Shawn Sparks is the winner of the first-ever Run Good Poker Series Global Championship.
He won a massive pot and knocked out two players when he was the third person all in against Eric Bunch and Shane Fuller. Sparks hit a queen on the river to win the pot and eliminate both Bunch and Fuller and take the chip lead four-handed.
He entered the day as the chip leader and managed to earn himself the most money once Lauren Bunch was eliminated in fourth place. Sparks, Tim Krisher and John Heckenkamp found themselves with fairly even stacks and decided to chop three ways, but throw Sparks a little more for holding the chip lead.
Sparks bested a field of 159 players who had three starting flights to qualify for Day 2. The final table resumed today with seven players and the tournament went almost two whole levels before the first elimination.
After Lauren Bunch doubled twice in a row, Cash Carpenter doubled as well, but eventually fell in seventh place after getting pocket tens in against Heckenkamp's aces.
Fuller and Bunch would be next to go shortly after Carpenter hit the rail and Lauren Bunch followed soon after in fourth place.
Sparks takes home $21,417 and the specially-made Run Good chip set and case, while Heckenkamp and Krisher each take home $20,416.
This is Sparks second recorded cash. Earlier this year, he won $13,284 and a WSOP circuit ring in a $365 No-Limit Hold'em ring event at the March 2018 WSOP Circuit stop in Tulsa, OK.
Below is a list of the full payouts:
That's a wrap for the tournament poker portion of the RGPS Global Championship cruise, but there is still a whole day on the ship for the Run Good Crew to celebrate a successful season. You can follow the fun on Twitter and make sure you join us for our next, currently unscheduled, cruise!
Lauren Bunch gets all in on the Q♠ J♠ 2♥ flop against John Heckenkamp and is at risk.
Bunch has Q♣ 8♠ against the J♦ 2♣ of Heckenkamp.
The turn is the 3♦ and the river is the 7♦ and Bunch is eliminated in fourth place.
John Heckenkamp - 982,000
Lauren Bunch - Eliminated
Cash Carpenter got all in against John Heckenkamp with pocket tens versus Heckenkamp's pocket aces and lost a big chunk of his stack when he couldn't catch up.
"Sorry Cash," Heckenkamp says as he turns over his pocket aces.
The next hand, Carpenter has 8♥ 7♠ against the Q♠ Q♣ of Lauren Bunch.
"Sorry Lauren," Carpenter says as he turns over his hand.
The table has a bit of a laugh while the board runs out 8♦ 4♦ 3♦ 3♣ 4♠ and Carpenter is eliminated in seventh place.
Lauren Bunch - 200,000
Cash Carpenter - Eliminated
Tim Krisher is in the small blind and makes it 50,000 to go. Lauren Bunch moves all in from the big blind for 197,000. Krisher calls.
Bunch shows 6♣ 6♦ against the A♦ T♠ of Krisher.
Bunch flops a full house.
"Well it's not a coin flip anymore," says Krisher as the board runs out 6♥ 4♠ 4♦ 2♥ Q♦.
Lauren Bunch - 405,000
Tim Krisher - 474,000
Lauren Bunch moves all in for 82,000 from middle position and Shane Fuller calls from the button.
Shawn Sparks debates for a moment before folding.
"I have a playable hand," Bunch says showing Q♥ J♥.
Fuller has A&lubs; 8♣.
The board runs out K♥ Q♠ 5♠ T♥ 4♥ and Bunch doubles up with a flush.
Lauren Bunch - 197,000
Shane Fuller - 440,000
The final seven players of the Run Good Poker Series Global Championship are trickling in and play is about to resume.
Shawn Sparks leads the way and Lauren Bunch will start the day as the short stack after losing a big pot to Tim Krisher late yesterday.
Here is the seating chart for the start of Day 3:
Jules Cornelius shoves from the button for 84,000 holding king-jack. Lauren Bunch calls from the small blind with ace-queen and stays ahead to win the hand and eliminated Cornelius in 12th place.
Cornelius will take home $1,828 for her finish.
Lauren Bunch - 560,000
Jules Cornelius - Eliminated