The 2017 Winter Super Stack is well underway with the final entry flight of the $550 Mega Stack wrapping up and sending 19 more players to Sunday’s Day 2 to play down to a winner and collect the $168,150 prize pool.
This two-day event with three starting flights has kicked off Deerfoot Inn & Casino’s various Super Stack series for years. The Calgary tournament venue hosts the Winter Super Stack, Spring Super Stack, and Summer Super Stack each year. The first of 2017 began on Thursday.
Saturday was Day 1c of the $550 Mega Stack and a huge field of 186 entries passed through registration, creating a combined field of 354 entries and putting the prize pool at a final tally of $168,150, blowing past the $100,000 guarantee.
Players spent more than 15 hours at the felt on Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday, trying to get down to the top 10 percent of the field and into the money. Finally, with the elimination of Jimmy Gill, the top 19 bagged their chips for Day 2. Gill was the stone bubble after doing so on Day 1b as well.
As chips were counted, it was obvious Doug Mcginnis was the chip leader with his tower of 749,000 chips. Behind him was Sunny Lubana with 616,000 and Ron Giles rounded out the top three with 574,000.
To point to how top-heavy the field was at the end of the day due to players trying to squeak through on the long money bubble with tiny stacks, the top three players for Day 2 all come from Day 1c.
2017 Winter Super Stack Mega Stack Day 1c Chip Counts
|Doug Mcginnis||749,000||Justin Leeson||138,000|
|Sunny Lubana||616,000||Trevor Simpson||128,000|
|Ron Giles||574,000||Randall Alwood||126,000|
|Robbie Manhas||332,000||Andrew Kim||121,000|
|Trevor Norlander||302,000||Chris Hedderson||98,000|
|Ryan Lambert||301,000||Ron Piasetzki||97,000|
|Azad Ismael||229,000||Michael Smith||89,000|
|Evan Haw||210,000||Robbie Brar||76,000|
|Ron Lauzon||204,000||Colin Dale||67,000|
Some of the players to take a shot but fail to survive the day included Gerry “Cash” Carter, Sheraz Nasir, Jared Klimosko, Ryan Hodge, Sinan Tawfik, and Tyler Bonkowski.
The 36 surviving players will return at noon on Sunday and be in the money with their minimum cash being worth $1,350 and a final-table appearance locking up at least $3,500. But for the ultimate winner, the top prize of $38,000 awaits.
PokerNews Canada will be on site live-reporting all of the action, so follow along for updates throughout the day and to be the first to know who is the Mega Stack champion.