The Winter Super Stack Main Event is well underway now with the conclusion of Day 1b. The $1,500 tournament is the marquee event of Deerfoot Inn & Casino’s 12-day, 13-tournament series in Calgary, and it carries the largest prize pool guarantee the Super Stack has ever had — $250,000.
As the city closed the shutters for the incoming snow storm, players poured through registration to take a shot in the second of three starting flights in the Main Event. By the time registration closed, 109 entries had been tallied. When added to the 41 from Day 1a, the total is at 150 and almost already at the $250,000 guarantee.
The players battled through 12 one-hour levels before play paused for the night with 24 players still holding chips. Leading the pack was Michael Smith with 289,000 followed by Gurdeep Dhillon with 286,500. Vanessa Kade rounded out the top three with 273,200. The rest of the field was filled with some great talent from across Canada’s western provinces.
2017 Winter Super Stack Main Event Day 1b Chip Counts
|Michael Smith||289,000||Sam Ngai||113,000|
|Gurdeep Dhillon||286,500||Laurence Louie||98,600|
|Vanessa Kade||273,200||Albert Kenny||88,000|
|Kris Klimosko||254,500||Chris Hak||83,500|
|Rob Dore||204,000||Ryan Comely||76,500|
|Mike Robinson||199,000||Richard Mullen||74,800|
|Paul Sokoloff||192,000||Todd Funk||73,000|
|Josh Wallace||174,500||Eric Wasylenko||64,700|
|Nathan Ewert||153,600||Ron Giles||62,500|
|Minh Thai||153,000||Andy Truong||41,500|
|Ron Lauzon||137,500||Ryan Smith||36,300|
|Tyler Bonkowski||129,900||Merv Giles||18,300|
Some of the other players to buy in to Day 1b but fail to survive 12 levels included Ryan Hodge, Thomas Taylor, Jared Klimosko, Malcolm Bolger, Bo Fric, Devin Verstraelen, Jonathan Sanborn, and Trevor Norlander.
On Monday, the 24 survivors will join the six from Day 1a as well as however many make it through Day 1c. The third flight begins on Sunday at noon at Deerfoot Inn & Casino and PokerNews Canada will be on the tournament floor live-reporting all of the action.