The RunGood Poker Series at Harrah's North Kansas City this week was a record-breaking success and the weekend was capped off with U.S. Army veteran Seth Evans (pictured) taking home the Main Event trophy. The Missouri native overcame a record field for the property of 423 entrants to win first-place in a heads-up deal with Charles Aron.
A regular at RunGood series, Evans finished second in the main event at the RGPS stop at the Tulsa Hard Rock in February for $32,099 and thirteenth in the RunGood main event at Horseshoe Council Bluffs for $2,066. He has bested both of those performances to take home $35,000 and the trophy in his home state.
The road to RGPS Champion wasn't an easy one. He fired bullets in all three Day 1 flights of the main event before punching his ticket to Day 2 in the final flight. Evans came into Day 2 with just 79,000 chips at a time when the average was 97,241 and then chip leader Jesse Jones held 394,000.
Evans tended his below-average stack all the way to the final two tables. He arrived at the final table in the middle of the pack, then took over the chip lead with some well-timed run good.
With the blinds at 30,000/60,000 with a 5,000 ante, Evans called off his stack of 1,450,000 chips with 8♦6♦ against HPT Champion Matt Donaldson's 3♠3♦ on a flop of 6♣5♥3♥. Donaldson's set was all but a lock when Evans caught running 7♥9♣ for a straight. The pot propelled Evans into the chip lead for the first time in the tournament, but don't assume it was smooth sailing from then on--four-handed play alone lasted three hours, during which each player gained and lost the chip lead.
Main Event runner-up Charles Aron eliminated the fourth and third place finishers to get heads up against Evans. Aron held a 2-to-1 chip lead at that point, but as the final table began its sixth hour of play, a deal was struck to give Evans $35,000 and the title of champion with $40,284 going to Aron.
This tournament marks the conclusion of the RGPS USA in Kansas City. On behalf of RunGood, thank you to all of Harrah's tournament staff, ambassadors, and players for a great series.
Thanks to support from players at every stop this spring, RunGood reached it's goal to secure 500 care packages for U.S. troops overseas as part of our season-long partnership with Operation Gratitude. An anonymous donor is matching the effort with an additional 500 care packages as a result of achieving this milestone. We encourage everyone to continue to support this worthy charity now and in the future.
Next up for RunGood will be the CardPlayer cruise beginning May 13. The cruise will feature a RGPS $675 Main Event with multiple satellites.
The RunGood Poker Series goes on hiatus for the summer so its ambassadors can participate in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. RunGood will have a clothing booth inside the Rio for the duration of the series. A fall schedule of RGPS stops will be announced following the WSOP summer series.
Main Event Final Table Results:
1. Seth Evans - $35,000
2. Charles Aron - $40,284
3. Matt Donaldson - $21,011
4. Kristian Olsen - $15,601
5. Brandon Elmore - $11,764
6. Jesse Jones - $9,004
7. William McCracken - $6,993
8. Andrew Ziskin - $5,508
9. Steven Shepard - $4,400
10. John Denny - $3,562
$560 RG Main Event - 423 entries, Winner - Seth Evans
$135 RunGood Pro Bounty - 282 entries, five-way chop for $3,382 each. Winner - Bridgette Adkins
$180 RG DeepStack Event - 410 entries, first place prize $13,079, Winner - David Mohan