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$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.

RunGood Poker Series at Downstream Casino Resort Day 2 Recap

Rodney SpriggsDay 2 of the RunGood Poker Series at the Downstream Casino Resort in Quapaw, Oklahoma began with the conclusion of the $180 NLHE Deepstack event. 60 players returned to compete for $10,305 in first place prize money plus the $2,000 New Orleans Blaycation prize package. Chance Kornuth began the day as chip leader with 249,000 chips, but lost a series of all-ins and exited the tournament in 31st place. At the end, it was Rodney Spriggs who took the top prize and the RG medallion.

Official $180 NLHE Deepstack results:

 Place

Last Name

First Name

Prize

1

Spriggs

Rodney

$10,305

2

Blanken

John

$6,523

3

Jones

Jerry

$4,368

4

Long

Caleb

$3,046

5

Murfin

Randy

$2,285

6

Schroeder

William

$1,792

7

Box

David

$1,514

8

Kennedy

Michael

$1,254

9

McComas

Richard

$1,080

10

Newport

Michael

$851

11

Dorothy

Patrick

$851

12

Dodson

Joseph

$851

13

Martinez

Armando

$641

14

Robbins

Richard

$641

15

Goddard

Kenneth

$641

16

Burd

James

$502

17

Laughlin

Roger

$502

18

Thompson

Eric

$502

19

Jacobs

Rodney

$403

20

Stanton

Kirk

$403

21

Tuck

Timothy

$403

22

Griffin

George

$403

23

Nair

Bobby

$403

24

Gauthier

Dale

$403

25

Spyers

Michael

$403

26

Eoff

Stephen

$403

27

Peck

Austin

$403

28

Harris

Richard

$336

29

Trotter

Robert

$336

30

Morgan

Charles

$336

31

Kornuth

Chance

$336

32

Menschik

Charles

$336

33

Cornelius

Julie Ann

$336

34

Henson

Raymond

$336

35

Zimmer

Shawn

$336

36

Hopper

John

$336

 

Cards were in the air at 4 p.m. for the $160 NLHE Main Event Turbo Satellite, which sported a 5-seat guarantee. A total of 38 players entered, resulting in 7 seats being awarded.

At 7 p.m., chips were flying for the $200 NLHE $50 Bounty Hunt tournament. 101 players entered by the time registration closed, creating a prize pool of $10,605 after the rebuy period ended. Based on the number of players entered, 12 would be paid, with $3,181 and 2K New Orleans PKG going to first. In the end, it was Tulsa regular John Heckenkamp who took the top prize, with RG pro Jonathan Gaviao taking second.

Official $200 NLHE $50 Bounty Hunt results:

 Place

Last Name

First Name

Prize

1

Heckenkamp

John

$3,181

2

Gaviao

Jonathan

$1,935

3

Tang

Robert

$1,273

4

Beaty

Michael

$901

5

Halford

James

$663

6

Clore

Stephen

$546

7

Shirkey

Robert

$477

8

Brown

Karen

$440

9

Greathouse

Richard

$361

10

Tesfalidet

Mesgana

$276

11

Largo

Ted

$276

12

Spriggs

Rodney

$276


There is still more action on the agenda through Sunday. Today's lineup includes the $40 All-In or Fold with $20 Rebuys Satellite at noon, the $160 NLHE Turbo Satellite with 5 seats guaranteed at 4 p.m., and at 7 p.m. the first flight of the $675 RG Main Event gets underway. Come join us at the Downstream Casino Resort for all the action and get on the Road to the RunGood Cup!

RunGood Poker Series at Downstream Day 1 Recap

The RunGood Poker Series makes its final stop on the road to the RunGood Cup at Downstream Casino Resort in Quapaw, Oklahoma this week. We’ll be awarding eleven $2,000 Blaycation prize packages which include the buy-in to the RunGood Cup Championship Event at Harrah’s New Orleans, hotel accommodations, VIP tickets to private RG Cup events, and travel cash to get you to the Big Easy.

