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.
Official $675 RGPS Main Event Tulsa results:
|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:
|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!
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:
|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.
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:
|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|
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:
|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:
|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!
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!
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:
|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|
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!