Live Events 1
$1,100 Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $1,100
Players 376

Level Info

Level 27
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 30,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 62



$1,100 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Justin Thurlow Wins 2019 Canterbury Park Fall Poker Classic Main Event for $47,635 After Four-Way Chop

HillKerby • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 30,000 ante
Justin Thurlow
Justin Thurlow

The 2019 Canterbury Park Fall Poker Classic has seen two weeks of events play to their conclusion with the $1,100 Main Event now officially in the books. The event saw 376 entries generate a total prize pool of $364,720 with 62 players making their way into the Minneapolis-area venue with their sights set on victory.

Of those 62, just 45 made it into the money and in total, the day saw nearly 13 full 40-minute levels play to their conclusion before a four-way deal was struck with Justin Thurlow taking home the trophy and the title of champion. After the deal was agreed upon, his earnings for the victory were $47,635.

“Everybody was a threat,” said Thurlow of his competition at the final table in an interview after the tournament finished. "I just stayed really, really focused throughout the whole tournament and it was just super awesome being able to close it out with some of my best friends in poker."

Final Table Results

1Justin Thurlow$47,635*
2Gennady Shimelfarb$47,000*
3Bob Van Syckle$43,000*
4Stephen Webb$39,000*
5Saad Ghanem$36,000*
6Rob Wazwaz$15,318
7Eric Torgerson$12,036
8James Lawrence$9,483
9Nghia Le$6,930

* denotes chop

Day 2 Action

Day 2 had a steady pace to it from the time cards went into the air until the tournament concluded. The bubble loomed near at the first break of the day after two levels of play and the tournament got into the money in the third level of play on the day, with Brad Berman, Yao Yin, and Blake Bohn all being eliminated shortly before the bubble burst.

It only took an hour and a half from there to hit the final three-table redraw, with action continuing at the same pace for another three hours of play until the final table was reached. Players to make it into the money and fall short of the final table included the likes of Day 1 chip leaders Jeff Petronack (40th place - $2,006) and Steven Belland (35th place - $2,188) as well as former Fall Poker Classic Main Event champions Kou Vang (23rd place - $2,954) and Scotter Clark (14th place - $4,741).

The Final Table

Defending champion Nghia “3 Putts” Le found himself short with 10 players remaining and doubled up at the same time John Sorenson (10th place - $5,836) was eliminated to bring the tournament to the final table of nine. That would be all Le could muster, however, as he took ninth place after getting all in preflop with ace-queen to Bob Van Syckle’s pocket sevens. A queen on the turn gave Le help but a seven on the river ended his bid and he left with an exclamation that “it was fun” as he went through the paperwork after his elimination.

Another level passed before James Lawrence and Eric Torgerson both found their ways to the rail at the expense of Gennady Shimelfarb, who was in the process of building a huge chip lead via a handful of eliminations from the final two tables on in.

Shimelfarb then knocked out Rob Wazwaz to take the tournament to five, where play went on for a full level with then-short stacks Saad Ghanem and Stephen Webb battling to stay alive. Ghanem then doubled with ace-king versus Shimelfarb’s pocket jacks to make four of five stacks close, which prompted the five to discuss a deal.

The deal was agreed upon and Webb was slated to earn $26,000 with the other four players locking up $36,000. The remaining $40,635 was set to be divided up with $27,000 more going to the winner and the remaining $13,635 being for the runner up. However, action did not pick up after the agreement and it took another full level-plus before Ghanem made his exit in fifth place after getting short again.

Gennady Shimelfarb
Gennady Shimelfarb

Another level then went by with stacks continuing to fluctuate. Webb picked up pocket aces and found a double against Thurlow, who had built up a sizeable chip lead prior to the hand. Thurlow still had the lead, though, and Shimelfarb and Webb were tied in the middle of the pack with Van Syckle a bit behind the pair. More talks of a chop arose and the four players found a deal they could all agree to.

Thurlow could not say enough about the entire final table lineup after the tournament: “we had some players from our mixed games here at Canterbury and we had players that constantly make final tables like Bob (Van Syckle) and Rob Wazwaz, and so it was all guys that I’ve known for years and it was just super awesome.”

