The first of three Day 1s is in the books at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino Winter Super Stack Main Event in Calgary, Alberta. With a total of 41 entries on Friday's Day 1a, six players remained at the end of the planned 10 levels of play.
While many players chose to forgo day 1a of the $1,500 Main Event in favour of the $330 bounty tournament so as to maximize their chances at High Point Champion points, there were still a number of familiar faces at the Main Event tables, including honourary Calgarian Niall Farrell, as well as local Alberta talents like Bo Fric and Dave Howat.
Farrell was hyper-aggressive all day long, seemingly involved in nearly every pot. Along the way he managed to amass a huge chip stack, ending the day in the clear lead with nearly twice as many chips (524,400) as second-place stack Jazz Brar (292,900). It took two shots to accumulate his huge stack, though. He busted his first buy-in early in the day when he got in a raising war preflop and lost a race with ace-king against his opponent's queens. But he headed straight to registration to try again. On his second attempt, he played great poker, won some important flips, and managed to find himself holding aces when an opponent was dealt kings on two separate occasions. Mike Paquin rounds out the top three with 251,600.
The remaining three players who made it through are all nursing stacks of under 100,000 chips. Jeff Lamarche has the fourth-biggest stack, followed by Dave Howat. Scot Munro was the final qualifier for Day 2, set to come back with fewer than 15 big blinds, though it is rumoured he will play another starting flight to try to build a better stack.
Action on Day 1b gets underway at noon Saturday, and it is expected to be a much larger field than Friday's. PokerNews Canada will be on site live-reporting all the action, so make sure you are following along on our live-reporting page.