Tyler Bonkowski Leads Final Starting Flight of Winter Super Stack
Sunday, February 15, was the final starting flight for players to qualify for Day 2 of the $1,500 Winter Super Stack Main Event at Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta. It was also the busiest day of the series so far, seeing more entries than Days 1a and 1b did combined.
There were 133 entries for 1c, pushing the total up to 256 for the event. The prizepool guarantee of $200,000 was easily surpassed as the purse is now $340,480 with first place scheduled to receive $80,000. Out of the 133, there were 35 that survived to bag chips at the end of 10 levels. They will join the other 26 qualifiers to play Day 2 on Monday.
The player with the most chips was none other than WSOP-bracelet-winner Tyler Bonkowski who got a good start early in the day when he doubled up in a set-over-set hand in the first level. He also earned a lot of chips late in the night when he made a massive call on the river with the smallest possible straight on a board that was soaking wet with infinite flush and full-house possibilities. He ended the night with 339,500 chips.
Joining Bonkowski are two women in the top five. Alison Senycz bagged 247,400 and Pam MacNaughton finished with 195,300. But none of them have as many chips as Day 1a chipleader Niall Farrell who will return with 524,400.
Some who played Day 1c that failed to survive include another WSOP-bracelet-winner, Calen McNeil, Bash Ramahi, Sinan Tawfik, Fraser Short, Tony and Ryan Comely, Alex Bylicki, and Logan Dunn, among others.
There will be 61 players returning on Monday to play down to a winner. The top 26 will make it in the money with a min-cash worth $3,500 and the winner to receive $80,000. Day 2 will get started at noon on and PokerNews Canada will be on the tournament floor to report all of the action. Follow along on our live-reporting page.