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RGPS returns to Horseshoe-Council Bluffs; official $150 Thousandaire results

For the 2016 RunGood Poker Series, halftime (aka the 2016 World Series of Poker) is over, and it's time to kick off the second half of our 2016 season. Our last stop of the spring is our first of the summer in Council Bluffs, Iowa, at the Horseshoe Casino. We're trading the dry heat of the desert for the milder temperatures of the Midwest as we play out another week of poker, food, cocktails, and more poker (not necessarily in that order).

First up on the schedule Wednesday, August 17, was a new event for the RGPS, the $150 Thousandaire tournament. Played under a survivor format, the prize pool would be divided evenly by $1,000 to determine the number of positions paid, with the top survivors all earning $1,000, and any remaining amount going to the next spot down. RunGood and the Horseshoe also added a bonus in the form of a RunGood-branded Yeti Tumbler to be awarded to everyone who makes it into the money. 115 players registered for the tournament, creating a prize pool of $12,980. Twelve "thousandaires" would receive $1,000 each, and the unlucky number 13 finisher would leave with just $20 less.

Official $150 Thousandaire tournament results:

Place Name Prize
1st Kevin Guyton $1,000.00
1st Charles Marty $1,000.00
1st Mark Slatcher $1,000.00
1st Joseph Wilson $1,000.00
1st Brian Topp $1,000.00
1st John McKeegan $1,000.00
1st Shannan Roberts $1,000.00
1st Delmar Huff $1,000.00
1st Jerry Moore $1,000.00
1st Jason Smith $1,000.00
1st Gary Dimasi $1,000.00
1st Dylan Meier $1,000.00
2nd Andrew Pryor $980.00

 

Additional photos from the event can be found here.

The RGPS will be at the Horseshoe in Council Bluffs through Sunday, August 21. The next event up on the schedule begins at noon Thursday, August 18, with the $200 6-max NLHE tournament, which sports a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool.

The RGPS Main Event this time around will be an $1,100 buy-in affair. Players can take a shot at winning their seat for just $250 via one of two Main Event satellites scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday and another at 7 p.m. Friday.

Come join us at the Horseshoe this week for all the fun, prizes, and poker action!

RGPS Main Event Day 2 Redraw, 43 players left, $31,443 up top

Competition will be fierce on Sunday as 43 players return for Day 2 of the RGPS Council Bluffs Main Event. 21 places will be paid with $31,443 up top plus a $2,000 WSOP Vegas Package. Issac Tucker begins the day as chip leader with 237,000 chips, but with only 500 chips more than the next player on the leader board, Mike Fick (236,500), no one is a lock to cash. Rounding out the top ten are Chris Wicks (221,500), Justin Gardenhire (215,000), Jon Lawson (198,000), Quang Pham (166,500), Tommy Nguyen (158,000), Dylan Meier (155,500) Yinglong Yang (152,500), and James Devaney (141,000).

Other notable players to punch tickets to day two include Julie Anna Cornelius, Mike Rieck, Daniel Lowery, Mark Fink, Paul Silversteen, Jack Armstrong, Kevin O'Donnell and Mark Turner.

Day 2 play starts at noon Sunday. The redraw for seat assignments by table and seat are as follows:

Table Seat Player Chip Count
3 1 Yash Mudireddy 61,000
3 2 Jerry Moore 76,500
3 3 Corey Williams 94,500
3 4 Courtney Stott 114,500
3 6 Jose Montes 98,000
3 7 Justin Gardenhire 215,000
3 8 David Hengen 107,500
3 9 Andre Pnewski 64,000
4 1 Chris Wicks 221,500
4 2 Kyle McKinney 39,000
4 3 Andre Allen 99,500
4 4 Mike Rieck 43,000
4 5 Jon Hartman 41,000
4 6 James Devaney 141,000
4 7 David Hershberger 31,000
4 8 Tommy Nguyen 158,000
4 9 Duma Lowery 130,000
7 1 Yinglong Yang 152,500
7 2 Mark Fink 59,500
7 3 Duster Ellis 131,000
7 4 Greg Jennings 55,500
7 6 Ryan Pham 33,000
7 7 Dylan Meier 155,500
7 8 Jon Lawson 198,000
7 9 Paul Silverstein 40,000
8 1 Eric Paulson 50,000
8 2 Linn Shoesmith 82,500
8 3 Issac Rungood Tucker 237,000
8 4 Greg Poor 32,500
8 5 Quang Pham 166,500
8 6 Jack Armstrong 20,000
8 7 Thadd Wolff 69,000
8 8 Mike Fick 236,500
8 9 Alex Gunhus 115,500
9 1 Dong Nguyen 127,000
9 2 Colin Perry 66,500
9 3 Mark Turner 80,000
9 4 Kevin O'Donnell 72,000
9 5 James Mullin 28,000
9 6 Troy Sheets 64,500
9 7 Henry Gingerich 38,500
9 8 Drew Woodke 70,000
9 9 Julie Cornelius 63,000

