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RG DownStream Main Event (Day 2): Rodney Spriggs Takes His Turn to Double

Level 21 (10,000/20,000/3,000)
Total Entrants: 293
Players Remaining: 9
Chip Average: 651,000

JD Akins hit a peak after doubling up through Jose Yoel Gonzalez Ramirez but fell back to the after doubling up Rodney Spriggs. In a five-way limped pot, Spriggs bet 225,000 on the Q♠9♣5 flop from the hijack and Akins shoved all-in on the button.

Spriggs called for 148,000 more with Q9 and was a near lock to double against the Q3 of Akins. The 8♠ turn locked up the hand for Spriggs and he chips up to 810,000. Akins is back down to 565,000.

Happy New Year from RunGood Gear!

2015 was an amazing year for us at RunGoodGear.com. We addded two new venues to the RunGood Poker Series and completed The Road to the RunGood Cup in the fall. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the series, the amazing dealers and staff, PokerNews, All In Magazine, and our significant others who understand our passion for the game. Who knows what 2016 will bring?

Happy New Year to all! Cheers!

RunGood Cup Championship Draws 403 Entrants, $237,770 Prize Pool

Flight C of the RunGood Cup Championship Event at Harrah's New Orleans started at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, and by the time registration closed at 4:20 p.m., 160 players had entered the field, bringing the total prize pool to $237,770--more than double the $100K guarantee.

PokerNews was on hand to record all the live action, which you can find here. By the end of the day, 37 advanced to Day 2 on Sunday at noon.  Flight C chip leader Russel Sartin bagged up 210,000 after 6½ hours of play, with My Nguyen (196,000), Clinton Morgan (193,000), and James Hall (184,000) close behind.

Based on the total number of entries in the tournament (403) 45 places will be paid; a min-cash is worth $1,307.74.  On the other end of the spectrum, the Inaugrual RunGood Cup Champion will receive $54,687.10 and the coveted RunGood Cup!

The complete payout schedule is as follows:

1st - $54,687.10

2nd - $33,763.34

3rd - $22,469.27

4th - $15,573.94

5th - $11,769.62

6th - $9,154.15

7th - $7,608.64

8th - $6,300.91

9th - $5,326.05

10th-12th - $4,065.87

13th-15th - $3,067.23

16th-18th - $2,306.37

19th-27th - $1,902.16

28th-36th - $1,545.51

37th-45th - $1,307.74

All of the Day 1 survivors will combine on Sunday at noon to play out the remainder of the tournament. Below are the seating assignments and chip counts, first sorted by name and then again by Day 2 table and seat assignment.

Complete chip counts for Day 2 by Last and First Name:

First Name

Last Name

 

Chip Count

 

Table

Seat

Frank

Alpandinar

 

48,000

 

18

6

Cherie

Baber

 

188,500

 

13

9

Thomas

Ballow

 

38,500

 

16

4

Lou

Barlow

 

129,000

 

15

9

Steve

Bell

 

40,500

 

19

9

Will

Berry

 

71,000

 

19

2

Steve

Bierman

 

104,000

 

17

3

Josh

Billingsley

 

94,000

 

13

3

Lucas

Board

 

63,000

 

12

6

Andrew

Brock

 

106,000

 

15

8

Jeff

Bryan

 

98,500

 

13

7

Andrew

Bulliard

 

156,000

 

17

10

Charles

Byrn

 

33,500

 

12

4

David

Chocheles

 

65,500

 

16

9

Terry

Comeaux

 

66,500

 

12

3

Ricardo

Contreras

 

145,500

 

20

6

Sheela

Daniels

 

123,000

 

15

2

Morton

Davis

 

49,500

 

16

6

Hiep

Doan

 

54,500

 

17

9

Gary

Dunaway

 

163,500

 

14

3

Chris

Dupuy

 

39,500

 

14

2

Patrick

Eskandar

 

93,500

 

20

7

Jeremy

Eyer

 

217,000

 

13

2

Allan

Farber

 

102,000

 

19

7

Kristopher

Ferber

 

58,000

 

12

8

Brandon

Fish

 

36,000

 

14

9

Jeremy

Gaubert

 

89,000

 

17

2

Jonathan

Gaviao

 

23,000

 

13

8

Gilbert

George

 

96,000

 

13

5

Larry

George

 

31,000

 

16

8

Grantel

Gibbs

 

127,500

 

14

4

Henry

Gill

 

99,500

 

14

10

Christopher

Gonzales

 

86,500

 

13

6

Nick

Graphia

 

38,500

 

20

8

Charles

Gregerson

 

75,000

 

18

10

George

Haik Jr.

