RG Council Bluffs Main Event (Day 1A): Tyler Tabman Leads, 19 Players Advance

Level 12 (800/1,600/200)
Total RG Main Event Entries: 77
Players Remaining: 19

Phil Mader caught some late heat and bagged one of the top-five stacks from Day 1A. 

The first of two flights in the RunGood Council Bluffs Main Event is officially wrapped and 19 players from the 77 who entered have punched their ticket to Sunday's Day 2. Leading the way from the flight is Tyler Tabman, who continued to chip up toward the end of the night and will bring 143,600 into Day 2. 

Among the players who came on late and bagged over 100,000 include Phil Mader, Ryan Phan, and Greg Jennings, who was able to spin up a Level 11 bullet. Tony Pleskac was not able to hold his pace from earlier in the flight and it remains to be seen if we will see him tomorrow. 

Tomorrow's Day 1B should provide a field size similar to this one and all players will have Tabman's lofty stack to look up to. A full list of chip counts will be posted when it is available. Below is a look at the chip leaders from the flight. 

Tyler Tabman - 143,600
Greg Jennings - 128,200
Ryan Phan - 108,000
Phil Mader - 93,600
Kirk Smith - 83,700

February 24, 2017

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RG Council Bluffs Main Event (Day 1A): Last Level Of The Night, Bags Beckon

Level 12 (800/1,600/200)
Total RG Main Event Entries: 77

Over eight hours of poker has lead to the climax of today's Day 1A in the form of the final level of the night. Only 30 minutes separate the approximately 25 players left from a place in Day 2. With another full flight left to be played tomorrow, it will be interesting to see how many make it through to the finish line as a day off is likely the preferable option to playing 12 levels on Saturday. 

As play wraps for the night, the RunGood Blog will return with a look at the chip leaders from the flight along with a recap from the day. 

RG COuncil Bluffs Main Event (Day 1A): Tabman And Pleskac Running Laps Around The Field

Level 10 (500/1,000/100)
Total RG Main Event Entries: 76

Tyler Tabman is keeping up with Tony Pleskac as the two players are heads and shoulders above the rest of the Day 1A field. 

The race for the chip lead became a two-player affair midway through Level 8 and will likely remain that way for the rest of the night. Tony Pleskac and Tyler Tabman are the only players over 100,000 and there currently isn't another player playing at least 75,000. 

Both Pleskac and Tabman jumped leaps and bounds up the leaderboard in the last few levels and whether or not they are directly competing against one another, there is a level of pride that comes with bagging the chip lead. 

It will be interesting to see if another player is able to catch up the duo at the top but at this rate, the odds are that one member of the pair will be wearing the yellow jersey at the end of Level 12. 

February 24, 2017

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RG Council Bluffs Main Event (Day 1A): Final Break Of The Night Hits

Level 9 (400/800/100)
Total RG Main Event Entries: 76

We are officially in the homestretch for Day 1A of the RunGood Council Bluffs Main Event with only three levels left in the night. Players are on their final break of this opening sessions and find themselves only two hours of poker away from a place in Day 2. 

As play winds down for the night, the RunGood Blog will keep track of this Day 1A field as the race for the chip lead becomes even more contentious. There is still plenty of poker left to played as the remaining field gets set to do battle once more. 

RG COUNCIL BLUFFS MAIN EVENT (Day 1A): Papa Karn Holding The Fort For The RunGood Team

Level 9 (400/800/100)
Total RG Main Event Entries: 75

The RunGood Pros are taking the day off but Papa Karn is picking up the slack as he moves toward a Day 2 berth. 

We normally see a few members of the RunGood roster among the Day 1A starting flight but for one reason or another, all members of the team have elected to play in tomorrow's Day 1B. In their stead, Terakun Karnchanakphan, aka "Papa Karn" is holding strong before the rest of the team joins on Saturday. 

The father of RunGood founder, Tana Karnchanakphan, Papa Karn plays in nearly all of the RunGood events that take place. Papa Karn is serious about poker and chances are if he's not playing in a tournament at a given moment, he's grinding away in cash games. 

Papa Karn started his poker career around the time RunGood was first created and has a few main event cashes to his name. There are plenty of storylines that are capable of developing over the next few days but Papa Karn making a deep run would draw the support of the most #fans. 


RG Council Bluffs Main Event (Day 1A): Tony Pleskac Moves Near 100,000

Level 8 (300/600/75)
Total RG Main Event Entries: 74

Tony Pleskac took down a big pot against Daniel Romero and jumped up high on the leaderboard as a result. 

Daniel Romero did have the yellow jersey for the last few levels but he is now a part of the chasing pack. Tony Pleskac took the liberty of relieving Romero of nearly 40,000 chips and put himself close to 100,000 as a result.  

Duane Gerleman started the action by moving all-in for 6,125 from early position and got a call from Romero in the cutoff. Pleskac called behind from the small blind and Oren Goering joined in from the big blind. Plesac led out for 12,000 on the J♠10♣8♠ flop and only Romero called to see the 5♣ turn.

Pleskac slowed down and checked and Romero took the opportunity to be 25,000. The bet represented roughly half of Pleskac's remaining stack and he thought carefully before calling. The K river was checked by both players and Pleskac showed down 109 to win the side pot after Romero briefly showed 44♠.

Gerleman turned over J♣J to take the main pot and quadruple up. Romero is now down to less than 50,000 and has some work to do to regain his previous pace. Pleskac is now neck-and-neck with Tyler Tabman for the chip lead.

RG COUncil Bluffs Main Event (Day 1A): Putting Two And Two Together

Level 8 (300/600/75)
Total RG Main Event Entries: 74

Daniel Romero is in charge of the chip lead but the names mentioned on the leaderboard are making their way toward him as Day 2 draws near. 

From the start of Day 1A, Kirk Smith has been gradually building his stack and is making his way toward 70,000. The larger portion of Smith's $36,000 in career earnings stem from a Rio Daily Deepstacks win last summer worth $16,000. Smith cashed in the May 2016 RunGood Main Event in Tulsa will look to keep his stack chugging toward Sunday's Day 2. 
Cold weather is prime time for plumbers but Erick Norvell decided to put down his pipe wrench today and play poker instead. Norvell's entry into this event has been prosperous so far as he finds himself among the chip leaders. Norvell cashed in the iNinja Main Event in Council Bluffs in July of last year and could be heading for another trip to the payout cage. 
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