 

The Main Event saw 209 players enter the field, surpassing the $100,000 guarantee for a combined prize pool of $123,310, plus the $2,000 WSOP Vegas prize package.

Official payouts are as follows:

Place Prize (USD)
1 $31,443
2 $19,730
3 $12,516
4 $9,125
5 $6,844
6 $5,611
7 $4,871
8 $4,193
9 $3,453
10 $2,836
11 $2,836
12 $2,836
13 $2,281
14 $2,281
15 $2,281
16 $1,850
17 $1,850
18 $1,850
19 $1,541
20 $1,541
21 $1,541

 

PokerNews is here to cover all the action. Click here for chip counts and live reports. Photos from the Day 1 flights can be found on our Facebook page.

One more RunGood Medallion and Fireball Whiskey dart board is still up for grabs via Sunday's 11 a.m. $100 RG Turbo. Join us at Horseshoe Council Bluffs to watch history in the making, or jump into the Turbo and make your own!

May 14, 2016

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Congratulations to RGPS Council Bluffs Deepstack winner James Devaney

The action on Friday began with 54 players returning for Day 2 of the $180 RGPS Deepstack event. Right off the bat, Day 1 chip leader Ryan Tepen and Mark Turner, who began the day 2nd in chips, tangled in a huge pot.

Turner opened to 9,000 and Tepen three-bet to 25,000. Turner called. The flop came [Ts][4s][6c] and Turner check-called Tepen's continuation bet. The turn brought the [Ac], and again Turner check-called a bet from Tepen. The river brought a third spade, the [6s]. Turner checked again and Tepen shoved all in, having Turner covered by 9,000 chips. Turner went into the tank but ultimately called and turned over [As][Kx]. Tepen showed [8x][7x] for a missed double-gutshot straight draw. Tepen was eliminated shortly thereafter, ending (at least temporarily) the hot streak he's been on for the past few RGPS stops.

Assembling the final table involved a hand that cannot go unmentioned. RunGood pros Jose Montes, Justin Gardenhire, and Daniel "Duma" Lowery moved all in preflop in a three-way pot. Montes moved all in from early position with [Ax][7x], Lowery called with [Ax][9x], and Gardenhire found [Ax][Ax] in the blinds and called all in. Lowery had both opponents covered, with Montes as the shortest stack. The flop brought two nines, and with all the aces accounted for, only Montes was drawing live to a runner-runner straight draw. In the end, both Gardenhire and Montes were eliminated, finishing seventh and eighth respectively.

Despite the event's name, by the time the final table was reached, most of the stacks at the table were short with 15 big blinds or less. With five players left, the blinds reached 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante. Daniel Lowery opened for 150,000 from the cutoff and Nicholas Stille raised all-in for around 300,000 from the button. The action folded back to Lowery and he called. Stille showed [Ah][9d] and was dominated by Lowery's [Ac][Ks]. The board ran out dry for both players, [Jc][8d][5c][3s][Jh], and Stille was eliminated in fifth place for $2,013.

Three hands later, we lost another player. Michael Dreiger raised from the button to 150,000 and Michael Hansen three-bet all in for 960,000 from the big blind. Dreiger called and turned over [Ac][7s] and found himself in bad shape against Hansen's [Qh][Qd]. The board ran out [Ts][8h][8c][4h][5c] and Dreiger's tournament came to an end. He would receive $2,685 for his fourth-place performance.

