Congratulations to RGPS Tulsa Main Event winner David "ODB" Baker ($29,154)

At noon on Sunday, September 11, 57 players returned to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to play their best in the RGPS Main Event. 36 players would cash, with the top finisher taking home $38,810. The eliminations began immediately as short stacks clamored to double-up early and improve their chances of making it into the money. Thanks to this break-neck pace, hand-for-hand play began just 45 minutes into Day 2.

The money bubble burst 12 hands later when Mark Martin's J♣J♠ held up against John Popa's 8♥8♣. At that point, Eric Bunch and Jose Montes were neck-and-neck for the chip lead with about 450,000 each, but neither would make it to the final table. Montes, who started the day as the overwhelming chip leader, went out after a few bang-bang plays, first moving all-in with A♠K♠ against Joe Ferguson's J♠J♦ on a board of K♥Q♣J♠. Ferguson's set held up and Montes was left short. Montes was eliminated a hand or two later when he moved all-in from the hijack with Tx7x and was called by Shane Fuller in the big blind with 3x3x. A 3x hit the flop and Montes exited the tournament in 21st place for $1,519.

Eric Bunch couldn't keep the momentum going once the bubble burst. He started the day with 212,000 chips and peaked when the bubble burst, but four levels of play later he was back to 240,000. With the blinds at 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante, Bunch open-shoved with AxJx and was called by a single opponent holding AxKx. Bunch failed to improve and was eliminated in 17th place for $1,890.

WSOP bracelet holder and eventual RGPS Main Event champion David "ODB" Baker quietly navigated the field, mostly flying under the radar until he picked up pocket aces and eliminated RG Pro Justin Gardenhire in 16th place for $1,890. After that, Baker went back into incognito mode, emerging at the final table to knock out Shelby Fall in 9th place for $4,066. But with five players left, Baker found himself the short stack.

He took a key pot with top set of aces, then doubled through Tai Du by coming from behind with A♣J♦ against Du's Q♠Q♣. Baker later eliminated Du in 4th place for $11,474 when Baker's 6♠6♦ held against Du's A♦9♦.

The three remaining players, David Baker (2,495,000), John Reynolds (1,985,000), and Stephan Guy (1,195,000), negotiated an ICM chop of the remaining prize pool, with the trophy going to Baker.

Photos from the event can be found here (Day 1A), here (Day 1B), here (Day 1C), and here (Day 2).

Official $675 RGPS Main Event Tulsa results:

Place Name Home Town Prize
1 David Baker Sahuarita, AZ $29,154
2 John Reynolds Tulsa, OK $27,257
3 Stephan Guy Osage County, OK $23,420
4 Tai Du Oklahoma City, OK $11,474
5 Cary Marshall Reno, NV $8,606
6 Joe Briscoe Tulsa, OK $6,750
7 Joe Ferguson Catoosa, OK $5,703
8 Leslie Hallaway Bartlesville, OK $4,724
9 Shelby Fall Vincennes, IN $4,066
10 JD Ontiveros Tulsa, OK $3,205
11 Alegria Lotero Cleveland, OK $3,205
12 Mark Martin Dexter, KS $3,205
13 Chris Hooper Tulsa, OK $2,412
14 Benjamin Reason Whitehouse, TX $2,412
15 Tammie Jacobs Sand Springs, OK $2,412
16 Justin Gardenhire Broken Arrow, OK $1,890
17 Eric Bunch Tulsa, OK $1,890
18 Shane Fuller Olatha, KS $1,890
19 James Dunkelberger Wichita, KS $1,519
20 David Cantrell Claremore, OK $1,519
21 Jose Montes Bronx, NY $1,519
22 Timothy Black Pittsburgh, KS $1,519
23 James Tyner Tulsa, OK $1,519
24 Mina Greco Katy, TX $1,519
25 Raymond Henson Spring, TX $1,519
26 Robert Shuptrine Bentonville, AR $1,519
27 Justin Morris Mcloud, OK $1,519
28 Sherry Haney Tulsa, OK $1,266
29 Gregory Jennings Overland Park, KS $1,266
30 Jasen Currie Kansas City, MO $1,266
31 Louis Barlow Oklahoma City, OK $1,266
32 Pete Petree Owasso, OK $1,266
33 Phillip Jones Tulsa, OK $1,266
34 Caleb Roland Moore, OK $1,266
35 Michael Klatt Sioux Falls, SD $1,266
36 John Song Dallas, TX $1,266


Congratulations to David Baker and all of the winners in the RGPS Main Event!

