Kevin Martin Wins Third Calgary Main Event in Two Months
Kevin Martin's summer of winning kept on rolling this past weekend as he took down his third Main Event title on the Calgary poker scene since the beginning of July. The Big Brother Canada phenom and PokerStars Twitch streamer's latest success came in the Main Event of the Deerfoot Inn & Casino Summer Super Stack series, which wrapped up play on August 26.
"There is having a good poker dream, and then there is what's happened to me. I've ran good in every big spot I've needed to en route to the wins," Martin said when contacted by PokerNews Canada. His latest win came after a 16-hour final day where he bested a starting field of 166 entries in the $1,500 event and had to overcome some stiff competition with the likes of Curtis Vigoren, Karim Chatur, Umang Dattani, and Trevor Norlander all finding a spot at the final table.
It came down to heads-up between Martin and Richmond, B.C.'s Alpheus Chan. The two players made a deal that put $44,000 in each of their pockets, and left $5,700 and the title on the table to play for. Chan eventually bowed out in second place, bringing his lifetime live earnings over US$100,000, while Martin secured his third Main Event title on the Calgary poker scene since early July.
Martin acknowledged the luck in the game, but also pointed out that preparation makes a big difference. "People see the good results but they don't see the dozens of hours sitting behind the computer screen working on my game. The preparation has put me in spots to win and luck has been on my side every time." The win was worth another $49,700 for Martin's bankroll, bringing his lifetime live earnings to US$167,787.
Event 2, the Mega Stack, saw 224 entries to get the series off to a great start. The $500 buy-in event generated a prize pool of over $100,000. Jean-Kristophe Guillette was the player left with all the chips at the end, and he collected the top prize of $25,000. The win marked Guillette's first on the live circuit, and brought his live lifetime cashes to US$37,689.
The biggest turnout of the series was for the $330 Event 6 - Deepstack, which saw a whopping 267 entries recorded for a prize pool of $74,595. Medicine Hat's Thomas Taylor was the last player with chips in that one, for a score of $17,520. Taylor had to outlast a strong field of local Alberta talent at the final table that included Bob Shandera, Francis Fan, and his heads-up opponent, Toms Kanjoothara. The $17,520 win pushed Taylor over the $1,000,000 (USD) mark for lifetime earnings.
Across the 15 events in the Summer Super Stack series, nearly 1,500 entries were recorded. That generated prize pools well in excess of $400,000. Kevin Martin is likely the guy who walked away with the most memories though.