The Winter Super Stack at Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta has seen its second starting flight into the $1,500 Main Event come to a conclusion on Saturday. This is the marquee event of the 15-tournament series and the $200,000 prize pool guarantee has already been eclipsed.
Play got underway at noon with players receiving 30,000 chips and 10 one-hour levels to try to build a stack worthy of Monday’s Day 2. By the time registration closed, 116 entries had passed through registration, nearly doubling the 62 from Day 1a.
Late in the day, Chad Winnick emerged as a clear frontrunner with the largest stack, and he finished the day still on top. When play paused for the night, he counted out his stack at 212,800 — the only player to surpass the 200,000 mark. Day 1a chip leader Phil Sousa remains the best stack so far as he accumulated 292,700. In fact, Day 1a’s second-best stack of 233,600 held by Thomas Taylor is also ahead of Winnick.
When play came to an end at about 11:30 p.m., 39 players remained to advance to Day 2. Here are the top 10 chip counts:
One of the players with a good-sized stack to end the day, Mike Smith, is well known as a strong player with a tournament record to prove it. With over $400,000 in live tournament cashes, his best result was when he won the DeepStacks Poker Tour Main Event last fall in Edmonton. A hand he was involved in late in the day demonstrated his talent.
Smith had opened the action preflop with a raise to 3,500 in middle position and Jason Tran made the call to defend his big blind.
The dealer swept across the felt. Tran checked and Smith continued with a bet of 4,000. Tran called.
The turn was the and Tran suddenly took over as aggressor and led out for 5,000. Smith thought for a few moments before calling.
The river card was the and Tran continued, firing out 16,100 this time. Smith went in the tank for well over a minute, leaning back in his chair with the correct calling chips ready in his hand. Finally, he leaned forward and threw the chips toward the pot.
Tran flipped over for ace-high. Smith revealed for fourth pair and won the pot.
One more chance to qualify for Day 2 begins on Sunday at noon. Registration for entries and reentries will remain open until the end of the dinner break after Level 6.
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.