Kerslake Wins Main Event as Deerfoot Awards $500,000 in Prizes
Deerfoot Inn & Casino's Winter Super Stack event is the premier start-of-year tournament series for southern Alberta. With 12 events over 11 days, there was more than half a million dollars up for grabs in the various events. The marquee event this time around was the $1,500 NL Super Stack Main Event, and after making her way through 164 other runners and cutting a three-way deal at the end, Calgarian Cindy Kerslake scored her third, and biggest, career win.
Early action in the series featured a $330 Deep Stack event that ran 3 day 1 starting flights. Between the three starting days, 277 entries took a shot which put the total prize pool at $78,945 to be divided 28 ways. Day 1a and 1b both had 8 players advance from fields of 63 and 70 respectively, while 16 of 144 players made it through Day 1c. After all the hands were played, Coltyn Gaetz was the guy with all the chips. The $18,550 score was his third win and biggest cash to date.
After the Deep Stack event came the $550 Mega Stack with three day 1s. A total of 215 entries came in for the Mega Stack, with 36 recorded on Day 1a, 66 on Day 1b, and 113 in the final starting flight. Of those, 37 came back for Day 2 action to compete for one of the 22 shares of the $102,125 prize pool. Karim Chatur came into Day 2 third in chips, and managed to ladder up for the $24,500 win. It was Chatur's sixth career win, and pushed his lifetime earnings over $650,000.
The $1,500 Main Event was billed as the Super Stack, featuring 45 minute blind levels (60 minutes on Day 2) and a 30,000 starting stack. Two Day 1s fed into the final day, producing a total field of 165 runners and a prize pool that topped $200,000. Fewer than half the 36 players who returned for Day 2 made it into the 17 paying spots, but everyone was eyeing the $56,000 first place prize.
Cindy Kerslake entered Day 2 second in chips and managed to hang on to the end. Play went three-handed after John Foley was eliminated in fourth place, and after a quick double up by Barry Middlebrook, the final three players decided to cut a deal that left Middlebrook with third place worth $38,584, Anthony Casten with 2nd for $29,687, and Kerslake with the championship, as well as $43,528 for the top prize.
Other stories from the series included Haven Dionne Werner who won two events, including defending the Team Event championship with Tony Comely, as well as Julius Roque, who won the High Point Champion and grabbed $4,500 in tournament buy-ins for the Summer and Fall Super Stack series. Next up at Deerfoot Inn & Casino is the Spring Super Stack, which will be running from April 24th through the 28th.
Winner photo courtesy of Aleeyah Jadavji