Todd Smith won a huge hand toward the end of Day 1A to secure the chip lead (343,000) moving forward into Day 2. He had queens on an eight-high board and got it in three ways.
He leads the final 28 players who are bagging the first of three flights in the Run Good Poker Series $575 Main Event. Day 1A drew 133 entries. There are two more flights Saturday at noon and at 7 p.m.
Run Good Ambassadors Chris Conrad and Ray Henson will be queuing up for the next flights after failing to make it through Day 1A. Meanwhile, Jamie Kerstetter (81,000) and Mina Greco (24,000) booked their tickets to the Day 2 restart Sunday at noon.
Mason Hinkle, also known to some in the poker world as Uncle Ron, Chris Horter, Kris Burchfield, and Ben Mintz all failed to bag the first starting flight and will likely join the field at some point during Days 1B and 1C. All the updates will be right here on PokerNews.com all weekend as the RGPS moves one step closer to crowning its next Main Event champion, and sending ten more players to the Showbound satellite in Tulsa for a shot at playing on Poker After Dark.
The spring 2016 RGPS Hard Rock wrapped up in the early morning hours on Mother's Day in poetic fashion. First, the Main Event final table featured not one or two but four female players. Several railbirds remarked that it was the best looking final table they'd ever seen.
Two of those ladies are RG pros Samantha Abernathy and Mina Greco. The remaining two, Cheri Baber and Jeri Sieber, are both Oklahoma residents. Baber is a regular at the Hard Rock poker room while Sieber is from Norman and considers Riverwind her home court. The final few levels of the Main Event played out in the early morning hours on Sunday, and whether you call it coincidence, serendipity, or fate, it was certainly fitting that a mother would go on to win the event.
That mother, Jeri Sieber, chopped the money with RG pro Justin Gardenhire heads-up, but the two agreed to play it out for the trophy. The heads up battle ended quickly, however, and Sieber would ultimately lay claim to the RG ME trophy and $44,458 in prize money. After her win, Sieber said she owes some of the credit to the players in her regular $2/$5 NLHE game at RiverWind. PokerNews was there to capture all the action, which you can read here, including the official results and payouts.
We've posted all the photos from the Hard Rock series on our Facebook page. The photos from the Main Event can be found here (HR Dealers), here (Day 1A), here (Day 1B & Day 1C), here (Day 2), and here (Final Table). The photos from Saturday's $125 NLHE $10K event can be found here.
As always, RunGood would like to thank you, the players, for coming out and making our series so much fun. You are the reason we do what we do! Many thanks also to the staff at Hard Rock for all their hard work, we couldn't do it without you!
If you're ready for more action, the RGPS returns to the Horseshoe Council Bluffs on Wednesday for another five days of tournaments, bounties, guarantees, and Fireball Whiskey giveaways. With the 2016 WSOP right around the corner, we bet you could use another five-day poker party before the summer grind begins. Hope to see you there!
RunGood Poker clothing company and tour welcomes Mina Greco and Julie Anna Cornelius for remaining stops at Downstream Casino Nov. 4 – 8 and Harrah’s New Orleans Dec. 10 – 13.
Tulsa, OK: As the Road to the RunGood Cup themed 2015 Fall Season for the RunGood Poker Series rounds the corner, Poker Pros Mina Greco and Julie Anna Cornelius will be joining the company’s roster for the tour’s last stop and championship event. Both have begun to forge a name for themselves in the game through tournament poker. Recently, Mina has collected roughly over $175,000 in tournament earnings for 2015, with a big chunk coming from her recent TV Final Table appearance at the Inaugural WPT Choctaw Main Event. Julie has won over $85,000 in recorded tournament cashes and has become an established grinder on the World Series of Poker Circuit for the past three years.
“The RunGood Team and I could not be more thrilled to have these two join us for our 2015 season! Both bring positivity to any table they sit at that is refreshing and very much welcomed in a game filled with highs and lows.” – Justin Gardenhire, Team RunGood Captain.
Despite her 2015 breakout year, Mina’s interest in the game of poker has always been part of her life. “I'm a twin and come from a large Italian family. As a kid the family would gather together and play cards, that's where the interest began. I prefer to play poker sporadically rather than on a daily basis; helps relax the mind. During my down time I enjoy the simple life and surround myself around positive people, it keeps me grounded.” –Mina Greco. She currently resides in Houston, TX with plans on taking down the Inaugural RunGood Cup Championship December 10th – 13th at Harrah’s New Orleans.
Julie, also known as the Emoji Queen in the Poker Twitterverse, found her passion in poker after experiencing a remarkable set of occupations. “I worked at the White House, the American Embassy in London, and was also a chef and flight attendant on private planes for six years. All of these life experiences and adventures somehow led me to find my true passion in life, poker.” – Julie Anna Cornelius. She is a California girl at heart but has recently made her home in Chicago, Illinois. She will be joining the RunGood Team at Downstream Casino November 4th – 8th for the last stop before the championship.
About RunGoodGear.com: RunGood is poker’s premier online-store for apparel. Their mission is to provide poker players with stylish and comfortable clothing for their daily grind on and off the felt. RunGoodGear.com went live during the 2012 World Series of Poker and was featured at the WSOP Main Event Final Table through Poker Pro Rob Salaburu. RunGoodGear.com continued its WSOP presence with Jay Farber’s finish in the 2013 WSOP Main Event, and on the fan rail of Jorryt Van Hoof, William Tonking, and Dan Sindelar during the 2014 WSOP Main Event. In 2014, RunGoodGear launched the RunGood Poker Series with great success. ALL IN Magazine has recently signed on to be the Official Magazine Sponsor of the RunGood Poker Series in 2015 while PokerNews has been the official Live Reporting Team for the series since 2014.