When it comes to tournament poker in the western half of Canada, it’s hard to argue that Calgary isn’t the hub. With the recent conclusion of Summer Super Stack at Deerfoot Inn & Casino, that reputation has been further solidified.
The annual poker tournament series is hosted by one of the best venues in the area. A total of 14 events took place across 12 days in the cowboy-themed casino and ballroom. Local players were joined by those from out of town who wanted to take part in the great series.
Many of them played as many as the 14 tournaments as possible because Deerfoot Inn & Casino donated a High Point Champion prize worth $5,000 for the player who accumulated the best results across the series. It came right down to the final result to determine who would collect the World Poker Tour (WPT) Montreal package for proving to be the best.
Incredibly, of the 14 events, four of them were won by two players. Both Adrian Baran and Thomas Taylor won two tournaments each.
Adrian Baran emerged as the High Point Champion leader early after he won Event #4 and Event #6. He catapulted to the top of the points race. But with several players with strong previous results deep in the Main Event on the final day of the series, Baran was on the rail anti-sweating the action to try to hold on to his lead.
Unfortunately for Baran, Thomas Taylor emerged as the winner of the Main Event after having already won Event #10, and his double victory was worth more than Baran’s, stealing away the $5,000 WPT Montreal package.
Amazingly, when Taylor was heads-up for the title, whether he or Nick Civitarese won, either player would’ve been repeat winners in the series. Civitarese had already won Event #7.
The series kicked off on August 11 with the two-day $550 Mega Stack with three starting flights. Shawn Meegan topped that 317-entry field and earned $24,289 after a four-way deal.
That was followed by Alberta’s first-ever mixed-game tournament. The $330 four-game H.O.S.E. event received 41 entries and was won by Ryan Smith for $5,300.
Jordan Cossette found victory in Event #3: Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty and earned $4,200, followed by Adrian Baran’s first win of the series in the $220 Event #4 for $6,000.
Then the unique $220 Roll Back Rebuy offered some unique tournament action with $50 rebuys and a $100 add-on and the blind levels rolled back several steps once registration closed. Soumy Phanovoung won that tournament for $7,000.
Adrian Baran found victory for the second time in Event #6: $330 Deepstack. He pocketed $10,600 this time. Then the exciting $220 Heads Up Championship saw 48 entries reduced to one winner in Nick Civitarese for $3,040.
The game switched to Omaha again for Event #8 and Jared Klimosko took down the top prize of $5,700. And Garland Auvigne claimed the win in Event #9 for $6,600.
Then the $1,500 Main Event got underway with three starting flights leading to a final day and a prize pool guarantee of $200,000 that was obliterated when 262 entries put the total at $348,460. Thomas Taylor’s win in that event earned him $79,000.
With the starting flights of the Main Event still running, Aiden Lee won the $330 bounty tournament for $5,400, and Thomas Taylor found his other win in the $220 team event with teammate Vanessa Kade for a shared prize of $3,700.
The final tournament offering was the $220 Last Chance and Eric Wasylenko rose to the top and earned $3,900 for the win.