With just moments to go in the same level, Lowery opened for 125,000 and Hansen three-bet all in for around 1,000,000. James Devaney in the big blind called and had Hansen and Lowery covered. Lowery let his hand go and the hands were turned up. Hansen held [Kh][Qh] against Devaney's [As][Qc]. The dealer spread a board of [Td][8d][6s][Ts][9s], knocking out Hansen in third place for $3,849.

The heads up battle between Lowery and Devany began with Devaney holding a 2-to-1 chip lead and lasted 20 hands, during which the blinds increased to 30,000/60,000 with a 5,000 ante. The final hand began when Devaney called on the button and Lowery moved all-in from the big blind. Devaney quickly called and turned over [Ac][Td]. Lowery revealed [Kd][3d] and would need help to survive. The board ran out [9c][8h][2c][Jh][4h], leaving ace-high as the best hand and bringing the tournament to an end. Lowery's second-place finish earned him $5,748.

Congratulations to James Devaney on your first-place finish in the RGPS Council Bluffs Deepstack event. Your win earns you $9,046, a Fireball Whiskey dart board and a RG medallion!

Official results:

Place Player Name Prize
1 James Devaney $9,086.00
2 Daniel Lowery $5,748.00
3 Michael Hansen $3,849.00
4 Michael Dreiger $2,685.00
5 Nicholas Stille $2,013.00
6 Eric Polson $1,579.00
7 Justin Gardenhire $1,334.00
8 Jose Montes $1,105.00
9 Charles Marty $951.00
10 Trevis Devericks $750.00
11 Dave Swanson $750.00
12 Jonathan Aulepp $750.00
13 Jonathan Hartman $565.00
14 Jung Park $565.00
15 Richard May $565.00
16 Terakun Karnchanakphan $442.00
17 Mark Turner $442.00
18 Pierce Picou $442.00
19 Rodney Vashon $355.00
20 Stefan Kegley $355.00
21 Bernard Lee $355.00
22 Minh Phan $355.00
23 Michael Lang $355.00
24 Henry Gingerich $355.00
25 Michael Albert $355.00
26 Michael Rieck $355.00
27 Fred Walker $355.00
28 Jerin Gray $296.00
29 David Remer $296.00
30 Cory May $296.00
31 Jonathan Lawson $296.00
32 Christopher Rolfes $296.00
33 Jack Armstrong $296.00
34 Kim Elder $296.00
35 Clint Lilienthal $296.00
36 Drew Woodke $296.00

 

Pictures from the Deepstack can be found on the RunGood Facebook page, in albums for the event, which you can find here (Day 1) and here (Day 2).

 

54 Players return for Deepstack Day 2, Main Event begins tonight

The order of business on Thursday was all about the $180 Deepstack with Day 1 flights at noon and 7 p.m. By the time they were over, a total of 282 players entered, generating a prize pool of $39,480--to which a $2,000 WSOP package has been added. By the end of the night, 54 players bagged up for the Day 2 restart on Friday at noon.  Just 36 of those players will make the money, as the payout structure is as follows:

1st $9,086 + $2k WSOP
2nd $5,748
3rd $3,849
4th $2,685
5th $2,013
6th $1,579
7th $1,334
8th $1,105
9th $951
10th - 12th $750
13th-15th $565
16th-18th $442
19th-27th $355
28th-36th $296

 

It's still anybody's ball game to win, but three players come back for Day 2 with stacks of over 200,000 chips: Ryan Tepen (232,500), Mark Turner (226,000), and Jerin Grey (225,000). Other notables still in contention include Justin Gardenhire, Clint Lilienthal, Terry "Papa" Karn, Mike Rieck, Mark Stujpff, Jose Montes, Bernard Lee, and Daniel "Duma" Lowery.

The Day 2 seating assignments are as follows:

