The Winter Super Stack keeps getting better. The 2016 edition of the series just concluded this week with their largest Main Event ever, and the series as a whole awarded more than $940,000 in prizes.
It all kicked off on February 4 at Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta with Event #1: $550 Mega Stack. The poker action didn’t stop until February 16 when the $1,500 Main Event and $5,000 High Roller came to a conclusion.
As an incentive for players to come play the large tournament schedule, the event organizers added some extra value to create a points race. Each tournament cash earned players points and the player with the most points at the end of the series picked up some great prizes. We’re not talking about a tee-shirt, a card protector, and a trophy. No. The High Point Champion earned a World Series of Poker Main Event buy-in worth $10,000 USD and a paid one-year lease on a brand new Toyota Camry.
This year, the honours went to Mike Smith. Coming into town from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Smith cashed an incredible six events in the series.
He came 20th in the kickoff event to pick up $1,850 before heading to the $330 tournament on Super Bowl Sunday, which he won for $11,000. Then he came 10th in the $220 pot-limit Omaha tournament. He followed that by entering the $1,100 heads-up event and finished runner-up for $9,650. From there, he went deep in the Main Event and earned $5,700 for finishing 13th. On the final day, no other player could possibly catch him in points. He had already locked up the High Point Champion prize. But he wasn’t done yet. He jumped in the $5,000 High Roller and won it for $24,205 to add even more points to his tally.
When all of the results were in and the points counted, Smith had accumulated 583.1 and the next-closest player was Dane Alisasis well behind with 361.21. Davey Singh (300.8), Devin Verstraelen (300), and Rick Mask (294) filled out the top five.
2016 Winter Super Stack Results
|Event||Entries||Prize Pool||Winner||Prize||Runner-Up||Third Place|
|#1: $550 Mega Stack||389||$184,775||Davey Singh||$33,500||Cindy Kerslake||Hugh Armstrong|
|#2: $220 NLH||139||$26,410||Brian Lee||$6,900||James Sikora||Haven Werner|
|#3 $330 PLO Bounty||126||$23,310||Stephane Bisson||$6,100||Tony Comely||Jared Klimosko|
|#4 $330 Super Bowl Sunday||151||$43,035||Mike Smith||$11,000||Chris Hedderson||Chris Bowers|
|#5 $1,100 HU PLO||10||$9,500||Shak Kazemipur||$6,000||Levi Jones|
|#6 $330 Deep Stack||151||$43,035||Dane Alisasis||$11,000||Tyler Bonkowski||Ryan Smith|
|#7 $1,100 HU NLH||39||$37,050||Rick Mask||$17,000||Mike Smith||Nav Shergill|
|#8 $220 PLO||101||$19,190||Ryan Smith||$5,400||Tony Comely||Abdul Majid|
|#9 $220 NLH||124||$23,560||Susan Webb||$6,400||Steve Smith||Dane Alisasis|
|#10 $1,500 Main Event||305||$405,650||Devin Verstraelen||$71,798||Shaun Hagerty||Bo Fric|
|#11 $330 NLH Bounty||154||$28,490||Ryan Lambert||$7,400||Max Hanson||Steve Smith|
|#12 $220 Team||52||$9,880||Ryan Cairns & Tony Comely||$3,500||Joi Su & Jamie Hardy||Amanda Caines & Dane Alisasis|
|#13 $550 Last Chance||43||$20,425||Howard Chu||$9,100||Kevin Kemna||Jessica Ko|
|#14 $100 Blackjack||33||$2,970||Stephanie Smith||$1,782||Scott McMorran||Brian Ladouceur|
|#15 $5,000 High Roller||15||$68,400||Mike Smith||$24,205||Allen Butkovic||Kristof Slaski|
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