$1,500 Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in 1,400 CAD
Prize Pool 340,480 CAD
Players 256

Level Info

Level 22
Blinds 12,000 / 24,000
Ante 2,000
$1,500 Main Event
Day 2 completed

The Winter Super Stack Comes to a Close With Ryan Hodge on Top

LaneAnderson • Level 22: 12,000-24,000, 2,000 ante
Ryan Hodge
Ryan Hodge

Nearly two weeks of excitement has come to an end as the Main Event is finished. The day started with 61 players coming into Day 2, and only 26 would get paid. Niall Farrell came into the day the massive chip leader, and seemed to be on an unstoppable run for much of the day. Once at the final table, however, his run slowed down, and he ultimately finished in sixth.

The day belonged to Ryan Hodge, who took down the official win as chip leader when the deal was cut, and World Series of Poker bracelet-winner Tyler Bonkowski took home the most money from the Main Event.

After a long series, the Deerfoot Inn & Casino Winter Super Stack is finished for 2015. See you next year!

Tags: Niall FarrellRyan HodgeTyler Bonkowski

Remaining Players Have Cut a Deal

elron66 • Level 22: 12,000-24,000, 2,000 ante

With the exit of Niall Farrell, the remaining five players started talking deal. Khoa Nguyen was looking at the even chip stacks, wondering how late he wanted to play, but businessman Malcolm Bolger made it very clear from the start that he rarely made deals at the poker table. Bolger said he was most interested in the trophy, and that he didn't care about the money.

Player of the Series points were more on the mind of Ryan Hodge, who would win that title with a win in the Main Event. Poker Room Director Robert Bowers explained how the points would be awarded. "You can play down to a winner for points, or if you quit now, the chip leader will get the points." With Ryan Hodge in the current lead, and no one else at the table with a shot at the Player of the Series title, Hodge was highly motivated to make a deal to end play.

Tyler Bonkowski was interested in playing it down, and made it clear that he wanted to keep at least some money on the table to play for. With Nguyen looking to end things right there, Bolger and Dahrouge were convinced to take a straight-up chop of the prizepool, with one fifth of the remaining $213,500 going to each player. Bolger was happy with deal if he could have the trophy, which none of the other players objected to.

Bonkowski was the hardest to convince, but in the end, he made a private side deal with Hodge for an extra $6,300 out of Hodge's cut and agreed to end play. That gave Hodge the Player of the Series title, which includes a $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event ticket, as well as a year's lease on a Toyota Camry courtesy of South Pointe Toyota Scion.

So the final deal is a bit complicated. Ryan Hodge gets the official win and the Player of the Series prizes, but won the least amount of money with the side deal with Bonkowski, taking home $36,400 from Main Event prize pool. Tyler Bonkowski won the most money, getting $49,000. Malcolm Bolger took home the trophy, and Bolger, Nguyen, and Dahrouge all collected $42,700.

Tags: Khoa NguyenMalcolm BolgerNiall FarrellRyan HodgeSteve DahrougeTyler Bonkowski

Deal Talks

LaneAnderson • Level 22: 12,000-24,000, 2,000 ante

The five remaining players are talking deals while the clock ticks down. Ryan Hodge really wants the points, as a win in this event would give him the High Point Champion title and prizes, Malcolm Bolger wants the trophy quite badly, and everyone else wants their piece of the money — as much as possible.

Yeping Shan Eliminated in 6th Place for $17,000

LaneAnderson • Level 22: 12,000-24,000, 2,000 ante
Yeping Shan
Yeping Shan

Just a hand or two after the last elimination, Yeping Shan raised to 51,000 from the hijack and action folded to Khoa Nguyen in the big blind. He pushed all in and Shan had a difficult decision to make. He eventually made the call, tabling the second-best hand with {a-Spades}{10-Diamonds} to Nguyen's {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}. The board ran out {3-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and the ace-queen won the hand, eliminating Shan in sixth for $17,000.

Yeping Shan
Yeping Shan

Tags: Khoa NguyenYeping Shan

Niall Farrell Out in 7th for $13,000

LaneAnderson • Level 22: 12,000-24,000, 2,000 ante
Niall Farrell
Niall Farrell

Ryan Hodge made a raise preflop to 50,000 and Niall Farrell, always aggressive, three-bet to 120,000. Seeing an opportunity, Hodge pushed all in and Farrell snap-called.

Hodge: {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Farrell: {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}

Farrell new his fate as soon as he saw his opponent's hand. The board ran out as expected: {2-Clubs}{k-Spades}{2-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} — no surprises. Farrell was eliminated, his chips were shipped to Hodge, and he headed to the cashier to collect his $13,000.

Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb Busted

Tags: Niall FarrellRyan Hodge

Ducks are Strong for Dahrouge

elron66 • Level 22: 12,000-24,000, 2,000 ante
Steve Dahrouge
Steve Dahrouge

Steve Dahrouge opened the pot from middle position, making it 60,000 to go. Khoa Nguyen, to his direct left, raised it up to 120,000, which Dahrouge called. Both players checked the {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop. When Dahrouge again checked th {A-Spades} turn, Nguyen tossed out 110,000, which Dahrouge called. Dahrouge led the river {8-Hearts} for 180,000. Nguyen called, and mucked his hand when Dahrouge tabled {2-}{2-} for ducks full of aces.

Tags: Steve DahrougeKhoa Nguyen


Bolger Plays Dark

elron66 • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante
Malcolm Bolger
Malcolm Bolger

There's been a fair bit of running banter from Malcolm Bolger, and he and Niall Farrell have clashed in several pots. With Farrell on the button for Bolger's big blind, Bolger has been trying unorthodox strategies to get the best of the aggressive Scot.

"I'll call dark," Bolger said when Zeping Shan opened the pot to 45,000 in the cutoff and Farrell called on the button. He called and checked before seeing the flop, still without looking at his hand.

"You guys don't have ANY of that," he said about the {4-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{4-Spades} flop. Shan also checked, letting Farrell toss out 65,000. "I'm calling you dark," Bolger said.

Bolger again checked before seeing the turn {Q-Clubs} and Farrell checked back. Bolger used the same strategy on the {K-Spades} river. "You aren't really going to bet that king are you?" Bolger asked as Farrell reached for chips. Sure enough, Farrell bet 85,000 and Bolger called, still without looking at his hand. After Farrell showed {K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} for a rivered pair of kings, Bolger finally looked at his hand, {5-Diamonds}{6-}.

"I guess I had a gutshot," he said as Farrell took the pot.

Tags: Malcolm BolgerNiall FarrellYeping Shan

Farrell Forces a Fold

LaneAnderson • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante

With a raise in front of Tyler Bonkowski in the under-the-gun position and a three-bet from Malcolm Bolger on his immediate left to 130,000, Niall Farrell pushed all in from the big blind. Bolger became more serious than he's been all day as he went in the tank to make a big decision. After a couple of minutes, he made a fold, but wasn't please to do so.

Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 920,000 125,000

Tags: Malcolm BolgerNiall FarrellTyler Bonkowski