The Summer Super Stack Series wrapped up last weekend at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary, Alberta with a familiar face capturing the title in the Main Event.
Thomas Taylor outlasted and outplayed a field of 197 entries over the course of four days to take down the first place prize of $60,000. Taylor came into the event as the defending champion after winning the same event for $79,000 last year. The annual tournament saw a drop-off from the 262 entries in 2016.
Taylor spent most of his summer in Las Vegas chasing his dreams of a WSOP bracelet, unfortunately just coming up short in a couple of events. Once returning to Canada, a Medicine Hat, Alberta native, Taylor took no time in showing that he is still one of the top players in the country. He has racked up nearly $750,000 in career live earnings to go along with over $827,000 online.
Taylor managed to find a bag on the second starting day after failing to do so on Day 1A. There were three starting flights in total, with the remaining players bagging their chips after 15 levels to move onto the Day 2 Finals. When Day 2 got underway, 37 players arrived in the Chrome Room and only one would be left standing. There were 24 places paid with a min-cash worth $2,510.
Final Table Results:
Final Table Summary
When the final 10 players took their seats together, it was nothing short of a stacked final table. Along with Taylor, Kirk Nilson was running a hot streak after finishing second in the Seniors Event just a few days earlier. He was looking to better that performance but eventually fell in 8th place when he flopped top pair against Toby Wu‘s two pair.
Jimmy Gill is a popular local tournament player and was hoping to find his break-through performance. Gill came into the final table as the short-stack and got his remaining chips in the middle with the best hand. Gill flopped two pair while Wu had a flush draw. Gill fell victim to a runner-runner straight and finished in 7th place. Wu held a massive chip lead over the rest of the field and could not do anything wrong on the final table.
After the elimination of Ryan Comely in 5th place, four-handed action lasted nearly two hours with the average stack around 50 big blinds. Sean Giesbrecht, a tournament pro from British Columbia, wound up running his short stack into the pocket kings of Taylor.
That left Taylor in second place behind Wu, with Kyle Hartree hanging around in third place. Hartree burst onto the tournament scene in the past couple years with multiple wins and consistently finding himself on the final table. It was no surprise that he was in the mix again. Unfortunately, Hartree was ousted in third place but would still take home $30,000 for his efforts.
When heads-up play began, the chip stacks were fairly even but that would all change in a hurry. Taylor made an incredible call with king-high to pick off a bluff from Wu to take a massive chip lead. Just a couple hands later, Wu was all-in with pocket nines up against the pocket queens of Taylor. The board ran out dry and Wu was the runner-up.
The Summer Super Stack series included 12 events that ran over the course of 13 days. It included a variety of formats like re-buys, a team event, a seniors event, a ladies event, pot-limit Omaha, bounties, and a tournament that changed levels based on eliminations. The next Super Stack series will return with the Winter and Spring variants next year.