Deerfoot Inn & Casino was full of excitement on Saturday as players took to the felt for Day 1b of the $1,500 Winter Super Stack Main Event in Calgary, Alberta. There were 82 entries on the second of three starting flights, putting the event total up to 123. With a $200,000 guarantee on the prizepool, it will be easily exceeded on the final starting flight on Sunday.
When the players had made it through the scheduled 10 60-minute levels, Geordi Lobe was holding the most chips as he threw 241,700 in a bag to be sealed up for Day 2 on Monday. The only other player to pass the 200,000 mark was Malcolm Bolger. He finished the day with 212,500, and these top two are far behind the Day 1a chipleader, Niall Farrell, who will be returning with 524,400.
Some of the others who made it through the day include Scot Munro who bagged a tiny stack of 27,400 on Day 1a but will be forfeiting that, as he did better on Day 1b with 145,000. Dave Howat, also a Day 1a qualifier, attempted to do the same but was eliminated before the end of play. It was the same story for Jonathan Sanbourne, Cliff Green, Ryan and Tony Comely, Joel Bullock, Fraser Short, Jay Dragland, Alex Bylicki, Chris Bowers, Trevor Norlander, Jamil Kanji, Tyler Bonkowski, Ryan Schoonbaert, Valerie Ross, and the last female in the field, Toby Tinordi, who was eliminated in the very last hand of the day.
The day ended with 20 players surviving to continue to Day 2. Here is how they stack up:
|Geordi Lobe||241,700||Ryan McDowell||103,200|
|Malcolm Bolger||212,500||Khoa Nguyen||102,200|
|Larry Iampen||170,900||Ryan Cairns||94,900|
|Ambrose Ng||158,100||Ryan Hodge||85,400|
|Andy Truong||152,700||Jason Remshardt||84,500|
|Scot Munro||145,000||Mike Smith||83,500|
|Ryan Smith||143,800||Lucian Drahici||66,500|
|Mitchell Heidt||139,700||Daniel Lee||56,800|
|Derrick Ibbotson||121,900||Hamer Jimenez||44,700|
|Arturas Lescinskas||109,500||James Cermak||25,200|
There is one more chance for players to qualify for Day 2. The final starting flight is on Sunday and it is expected to be the largest of the three. The Sundance ballroom will be filled with poker players and PokerNews Canada will be on site relaying all of the action to you. Just watch this page to follow along.