The Winter Super Stack at Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta has kicked off the $1,500 Main Event. It’s one of the highlights of the 15-tournament series and promises $200,000 in the prize pool, but that’s likely to be exceeded by a good amount.
Play kicked off at noon with players receiving 30,000 chips and one-hour levels to try to qualify for Monday’s Day 2. By the time registration closed, a total of 62 entries made up the field on what was expected to be the quietest starting flight of the tournament.
While Thomas Taylor was the big-stack bully for most of the latter half of the day, Phil Sousa slipped past him right at the end of the night to conclude the day as the chip leader. His stack was counted out at 292,700 with Taylor trailing with 233,600. Nobody else passed the 200,000 mark.
Sousa already picked up a final table in this series in Event #1, which is significant because of what is on the line for the player who collects the best results throughout the series. Cashes in all 15 events are worth points and the High Point Champion at the end will earn a brand new Toyota Camry and a World Series of Poker Main Event seat.
When play came to an end at about 11:30 p.m., just 15 players remained to advance to Day 2. Here are the top 10 stacks:
Another chance to build a Day 2 stack begins Saturday at noon and will likely be the largest flight of the three. Those who survive advance to Monday’s Day 2 and the final table will be on Day 3 on Tuesday.
For more details on the action, follow along on the PokerNews Canada live reporting page as we share the biggest hands, the tallest stacks, and the notable players straight from the tournament floor.