Thurlow said he has played this event multiple years and took fifth place in the event last year. He said he felt very confident about the possibility of back-to-back final tables, a feat that he was not unique in conquering. He lauded “3 Putts” on the same feat after winning last year and taking ninth in this year’s edition.

Seen in a Stetson for the entirety of the tournament, Thurlow was overheard multiple times discussing how it belonged to his father who had recently passed away: “I was just so excited, and I put a little sign up (saying), “FOR DAD” because I lost my dad about a month ago” he said. “It was awesome.”

Here's a look at all those who captured titles during the 2019 Fall Poker Classic at Canterbury Park:

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $125 Tag Team NLH169 teams (540 entries)$51,840Michael Simon & Kristofer Simon$3,379
Event #2: $365 Monster Stack386$116,186Peixin Liu$17,623
Event #3: $250 NLH200$41,400Thai Dinh$9,928
Event #4: $250 Seniors NLH233$48,231Robert Watters$5,248
Event #5: $550 NLH131$63,535Zeph Baer$16,725
Event #6: $250 Limit Omaha 8125$25,875Jason Seitz$6,473
Event #7: $250 NLH 6-Max170$35,190Eric Eelkema$9,499
Event #8: $550 Dealers Choice56$27,160Art Hamann$9,506
Event #9: $250 Pot-Limit Omaha89$18,423Matt Warn$5,000
Event #10: $340 Black Chip Bounty213$40,683Kenny Hammerlund$8,593
Event #11: $365 Monster Stack320$96,320Bill Kachel$22,156
Event #12: $250 NLH132$27,738Peter Kuretsky$7,063
Event #13: $125 Ladies NLH73$7,008Patricia Boeckman$2,243
Event #14: $340 Double Stack NLH130$37,830Nick Marsh$7,865
Event #15: $550 NLH110$53,350Gerald Cunniff$12,918
Event #16: $250 Limit Hold’em51$10,557Kathy “Kit Kat” Klassen$3,695
Event #17: $340 NLH 6-Max137$39,867Yao “YY” Yin$11,162
Event #18: $250 NLH111$22,877Yao “YY” Yin$5,000
Event #19: $2,500 High Roller28$64,484Ian Matakis$32,245
Event #20: $1,100 Main Event376$276,000Justin Thurlow$47,635

Tags: Blake BohnBob Van SyckleBrad BermanEric TorgersonGennady ShimelfarbJames LawrenceJeff PetronackJohn SorensonJustin ThurlowKou VangNghia LeRob WazwazSaad GhanemScotter ClarkStephen WebbSteven BellandYao Yin

Tournament Finished

HillKerby • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 30,000 ante

The remaining four players have agreed to another deal that has ended the tournament with Justin Thurlow being the official winner. He will take home $47,635 for first place along with the accompanying Fall Poker Classic trophy.

Gennady Shimelfarb will be the second-place finisher and earn $47,000. Third place will go to Bob Van Syckle, who will earn $43,000 and Stephen Webb will take home $39,000 as the fourth-place finisher.

Stay tuned for a full recap of the tournament.

Webb Finds Aces and Doubles

HillKerby • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 30,000 ante
Stephen Webb
Stephen Webb

Justin Thurlow opened to 150,000 from the cutoff and was three-bet all in by Stephen Webb, who was in the small blind. Thurlow called.

Stephen Webb: {a-Hearts}{a-Spades}
Justin Thurlow: {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs}

"Gah, nice hand," said Thurlow seeing the cooler he was dealt. The board ran out {2-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{6-Spades}{10-Clubs}{2-Spades} and Webb secured the double. As a result, three of the four players are now within two big blinds of one another as four-handed play continues.

