The first stop of the Run Good Poker Series Showbound season is coming to a close as Day 2 of the Main Event in Council Bluffs is set to kick off in a little under an hour.
Jovan Sudar leads the way with a whopping 348,500 and is 100,000 in front of all but two of the remaining players. Several of the Run Good Ambassadors made it through, with Julie Cornelius being the last to earn her seat early this morning when she bagged 43,500 in Day 1c.
Thadd Wolf (312,500), Andy Van Blair (266,000), Blair Hinkle (243,500), and Shane Fuller (236,500) round out the top five to start play today.
The top 45 players will earn a min-cash of $920 and the winner will take home the RGPS Showbound trophy and $44,767.
Play restarts at noon and the Day 2 levels will extend to 45 minutes, up from 30 on the starting flights. All the players who make the final table will earn a seat in a special end-of-season Showbound satellite.
The satellite will be played at Run Good's final stop of the season in Tulsa. Two winners will earn a seat to a $5,000 sit and go and a trip to Vegas to play on Poker After Dark.
PokerNews will be bringing you photos and updates from the Horseshoe Council Bluffs as the RGPS Main Event plays to a winner.
Paul Strohm is one of the Run Good regulars now ever since he met Grant Hinkle. Strohm's college roommate was dating Hinkle's mother.
Hinkle was invited to join the Monday Night Poker crew in Kansas City two years ago and, as he sits enjoying a glass of wine on the rail, seems like he couldn't be happier with his choice.
He bagged 106,500 earlier today in flight B and is just hanging out to stay up to date on how his friends are doing in flight C.
He has three sons (28,26,24) and Nick, his middle son, is the one who got him into poker in the first place.
For Nick's 21st birthday he bought him a seat in a $500 charity no limit tournament. Nick chopped the prize pool heads up and lost heads up for the trophy. Nick encouraged Strohm to start playing and he eventually did. Since then he has won $22,462 in live tournaments with his first cash coming in 2017.
The semi-retired building technology specialist is looking to top his best previous finish in a Run Good Main Event. He finished 23rd for $1,617 at the Kansas City stop.
Dustin Lindblad is in the field and he spends his Sundays mowing his lawn and listening to the PokerNews Podcast. He says it takes about an hour-and-a-half to mow his one acre lawn and the podcast fits perfectly.
He is also the only person who says he'd like to play with Antonio Esfandiari and Garrett Adelstein if he makes the Poker After Dark sit and go.
He's been with his wife of 15 years since high school and the two have a seven-year-old son. Lindblad owns a trucking company that hauls agricultural products around the country.
Most of the players in the Main Event have named at least one player they're looking forward to possibly playing with if they win a spot on Poker After Dark.
"I'm not thinking that far ahead," says Daryl Oppelt.
Oppelt works in mechanical design and drove here from Brookings, SD. He's played poker for about ten years and has $48,018 in career winnings. His largest cash to date is $12,053 from a third-place finish in 2003
He's sitting just under starting stack.
Blair Hinkle finished Day 1b of the RGPS Council Bluffs Main Event ahead of 39 players and will now have the night off before returning for Day 2 at noon Sunday.
Hinkle, who bricked Day 1a, bagged the lead thanks in part to a 100,000 pot where he flopped top two against a flush draw. Early in the day, Hinkle changed tables with about 12,000 and hit two sets in a row to build up to 60,000 and never looked back -- finishing with 243,000.
Shane Fuller (236,500), Cody Bartlett (212,000), and Michael Childers (200,000) all broke the 200,000 mark but still find themselves well behind Day 1a chip leader Jovan Sudar, who bagged 348,500.
Emily Larson, Mark Barrientos, and Jeff Bryan all hit the rail in Day 1b.
The remaining players will return for Day 2 at noon on Sunday. The players who didn't find a bag yet will have one more chance tonight at 7 p.m. in the 1c flight.
Ray Rife is over 200,000. He says he could be described as a part-time poker player.
"I do a little of this, a little of that."
He thought for a moment when asked who he'd like to play with if he wins the Poker After Dark seat and eventually settled on Shaun Deeb.
He was the first person to say that. A lot of players have said Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu. Some have said Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan, and one player answered Jennifer Tilly.