After skipping a year, Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta, have brought back the third series in their popular Super Stack brand of events. The Spring Super Stack kicked off on Thursday, April 14, with the first of the five tournaments on the quick four-day schedule.
The $1,100 Main Event highlights the series and Day 1a got started at 2 p.m. There will be a Day 1b and 1c on Friday and Saturday before the surviving players meet on Day 2 to play down to a Spring Super Stack Champion and a big piece of the $150,000-guaranteed prize pool.
The 37 players who bought a seat on Thursday received 30,000 chips and they played through 40-minute blind levels trying to survive the day. After 15 levels, play paused with just six players remaining.
Leading the way by heaps is Ron Lauzon with 316,700. The next-best stack is the 199,000 of Kyle Oak. Steve Smith sits in third with 195,000 followed by Michael Smith with 180,400, Cindy Kerslake with 132,100, and Jay Heang bringing up the rear with 86,100.
2016 Spring Super Stack Day 1a Chip Counts
Some of the notable players to take a shot but fall short included Sinan Tawfik, Ryan Smith, and Tyler Bonkowski.
There are also four side events running every day throughout the series with buy-ins of $220 and $330. Players will be doing their best to find deep runs in all of those as well because there is a High Point Champion prize that will go to the player with the best results across all five events. The player who finished on top of the points race will win three free tournament entries for August’s Summer Super Stack, including a seat in the Main Event.
PokerNews Canada is on the tournament floor throughout the series and providing live updates of all the Main Event action. Follow along on our live reporting page when play kicks off for Day 1b on Friday at noon.