awesome," said Bagri.

On Thursday, May 18, four days of Limit Texas Hold 'Em kicked off at Cascades Casino in Langley. The top eight players battled their way through two qualifying rounds to earn a seat at the finals on Sunday, May 21.

All 40 players who advanced to Round Two were in the money and shared a portion of the prize pool. Second place finishers in Round Two did not advance to the finals but were rewarded with another opportunity to win with a paid entry to the second annual B.C. Poker Championship's (BCPC) Limit Texas Hold 'Em event in November. The top eight players in Round Two advanced to the finals to win money and also won their entry to the $2.5 million No Limit event at the BCPC where one player could walk away with an estimated $750,000!

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