Stephen Webb us
Stephen Webb
us 2,090,000 1,405,000
Justin Thurlow us
Justin Thurlow
us 2,085,000 -440,000
Gennady Shimelfarb us
Gennady Shimelfarb
us 1,975,000 -175,000
Bob Van Syckle us
Bob Van Syckle
us 1,370,000 -180,000

Tags: Stephen WebbJustin Thurlow

Thurlow Gets "Rivered"

HillKerby • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 30,000 ante

There was 270,000 in the middle on a board reading {a-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{q-Spades}{j-Spades} with blind-on-blind action between Justin Thurlow and Bob Van Syckle. Thurlow bet 160,000 from the small blind and Van Syckle called from the big blind to bring the river {6-Clubs}. Both players checked to take the hand to showdown.

Thurlow showed {6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for a rivered pair of sixes and Van Syckle tabled {k-Diamonds}{7-Spades} for a pair of sevens.

The result sent Thurlow into laughter that Gennady Shimelfarb joined in on. They joked saying that if Thurlow hadn't hit a six on the river, he would have had to have continued betting. The result would have likely won him the pot given the fact that Van Syckle had nothing more than fourth pair, but Thurlow picked up showdown value when he paired his six on the river, which caused him to check instead.

"I got rivered!" he said, still laughing over the result.

Justin Thurlow us
Justin Thurlow
us 2,525,000 -265,000
Bob Van Syckle us
Bob Van Syckle
us 1,550,000 220,000

Tags: Justin ThurlowBob Van Syckle

Saad Ghanem Eliminated in 5th Place ($36,000)

HillKerby • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 30,000 ante
Saad Ghanem
Saad Ghanem

Saad Ghanem went all in from the small blind for his last 300,000 or so. Gennady Shimelfarb was in the big blind and looked down at his cards, looked up at Ghanem, and then picked up a stack of T25,000 chips and set them down with forward motion to make the call.

Saad Ghanem: {5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}
Gennady Shimelfarb: {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

Ghanem picked up four more outs on the flop {7-Spades}{9-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} but was unable to fill up as the turn {7-Clubs} and river {9-Spades} brought two pair on board, leaving his five kicker to be unmatched to Shimelfarb's ace to send him to the payout desk as the fifth-place finisher.

Due to the chop that all players agreed to, Ghanem will be taking home $36,000 for his efforts.

Gennady Shimelfarb us
Gennady Shimelfarb
us 2,150,000 150,000
Saad Ghanem us
Saad Ghanem
us Busted

Tags: Gennady ShimelfarbSaad Ghanem


Thurlow Takes the Chip Lead

HillKerby • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

Gennady Shimelfarb saw action folded to him in the small blind and raised to 125,000. Justin Thurlow defended his big blind and the flop fell {7-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}. Shimelfarb made a continuation-bet of 150,000, which Thurlow called.

Shimelfarb checked the turn {2-Clubs} and Thurlow bet 150,000. Shimelfarb called. Both players then checked the river {j-Spades} to take the hand to showdown.

Shimelfarb announced an ace and Thurlow showed {k-Clubs}{9-Clubs} for top pair, causing Shimelfarb to muck his hand. With the pot, Thurlow has now overtaken the chip lead and finds himself with a stack just shy of 3 million in chips.

Justin Thurlow us
Justin Thurlow
us 2,790,000 435,000
Gennady Shimelfarb us
Gennady Shimelfarb
us 2,000,000 -500,000

Tags: Gennady ShimelfarbJustin Thurlow

Thurlow Leaves Ghanem Short

HillKerby • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

Justin Thurlow was in the cutoff and opened to 100,000. Acton folded to Saad Ghanem, who defended his big blind and the two saw the flop come {2-Clubs}{j-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. Ghanem check-called a continuation-bet from Thurlow for 110,000 and the turn came {q-Diamonds}, where action went check-check.

Ghanem fired out 200,000 on the river {4-Hearts} and Thurlow thought for about 40 seconds before making the call.

"King high," said Ghanem. Thurlow immediately tabled {5-Spades}{4-Spades} for a rivered two pair, queens and fours, and Ghanem sent his hand to the muck.

Justin Thurlow us
Justin Thurlow
us 2,355,000 445,000
Saad Ghanem us
Saad Ghanem
us 440,000 -370,000

Tags: Justin ThurlowSaad Ghanem