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.
Jovan Sudar three-bet shoved for just under 100,000 in the big blind with pocket fives and Eric Atchison called after opening to 50,000.
He had ace-eight.
The board ran out, giving Sudar a set on the flop but turning a straight draw for Acthison.
"Noooo," he said when the turn hit, bringing a straight draw for Atchison.
And his fear was realized on the river when it completed a straight for Atchison and eliminated him from the tournament.
Sudar entered the day as the overall chip leader after bagging a massive stack in Day 1a, but he couldn't finish better than eighth place this tournament and will take home $5,299.
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.
Jovan Sudar will end Day 1a of the $575 $100,000 Guaranteed Run Good Poker Series Council Bluffs Main Event with a massive chip lead. Sudar leads a field of 21 other players, including Mason (43,000) and Grant Hinkle (54,000). The 22 players survived from a field of 117 entrants. This was the first of three flights and Day 1b starts Saturday at noon.
Sudar took the chip lead when he opened with aces and two players shoved behind him, one holding deuces, and the other queens. Sudar flopped top set and held to take down a huge pot and eliminate Chris "Pug" Juul. Blair Hinkle, Julie Cornelius, and Emily Larson all hit the rail on Day 1a but are expected to be in the field again tomorrow. Meanwhile, Mike Vanier (179,000), Dave Queen (160,500), and Patrick Watkins (154,500) also bagged.
Vanier jumped out to an early lead and Queen bagged a big stack thanks to a three-way all in where he eliminated two players with ace-king. A full list of the end of day chip counts will be available shortly.
The 22 remaining players will join the survivors or the Day 1b and Day 1c flights on Sunday at noon.