Of course, the Main Event wasn't the only action going on Sunday. We also had the $135 Jack 'n' Jill tournament that kicked off at 3pm. 30 male/female teams entered, creating a prize pool of $6,300. Six teams would earn cash awards.

The winning team would also receive custom prizes: for "Jack", a Custom Yeti Roadie 20 cooler and 2 Yeti colsters, and for "Jill", a custom Rustic Cuff bracelet set.

Photos from the Jack 'n' Jill event can be found here.


With four teams left, the remaining eight players agreed to chop the remaining prize pool, with the official payouts as follows: 

Place Name Hometown Prize
1 Jami Walters Salina, OK $1,900
1 Chris Conrad Peach Tree, GA $1,900
2 Cindy Luna Tulsa, OK $1,223
2 Pete Petree Owasso, OK $1,223
3 John Popa Bixby, OK $933
3 Debbie Inman Bixby, OK $933
4 Edson Oliva Tulsa, OK $933
4 Kim Brumley Tulsa, OK $933
5 Joe Swenson Wagoner, OK $933
5 Sandy Jennings Wagoner, OK $933
6 Kristi Hamrick Tulsa, OK $378
6 Leon Hamrick Tulsa, OK $378


Congratulations to Chris Conrad and Jami Walters on your win!  And thank you to all the Jacks and Jills who came out to play!

RunGood will take Monday to restock the inventory and reopen with our final End of Summer series at Harrah's North Kansas City on Tuesday, September 13.  Click here for schedules and structure sheets. We look forward to seeing you there!

19 Players graduate from Day 1A to Day 2 - Two more Day 1 flights Saturday

Another day, another tournament and thousands of dollars in prizes and giveaways. Friday began with the second of three $160 satellites to the RGPS Main Event. Ten seats were guaranteed to be given away and 48 players entered to vie for their shot at a seat in the Main Event.  The ten players to earn their seats are listed below, including former RGPS ME champion Mark Martin (pictured) and RGPS Deepstack final tablist Steven Hayes:

Place Name Prize
1 Larry Trimble ME Seat
1 Raymond Kilpatrick ME Seat
1 Mark Martin ME Seat
1 Kirk Smith ME Seat
1 Duy Lac ME Seat
1 William Scarsdale ME Seat
1 Matthew Cornelius ME Seat
1 Steven Hayes ME Seat
1 Patrick Ethrington ME Seat
1 Karen Fisher ME Seat


At 7 p.m., Flight A of the $675 RGPS Tulsa End of Summer $100,000-guaranteed Main Event kicked off. By the time registration closed, 82 players had entered. Each flight will play 30-minute 12 levels during their Day 1, though play will be halted early if only 15% of the starting field remains.

Every Day 1 flight of the RGPS Main Event includes a raffle for door prizes. The prizes include a Samsung Curve 65" 4K television and either a gaming console or a Yeti Cooler package. Flight A's door prizes included the 4K television and a PlayStation 4. The raffle was held at the end of the second break, and Jerry Hunter was the lucky winner!

To win, players must place their tournament entry receipt into the raffle bin and be present at the time of the raffle itself. Saturday's noon flight (Flight B) will give away another Samsung Curve 4K television plus an Xbox One gaming console. The Flight C raffle winner will receive a Samsung Curve 4K television plus a Custom Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler set with colsters.

Sitting atop the leaderboard at the end of Friday's play is RG Pro Ben Reason with 228,500 chips. With two flights to go, his position is by no means secure, especially with Saturday's fields expected to be larger.  Other notable players punching tickets to Day 2 include RGPS Deepstack champion Cary Marshall (162,000), former RGPS ME champion Mark Martin (120,000), Brady Bullard (151,000)RG Pro Mina Greco (85,000), RG Pro Huy Nguyen (53,000), and former RGPS ME champion Will Berry (22,500).

Official chip standings at the close of Day 1A:


Place Name Home Town  Chip Count 
1 Ben Reason Whitehouse, TX        228,500
2 Cary Marshall Reno, NV        162,000
3 Brady Bullard Denver, CO        151,000
4 Joseph Ferguson Catoosa, OK        132,000
5 Mark Martin Dexter, KS        120,000
6 Tammie Jacobs Tulsa, OK          89,500
7 William Cole Rogers, AR          85,000
8 Mina Greco Katy, TX          85,000
9 Jay Hunter Tulsa, OK          71,500
10 Lafaye Janie Rui Oklahoma City, OK          69,000
11 Thomas Crick Morrilton, AR          69,000
12 Jim Ontiveros Tulsa, OK          67,500
13 Michael Klatt Sioux Falls, SD          62,500
14 Andrew Dodson Bartlesville, OK          58,500
15 Huy Nguyen Las Vegas, NV          53,000
16 Rees Scruggs Denton, TX          45,000
17 Phillip W. Jones Tulsa, OK          33,500
18 Stephen McKinney Tulsa, OK          30,000
19 Will Berry Norman, OK          22,500




A complete photo album from Flight A is available here.