Table Seat Player Name Chip Count
Table 3 Seat 1 Brandon Fish 58,000
Table 3 Seat 2 Jack Armstrong 45,000
Table 3 Seat 3 Jerin Grey 225,000
Table 3 Seat 4 Dave Swanson 140,000
Table 3 Seat 5 Jon Lawson 44,000
Table 3 Seat 6 David Remer 33,500
Table 3 Seat 7 Joe Wilson 46,000
Table 3 Seat 8 Gardy 142,500
Table 3 Seat 9 John Morgan 37,000
Table 4 Seat 1 Fred Walker 34,500
Table 4 Seat 2 Cory May 131,000
Table 4 Seat 3 Michael Dreiger 154,000
Table 4 Seat 4 Mark Turner 226,000
Table 4 Seat 5 Pamela Koenemann 39,500
Table 4 Seat 6 Ryan Tepen 232,500
Table 4 Seat 7 Chuck Marty 80,500
Table 4 Seat 8 Mark Stumpff 55,500
Table 4 Seat 9 Mike Lang 100,000
Table 5 Seat 1 Clint Lilienthal 38,000
Table 5 Seat 2 Mike Albert 104,000
Table 5 Seat 3 Beverly Parker 68,000
Table 5 Seat 4 Henry Gingerich 55,500
Table 5 Seat 5 Junet Park 48,000
Table 5 Seat 6 Eric Polson 57,000
Table 5 Seat 7 Papa Karn 38,000
Table 5 Seat 8 Larry Cascio 45,000
Table 5 Seat 9 Chris Christian 88,000
Table 7 Seat 1 Trevis Devericks 59,000
Table 7 Seat 2 Jose Mones 112,000
Table 7 Seat 3 JR Reiss 73,500
Table 7 Seat 4 Rich May 82,500
Table 7 Seat 5 Michael Busch 57,500
Table 7 Seat 6 David Erwin 24,000
Table 7 Seat 7 Stefan Kegley 29,500
Table 7 Seat 8 Mitchell Martin 27,000
Table 7 Seat 9 Duster Ellis 41,000
Table 8 Seat 1 Chris Rolges 44,000
Table 8 Seat 2 Nick Stille 42,000
Table 8 Seat 3 Jon Hartman 90,000
Table 8 Seat 4 Mike Rieck 90,500
Table 8 Seat 5 Jonathan Aulepp 49,000
Table 8 Seat 6 Kim Elder 71,000
Table 8 Seat 7 Rod Vashon 161,500
Table 8 Seat 8 Brain Johnson 29,000
Table 8 Seat 9 Ryan Pham 60,000
Table 9 Seat 1 Pierce Picou 114,000
Table 9 Seat 2 Duma Lowery 97,000
Table 9 Seat 3 Mark Fink 71,000
Table 9 Seat 4 Drew Woodke 45,500
Table 9 Seat 5 Mike Hansen 92,500
Table 9 Seat 6 Bernerd Lee 72,000
Table 9 Seat 7 Phil Van Ommeren 30,500
Table 9 Seat 8 Sean Hooper 98,500
Table 9 Seat 9 James Devaney 52,000

Good luck players!

Also on the agenda for Friday is the 4 p.m. $160 Main Event satellite. Five seats are guaranteed to be given away.

The first of three Day 1 flights of the $675 RGPS Main Event starts tonight at 7 p.m.  Two more flights are scheduled for Saturday, at noon and 7 p.m.  PokerNews will be here to capture all the action. The RGPS Main Event Champion will have their name etched in the RunGood Travelling Champion's Cup and will receive a replica trophy to keep!

Congratulations to John Vechnak, RGPS Horseshoe Council Bluffs Pro Bounty Winner

We're back in Council Bluffs at the Horseshoe with another five days of poker action at the RunGood Poker Series. When last we were here in August, the Main Event drew 283 players and paid $34,267 (plus a $2,000 New Orleans Blaycation prize package) to first place finisher Brandon Fish. The Main Event for this visit begins tomorrow, but there are several preliminary events to talk about in the meantime.

First up was the $135 Pro Bounty tournament. Always a crowd favorite, this time around we were joined by our friends at Fireball Whiskey, who added Fireball t-shirts and hats to our usual mystery envelopes (containing prizes ranging from RunGood gear to $1,000 cash). A total of twelve RG Pros, Harrah's executives, and special guests were designated as bounties; knocking one of them out got you the Fireball swag plus the contents of the mystery envelope. Fireball didn't stop there--they turned up the heat with shots for the players during the event!

The special guests included former Cornhuskers Damon Benning and Jay Foreman. Benning was the 1996 Orange Bowl MVP and is now the co-host of Sharpe and Benning in the Morning, one of the top 25 sports shows in the nation. Foreman was drafted in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL Draft and played for the Buffalo Bills, the Houston Texans, and the New York Giants. He is the founder of the Foreman Foundation which helps lead the fight against diabetes.

