Raymond Trieu is the best positioned so far to take a big prize in the $200,000-guaranteed Summer Super Stack Main Event.
It’s the marquee event in the 14-tournament, 12-day series at Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta. Day 1a for the $1,500 Main Event played out on Friday, August 19, in one of western Canada’s top poker venues.
For the big tournament, action moved from the casino into one of the hotel’s ballrooms. Play got started at noon and late registration and reentries remained open for more than seven hours, eventually closing with 56 entries. After 12 one-hour levels, just nine players remained with Raymond Trieu counting out the largest stack.
Trieu emerged as the chip leader within the last few hands of play, counting out 294,500 chips. Right behind him was Davinder Jhutty with 288,500 with most of those chips coming in the very last hand of the night when he felted Johnny Yu. Sam Ngai was the chip leader for most of the last level of the day, but settled in at third with 274,000 when play ended.
2016 Summer Super Stack Main Event Day 1a Chip Counts
Some of the players to buy in but fail to survive the day included Ryan and Tony Comely, Ron Lauzon, Rick Mask, Ryan Smith, Sinan Tawfik, and Ron Giles.
The nine surviving players will return for Day 2 on Monday where the guaranteed $200,000 prize pool will be awarded. If previous events are any indication, the prize pool guarantee will be obliterated and probably settle somewhere closer to $350,000.
With two days off before play resumes, these nine players will be able to take advantage of some of the side events in the busy Summer Super Stack schedule. Deerfoot Inn & Casino has added some incentive to play the full gamut of events because the player who records the best results across all 14 tournaments will win a World Poker Tour Montreal package worth $5,000.
There are still two more chances for players to try to qualify for Day 2 of the Main Event. Day 1b will get started at noon on Saturday, August 20, followed by Day 1c on Sunday.
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