The prize money was hard-earned for the top players in the Summer Super Stack Main Event as it came to a conclusion in the early morning on Tuesday, August 18. Day 2 play resumed at noon on Monday, and it was well past 4 a.m. before a seven-way deal was made to put an end to the tournament.
The $1,500 Main Event was the marquee tournament of the 14-event series at Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta. The $369,740 prize pool was heaps more than the guaranteed $200,000, and 82 of the original 278 entries returned for Monday’s Day 2 for a piece of the money.
Leading the way by miles was D.V. with more than half a million chips and he maintained a top stack late into the day, but a bad run of hands put an end to his tournament in 11th place for $6,650.
The tournament burst through the money bubble at 28 players remaining fairly early, but it wasn’t until 1 a.m. that the final table was set. Shortly after, Bucky Edraki collected ninth-place money after getting it in with eights against Josh Wallace’s jacks.
It took another two hours for the next elimination to come. Harnam Matharu, who was notoriously arrested during the final table of a Fallsview Poker Classic tournament earlier this year for allegedly robbing a fellow poker player of $5,000, was the first player to collect five figures when he got it in on the flop with an overpair of aces to Sing Chen’s flush draw. The flush came through, and Matharu earned $10,800 for eighth place.
A further two hours later, play was still seven-handed and dawn was expected to peak out over the horizon soon. After some heated debate about how to chop and what is allowed, the players eventually came to an agreement they could all live with.
Edmonton’s Jonathan Sanborn officially collects first-place money of $86,000 and the Summer Super Stack Main Event trophy — the best score of his already-impressive poker career. Calgarian Diane Nguyen picked up second place for $55,000.
2015 Summer Super Stack Main Event Top 10 Finishers
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