164 players entered the event, creating a prize pool of $16,400. 18 places would be paid, with $4,428 going to first. One by one the bounties fell, and Fireball shots were...shot, with the final table reached shortly after midnight. By this time, the blinds were 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante.

With nine players left, the action folded around to a short-stacked Elizabeth Hunter in the small blind, probably due in some part to her table talk. With 8,000 of her 35,000 stack already committed to the pot, she warned the table, "I'm not saying it's all going in, I'm just saying it's probably all going in."  All in it went, as advertised, with Yashveen "Josh" Mudireddy in the big blind calling the additional 21,000 to put Hunter at risk. Hunter tabled [Td][7s] while Mudireddy held [Qc][5c]. The board ran out bad for Hunter, [5d][9d][2c][5h][7d], and she hit the rail in ninth place for $492.

8th place finisher Clint Lilienthal was active early at the final table, raising liberally and taking down several pots uncontested. But the tide turned when he underestimated the strength of Laura Mayer's hand in his last confrontation. Mayer raised from early position to 32,000 and Lilienthal called from the big blind. The flop came [Th][3h][2s]. Lilienthal paused for several seconds and then announced he was all in. Mayer quickly called. Lilienthal turned over [Kc][3c] for second pair but was up against Mayer's [As][Td] top pair, top kicker. Neither the [8s] on the turn nor the [8d] helped Lilienthal's cause and he exited the tournament in eighth place for $582.

Mayer at this point held the chip lead and knew how to use it, raising preflop to between 3 and 4 big blinds and taking down uncontested pots, though that's not how she dispatched 7th place finisher Joseph Davitt. Davitt had been quiet thus far at the final table and his stack had dwindled to 54,000; meanwhile, the blinds had just increased to 8,000/16,000 with a 3,000 ante. He pushed it all in from UTG+1. The action folded around to Mayer in the big blind. With a huge stack and having to call 38,000 to win 99,000, she decided to gamble with a modest [Jc][6h]. Davitt turned over [Qc][Td] and needed to hold to stay alive. Sometimes the flop falls on the wrong side of the percentages and such was the case for Davitt when the dealer flopped [Jd][4h][8h]. Only a queen or a nine for a straight would save Davitt. "It's never easy," remarked Mayer. But the [7c] and [8c] hit the felt on the turn and river to bring Davitt's tournament to an end. His seventh-place finish earned him $664.

Howard Dion came to the final table with a short stack and was trying his best to increase it. He three-bet to 39,000 over an all in from Kevin Berthelsen for 25,000, but then folded to a re-shove from Mudireddy. Berthelsen managed to survive that all-in in epic fashion when his [8c][9h] caught runner-runner two pair against Mudireddy's pocket kings.  Dion went quiet for five hands and then went into overdrive. First he shoved for 92,000 and took down the blinds and antes. On the next hand, he raised to 41,000 but folded to a shove from Mudireddy. Next, he called another all-in bet from Berthelsen in a blind vs. blind confrontation, but the pot was chopped. Two hands later, Dion shoved his remaining 80,000 from the button and groaned when Mudireddy re-shoved from the small blind. Mudireddy turned over [Ac][Jd] and was ahead of Dion's [Kh][5h]. The flop was good for Dion, but the river was not, as the board ran out [Ks][4s][8s][Td][As], and he left the tournament area with $754 from the prize pool.

The next player out fell just one orbit later in another blind vs. blind hand, this time between chip leader Laura Mayer and Kevin Berthelsen. Mayer raised to 45,000 from the small blind and Berthelsen moved all in for around 90,000. Mayer quickly called and tabled [Ks][Kc] while Berthelsen showed [Qc][3h].  The board was dry for Berthelsen as it ran out [Ad][8c][4s][9d][Ah]. Berthelsen exited in fifth for $918.

The very next hand brought another elimination. John Vechnak raised all in from middle position for 124,000 and Tyler Groth called all in for less from the big blind. Vechnak turned over [Jh][Jc] and Groth remarked, "I've got one over," as he flipped up [Ad][7d]. The dealer spread a board of [Kd][Kc][8h][4s][8s] and Groth would exit in fourth place for $1,230.

