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Michael Smith Tops Winter Super Stack Main Event Day 1b

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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

PlayerChipsPlayerChips
Michael Smith289,000Sam Ngai113,000
Gurdeep Dhillon286,500Laurence Louie98,600
Vanessa Kade273,200Albert Kenny88,000
Kris Klimosko254,500Chris Hak83,500
Rob Dore204,000Ryan Comely76,500
Mike Robinson199,000Richard Mullen74,800
Paul Sokoloff192,000Todd Funk73,000
Josh Wallace174,500Eric Wasylenko64,700
Nathan Ewert153,600Ron Giles62,500
Minh Thai153,000Andy Truong41,500
Ron Lauzon137,500Ryan Smith36,300
Tyler Bonkowski129,900Merv Giles18,300

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.




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