Shawn Sparks Wins Inaugural RGPS Global Championship ($21,417)

Shawn Sparks Wins RGPS Global Championship

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.

Left to right: Tim Krisher, Shawn Sparks, and John Heckenkamp

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:

Payouts Name Prize
1st Shawn Sparks $21,417
2nd John Heckenkamp $20,416
3rd Tim Krisher $20,416
4th Lauren Bunch $8,258
5th Eric Bunch $6,160
6th Shane Fuller $4,675
7th Cash Carpenter $3,608
8th Justin Gardenhire $2,830
9th Brandon Butler $2,257
10th Scott Buller $1,828
11th Robert Shuptrine $1,828
12th Jules Cornelius $1,828
13th Eric Thompson $1,505
14th Neil Peters $1,505
15th Cody Pack $1,505
16th Grant Hinkle $1,258
17th Ron Miller $1,258
18th Blair Hinkle $1,258


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 Eliminated in 4th Place ($8,258)

Lauren Bunch

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 Eliminated in 7th Place ($3,608)

Cash Carpenter

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

May 19, 2018

Posted in Lauren Bunch, Tim Krisher

Another Double For Lauren Bunch

Lauren Bunch from Day 2

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

May 19, 2018

Posted in Lauren Bunch, Shane Fuller

Lauren Bunch Doubles Through Shane Fuller

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

May 19, 2018

Posted in Lauren Bunch, Shawn Sparks

Final Table Players Getting Ready

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:

Seat Name Chip Count
1 Shane Fuller 529,000
2 Eric Bunch 719,000
3 Shawn Sparks 821,000
4 Tim Krisher 628,000
5 Lauren Bunch 82,000
6 John Heckenkamp 131,000
7 Cash Carpenter 180,000

Jules Cornelius Eliminated in 12th Place ($1,828)

Jules Cornelius

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

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