Three-handed play continued through two blinds increases and several chip lead changes. When we lost our third-place finisher, the blinds were up to 15,000/30,000 with a 4,000 ante. At this point, Vechnak held the chip lead with 780,000, Mudireddy had 270,000, while Mayer held just over 100,000.

Vechnak folded the button and Mudireddy moved all in for 250,000. Mayer called all-in and found herself up against [Qc][Qh] while holding [6s][7c]. Mayer did manage to flop a pair and a gutshot but just couldn't get there as the board ran out [Th][8d][6d][8s][Js]. Mayer went out in third for $1,673.

Heads-up play lasted a total of twelve hands, during which the chip lead changed twice.  Vechnak first lost the lead to Mudireddy; Vechnak raised to 90,000 on the button and Mudireddy shoved from the big blind for 347,000. Vechnak quickly called and showed [Jc][9d] and found himself up against his opponent's [Kh][Td]. The board missed both players as it ran out [7c][5c][Ah][3h][4c] and Mudireddy's king-high won the pot. The chip counts at that point put Mudireddy at 795,000 to Vechnak's 455,000.

Vechnak retook the lead three hands later when the trapper became the trappee. Mudireddy limped on the button and Vechnak shoved from the big blind for 404,000. Mudireddy snap-called with [As][Th] while Vechnak flipped over [Qs][Ts]. The dealer spread a board of [Qd][7c][2h][Qc][Kd]. Following the hand, Mudireddy's stack dropped to 350,000 to his opponent's 900,000.

Four more hands passed and then we came to the confrontation that would decide it all. Vechnak raised on the button to 70,000 and Mudireddy moved all in from the big blind for just over 300,000. Vechnak quickly called and showed [Ah][Ks]. Mudireddy rolled his eyes and turned over [As][7d]. The dealer flopped [Qd][8h][Js], leaving Mudireddy with just three outs, but when the turn came [Tc], he could only chop with a king on the river. The river brought the [Jd], paint but not a king, making John Vechnak the $135 RGPS Council Bluffs Pro Bounty champion!  Mudireddy received $2,755 for his second-place finish.

Complete results for the $135 Pro Bounty tournament:

Place Player Name Prize
1 John Vechnak $4,428
2 Yashveen Mudireddy $2,755
3 Laura Mayer $1,673
4 Tyler Groth $1,230
5 Kevin Berthelsen $918
6 Howard Dion $754
7 Joseph Davitt $664
8 Clint Lilienthal $582
9 Elizabeth Hunter $492
10 Richard Fruge $394
11 Henry Gingerich $394
12 Jose Hernandez $394
13 Mark Coffin $312
14 Bill Dunbar $312
15 Pierce Picou $312
16 Jung Park $262
17 Michael Rieck $262
18 Joshua Eike $262

 

RunGood and Horseshoe Council Bluffs would like to congratulate John Vechnak on his win. For his performance he received $4,428 in prize money, a Fireball Whiskey dartboard, and a RunGood medallion.  Thank you to all the players and pros who turned out to play, and many thanks to Fireball for the shots and support!

On the schedule for Thursday are two Day 1 flights for the $180 Deepstack event. Flight A begins at 12 p.m. and Flight B at 7 p.m.  Come join us!

Congratulations to RGPS Hard Rock Main Event winner Jeri Sieber

The spring 2016 RGPS Hard Rock wrapped up in the early morning hours on Mother's Day in poetic fashion.  First, the Main Event final table featured not one or two but four female players. Several railbirds remarked that it was the best looking final table they'd ever seen.

Two of those ladies are RG pros Samantha Abernathy and Mina Greco. The remaining two, Cheri Baber and Jeri Sieber, are both Oklahoma residents. Baber is a regular at the Hard Rock poker room while Sieber is from Norman and considers Riverwind her home court. The final few levels of the Main Event played out in the early morning hours on Sunday, and whether you call it coincidence, serendipity, or fate, it was certainly fitting that a mother would go on to win the event.

That mother, Jeri Sieber, chopped the money with RG pro Justin Gardenhire heads-up, but the two agreed to play it out for the trophy. The heads up battle ended quickly, however, and Sieber would ultimately lay claim to the RG ME trophy and $44,458 in prize money. After her win, Sieber said she owes some of the credit to the players in her regular $2/$5 NLHE game at RiverWind. PokerNews was there to capture all the action, which you can read here, including the official results and payouts.