 

83,000

 

15

10

James

Hall

 

184,000

 

15

3

Sherry

Haney

 

87,000

 

15

4

Corey

Harrison

 

98,500

 

18

1

Foster

Hays

 

68,000

 

17

7

Paul

Hebert

 

80,500

 

16

1

John

Heckenkamp

 

136,500

 

14

5

Carter

Hedgemann

 

129,000

 

12

2

Mike

Henrich

 

71,500

 

20

1

Ray

Henson

 

203,500

 

16

10

Mike

Horchoff

 

65,000

 

19

4

Michael

Kmetz

 

72,500

 

15

6

Damon

Landry

 

24,500

 

12

1

Lance

LeJeune

 

57,000

 

15

1

Byron

Long

 

65,500

 

13

4

Robbie

Matthews

 

56,500

 

16

2

Brian

Matthiesen

 

65,500

 

16

7

BJ

McBrayer

 

129,000

 

12

7

Mark

Megalli

 

69,500

 

18

5

Clinton

Morgan

 

193,000

 

16

3

Jason

Morris

 

61,000

 

12

5

Ed

Muchmore

 

144,500

 

17

8

Jacob

Naquin

 

165,500

 

19

1

My

Nguyen

 

196,000

 

18

2

Rob

Quin

 

114,000

 

19

8

Brett

Rager

 

120,500

 

20

3

Randolph

Reese

 

54,000

 

14

1

Joan

Rhodes

 

78,000

 

20

2

Nate

Rohda

 

175,500

 

19

6

Thomas

Rouzan

 

99,500

 

14

7

Lynn

Samples

 

98,000

 

18

9

Russell

Sartin

 

210,000

 

19

3

Chris

Savale

 

87,000

 

19

5

Rodney

Spriggs

 

101,000

 

15

7

Mark

Stiles

 

31,500

 

17

6

Matt

Sztamburski

 

55,000

 

18

8

Dennis

Taylor

 

25,500

 

15

5

Ryan

Tepen

 

102,000

 

17

1

Curtis

Terry

 

121,000

 

14

8

Ben

Thomas

 

69,500

 

13

1

Chris

Torres

 

244,000

 

20

5

Michael

Traylor

 

73,500

 

18

4

Bach

Vu

 

68,500

 

18

7

David

Weinstein

 

57,500

 

16

5

Joey

Wideman

 

68,000

 

17

5

Phillips

William

 

48,000

 

12

9

Thaddeus

Wolff

 

38,000

 

18

3

Tim

Woodson

 

359,000

 

20

4

Peng

Zheng

 

77,500

 

14

6

 

Complete chip counts for Day 2 by Seat Assignment:

First Name

Last Name

 

Chip Count

 

Table

Seat

Damon

Landry

 

24,500

 

12

1

Carter

Hedgemann

 

129,000

 

12

2

Terry

Comeaux

 

66,500

 

12

3

Charles

Byrn

 

33,500

 

12

4

Jason

Morris

 

61,000

 

12

5

Lucas

Board

 

63,000

 

12

6

BJ

McBrayer

 

129,000

 

12

7

Kristopher

Ferber

 

58,000

 

12

8

Phillips

William

 

48,000

 

12

9

Ben

Thomas

 

69,500

 

13

1

Jeremy

Eyer

 

217,000

 

13

2

Josh

Billingsley

 

94,000

 

13

3

Byron

Long

 

65,500

 

13

4

Gilbert

George

 

96,000

 

13

5

Christopher

Gonzales

 

86,500

 

13

6

Jeff

Bryan

 

98,500

 

13

7

Jonathan

Gaviao

 

23,000

 

13

8

Cherie

Baber

 

188,500

 

13

9

Randolph

Reese

 

54,000

 

14

1

Chris

Dupuy

 

39,500

 

14

2

Gary

Dunaway

 

163,500

 

14

3

Grantel

Gibbs

 

127,500

 

14

4

John

Heckenkamp

 

136,500

 

14

5

Peng

Zheng

 

77,500

 

14

6

Thomas

Rouzan

 

99,500

 

14

7

Curtis

Terry

 

121,000

 

14

8

Brandon

Fish

 

36,000

 

14

9

Henry

Gill

 

99,500

 

14

10

Lance

LeJeune

 

57,000

 

15

1

Sheela

Daniels

 

123,000

 

15

2

James

Hall

 

184,000

 

15

3

Sherry

Haney

 

87,000

 

15

4

Dennis

Taylor

 

25,500

 

15

5

Michael

Kmetz

 

72,500

 

15

6

Rodney

Spriggs

 

101,000

 

15

7

Andrew

Brock

 

106,000

 

15

8

Lou

Barlow

 

129,000

 

15

9

George

Haik Jr.