Flight B is scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday. The last of three $160 Main Event satellites will be held at 4 p.m., with the final Day 1 flight kicking off at 7 p.m. PokerNews will be here throughout the Main Event to cover all the action. For chip counts and live reporting from the RGPS Main Event, click here.











RGPS Thursday Recap - Deepstack, PLO, Mega Satellite

Thursday at the RGPS Hard Rock Tulsa was a day packed full of events, beginning with the $180 Deepstack finale at noon, the $230 PLO tournament at 4 p.m., and finishing off with the $160 Mega Satellite.

42 players survived their Day 1 flights in the $180 Deepstack tournament Wednesday and came back to play down to a winner on Thursday. Day 1 chip leader Cary Marshall lost his spot at the top of the leaderboard several times over the course of Day 2 but managed to regain the lead when it mattered most -- with just two players left. One critical hand leading to his victory came against then chip-leader Aaron Peeler, which you can read about here.  

Marshall and RG Pro Daniel "Duma" Lowery chopped the remaining prize pool heads-up with $8,362 and the RunGood Medallion going to Marshall and $7,676 going to Lowery.

Official $180 Deepstack payouts:

Place Name Home Town Prize
1 Cary Marshall Reno, NV $8,362
2 Daniel Lowery Peter Pender, AR $7,676
3 Benjamin Bailey Tulsa, OK $4,163
4 Joseph Mouser Lawton, OK $2,904
5 Stephen Guy Osage County, OK $2,179
6 Steven Hayes Tulsa, OK $1,709
7 Aaron Peeler Midwest City, OK $1,444
8 Jeffery Martin Memphis, TN $1,197
9 Tracey Rudd Tulsa, OK $1,030
10 Daniel Martin Las Vegas, NV $811
11 Benjamin Nix Roosevelt, TX $811
12 Molley Mossey Clearwater, MN $811
13 David Baker Sahuarita, AZ $611
14 Katherine Bickel Fairview, TX $611
15 Gary Burrell Moore, Ok $611
16 Andre Allen Kansas City, MO $478
17 Michael Lech Alma, AR $478
18 Jose Montes Bronx, NY $478
19 Edsou Oliva Tulsa, OK $384
20 Ty Moffett Tulsa, OK $384
21 Jon Bennett Tulsa, OK $384
22 Craig Worley Stillwater, OK $384
23 John Norwood Checotah, OK $384
24 Lynn Samples Bedford, TX $384
25 Marcea Barton Tulsa, OK $384
26 Jay Hunter Tulsa, OK $384
27 David Brown Norman, OK $352
28 Eric Bunch Tulsa, OK $352
29 Carol Burrell Moore, Ok $320
30 Phillip Nelson Tulsa, OK $320
31 Kenny Baggett Rogers, AR $320
32 Ross Bybee Mckinney, TX $320
33 Deborah Hale Owasso, OK $320
34 Michael Regalla Moore, Ok $320
35 Bong Tran Tulsa, OK $320
36 Larry Trimble Broken Arrow, OK $320


The complete photo albums for the Deepstack event can be found here, here, and here.

At 4 p.m., the $230 Pot-Limit Omaha event began, ultimately attracting 68 players and creating a prize pool of $13,600, well above the $10,000 guarantee.  Seven places would be paid with $4,188 going to first.

A raffle was held at the end of the second break to give away a Custom Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler with two Rambler Colsters. The lucky winner was Herb L. Factory. Congratulations!

Play continued well past the 7 p.m. start of the Mega Satellite, with the final table filled will a veritable who's-who of Oklahoma poker talent (and one very well-known Arizona visitor).  Jeremiah Smith of Joplin, Missouri, and RG Pro Justin Gardenhire chopped the remaining prize pool heads-up for $3,740 each, with the RG medallion going to Smith. Congratulations to Jeremiah and Justin on a fantastic performance!

Official $230 PLO results:

Place Name Home Town Prize
1 Justin Gardenhire Wagoner, OK $3,740
2 Jeremiah Smith Joplin, MO $3,740
3 Ross Bybee McKinney, TX $2,244
4 Jason White Mannford, OK $1,496
5 Huy Nguyen Oklahoma City, OK $952
6 David Baker Sahuarita, AZ $775
7 Cherie Baber Tulsa, OK $653


The complete photo album for the PLO event can be found here.