We've posted all the photos from the Hard Rock series on our Facebook page. The photos from the Main Event can be found here (HR Dealers), here (Day 1A), here (Day 1B & Day 1C), here (Day 2), and here (Final Table). The photos from Saturday's $125 NLHE $10K event can be found here.


As always, RunGood would like to thank you, the players, for coming out and making our series so much fun. You are the reason we do what we do!  Many thanks also to the staff at Hard Rock for all their hard work, we couldn't do it without you! 

If you're ready for more action, the RGPS returns to the Horseshoe Council Bluffs on Wednesday for another five days of tournaments, bounties, guarantees, and Fireball Whiskey giveaways. With the 2016 WSOP right around the corner, we bet you could use another five-day poker party before the summer grind begins.  Hope to see you there!

May 07, 2016

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Olivier Busquet holds Day 1 chip lead, 74 players return for Day 2

The final two of three Day 1 flights for the RGPS Hard Rock Main Event played out on Friday, and when it was all over, 336 players had entered, creating a prize pool of $194,942, nearly double the guarantee. Then again, RunGood and Hard Rock are adding an additional $10,000 2016 Main Event seat to first place.

After 6½ hours of play, the field has been whittled down to just 74 players, all of whom return at noon Saturday to play down to a winner. The chip leader going into Day 2 is none other than professional poker player and analyst Olivier Busquet with 382,500. Other notable players moving on to Day 2 include Angelo Gonzales, Bob Holmes, Cherie Baber, Chris Conrad, Dale "Apollo" Cook, Dan Lowery, Ape Howard, Eric Bunch, Eric Thompson, Hasan Haq, Issac "RunGood" Tucker, Jesse McVicker, Jody Briscoe, Jonathan Gaviao, Justin Gardenhire, Lauren Bunch, Mary Young, Matt Newcombe, Mesgana Tesfiladet, Michael Sanders, Mina Greco, Ray Henson, Robert Shuptrine, Rodney Spriggs, Samantha Abernathy, Terry "Papa" Karn, Ty Moffett, and Will Berry.

PokerNews is on site to cover all the action; live updates and chip counts throughout Day 2 can be found here.

Official payout schedule:

1st $45,595   + $10,000 added on
2nd $28,863
3rd $19,328
4th $13,480
5th $10,110
6th $7,929
7th $6,701
8th $5,551
9th $4,778
10th - 12th $3,767
13th - 15th $2,835
16th - 18th $2,220
19th - 27th $1,784
28th - 36th $1,487

 

Day 2 seat assignments and chip counts by table and seat:

Player Name Chip Count Table Seat
David Jones 133,000 20 1
Robert Shuptrine 113,000 20 2
Nick Lanzi 109,000 20 3
Samantha Abernathy 80,000 20 4
Joseph Sebring 101,500 20 5
Melinda Hettick 69,500 20 6
Angelo Gonzales 66,500 20 7
Chris Conrad 126,500 20 8
Dale Cook 31,000 20 9
Chad Freeman 86,000 21 1
Don Hooper 60,000 21 2
Kirk Smith 158,000 21 3
James Kirk 122,000 21 4
Josh Sandoval 106,000 21 5
Daniel "Duma" Lowery 90,000 21 6
Vic Harris 79,000 21 7
David Frye 54,500 21 8
Ron King 54,500 21 9
Greg Jennings 142,000 23 1
Matt Newcombe 118,000 23 2
Tai Du 74,000 23 3
Daniel Morris 39,500 23 4
Mina Greco 129,000 23 5
Edgar Alegria 31,500 23 6
Ty Moffett 125,000 23 7
Michael Sanders Jr 77,500 23 8
Brian Olson 107,000 23 9
Joey McCaig 124,000 24 1
Jonathan Gaviao 55,000 24 2
Mesgana Tesfalidet 79,500 24 3
Bob Holmes 80,000 24 4
Jesse McVicker 174,000 24 5
Caroldean Tomlinson 38,500 24 6
David "Ape" Howard 32,500 24 7
Miles Taylor 37,500 24 8
Mike Berger 232,000 24 9
Jay Chansombat 22,500 24 10
William Fisher 55,500 25 1
Terry "Papa" Karn 38,500 25 2
Eric Bunch 60,000 25 3
Jon Bennett 132,500 25 4
Will Berry 58,500 25 5
Steve Myers 28,000 25 6
Rodney Spriggs 83,000 25 7
James Price 88,000 25 8
Mary Young 69,500 25 9
Chris Patrick 14,000 25 10
Ray Henson 91,500 26 1
Ira Lampley 70,500 26 2
Christopher Staats 74,000 26 3
Christopher Gunner Peterson 94,500 26 4
Olivier Busquet 382,500 26 5
Zane Houck 52,000 26 6
Clarence Prevost 80,500 26 7
Hasan Haq 89,500 26 8
Bill Donnelly 82,000 26 9
Freddie Rodriguez 133,500 27 1
Sam Lee 35,000 27 2
Jason Royman 38,000 27 3
Scott Kateian 54,500 27 4
Eric Thompson 154,000 27 5
Cherie Baber 68,000 27 6
Jeri Sieber 80,500 27 7
Joe Briscoe 62,500 27 8
Gil George 312,000 27 9
Randy Clement 191,500 28 1
Darrin Stull 105,500 28 2
Lauren Bunch 29,000 28 3
Raymond Kilpatrick 76,000 28 4
Chris Lawson 68,000 28 5
Justin Gardenhire 99,500 28 6
Tommy Vedes 48,500 28 7
Issac Tucker 163,500 28 8
Jason White 23,500 28 9

