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RG NKC MAIN EVENT (DAY 1B): PLAYERS IN THE FIELD - MATT WRIGHT

Level 5 (200/400/400)
Total Entrants: 108

Matt Wright (pictured, left) has played all the events at this week's RGPS in Kansas City, bringing with him a light-hearted but competitive spirit to the table. So, we caught up with him at break to get a little of his story.  A career truck driver from Cameron, Missouri, Wright has a dream of playing in Vegas against his poker heroes. But to get there, he has to build a bankroll, which means playing in smaller events, including mid-majors like the RunGood Poker Series.

"This is about the most I can afford to take a shot at a big payday," Wright says. "I've gotten close before, but haven't hit the big one yet."

Wright says he often plays daily tournaments and other series that visit Harrah's North Kansas City. "My biggest win was around $3,000 for a tournament here," he says.

Thanks for coming out, Matt. May your RunGood dreams come true.

RG NKC MAIN EVENT (DAY 1B): KEVMATH UPDATES TWITTER

Level 5 (200/400/400)
Total Entrants: 108

Kevin Mathers (@KevMath) has improved on his results from his Flight A experience, if not so much in the respect department.

RG NKC MAIN EVENT (DAY 1B): FIRST BREAK

Level 4 (200/300/300)
Total Entrants: 104

The players in Flight B will be enjoying a 10-minute break. When they return, the blinds will increase to 200/400/400.

RG NKC MAIN EVENT (DAY 1B): SPRIGGS FILLS UP

Level 4 (200/300/300)
Total Entrants: 99

As we arrive at Table 14, the cutoff has raised to 900 and both Rodney Spriggs (pictured, center) in the small blind and Paul Strohm (pictured, right) in the big blind have called.

The dealer puts out a flop of J♥3♥3♦. Spriggs and Strohm check to the cutoff, who continues for 1,200. Both players call.

The turn brings the 4♠, and the action checks through.  The river is the 7♥, and Spriggs puts together a bet of 4,000. Strohm thinks it over and calls, and the cutoff folds.

Spriggs tables 7♠3♠ for a full house, which is best against Strohm's 8♠8♦.

Spriggs turns to us and says, "You must be my good luck charm.  I haven't hit a hand like that in six months."

Aww, thanks Rodney.

Rodney Spriggs - 25,600
Paul Strohm - 14,500

RG NKC MAIN EVENT (DAY 1B): JENNINGS IN THE SPIRIT

Level 4 (200/300/300)
Total Entrants: 99

It's not the Old West without a cowboy hat, and Greg Jennings has embraced the theme, as you can see above. White, of course, is the hero's color of choice.

RG NKC MAIN EVENT (DAY 1B): A NEW WAY TO MOVE ALL-IN

Level 4 (200/300/300)
Total Entrants: 99

Tired of the same old-same old, move your chips across the line to go all in?  Take a page from Scotter Clark and get yourself a Hot Wheels pickup truck.

RG NKC MAIN EVENT (DAY 1B): FUN AND GAMES

Level 3 (200/300/300)
Total Entrants: 99

Angel Escobar (pictured) and RG Pro Dan Lowery are mixing it up on Table 21. As we arrive at the table, Lowery calls a raise of 600 to see a flop, as does Angel Escobar and four other players. A dry flop of QxJx3x is spread, and Lowery check-calls a bet from Escobar.

"I was folding but now that the reporter is here, we've gotta make something happen," Lowery says to a chorus of laughter.

The turn brings a 7x, and both players check. Both players check down the Kx river. Escobar shows Qx2x for a pair of queens and takes the pot.

Two hands later, they tangle again.

Lowery raises from middle position to 500. Escobar calls in the cutoff, the button calls, Scotter Clark calls in the small blind, and Seth Evans calls in the big blind. The flop comes K♦K♥5♥. The blinds check to Lowery and he continues for 1,500.

Escobar calls and everyone else folds. The turn brings the Q♦. Lowery bets 3,100. Escobar considers for only a moment before announcing a raise to 7,000. Lowery quickly calls.

The river is the 9♦. Lowery checks and Escobar checks behind, turning over his hand to show J♦5♦ for a flush. Lowery turns over K♣J♠ for trip kings.

Suddenly, Escobar turns his hand face down, looks back, and turns his hand face-up again. The floor is called, who rules that since Escobar's hand never hit the muck, it is live. With the ruling made, Escobar collects the pot.

Angel Escobar - 44,400
Dan Lowery - 35,500

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