 

83,000

 

15

10

Paul

Hebert

 

80,500

 

16

1

Robbie

Matthews

 

56,500

 

16

2

Clinton

Morgan

 

193,000

 

16

3

Thomas

Ballow

 

38,500

 

16

4

David

Weinstein

 

57,500

 

16

5

Morton

Davis

 

49,500

 

16

6

Brian

Matthiesen

 

65,500

 

16

7

Larry

George

 

31,000

 

16

8

David

Chocheles

 

65,500

 

16

9

Ray

Henson

 

203,500

 

16

10

Ryan

Tepen

 

102,000

 

17

1

Jeremy

Gaubert

 

89,000

 

17

2

Steve

Bierman

 

104,000

 

17

3

Joey

Wideman

 

68,000

 

17

5

Mark

Stiles

 

31,500

 

17

6

Foster

Hays

 

68,000

 

17

7

Ed

Muchmore

 

144,500

 

17

8

Hiep

Doan

 

54,500

 

17

9

Andrew

Bulliard

 

156,000

 

17

10

Corey

Harrison

 

98,500

 

18

1

My

Nguyen

 

196,000

 

18

2

Thaddeus

Wolff

 

38,000

 

18

3

Michael

Traylor

 

73,500

 

18

4

Mark

Megalli

 

69,500

 

18

5

Frank

Alpandinar

 

48,000

 

18

6

Bach

Vu

 

68,500

 

18

7

Matt

Sztamburski

 

55,000

 

18

8

Lynn

Samples

 

98,000

 

18

9

Charles

Gregerson

 

75,000

 

18

10

Jacob

Naquin

 

165,500

 

19

1

Will

Berry

 

71,000

 

19

2

Russell

Sartin

 

210,000

 

19

3

Mike

Horchoff

 

65,000

 

19

4

Chris

Savale

 

87,000

 

19

5

Nate

Rohda

 

175,500

 

19

6

Allan

Farber

 

102,000

 

19

7

Rob

Quin

 

114,000

 

19

8

Steve

Bell

 

40,500

 

19

9

Mike

Henrich

 

71,500

 

20

1

Joan

Rhodes

 

78,000

 

20

2

Brett

Rager

 

120,500

 

20

3

Tim

Woodson

 

359,000

 

20

4

Chris

Torres

 

244,000

 

20

5

Ricardo

Contreras

 

145,500

 

20

6

Patrick

Eskandar

 

93,500

 

20

7

Nick

Graphia

 

38,500

 

20

8

 

RunGood would like to thank all of the players for coming out to Harrah's New Orleans to play the game we love. Special thanks to Blaycation for their wonderful events and personal attention to our VIPs, as well as to Harrah's staff for their hospitality.

 

 

$100K Guarantee Busted - Still Another Day 1 Flight To Go

The line for registration to Flight B of the RunGood Cup Championship Event at Harrah's New Orleans started forming at 11:30 a.m. Friday, and within ten minutes stretched across the aisle and into the adjacent slots. By the time registration closed at 4:20 p.m., 141 players had entered the field, busting the $100K guarantee wide open with Flight C still to go.

PokerNews was on hand to record all the live action, which you can find here. By the end of the day, 30 players survived and bagged chips to return Sunday for Day 2.  Flight B chip leader Tim Woodson managed to amass a stack of 359,000 during the 6½ hours of play, most of which came during two hands in the final level of play, the second of which saw Woodson knock out RG Pro Ben Reason. You can read about those hands here.

Other notables to move on to Day 2 include former Oklahoma State Poker Champion Brett Rager (120,500), RG Pro Ryan Tepen (102,000), and Council Bluffs RG Main Event winner Brandon Fish (36,000).

Complete chip counts for Flight B:

Tim Woodson

359,000

Jeremy Eyer

217,000

Cherie Baber

188,500

Jacob Naquin

165,500

Sheela Dankas

123,000

Brett Rager

120,500

Rob Quin

114,000

Ryan Tepen

102,000

Thomas Rouzan

99,500

Henry Gill

99,500

Corey Harrison

98,500

Patrick Eskandar

93,500

Sherry Haney

87,000

Chris Savale

87,000

Charles Gregerson

75,000

Mike Henrich

71,500

Mark Megalli

69,500

Bach Vu

68,500

Terry Comeaux

66,500

David Chocheles

65,500

Jason Morris

61,000

Robbie Matthews

56,500

Matt Sztamburski

55,000

H Doan

54,500

Randolph Reese

54,000

Frank Alpandinar

48,000

Steve Bell

40,500

Chris Dupuy

39,500

Thaddeus Wolff

38,000

Brandon Fish

36,000

After the day's play, RG VIPs were treated to the NBA Wizards vs. Pelicans game. (Spoiler: the Pelicans won.) Come back this afternoon for a write-up on the game.