Day 1 kicked off with two starting flights in the $180 NLHE Deepstack event, sporting a $25,000 guaranteed prize pool. A total of 320 players entered the event, obliterating the guarantee with a prize pool of $44,800, to which we’ve added a $2,000 New Orleans Blaycation prize package which will be awarded to our first place finisher.  When play ended at 2:00 a.m. Tuesday, just 60 players remained. 

Roger Laughlin emerged as the chip leader during the first flight with 151,000 chips. RG pro Chance Kornuth, who is making his first appearance at a RunGood Poker Series, topped that (albeit on his second bullet) by nearly 100,000 chips—finishing the day with a stack of 249,000. The 60 remaining players from both flights will combine for Day 2 at noon on Thursday and play down to a winner.

Chance Kornuth (far right); also pictured: Eric Thompson (left) and Ross Bybee (second from left).

Complete Day 2 seat assignments and chip counts are as follows:

LAST NAME

FIRST NAME

HOMETOWN

CHIP COUNT

TABLE

SEAT

Kornuth

Chance

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

        249,000

18

6

Schroeder

Allyn

Springfield, MO

        205,000

15

6

Baker

Amanda

San Diego, CA

        161,500

18

5

Strong

Shawn

Billings, MO

        161,000

15

1

Morgan

Charles

Joplin, MO

        152,500

22

5

Laughlin

Roger

Goodman, MO

        151,000

18

1

Eoff

Steve

Nixa, MO

        134,500

17

4

Long

Caleb

Siloam Springs, AR

        129,000

17

3

Murfin

Randy

Ozark, MO

        123,000

20

4

Dorothy

Patrick

VanBuren, AR

        114,000

20

2

Whitson

Matthew

Bella Vista, AR

        113,000

22

9

Stanton

Kirk

Boliver, MO

        110,000

22

8

Wait

Dale O.

Springfield, MO

        109,000

18

9

Robbins

Rick

Tulsa, OK

        104,500

19

9

Gauthier

Dale

Fort Scott, KS

        102,000

17

8

Wu

Li

Webb City, MO

          99,000

15

5

Thompson

Eric

Tulsa, OK

          95,000

18

8

Tuck

Tim

Langley, OK

          91,500

19

6

Kennedy

Mike

Joplin, MO

          86,500

22

7

Cashion

Tim

Weir, KS

          85,500

18

4

Gaviao

Jonathan

Lewisville, TX

          85,500

20

3

Jones

Jerry

Bentonville, AR

          82,000

16

6

Burd

James

Carthage, MO

          80,000

20

1

Dodson

Joe

Purdy, MO

          78,500

18

3

Harris

Richard

Fayetteville, AR

          77,000

19

1

Wittum

Timothy

Neodesha, KS

          76,500

22

3

Spriggs

Rodney

Joplin, MO

          76,000

22

6

Jacobs

Rod

Ozark, MO

          74,000

22

1

Peck

Austin

Allen, TX

          73,500

19

5

Martinez

Armando

Bella Vista, AR

          73,000

19

4

Wilkins

Curtis

Joplin, MO

          72,000

18

7

Pruitt

Jonathan

Springdale, AR

          70,000

15

7

Baggett

Kenny

Rogers, AR

          68,500

16

4

Hopp

Eldon

Springfield, MO

          67,000

16

7

Goddard

Kenneth

Springfield, MO

          65,500

20

5

Zimmer

Shawn

Fayetteville, AR

          63,500

17

5

Keil

David

Rogers, AR

          63,000

16

9

Martin

John

Pittsburg, KS

          62,500

20

9

Trotter

Robert

Lebanon, MO

          61,500

15

2

Menschik

Chuck

Mnt. Home, AR

          61,500

17

6

Box

David

Joplin, MO

          59,000

22

2

Hopper

John

Pawauska, OK

          57,000

22

4

Griffin

Mike

Springfield, MO

          52,500

16

2

McComas

Rich

Portland, OR

          52,500

19

7

Spyers

Mike

Kansas City, MO

          49,500

15

9

Brenn

Douglas

Lawrence, KS

          49,000

15

8

Cornelius

Julie Anna

Rockville, MD

          46,500

16

3

Nair

Bobby

Welch, OK

          44,500

17

2

Williams-Caudle

Lauren

Canyon, TX

          44,000

20

8

Newport

Michael

Tulsa, OK

          43,000

18

2

Blanken

John

Pittsburg, KS

          42,500

20

7

Henson

Ray

Spring, TX

          36,500

15

3

Carter

Jeffery

Tulsa, OK

          32,000

15

4

Arnold

Harold

Carl Junction, MO

          32,000

20

6

James

Shane

Kansas City, MO

          31,000

16

8

Johnson

Jimmy

Ava, MO

          30,000

16

1

Dodson

Paul "Dick"

