Deerfoot Inn & Casino’s Summer Super Stack Main Event has kicked off and is on a trajectory to be their best Main Event yet.
On Friday, the first of the three starting days — Day 1a — saw 65 entries for the $1,500 Main Event that highlights the busy 14-event schedule of the Summer Super Stack in Calgary, Alberta. That’s 14 more entries than Day 1a of the Winter Super Stack Main Event back in February which eventually received 256 total entries, creating a prize pool of more than $340,000.
With $200,000 guaranteed and this Main Event on pace to exceed the last one, the prize pool could double the guarantee by the time registration closes on Sunday.
Of the 65 entries that passed through registration on Friday, just 17 players remained when play paused at the end of 10 one-hour levels. The best stack belonged to Richard Mullen who is miles ahead with 285,300 chips to return with on Monday.
The next best stack is that of Jas Brar with 203,900, and third in the counts is the notorious Harnam Matharu with 201,300 who made headlines earlier this year when he was arrested during the final table of a Fallsview Poker Classic event and his chips were blinded away in his absence until he finished in third for $88,189.
Here’s a look at all of the players who survived Day 1a:
|Richard Mullen||285,300||Miles Rimer||92,900|
|Jas Brar||203,900||Shawn Caron||89,500|
|Harnam Matharu||201,300||William Ng||55,200|
|Bo Fric||162,100||Justin Leeson||39,100|
|Bob Shandera||156,900||Khoa Nguyen||38,900|
|Roman Brar||123,500||Sinan Tawfik||27,300|
|Tyson Denhammer||113,400||Phil Sousa||20,400|
Some of the others who entered on Day 1a but were unsuccessful include Winter Super Stack Main Event final-tablist Malcolm Bolger, Edmonton powerhouse Tony Comely, Twitch-streaming phenom and Friend of PokerStars Jaime Staples, Big Brother Canada housemate Kevin Martin, B.C. grinder Vanessa Kade, and PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour and Sunday Million champion Shak Kazemipur.
Day 1b will be a busy one with play kicking off at noon on Saturday and many players expected to fill the 17-table tournament hall. $1,500 gets entrants 30,000 chips to play with in hour-long levels, making this a deep-structured tournament that allows the talent to rise to the top.
PokerNews Canada will be on site live reporting highlights of the action, and you can follow along on our live reporting page for big hands, notable players, chip counts, and more.