Flight C, the final Day 1 flight, is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. Saturday.  With 141 players in Flight B, we are expecting a big turnout. Come join us at Harrah's New Orleans and be a part of history!

Blaycation VIP Dinner @ Tujague's

With Flight A of the RunGood Cup Championship in the books (click here for the live coverage), the VIP package winners were whisked away to Tujague's for the RunGood/Blaycation Welcome Dinner.  Tujague's is one of New Orleans' oldest restaurants, established in 1856 by immigrants Guillaume and Marie Abadie Tujague from Bordeaux, France. With over 150 years of history behind it, Tujague's is a legendary New Orleans institution. For the full history of this amazing restaurant, click here

The cuisine included hors-d'oeuvres of alligator and andouille sausage, with entrees simmered beef brisket, gulf shrimp with pennette pasta in a garlic cream sauce, traditional gumbo over rice, grilled "airline" chicken, and for dessert, bread pudding and petite pecan pies. Of course, it wouldn't be a RunGood event without an open bar and a room full of gamblers enjoying themselves.

The setting and service were completely informal, occupying all three second-floor dining rooms as well as the balcony overlooking Decatur Street, just across Madison from Jackson Square.  A complete set of photos from the event are available on the RunGoodGear.com Facebook photo album.

RunGoodGear President and CEO Tana Karn took the floor following the dinner service to thank all the VIP's for coming, for helping to make RunGood the company it is today. He also thanked the venues who host RunGood tournaments, whose poker room managers were present: Byron Long of Hard Rock Tulsa, Jason Collins of Downstream Casino Resort, and Andrew Brock of Harrah's Council Bluffs.

"The Inaugural WSOP had Johnny Moss," Tana said, "I can't wait to find out who our Johnny Moss is going to be for the Inaugural RunGood Cup Championship."

Welcome to The Big Easy

History is being made at Harrah's New Orleans this week with the Road to the RunGood Cup Championship Event. This is RunGood's first visit to The Big Easy and it's the first RunGood Cup Championship. One lucky (and/or talented) poker player will be the first to take home the gigantic RunGood Cup, theirs to keep, show off, and remember the experience. 

The RunGood crew arrived a day early and were welcomed in splendid fashion by Poker Room Manager Dawn Terre as we set up the RunGood signs and displays. We didn't linger long at Harrah's, though, with everyone itching to take in the New Orleans cuisine and nightlife. Once the work was done, we were off to Mr. B's Bistro (201 Royal Street, at the corner of Royal and Iberville in downtown New Orleans). Our group of twelve quickly fired a variety of appetizers, including braised pork belly, garlic truffle french fries, panko crusted shrimp and tasso, and fried oysters.

The sole hiccup of the night came when, with each of our party holding a drink in one hand or a fork in the other, the fire alarms started going off. Our first instinct was to leave the premises, but our waiter, who was refilling our wine glasses at the time, just kept on pouring. The alarm soon shut off and we returned our attention to sampling more of the venue's fare. Among the entrees were truffle-butter filet mignon, bacon-wrapped shrimp, barbequed shrimp, bourbon pork chops, pan-seared grouper, and oven-roasted rabbit.

Dinner came to an end at 9 p.m., but, of course, that wasn't the end of the evening. A mandatory visit to Bourbon Street could not be put off and the group made its appearance at several local taverns, including Cat's Meow, Bourbon Cowboy, and Tropical Isle.

 

At the Cat's Meow, karaoke was in full swing, to varying degrees of success, with the crowd helping those less naturally gifted (or alcohol-impaired).

 

 

At the Bourbon Cowboy, RG Pro Gardyone went for a ride on the mechanical bull. Daring, to say the least, considering he has all the natural prowess of an epileptic ostrich, but with several local libations under his belt and no doubt a prop bet hanging in the balance, Gardy mounted the bull and pretended his pretend-cowboy heart out. We won't say whether he pulled off the performance of a lifetime or not--but if he's at your table, feel free to ask. (Just remember he may bluff with his answer--all he'd say at dinner Thursday was that his knees still hurt.)


