Deerfoot Inn & Casino’s Summer Super Stack has kicked off with a 14-event poker tournament series across 12 days in Calgary, Alberta. Event #1 began on Thursday, August 6, and by Sunday night, four tournaments had concluded and awarded big prizes to their winners.
The first tournament on the schedule was a four-day affair with $100,000 guaranteed in the prize pool. Like a mini main event, the $550 tournament was called the Mega Stack due to its large starting stacks and great structure.
A total of 269 players passed through registration on the three starting days, swelling the prize pool well past the guarantee to $127,775. Each of the Day 1s paused action when their fields were reduced to 10 percent, making all of Day 2s play in the money. There were 27 players who scooped up a payout for the event.
When the final starting day, Day 1c, concluded, Merlin Ausenhus was the clear chip leader with 881,500 chips to bag for the night, followed by recent PokerStars Sunday Million winner and Latin American Poker Tour champion Shak Kazemipur with 398,000. Day 1a’s chip leader, Arvhin Malinab with 573,500, and Day 1b’s Jim Harnden (397,000) and Diane Nguyen (379,000) made up the top five stacks to come back to Day 2 on Sunday.
Of those top five stacks, Nguyen was the player to take her chips the furthest, eventually finishing in fourth place for $9,800. The battle for the best prize came down to a heads-up match between local Shawn Caron and B.C.’s Douglas James with the Calgarian eventually coming out on top to earn $30,000 and a heap of points for the series’ High Point Champion.
2015 Summer Super Stack Event #1 Mega Stack Results
|1||Shawn Caron||$30,000||10||Aaron Wawryk||$2,800||19||Sean Pevlin||$1,500|
|2||Douglas James||$19,800||11||Merlin Ausenhus||$2,400||20||Chris Santos||$1,400|
|3||Jeffery Babante||$12,800||12||Brett Lightbown||$2,100||21||Jim Harnden||$1,400|
|4||Diane Nguyen||$9,800||13||Niwa Ryota||$2,100||22||Peggy Malinowski||$1,300|
|5||Matthew Mychajliv||$7,625||14||Ryan Cairns||$1,850||23||Don Fujita||$1,300|
|6||Jason Remshardt||$6,000||15||Joey Spencer||$1,850||24||Sinan Tawfik||$1,250|
|7||Mikaela Gauthier||$4,800||16||Arvhin Malinab||$1,650||25||Vanessa Kade||$1,250|
|8||Justin Leeson||$3,950||17||Shak Kazemipur||$1,650||26||Ryan Bierman||$1,200|
|9||Ryan Lambert||$3,300||18||Jerome Makonen||$1,500||27||Kevin Kemna||$1,200|
Another of the series’ highlighted events has already been played in these first four days. Pot-limit Omaha is an increasingly popular game in Alberta, and especially at Deerfoot Inn & Casino where there is often several games of it running in the poker room. Event #4 offered the wizards of the four-card game a chance to prove their supremacy in the $1,100 heads-up pot-limit Omaha tournament.
There were eight players who were willing to put $1,100 on the table and try to win a series of head-to-head matches to take the top prize. With the eight entries, it was a winner-take-all prize pool with $7,600 going to the eventual winner.
With the first round under way, it took a few hours for the first match to be settled when Bo Fric knocked out Francois Lincourt, but Fric was no match for his next competitor, Cody Richardson, who advanced to the final round.
On the other side of the bracket was Josh Wallace eventually knocking out Steven Daurouge, and Raymond Trieu fell at the hands of Omar Stefanini. Stefanini then took out Wallace and faced Richardson in the final match-up. With a best-of-three format, each of the players won a round before Stefanini finally got the job done, winning the $7,600 first-place prize.
The series is far from over with the best yet to come. There is over $400,000 in guaranteed prize pools with $200,000 of that riding on the Main Event. Before then, the $330 Deep Stack with $20,000 guaranteed will fill Monday’s action, and Tuesday will see another $1,100 heads-up tournament, this time in no-limit hold’em.
Deerfoot Inn & Casino are also adding extra value to the series by awarding points to every in-the-money finish and the player with the most points at the end of 14 events will be the High Point Champion, winning a $5,000 World Poker Tour Montreal package.
Check back with PokerNews Canada again for results from Events #5 and #6 before our focus shifts to the $1,500 Main Event.