The annual Deerfoot Inn & Casino Winter Super Stack in Calgary, Alberta, broke records and paid out millions of dollars this year, with the final weekend culminating in the C$1,500 Main Event and C$5,000 High Roller. The Main Event lasted three days and was the highest-attended event ever at the Canadian casino, eventually paying out C$450,000 in prizes – more than twice the C$200,000 guarantee.
The Day 1 starting flights saw notable players like Phil Sousa and Chad Winnick leading and eagerly awaiting a chance to play for more chips. By the time Day 2 started, the field had been narrowed to 93, but only 31 would make it to the money with C$92,000 reserved for first-place. The bubble didn’t burst until after the dinner break on Day 2.
After 15 hours of play, the field was finally narrowed down to the final table of nine.
Bo Fric, a familiar face on the Calgary poker scene, finished Day 2 with the chip lead, followed closely by Cindy Kerslake. James Sikora and Devin Verstraelen were the short stacks. Sikora busted first and was, surprisingly, followed by Kerslake who took C$11,200 for eighth.
Fric eventually bowed out in third, leaving come-back-kid Verstraelen and Irishman Shaun Hegarty to battle in heads-up play.
Hegarty wasn’t flashy but was dominant throughout the final table while Verstraelen had to nurse his stack (the smallest when the final table began) for a chance at the title. Hegarty hardly made a misstep all tournament and that includes the decisive hand. He went all-in with pocket aces, but they were cracked by Verstraelen’s 7, 3 when the board gave him a boat (sevens over queens).
The final three had previously struck a deal which meant Hegarty went home with C$64,193 for second.
Final table results:
(Photo credit: Shannon, Creative Commons).
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