The day's action culminated with the first of three Main Event satellites to be held this week. 20 seats were guaranteed to be awarded in the event. The $160 Mega Satellite began at 7 p.m. and drew 111 entries, for a prize pool of $14,985 or 22 Main Event seats. The bubble boy would receive a $135 cash prize.

Competing past midnight and into the early morning hours, the bubble finally burst, with the following players receiving prizes:

Place Name Home Town Prize
1 John Popa Tulsa, OK ME Seat
1 James Tyner Tulsa, OK ME Seat
1 Susie Benzel Tulsa, OK ME Seat
1 John Heckenkamp Claremore, OK ME Seat
1 William Scarsdale Harrison, AR ME Seat
1 Eddie Addington Tulsa, OK ME Seat
1 Chip Pettit Broken Arrow, OK ME Seat
1 Mesgana Tesfalidet Tulsa, OK ME Seat
1 Michael Renfro Broken Arrow, OK ME Seat
1 Isaac Cantu Brownsville, TX ME Seat
1 Bobby Randolph Collinsville, OK ME Seat
1 Joe Ferguson Catoosa, OK ME Seat
1 Gregory Jennings Overland Park, KS ME Seat
1 Joel Malabrigo Tahlequah, OK ME Seat
1 Janie Rui Oklahoma City, OK ME Seat
1 Terry "Papa" Karn Tulsa, OK ME Seat
1 Yuwadi Langenhahn Tulsa, OK ME Seat
1 Long Vu Broken Arrow, OK ME Seat
1 Clarence Prevost Bixby, OK ME Seat
1 William Cole Rogers, AR ME Seat
1 Michael Sanders Russellville, AR ME Seat
1 Thomas Crick Morrilton, AR ME Seat
2 John Juby Owasso, OK $135


Friday's schedule begins with a 10-seat guaranteed $160 Main Event Satellite at noon, and the first of three Day 1 flights of the $675 Main Event, Flight A at 7 p.m. Being given away via raffle in each of the Main Event Day 1 flights is a 65" Samsung Curve 4K TV plus an extra prize. Flight A's extra prize is a Sony PlayStation 4 game console.  To be eligible to win, all you have to do is place your registration receipt into the drawing box and you must be present to win.  PokerNews will be here to cover all the action for the RGPS Main Event. You can find the live updates, chip counts, and photos by PokerNews here.

Good luck to everyone playing today and than you for coming out to play!

Congratulations to RGPS Hard Rock Main Event winner Jeri Sieber

The spring 2016 RGPS Hard Rock wrapped up in the early morning hours on Mother's Day in poetic fashion.  First, the Main Event final table featured not one or two but four female players. Several railbirds remarked that it was the best looking final table they'd ever seen.

Two of those ladies are RG pros Samantha Abernathy and Mina Greco. The remaining two, Cheri Baber and Jeri Sieber, are both Oklahoma residents. Baber is a regular at the Hard Rock poker room while Sieber is from Norman and considers Riverwind her home court. The final few levels of the Main Event played out in the early morning hours on Sunday, and whether you call it coincidence, serendipity, or fate, it was certainly fitting that a mother would go on to win the event.

That mother, Jeri Sieber, chopped the money with RG pro Justin Gardenhire heads-up, but the two agreed to play it out for the trophy. The heads up battle ended quickly, however, and Sieber would ultimately lay claim to the RG ME trophy and $44,458 in prize money. After her win, Sieber said she owes some of the credit to the players in her regular $2/$5 NLHE game at RiverWind. PokerNews was there to capture all the action, which you can read here, including the official results and payouts.

We've posted all the photos from the Hard Rock series on our Facebook page. The photos from the Main Event can be found here (HR Dealers), here (Day 1A), here (Day 1B & Day 1C), here (Day 2), and here (Final Table). The photos from Saturday's $125 NLHE $10K event can be found here.

As always, RunGood would like to thank you, the players, for coming out and making our series so much fun. You are the reason we do what we do!  Many thanks also to the staff at Hard Rock for all their hard work, we couldn't do it without you! 

If you're ready for more action, the RGPS returns to the Horseshoe Council Bluffs on Wednesday for another five days of tournaments, bounties, guarantees, and Fireball Whiskey giveaways. With the 2016 WSOP right around the corner, we bet you could use another five-day poker party before the summer grind begins.  Hope to see you there!

