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RGPS OLD WEST COUNCIL BLUFFS: Day 2 gets underway at noon, champion to be crowned

After three starting flights, 59 players return to the Poker Room in Horseshoe Council Bluffs for a shot at the RGPS Main Event title.

One player will walk away with $39,555 for first place as well as a brand new pair of custom-made boots and championship belt buckle. Leading the pack, Howard Ziegler returns from Flight 1C with a massive chip stack of 340,500.

Following him are Tim McReynolds with 248,000 chips and Tim Dorzweiler with 224,000 chips. There will be plenty of action and keep checking back at the RGPS blog for all the big hands and tournament updates.

Mike Fouts WINS RUNGOOD Council Bluffs MAIN EVENT FOR $36,516

Level 26 (30,000/60,000/10,000)
Total Entrants: 313
Players Remaining 1
Average Stack: 6,260,000

The second RG Main Event of the spring series turned out 313 to the Horseshoe in Council Bluffs. Mike Fouts wound up on top of the pack and walks out with $36,516. Fouts entered Day 2 with one of the top stacks in the field and made his journey to the final table look easy. 

The early part of the day featured Fouts near the top of the leaderboard but never in pole position. That changed at the final two tables when Fouts ascended into the lead by winning pot after pot against his table. 

Fouts entered the final table as the chip leader and never fell below second on the leaderboard. Any adversity battled was temporary for Fouts, who locked up the better part of a three-way deal with Thomas Tackett and Dan Martin. 

Once heads up, Fouts was in a fierce competition against the RunGood pro for the title. Fouts lost his lead a few times but never lost sight of the ultimate goal. A timely double with J8 and against the K5♠ of Martin gave him an edge he would not relinquish. Fouts finished it off with K♠Q♣ when he flopped a pair against Martin's A7♠. 

Fouts earns his first career Main Event win and boosts his overall tournament resume. 

This tournament marks the conclusion of the RGPS USA in Council Bluffs. On behalf of RunGood, thank you to all of the Horseshoe tournament staff, ambassadors, and players for a great series. We'll see you next on the RunGood Series in Bossier City on March 6th. 

RG Council Bluffs Main Event (Day 2): Dan Martin Eliminated Second ($21,104)

Level 26 (30,000/60,000/10,000)
Total Entrants: 313
Players Remaining 1
Average Stack: 6,260,000

Mike Fouts never lost an all-in he couldn't recover from and took the last one from Dan Martin (pictured) to win the RG Council Bluffs Main Event title. 

Fouts opened to 150,000 and Martin ripped for 2,965,000. Fouts let out a big sigh and called with K♠Q♣. Martin had the slight edge with A7♠ heading to the flop with 95 percent of the chips hanging in the balance. The Q9♠9 flop put Fouts in the lead.

The 4 turn and 6 river locked up the title for Fouts and Martin has to settle for second.

The RunGood pro earns over $21,000 for his run and his second title will have to wait. 

RG Council Bluffs Main Event (Day 2): Back and Forth They Go

Level 26 (30,000/60,000/10,000)
Total Entrants: 313
Players Remaining 2
Average Stack: 3,130,000

The heads up battle between Mike Fouts and Dan Martin continues to swing back and forth. Fouts was almost out but doubled up and is back in command. 

 Martin got three streets on a board of 87♣34♠7♠ to the tune of 150,000, 250,000 and then 500,000 with A7. That lead was short-lived as Fouts doubled up soon after.

Fouts opened to 150,000 and Martin shoved for 1,690,000 effective. Fouts called with J8 and Martin was ahead with K5♠. An eight flopped for Fouts and Martin paid off the debt. Fouts is the chip leader but Martin is far from out of it.

RG Council Bluffs Main Event (Day 2): Wretchy Takes The Lead

Level 25 (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total Entrants: 313
Players Remaining 2
Average Stack: 3,130,000

Heads up play has been back forth between Mike Fouts and Dan Martin. The two are trading pots and in the latest battle, Martin got three streets of value to take the lead. 

Picking up the action on a flop of K♠Q8♣, Fouts check-called for 200,000. He did the same action for 325,000 on the 3♠ turn and then for 1,000,000 after the 10 river.

Martin showed A♣A and is in the lead. He is playing 3,675,000 to the 2,550,000 of Fouts.  

RG Council Bluffs Main Event (Day 2): Thomas Tackett Eliminated Third ($18,415)

Level 25 (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total Entrants: 313
Players Remaining 2
Average Stack: 3,130,000

And then there were two. Thomas Tackett (pictured) started three-handed play as the shortest stack and didn't last long in Level 25. 

With the board reading QQ♠76♣, Tackett made an ill-timed raise all-in with K7 only to run into the Q♣5♣ of Dan Martin.

Tackett takes home his career-best score leaving Martin and Mike Fouts to play heads up for the RunGood Cup and $6,000. Heads up counts are below.

1. Mike Fouts - 3,650,000
2. Dan Martin - 2,610,000

RG Council Bluffs Main Event (Day 2): Deal Agreed To, Save in Play

Level 25 (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total Entrants: 313
Players Remaining 3
Average Stack: 2,085,000

At the start of Level 25, the three players agreed to a deal in the RG Main Event. An ICM deal was agreed to and each player took $2,000 off of their number to play for along with the RunGood Cup.* The numbers for each player with $2,000 each subtracted are below along with the original prize pool figures.

1. Mike Fouts - $28,516
2. Dan Martin - $21,104
3. Thomas Tackett - $18,415

1. $36,780
2. $22,739
3. $16,515

*The RunGood Poker Series has no facilitation of chops

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