Jonathan Sanborn Wins the Summer Super Stack Main Event

By Ben Hamill - August 27 2015

Summer Super Stack

Jonathan Sanborn of Edmonton has defeated 278 opponents to win the Main Event of the Summer Super Stack Tournament at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary. The victory brought a prize of CA $86,000 to the exhilarated Sanborn.

The Summer Super Stack is a tradition at the Deerfoot. It comprises a series of exciting poker tournaments, climaxing in the Main Event. This year's Main Event drew 278 competitors, each of whom paid a $1,500 buy-in to join the tournament. Prizes were allocated to the top 28 finishers, with a first-place championship prize of CA $86,000. The game, as in most major tournaments these days, was No-Limit Texas Hold'em.

Day Two Begins

By the end of Day One of the two-day tournament, more than two-thirds of the entrants had been eliminated. Day Two commenced at noon with 82 players remaining. D.V. was the chip leader with 505,500 chips, followed by Joe Lu with 356,000 and Richard Mullen with 285,300. Jonathan Sanborn, in 40th place with 75,100 chips, was far behind the leaders, but the important thing at this stage was that he was still alive in the tournament. Ten levels having been completed on the first day, the players were now at Level 11 with small blinds of 1,000 and big blinds of 2,000.

Players were eliminated throughout the day. The bubble burst at 5:11 pm during Level 15 when Justin Leeson and Willie Hernandez both busted out, leaving 28 in-the-money players competing for the 28 tournament prizes. The blinds in Level 15 were 2,500/5,000.

The dinner break came at 6:30. By that time, there were 22 players remaining. D.V. was still in first place, with 997,000 chips. Second, third and fourth places were held by Diane Nguyen, Josh Wallace, and Jonathan Sanborn, who were far behind D.V. but virtually neck-and-neck with each other with 731,000 chips, 729,000 chips, and 714,000 chips respectively.

By 9:30, the field was down to 16 players. Josh Wallace was now in first place with 1,326,000 chips, followed by Jonathan Sanborn with 954,000, Fraser Short with 805,000, and D.V. with 785,000. At Level 19, the blinds were 6,000/12,000.

The Final Table

D.V., the chip leader at the start of the day, was eliminated in eleventh place. It was after midnight when Tony Comely went out in tenth place. He earned a prize of $7,550 and left nine players to form a Final Table. Josh Wallace was the chip leader at that point with 1,684,000, trailed by Fraser Short at 1,327,000 and Jonathan Sanborn at 1,189,000. Play entered Level 21, with blinds of 10,000/20,000.

Play continued into the night. Bucky Edraki went out in ninth place, and it was after 2 a.m. when Harnam Matharu was eliminated in eighth place for a $10,800 payout. Play continued into Level 24 with blinds of 20,000/40,000. Finally, at well after 4 in the morning, the remaining seven players agreed to call it a night and chop the remaining prize pool. The seven players and their prizes were:

  • Jonathan Sanborn — $86,000
  • Diane Nguyen — $55,000
  • Sing Chen — $39,500
  • Fraser Short — $29,500
  • Scott Davies — $22,000
  • John Lavorato — $17,000
  • Josh Wallace — $13,500

For Jonathan Sanborn, it was an incredible tournament. Sanborn has won other tournaments in his professional poker career, but he had never won a prize of this magnitude before. For Jonathan Sanborn, for all the participants, and for all the spectators of the Summer Super Stack, it was a tournament to remember.