Thomas Taylor Wins Summer Super Stack Main Event for $79,000

Thomas Taylor Deerfoot Inn & Casino Summer Super Stack

The 2016 Summer Super Stack Main Event has come to a close with Thomas Taylor winning the Main Event for $79,000.

The 14-event series at Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta, has been running for the past 12 days with a wide range of tournaments. The series culminated in the $1,500 Main Event that guaranteed a prize pool of $200,000, but that guarantee was surpassed by miles when it settled at $348,460 after 262 entries came through registration across the three starting flights.

Day 2 saw 56 players return to the tables for the final day of play on Monday, August 22. Alex Po came back with the largest stack, having accumulated an incredible 467,400 chips on Day 1b which was well in front of the second-best stack of Tyler St. Clair who was Day 1c’s chip leader.

It only took three hours of play to get down to the money bubble when 27 players remained. Play then went hand for hand on the final three tables and it took exactly one more hour to find the next elimination and put the tournament in the money.

It was in the very last hand of the level before dinner break when Phil Wright shoved all in with pocket jacks and ran into the pocket kings of Cliff Green who had the larger stack. The kings held as the dealer delivered the board and Wright was eliminated from play.

It took several more hours to reach the final table with players like Kayvan Payman (26th — $3,530), Davinder Jhutty (25th — $3,530), Umang Dattani (22nd — $3,800), Cindy Kerslake (20th — $4,000), and Ron Giles (13th — $5,600) collecting payouts.

Then the three Day 1 chip leaders fell in quick succession. Day 1b’s Alex Po fell in 11th place for $6,550, followed by Day 1c’s Tyler St. Clair in 10th for $7,250. The final table of nine was set and Day 1a’s chip leader Raymond Trieu was eliminated in ninth for $8,300.

George Hussein was the next out when he pushed all in from the small blind and Nick Civitarese made an easy call in the big blind with pocket queens. Hussein flipped over twos. The flop delivered a deuce, giving Hussein the lead with the set. But the flop also contained two hearts and the turn and river were both hearts as well. One of Civitarese’s queens was a heart and he took the pot with a flush, eliminating Hussein in eighth place for $10,300 — the first player to collect a five-figure payday.

Zhun Chen three-bet all in over top of Trevor Norlander and found himself racing for his tournament life when his pocket fives were called by Norlanders {a-Clubs}{q-Spades}. The board ran out {10-Spades}{9-Spades}{k-Spades}{j-Spades}{4-Hearts} and Norlander made an incredible straight flush. Chen earned $13,300 for his seventh-place finish.

Norlander also did the dirty work for the next elimination when he raised the button to 50,000 and Tom Mansell three-bet to 115,000. The flop came {a-Spades}{2-Hearts}{9-Spades} and Mansell pushed all in and Norlander make a quick call. Mansell held pocket sixes and Norlander had flopped a better pair with his {a-Hearts}{10-Spades}. The turn and river didn’t improve Mansell and he was eliminated in sixth place for $17,300.

Sam Ngai got all of chips in and put his tournament life on the line preflop against Denton Wierzba and had an optimistic {a-Spades}{9-Spades} against Wierzba’s {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}. But the board ran out {2-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{j-Clubs} and Ngai headed to the cage to collect $22,300 for finishing in fifth place.

But Denton Wierzba lost all of the chips he’d taken from Sam Ngai when Trevor Norlander raised to 80,000, Wierzba three-bet to 195,000, and Norlander called. The flop of {10-Clubs}{a-Spades}{3-Hearts} checked through, but the {k-Hearts} turn saw Wierzba put another 240,000 chips into the pot, matched by Norlander. The river was the {7-Clubs} and Wierzba thought for a while before pushing in his remaining 690,000. Norlander called off with {q-Spades}{j-Diamonds} for the absolute nuts and Wierzba pocketed $28,600 for finishing in fourth place.

After being the knockout king all final table, Trevor Norlander finally felt the other end of it when he pushed all in after Thomas Taylor raised and Nick Civitarese called. Taylor pushed over the top to isolate the one at-risk player and Civitarese folded. Norlander was well behind with his pocket fours to Taylor’s nines. But the flop delivered a four to give Norlander the lead with a set. The turn was a blank, but the river was a nine, giving Taylor a set of his own and eliminating Norlander in third place for $37,600.

Heads-up play between Thomas Taylor and Nick Civitarese with Taylor holding better than a four-to-one chip lead over his opponent. He never let go of that lead, eventually increasing it to the point where Civitarese was obliged to call all in with practically any two cards because the blinds were worth most of his stack.

Taylor pushed all in, hardly needing to look at his hole cards before doing so, and Civitarese made the call with nine-five hoping to hit against Taylor’s ten-seven. Both of them completely missed the jack-high board and Taylor won the final pot of the tournament after more than 15 hours of play. Civitarese was paid $53,500 and Taylor earned $79,000 for the win.

2016 Summer Super Stack Main Event Final Table Results

FinishPlayerPrize
1Thomas Taylor$79,000
2Nick Civitarese$53,500
3Trevor Norlander$37,600
4Denton Wierzba$28,600
5Sam Ngai$22,300
6Tom Mansell$17,300
7Zhun Chen$13,300
8George Hussein$10,300
9Raymond Trieu$8,300

Throughout the entire final table, Adrian Baran was on the rail anti-sweating a few players for the title of High Point Champion. Deerfoot Inn & Casino had donated a World Poker Tour (WPT) Montreal package worth $5,000 that would go to the player with the best results across all 14 events in the Summer Super Stack series. With two wins, Baran was well in the lead for the prize but there were still a few players with enough previous results to overtake him if they did well in the Main Event.

One of those players was Thomas Taylor who had already won the team event earlier in the series with teammate Vanessa Kade. With Taylor’s Main Event win, he also won the $5,000 WPT Montreal package as his two event wins were worth more points than Baran’s two wins.

For more details on the Main Event, head to our live reporting page where there are hundreds of posts and dozens of photos from the tournament.

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