Mark Wilson Claims Winter Super Stack Title
February is the month for poker action at Deerfoot Inn & Casino as the Winter Super Stack plays out over the first two weeks. The first cards were dealt in the 2018 Super Stack back on February 1 and the final card in the Main Event came off the deck 11 days later.
The series kicked off with the ever-popular $550 Mega Stack. The two-day tournament featured three Day 1s before playing down to a winner on Day 2 on Sunday. After 261 total entries, the Mega Stack came down to a heads-up battle between Ethan Ellis and a very familiar face at Deerfoot series, Tony Comely, after Elias eliminated Julius Roque in third place. Roque's third-place earned him $13,000.
Ellis took down Comely during Level 28 when Ellis moved all in with a slightly larger stack over an open-raise from Comely. "Fuck it. I wanna get drunk. I call!" Comely characteristically said, and tabled a dominated ace against Ellis' . The runout was no help to Comely's hand, and he earned $22,000 for a bar tab, while Ellis pocketed $26,270 for the win.
This year's series had a third three-day event: the $330 Deepstack tournament. The three Day 1s and the $330 price tag drew 312 entries to the event and generated a prize pool just under $90,000. The tournament came down to a heads-up battle between Wayne Hoffert and Jerome Makonen after 49 players returned to the felt on the final day. Hoffert bagged $20,500 for the win while Makonen won $12,845 for runner-up.
The marquee event for the series, of course, was the Main Event. The $1,500 buy-in tournament had the standard Winter Super Stack multi-day format with three Day 1s playing into a final Day 2. When late registration ended on Day 1c, 202 entries had been tallied. That made a prize pool of $268,660 to be divided between 20 paid spots.
The big prize came down to a battle between Karim Chatur and Mark Wilson. Wilson bagged his first-ever live tournament win, collecting $58,617 for the win, which represents more than his total career earnings to date. Chatur made $53,386 for second.
Player of the Series honours went to Wayne Hoffert after his dominating performance in the $330 Deepstack coupled with another deep run in the Last Chance. He picked up a $5,300 Millions North America seat for the honour. Another honourable mention for the series goes to Julius Roque, who managed to make the final table of all three multi-day events in the series, earning close to $24,000 for his efforts.