$180 Deepstack Event draws 331 players, 56 return at noon Thursday for Day 2

The action at the RGPS Hard Rock Tulsa continued at a frenzied pace on Wednesday with the $180 Deepstack event. Two Day 1 flights were scheduled (12 p.m. and 7 p.m.), with a noon restart for Day 2 on Thursday. In all, 331 players entered, generating a prize pool of $46,340. Players who survived 12 levels (6 hours) of play bagged up at the conclusion of their Day 1 flight, 23 from the first flight and 33 from the second.  Those 56 players will return Thursday at noon to play down to a winner.

Rodney Spriggs emerged as the overall Day 1 chip leader with 209,100 chips, with Jerod Jameson (205,600), prior RGPS ME champion Will Berry (198,200), and RG Pro Dan "Wretchy" Martin (194,300) trailing by two big blinds or less.  Other notable players to survive include Samantha Abernathy (168,600), Lynn Samples (162,100), Ray Henson (125,900), Cherie Baber (123,900), Daniel Hughes (99,200), Chris Conrad (88,100), Mesgana Tesfalidet (76,000), Mina Greco (74,900), Papa Karn (57,600), Chuck Chadwick (53,100), Jared Ward (51,200), Jody Briscoe (36,600), and Lauren Bunch (33,500).

The full payout structure is as follows:

1st $10,658                                          
2nd $6,747      
3rd $4,518      
4th $3,151      
5th $2,363      
6th $1,854      
7th $1,566      
8th $1,298      
9th     $1,117      
10th - 12th $880      
13th - 15th $662      
16th - 18th $519      
19th - 27th $417      
28th - 36th $348      


Day 2 seat assignments, by table and seat:

Player Name Chip Count Table Seat
William McGee 54,800 23 1
Ken Wright 29,000 23 2
John Hopper 117,000 23 3
Will Berry  198,200 23 4
Daniel Martin 194,300 23 5
Cherie Baber 123,900 23 6
John Millsap 182,800 23 7
Freddie Rodriguez 96,500 23 8
Terry Karn 57,600 23 9
Ray Henson 144,500 24 1
Jared Ward 51,200 24 2
Tina Wooten 44,800 24 3
Jason Castor 170,200 24 4
Jerod Jameson 205,600 24 5
Mina Greco 74,900 24 6
Robert Russell 31,900 24 7
Michael Newport 33,000 24 8
Robert Farrell 44,100 24 9
Jim Price 105,800 25 1
Douglas Dykes 88,700 25 2
Samantha Abernathy 168,600 25 3
Curt Roggow 44,200 25 4
Lauren Bunch 33,500 25 5
Jay Hunter 104,400 25 6
Chris Conrad 88,100 25 7
Matt Whitson 21,900 25 8
Lynn Samples 162,100 25 9
Joe Briscoe 36,600 25 10
Chuck Chadwick 53,100 26 1
Craig Carley 51,200 26 2
Angelo Gonzales 70,800 26 3
Daniel Hughes 99,200 26 4
Bob Holmes 168,700 26 5
Kirk Smith  76,800 26 6
Mesgana Tesfalidet 76,000 26 7
Cory Holden 104,100 26 8
Robert Gay 96,800 26 9
Jordan Hollis 47,700 27 1
Bill Cranford 58,000 27 2
William Scarsdale 52,000 27 3
Darrin Stull 50,500 27 4
Matthew McKim 79,100 27 5
Alan Demeter 103,500 27 6
Garry Carnes 41,300 27 7
Bryan Phahurat 71,400 27 8
Travis Wycoff 117,200 27 9
Colten Anderson 24,300 27 10
Mark Kitchens 36,000 28 1
Alexander Coleman  79,200 28 2
Randy Isler 106,800 28 3
Dan Overholt 95,500 28 4
Nick Allen 48,100 28 5
Roy Jones 34,000 28 6
Rodney Spriggs 209,100 28 7
Randy Clements 125,900 28 8
Joe Muscarella 29,000 28 9


The first of three $160 ME Satellite tournaments took place at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The satellite sported a 10-seat guarantee and attracted 40 players. RG pro Dan "Wretchy" Martin bubbled the event. Players winning seats are: Joseph Brown, Eric Bunch, James Price, Gunner Peterson, Smokey Struss, Justin Barclay, Dianna Phillips, Jeremiah Marsh, Ross Bybee, and Don Cummings.

There's more action in store for Thursday after the Deepstack event with another $160 ME Satellite tournament scheduled for 4 p.m. (10-seat guarantee), and the first of 3 Day 1 flights of the $675 RGPS Main Event at 7 p.m.  Don't miss it!