After a night of sleep (some more restful than others), Flight A kicked off at noon today. 110 players had entered by the close of registration though that number included 20 players who were pre-registered and will be playing in later flights.  After 13 levels of play, 17 players bagged up chips to return for Day 2 on Sunday.  Leading the field was local grinder Chris Torres with 244,000 chips, with RunGood Pro Ray Henson in the second spot with 203,500. RG Medallion winners John Heckencamp (136,500), Rodney Spriggs (101,000), and RG Main Event winner Will Berry (71,000) also made it through to Day 2, and can now enjoy a couple of days off to explore the city.

Official chip counts at the conclusion of Flight A:

Chris Torres

244,000

Ray Henson

203,500

Nate Rohda

175,500

Gary Dunaway

163,500

Ed Muchmore

144,500

John Heckenkamp

136,500

Carter Hedgemann

129,000

Rodney Spriggs

101,000

Jeremy Gaubert

89,000

Joan Rhodes

78,000

Will Berry

71,000

Lucas Board

63,000

Kristopher Ferber

58,000

Did Not Report

48,000

Nick Graphia

38,500

Charles Byrn

33,500

Damon Landry

24,500

 

Flight B starts at noon Friday, with the final Day 1 flight scheduled for noon on Saturday. The RunGood Championship Event buy-in is $675 and re-entry is permitted until the start of level 9 (4:20 p.m.). PokerNews is providing live coverage of the RunGood Cup Championship; live reports and chip counts can be found here. Come join us and be a part of history!

RunGoodGear.com Invites You to Be a Part of History with the “Road to the RunGood Cup” Coming to an End in New Orleans for Championship Event

Tulsa, OK Ÿ December 7, 2015: The fall season of the RunGood Poker Series, dubbed the “Road to the RunGood Cup,” makes its final stop at Harrah’s New Orleans for a Championship Main Event December 10-13. The Championship Main Event will be priced at $675. A total of 64 players are already qualified and registered to play in the event, which is also open to the public. 32 players won their seats during preliminary RGPS events at Harrah’s Council Bluffs, Hard Rock Tulsa, and Downstream Casino Resort, with a further 32 players being awarded seats at Harrah’s New Orleans.

RunGoodGear.com teamed up with vacation experts, Blaycation, to provide $2,000 VIP packages to the preliminary event winners and Main Event final tablists at RunGood's previous three stops this season. In addition to complimentary accommodations at the Royal Saint Charles hotel and $675 buy-in to the Championship Event, the 32 VIPs and their guests will be treated to three private events in New Orleans:

  • 12/10 - Welcome Dinner/Drinks at Tujague’s, 823 Decatur Street
  • 12/11 - NBA, Pelicans vs. Wizards, Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive
  • 12/12 - Scandalous Cocktail Hour Tours of New Orleans, Royal Saint Charles Hotel

Among those VIPs are the Main Event winners from the prior three events:  Brandon Fish, who topped a field of 283 to win the RGPS Harrah’s Council Bluffs for $34,267; Troy Repp, who outlasted 280 other players to win the RGPS Hard Rock Tulsa for $33,998; and Will Berry, who bested a 205-player field to win the RGPS Downstream Casino Resort for $25,522.

Ten RunGood sponsored players are expected to attend the Championship Event at Harrah’s New Orleans, including Mina Greco, Daniel Lowery, Bernard Lee, Ross Bybee, Jonathan Gaviao, Ryan Tepen, Michael Sanders, Dan Martin, Justin Gardenhire, Ben Reason and Ray Henson.

“Ever since I first traveled to the ‘Big Easy’ in 2008, New Orleans has always ranked high on my list of destinations for a poker event," said PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters. "It’s vibrant, cultured, jazzy, and historical, and we all know how much the city likes to party. Combine all of that with a fun, competitive poker tournament such as the RunGood Cup Championship and we’re talking about a spicy recipe for success that could rival some of the best Cajun cuisine the area has to offer. And trust me, you’re definitely going to want to get out and taste the town. If you’re looking for an affordable way to close out the poker year with a bang, this is the stop.” (Full Story)

This will be the first time RunGood and the RGPS have traveled to The Big Easy. Harrah’s New Orleans poker room manager Dawn Terre said, “[We] are excited to be hosting the RunGood Cup Championship. This is a great chance for everyone to play in the Gulf South’s largest poker room where we combine the excitement of poker with our Southern hospitality. Harrah’s and the city of New Orleans are gearing up for this great tournament.”


Three starting flights are scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. for each of the first three days of the series: Flight A on Thursday (12/10), Flight B on Friday (12/11), and Flight C on Saturday (12/12).  Play will be halted at 6:30 p.m. for each starting flight, with the surviving players combining at 12:00 p.m. Sunday (12/13) to play down to a winner. In addition to first place prize money the Championship Event winner will take home the enormous RunGood Cup.

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