With less than a month remaining, staff at Deerfoot Inn & Casino are getting set for the 2016 Winter Super Stack. It's a 15-tournament series with $330,000 in guaranteed prize pools in Calgary, Alberta.
Action kicks off February 3 with the first $200 Super Satellite — an innovative satellite format where players compete for $1,100 tournament dollars instead of for tickets to specific events. Winners of the Super Satellites can spend their tournament dollars on any tournament in the series, making it a far more flexible format.
The tournament proper kicks off Thursday, February 4, with Event 1, a raucous $550 no-limit hold'em event with three starting days. With a $100,000 prize pool guarantee, Event 1 in this series routinely crushes the guarantee. In the 2015 series, Event 1 blew past to 150 percent of the $80,000 guarantee.
In fact, the Winter Super Stack series has made a habit of far surpassing its guarantees. In the 2015 series, the Main Event alone pulled in a prize pool topping $340,000. Not only did that crush the $200,000 Main Event guarantee, it came very close to hitting the total guarantee of $350,000 for the whole series. Add in the other guarantee-busting events from the series, and the total prize pools left that series guarantee in the dust.
The 2016 series looks to be even bigger. As has been the case in past years, the Winter Super Stack looks set to blow past the total guarantee of $330,000. As usual, the series features a wide range of games and buy-ins, providing something for everyone. Along with the traditional no-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha events, the series also features a $100 blackjack tournament as well as a team event, where teams of two players each play alternate blind levels. In addition, both no-limit hold'em and pot limit Omaha have $1,100 heads-up tournaments on the schedule. A $5,000 High Roller is a new addition as well.
In 2015, the series was an epic success. It started out with Swift Current's Chris Bowers taking down Event 1 — a tournament where the $80,000 guarantee swelled to well over $120,000 — taking home more than $26,000 for his win. Other highlights from 2015 include Francois Lincourt getting heads-up twice in the early events, but finishing second both times, as well as Sinan Tawfik showing dominance in $330 events, taking down two in the 2015 series. Ryan Hodge won the prestigious $1,500 Main Event in a complex five way deal that saw Hodge get the official win and points to take down the Player of the Series honours, but with the talkative businessman Malcolm Bolger collecting the trophy.
Running from February 3 through February 16, the 2016 Winter Super Stack features 15 events in addition to various satellites. If the history of this tournament is any guide, the Winter Super Stack is set to be the hottest action in the western half of Canada this February.
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