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RG TULSA MAIN EVENT (DAY 1B): Last Level Of The Night, Bags Beckon

Level 12 (1,200/2,400/400)
Total RG Main Event Entries: 253
Total RG Main Event Day 1B Entries: 148
Day 1B Players Remaining: 38
Average Stack: 77,900

11 levels have flown by on Day 1B of the RunGood Tulsa Main Event and the 38 remaining players are only 30 minutes away from a place in Day 2. Like yesterday, there will be a few players who inevitably don't make the cut for tomorrow but with another flight still left to be played, not all hope is lost. 

As the field compresses, more chip leaders should emerge and Tai Du is still the man to beat. Du is chasing Jamie Kerstetter, who put over 300,000 in the bag last night as the result of a late charge. Kerstetter's mark will be tough to beat and Du just might do it before the dust settles.

Once the level is completed, the RG Blog will return with a look at the chip leaders from the flight and a recap of Day 1B action.   

RG TULSA MAIN EVENT (DAY 1B): Trying To Survive Until The Bags

Level 11 (1,000/2,000/300)
Total RG Main Event Entries: 256
Total RG Main Event Day 1B Entries: 148
Day 1B Players Remaining: 43
Average Stack: 68,900

Not every player is playing an above average stack at this stage of Day 1B, despite what the blog might be insinuating otherwise. Regardless of what end of the spectrum their stack ends up at, any player will be satisfied with a bag and an appearance in tomorrow's Day 2. 

Jorge Figueroa has been grinding along for the entirety of Day 1B and is less than an hour from a Day 2 appearance. Sunday would be far from the first "moving day" for Figueroa, who made the final table of the Heartland Poker Tour stop in Vicksburg and cashed in last summer's World Series of Poker "Monster Stack" event. 

Jesse McVicker has a RunGood title along with two additional cashes to his name that make up part of his $452,000 in career earnings. Like Figueroa, McVicker has been short for most of the day but seems well suited for main events. McVicker finished 15th in last summer's WPT at Choctaw and followed that up with a 33rd place finish in the WSOP Circuit event there last month. 

RG TULSA MAIN EVENT (DAY 1B): Tai Du Turns A Royal To Win A 250K Pot

Level 10 (800/1,600/200)
Total RG Main Event Entries: 256
Total RG Main Event Day 1B Entries: 148
Day 1B Players Remaining: 59
Average Stack: 50,200

Tai Du found the right card at the right time, hitting a royal flush to double up in the largest pot of Day 1B. 

It was noted earlier today that there was the potential for fireworks on Table 20 with multiple players playing big stacks. Pete Petree did not end up being involved in the defining pot of Day 1B but Tai Du was as he took down a monster against Barbara Sargent by hitting a royal flush and cracking Sargent's aces in the process.  

The hand in question started with Du opening for 3,600 with A♣K♣ and the player on his left calling the raise with 109. Action folded to Sargent, who put in a three-bet to 28,500 with AA♠. Du called and the third player in the hand moved all-in for 1,000 more. Both players called and the flop came down Q♣10♣7. Sargent shoved for effectively 63,300 and Du called with his draws to himself at risk.

The call couldn't have worked out any better for Du as the J♣ came on the turn to end the hand and give Du the royal flush. Once the dust settled, Du was stacking up to 250,000, which is good enough for the chip lead while Sargent will have to climb back from 35,000.

RG TULSA MAIN EVENT (DAY 1B): Making The Most Of A Late Entrance

Level 9 (600/1,200/200)
Total RG Main Event Entries: 256
Total RG Main Event Day 1B Entries: 148
Day 1B Players Remaining: 68
Average Stack: 43,500

Over four hours of late registration and re-entry are available for all flights of the RG Tulsa Main Event and many players take advantage of the option to enter once the flight is in full swing. Two of those players have made the most of their late entry and are both over 80,000 chips. 

Richard Roberts has progressively chipped up since entering a few levels ago and is among the latest wave of players to move up to the top of the leaderboard. A cash in this event would mark the first for Roberts in an RG Main Event as he looks to build on his $40,000 in tournament earnings.

 
Barbara Sargent is among the first players over 100,000 as Sargent continues to her productive 2017 campaign. Sargent won a title at the WSOP Circuit stop in Choctaw last month in a series that included four cashes. Similar to Roberts, Sargent is playing for her first career RG Main Event score and is on her way toward a place in tomorrow's Day 2.

RG TULSA MAIN EVENT (DAY 1B): Second Break Arrives, Total Field Over 250 Entrants

Level 8 (500/1,000/100)
Total RG Main Event Entries: 253
Total RG Main Event Day 1B Entries: 145

Day 1B is usually the largest flight for RunGood Series Main Events and that form has held true so far as 145 entrants have populated the second Day 1 session. The record for entrants in an RG Tulsa Main Event is 363 and we could see that number come within reach if a few variables break the right way.  

Registration is open through this break and the start of Level 9 will mark the end of entry for this flight. A few entrants made their way in at the second break yesterday and it's possible that more may join them this time around. Day 1C will start at 7:00 pm and the early numbers in that field will give an indicator as to whether or not this main event will become the largest yet here in Tulsa. 

Once play resumes, the RG Blog will return with complete coverage of the remainder of Day 1B as we head toward the homestretch of this flight. 

RG TULSA MAIN EVENT (Day 1B): Heavy Lifting On Table 20

Level 8 (500/1,000/100)
Total RG Main Event Entries: 247
Total RG Main Event Day 1B Entries: 139

With nine tables currently in play, you would expect to see one player playing relatively above the rest but someone forgot to tell Table 20 that. Pete Petree and Tai Du are both playing over 70,000 and could soon be in for a massive clash before the end of the night.

Pete Petree has already made plenty good on his time in Tulsa this week. Petree took down the Pot Limit Omaha title for a $6,000 score and seems to have picked up where he left off from a few days ago. The victory was the first for Petree in a RunGood event and he could be looking at back-to-back final tables by the time the dust settles this weekend. 
On Petree's direct left sits Tai Du, who is also a veteran of success in the RunGood Series. Du placed just off the podium taking fourth place in September's RG Main Event in Tulsa and earned $11,000 in the process. Du is pushing dangerously close to the $100,000 mark in career earnings and could exceed that checkpoint with another final table appearance. 

RG TULSA MAIN EVENT (Day 1B): Kevin Rund Out In Front, Tight Crowd Forming Behind

Level 7 (400/800/100)
Total RG Main Event Entries: 243
Total RG Main Event Day 1B Entries: 135

Kevin Rund is the chip leader for the time being but has a lot of work to do before the end of Level 12 to secure the heaviest bag from this flight. 

Around this time yesterday, Cherie Baber was out in front of the Day 1A field by a healthy margin but today the leaderboard is much more compact. At this stage of Day 1B, Kevin Rund is in the lead but has plenty of company behind him. 

Rund is currently playing 75,000 and will hope to avoid the same fate as Baber, who busted before the end of the night. The perch that Rund sits on for the time being is precarious, to say the least, with Pete Petree, Tai Du, and Robert Palacios all near the 70,000 mark. 

The leaderboard that took form by the end of Level 12 last night was from what it looked like during Level 7 but perhaps that trend may change when all is said done. Below is a look at the current chip leaders.  

Kevin Rund - 75,000
Tai Du - 68,000
Pete Petree - 65,000
Robert Palacios - 65,000
Kirk Smith - 58,000
Chris Conrad - 56,000