There’s a guaranteed $200,000 on the line and Alex Po is the player with all of the chips looking for the biggest piece of the prize pool.
The $1,500 Main Event is the headlining event of the 14-tournament, 12-day Summer Super Stack poker tournament series at Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta. Day 1b — the second of three starting days — played out on Saturday, August 20, in one of the hotel’s ballrooms that has been converted into a large tournament hall.
Cards were in the air at noon and late registration and reentries closed with 69 entries about the time Gord Downie took the stage for The Tragically Hip’s last show which was being projected on a big screen in one corner of the tournament room. After 12 one-hour levels, just 12 players remained with Alex Po sitting on a huge pile of chips.
Po emerged as the chip leader late in the evening and then maintained that position all the way until play paused, steadily adding to his stack. He finished the night with 467,500 which is well ahead of Day 1a chip leader Raymond Trieu who had 294,500. Garland Auvigne (239,000), Paul Sokoloff (228,500), and Darcey Beaucage (214,000) were the only other players to pass the 200,000 mark.
2016 Summer Super Stack Main Event Day 1b Chip Counts
|Alex Po||467,500||Thomas Cemm||150,000|
|Garland Auvigne||239,000||Mike Smith||117,500|
|Paul Sokoloff||228,500||Woody Nielsen||114,500|
|Darcey Beaucage||214,000||Roman Gallivan||77,000|
|Denton Wierzba||181,000||Alemu Makonen||74,000|
Other players who bought a stack but couldn’t hold onto chips through the end of the day included current High Point Champion points leader Adrian Baran, Ryan Cairns, Kayvan Payman, Ron Lauzon, Ron Giles, Tyler Bonkowski, Devin Verstraelen, Ryan Smith, and Doug Lee.
There are now a total of 21 players qualified for Monday’s Day 2 where all of the prize money will be awarded. There is still one last chance for players to try to bag a stack for the final day with Day 1c getting started at noon on Sunday, August 21.
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