Nick Burris Wins RGPS Council Bluffs Main Event, Travis Gant Falls in 2nd

Nick Burris wins the $100,000 Guaranteed Run Good Poker Series Main Event. This was the first stop on the RGPS tour, and the main event capped a great weekend. Burris will take home $44,767 for his finish and the Showbound trophy. Burris secured the victory when he three-bet shoved pocket tens into the ace-jack of hearts of Travis Gant, who finished in second place.

Burris topped a field of 399 entries and prize pool that doubled the guarantee. The final table players all earned a seat in the end-of-season Showbound satellite where Run Good players will have a chance to play on Poker After Dark in a $5,000 sit and go.

"I still want a bracelet, but I really wanted a Run Good Main title," Burris said after the win.

Burris took the lead six-handed and rode that wave to the victory after hitting some choppy waters early in the final table action. He's been playing some poker off and on but took some time off of playing more when he had two young sons. His sons are three and one.

When he's not playing poker he runs an insurance business near Kansas City. He's been a part of the famous Monday Night Poker crew for four years after he got randomly invited.

Burris earned the nickname Re-Burris for breaking Blair Hinkle's rebuy record very early in his Monday Night Poker career. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Monday Night Poker is a Kansas City home game that Blair and Grant Hinkle attend along with Jeff Tebben, James Mackey, and Paul Strohm among others.

They refer to it as the best $40 home game in the world. So Burris managed to put in 22 $40 rebuys in one hour. His record has since been broken.

The players reached the final table when Blair Hinkle busted with queens versus the aces of Tai Phan. Then Michael Childers ran into the aces of Gant, the second place finisher, to finish in tenth place.

Next to go was Scott Lodes. Lodes went on a bit of a roller coaster ride and eventually fell in ninth place when Burris got in slightly behind with ace-jack but flopped a jack to beat the ace-queen of Lodes.

The overall Day 2 chip leader Jovan Sudar hit the rail in eighth place. He got pocket fives and flopped a set, but felt he was doomed when Eric Atchison turned an open-ended straight draw. He made it and eliminated Sudar. Atchison would eventually finish third, busting to Burris with ace-deuce against Burris's pocket fours.

Shane Fuller fell in seventh place when he got his over pair in on a eight-high board against Nicholas Stille who had flopped a straight. Stille would finish in fourth place after losing two all ins to Gant in three hands.

Thadd Wolf bagged the biggest stack in Day 1c and was looking primed for a deep run. He ran pocket jacks into Burris's kings to finish in sixth place.

Tai Phan was the fifth place finisher after losing a race to Stille with ace-queen against pocket nines.

This was Burris's biggest cash to date and his first Run Good Main Event victory. This wraps up the first stop of the season for the Run Good Poker Series. PokerNews will be bringing you updates all season long. Stay tuned for the next stop February 19-24 at Downstream Casino in Joplin, MO.

RGPS Council Bluffs Main Event: 84 Players Seeking First Title of the Season

Run Good Pro Blair Hinkle bagged a Top 5 stack

The first stop of the Run Good Poker Series Showbound season is coming to a close as Day 2 of the Main Event in Council Bluffs is set to kick off in a little under an hour.

Jovan Sudar leads the way with a whopping 348,500 and is 100,000 in front of all but two of the remaining players. Several of the Run Good Ambassadors made it through, with Julie Cornelius being the last to earn her seat early this morning when she bagged 43,500 in Day 1c.

Thadd Wolf (312,500), Andy Van Blair (266,000), Blair Hinkle (243,500), and Shane Fuller (236,500) round out the top five to start play today.

The top 45 players will earn a min-cash of $920 and the winner will take home the RGPS Showbound trophy and $44,767.

Play restarts at noon and the Day 2 levels will extend to 45 minutes, up from 30 on the starting flights. All the players who make the final table will earn a seat in a special end-of-season Showbound satellite.

The satellite will be played at Run Good's final stop of the season in Tulsa. Two winners will earn a seat to a $5,000 sit and go and a trip to Vegas to play on Poker After Dark.

PokerNews will be bringing you photos and updates from the Horseshoe Council Bluffs as the RGPS Main Event plays to a winner.


Today, Poker Central announced a partnership with the RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) to co-brand its 2019 season tour with streaming service PokerGO. “Showbound Powered by PokerGO” will encourage tournament participants at all tour stops to dress to impress and walk the crimson carpet on their way to the poker table.


Throughout the 2019 RGPS Showbound season, tournament participants will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to play on an upcoming episode of the legendary series “Poker After Dark.” Preliminary event winners and players who reach the final table of main events will receive a reserved seat in a freeroll satellite at the Hard Rock Tulsa for two $5,000 Sit & Go seats and the high roller experience of a lifetime at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas.


  • February 5-10 – Council Bluffs, IA
  • February 19-24 – Joplin, MO
  • March 5-10 Tunica, MS
  • March 26-31 – Bossier City, LA
  • April 23-28 – Kansas City, MO
  • April 30-May 5 – Tulsa, OK

“The RunGood Poker Series is famous for fun, and this ‘Showbound’ tour will be no exception with even more prizes at stake,” said Sam Simmons, president of Poker Central. “We’re pleased to welcome winners to the PokerGO Studio to compete on ‘Poker After Dark’ and test their skills where the lights shine brightest.” President and RunGood Poker Series owner Tana Karn added his excitement to this new partnership.

“As a kid, I would always daydream about being able to compete in front of thousands of people. With the partnership of PokerGO and the RunGood Poker Series we get to make that dream come true for two individuals on one of poker’s most beloved shows. We can’t wait to roll out the red carpet and have the world tune in for a spectacular season.”

Detailed schedules for each stop on the tour will be announced at a later time. The satellite winners will receive red carpet treatment with travel expenses to Las Vegas, a behind-the-scenes look at the PokerGO Studios, meet and greets with some of poker’s biggest celebrities, and a chance to compete with the most popular poker players in the game. Further details are available at


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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.
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