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!

Players Agree on a Chop

Lauren Bunch was eliminated as the final three players headed to break.

The chip counts are:
Shawn Sparks - 1,165,000
John Heckenkamp - 982,000
Tim Krisher - 970,000

After a short negotiation, the three agreed to an almost-even chop, giving Sparks $1,000 more and crowning him the official winner.

Shawn Sparks - $21,417
John Heckenkamp - $20,416
Tim Krisher - $20,416


Shane Fuller (6th-$4,675) and Eric Bunch (5th-$6,160) Eliminated

Shane Fuller - 6th place

Shane Fuller goes all in for 98,000 and Eric Bunch goes all in behind for 264,000. Shawn Sparks is next to act and gets a count of the biggest stack. Sparks goes all in for over 1-million.

He has A♥ Q♥ against the A♦ 5♠ of Fuller and 8♦ 8♥ of Bunch.

Eric Bunch - 5th place

The board runs out J♣ 5♣ 2♣ K♥ Q♠ and Sparks fist pumps when the queen hits. He eliminates both Bunch and Fuller. Fuller finishes in sixth place and Bunch finishes in fifth place.

Shawn Sparks - 1,700,000
Eric Bunch - Eliminated in 5th Place $6,160
Shane Fuller - Eliminated in 6th Place $4,675

John Heckenkamp Has Alligator Blood

John Heckenkamp goes all in for 181,000 from middle position and Shawn Sparks calls after some debating from the big blind.

Sparks has A♣ 8♥ against the K♠ J♦ of Heckenkamp.

The flop gives Sparks a pair and the turn gives him a flush draw, but Heckenkamp finds a king on the river for a two-outer.

The completed board reads 8♣ 4♥ 2♣ Q♣ K♥ and Heckenkamp doubles up.

John Heckenkamp - 380,000
Shawn Sparks - 675,000

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

Shawn Sparks Leads the Final 7 Into the Final Day of the RGPS Global Championship

Shawn Sparks

Shawn Sparks leads the final seven players in the Run Good Poker Series Global Championship. He bagged 821,000 and Eric Bunch is close behind with 719,000.

The final seven players started Day 2 at 7:30 with 31 other players and worked there way into the money and then some.

Reba Wright was the bubble, finishing 19th after Eric Bunch turned trip fives and dodged Wright's flush draw. Blair Hinkle followed close behind in 18th, taking home $1,258.

Nam Phan, Daniel Stone, Dan Martin, Jana Mangimelli, and Nick Peperone all made Day 2, but were unable to make the money.

The remaining seven players will return Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and play down to a winner. Follow all the action here on and keep tabs on all the action on Twitter as well.

Below is the seating chart and the chip counts for each of the remaining players:

Seat 1: Shane Fuller 529,000
Seat 2: Eric Bunch 719,000
Seat 3: Shawn Sparks 821,000
Seat 4: Tim Krisher 428,000
Seat 5: Lauren Bunch 82,000
Seat 6: John Heckenkamp 131,000
Seat 7: Cash Carpenter 180,000


Phil Weast Bags Day 1a Chip Lead in RGPS Global Championship

Papa Karn advances to Day 2 with 69,400

A relatively quick Day 1a is in the books and Phil Weast is on top of 13 players who will advance to Day 2 on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m.

The opening flight of the Run Good Poker Series Global Championship Main Event saw 53 entries and a good mix of Run Good regulars as well as Card Player Cruisers has moved on to Day 2.

Weast kicked off a nice run after busting Kelly Vande Mheen. Weast went on to bag 137,400 but did not finish too far ahead of Shawn Sparks (131,500) and Scott Buller (123,900).

Sparks earned the elimination that stopped play when he sent Jane Johnson home a tad bit early after flopping an ace against Johnson who missed a gut-shot straight draw and was eliminated.

Buller had a pretty big stack early in the tournament and bounced around a little before finally settling into third place for Day 1a.

Chris Conrad was eliminated just before the last level of play when he got all in in a three-way pot. He lost to Reba Wright who had pocket tens against the T♣ 9♣ of Conrad. Fellow Run Good Ambassador Dan Lowery ran up a big stack early and eventually found himself drawing very thin against Lauren Bunch when she flopped a flush. Bunch would exit shortly after when she had the nut flush against Shane Fuller's full house. Bunch's husband, Eric also failed to qualify for Day 2 during this flight. Grant Hinkle, Sam Panzica, and Derrick Contreras also failed to qualify for Day 2.

Papa Karn bagged 69,400 after an intriguing spot facing a shove from Justin Gardenhire. Karn opened on the button and Phil Weast called. Gardenhire shoved and Karn folded before Weast called and both players chopped the pot with ace-jack. Karn finished the day in night place of the remaining 13.

Here are the chip counts for the players who advanced from Day 1a:

Phil Weast - 137,400 Shawn Sparks - 131,500
Scott Buller - 123,900 Neil Peters - 104,400
Cody Pack - 101,300 Reba Wright - 75,900
Shane Fuller - 74,600 Justin Gardenhire - 70,000
Papa Karn - 69,400 Daniel Stone - 56,700
Charles Bass - 47,900 Donald Lazenby - 38,400
Cash Carpenter - 30,500


Day 1b will start Thursday 7:30 p.m. and all the updates will be right here on