 

          27,500

17

1

Bright

Kelly

Springdale, AR

          25,000

17

7

Butrus

John

Dallas, TX

          24,500

19

8

Bratti

Glenn

Springdale, AR

            9,500

19

2

 

A total of 36 places will be paid, with $10,305 and a $2,000 Blaycation RunGood Cup VIP package added to first. A complete payout schedule will be announced at the start of Day 2.

Other events scheduled for Thursday are the $160 RG Main Event Turbo Satellite at 4 p.m., which has a 5-seat guarantee. At 7 p.m. the $200 RG $50 Bounty Hunt is back, which also has a $2,000 New Orleans Blaycation Prize Package added to first place.

Join us at Downstream Casino Resort and get on the road to the RunGood Cup!

The RunGood Team adds new ambassadors for remaining 2015 season.

RunGood Poker clothing company and tour welcomes Mina Greco and Julie Anna Cornelius for remaining stops at Downstream Casino Nov. 4 – 8 and Harrah’s New Orleans Dec. 10 – 13.

Tulsa, OK: As the Road to the RunGood Cup themed 2015 Fall Season for the RunGood Poker Series rounds the corner, Poker Pros Mina Greco and Julie Anna Cornelius will be joining the company’s roster for the tour’s last stop and championship event. Both have begun to forge a name for themselves in the game through tournament poker. Recently, Mina has collected roughly over $175,000 in tournament earnings for 2015, with a big chunk coming from her recent TV Final Table appearance at the Inaugural WPT Choctaw Main Event. Julie has won over $85,000 in recorded tournament cashes and has become an established grinder on the World Series of Poker Circuit for the past three years.

“The RunGood Team and I could not be more thrilled to have these two join us for our 2015 season! Both bring positivity to any table they sit at that is refreshing and very much welcomed in a game filled with highs and lows.” – Justin Gardenhire, Team RunGood Captain.

Despite her 2015 breakout year, Mina’s interest in the game of poker has always been part of her life. “I'm a twin and come from a large Italian family. As a kid the family would gather together and play cards, that's where the interest began. I prefer to play poker sporadically rather than on a daily basis; helps relax the mind. During my down time I enjoy the simple life and surround myself around positive people, it keeps me grounded.” –Mina Greco. She currently resides in Houston, TX with plans on taking down the Inaugural RunGood Cup Championship December 10th – 13th at Harrah’s New Orleans.

Julie, also known as the Emoji Queen in the Poker Twitterverse, found her passion in poker after experiencing a remarkable set of occupations. “I worked at the White House, the American Embassy in London, and was also a chef and flight attendant on private planes for six years. All of these life experiences and adventures somehow led me to find my true passion in life, poker.” – Julie Anna Cornelius. She is a California girl at heart but has recently made her home in Chicago, Illinois. She will be joining the RunGood Team at Downstream Casino November 4th – 8th for the last stop before the championship.

About RunGoodGear.com: RunGood is poker’s premier online-store for apparel. Their mission is to provide poker players with stylish and comfortable clothing for their daily grind on and off the felt. RunGoodGear.com went live during the 2012 World Series of Poker and was featured at the WSOP Main Event Final Table through Poker Pro Rob Salaburu. RunGoodGear.com continued its WSOP presence with Jay Farber’s finish in the 2013 WSOP Main Event, and on the fan rail of Jorryt Van Hoof, William Tonking, and Dan Sindelar during the 2014 WSOP Main Event. In 2014, RunGoodGear launched the RunGood Poker Series with great success. ALL IN Magazine has recently signed on to be the Official Magazine Sponsor of the RunGood Poker Series in 2015 while PokerNews has been the official Live Reporting Team for the series since 2014.