 

Day 2 seat assigments by Player name:

Player Name Chip Count Table Seat
Angelo Gonzales 66,500 20 7
Bill Donnelly 82,000 26 9
Bob Holmes 80,000 24 4
Brian Olson 107,000 23 9
Caroldean Tomlinson 38,500 24 6
Chad Freeman 86,000 21 1
Cherie Baber 68,000 27 6
Chris Conrad 126,500 20 8
Chris Lawson 68,000 28 5
Chris Patrick 14,000 25 10
Christopher Gunner Peterson 94,500 26 4
Christopher Staats 74,000 26 3
Clarence Prevost 80,500 26 7
Dale Cook 31,000 20 9
Daniel "Duma" Lowery 90,000 21 6
Daniel Morris 39,500 23 4
Darrin Stull 105,500 28 2
David "Ape" Howard 32,500 24 7
David Frye 54,500 21 8
David Jones 133,000 20 1
Don Hooper 60,000 21 2
Edgar Alegria 31,500 23 6
Eric Bunch 60,000 25 3
Eric Thompson 154,000 27 5
Freddie Rodriguez 133,500 27 1
Gil George 312,000 27 9
Greg Jennings 142,000 23 1
Hasan Haq 89,500 26 8
Ira Lampley 70,500 26 2
Issac Tucker 163,500 28 8
James Kirk 122,000 21 4
James Price 88,000 25 8
Jason Royman 38,000 27 3
Jason White 23,500 28 9
Jay Chansombat 22,500 24 10
Jeri Sieber 80,500 27 7
Jesse McVicker 174,000 24 5
Joe Briscoe 62,500 27 8
Joey McCaig 124,000 24 1
Jon Bennett 132,500 25 4
Jonathan Gaviao 55,000 24 2
Joseph Sebring 101,500 20 5
Josh Sandoval 106,000 21 5
Justin Gardenhire 99,500 28 6
Kirk Smith 158,000 21 3
Lauren Bunch 29,000 28 3
Mary Young 69,500 25 9
Matt Newcombe 118,000 23 2
Melinda Hettick 69,500 20 6
Mesgana Tesfalidet 79,500 24 3
Michael Sanders Jr 77,500 23 8
Mike Berger 232,000 24 9
Miles Taylor 37,500 24 8
Mina Greco 129,000 23 5
Nick Lanzi 109,000 20 3
Olivier Busquet 382,500 26 5
Randy Clement 191,500 28 1
Ray Henson 91,500 26 1
Raymond Kilpatrick 76,000 28 4
Robert Shuptrine 113,000 20 2
Rodney Spriggs 83,000 25 7
Ron King 54,500 21 9
Sam Lee 35,000 27 2
Samantha Abernathy 80,000 20 4
Scott Kateian 54,500 27 4
Steve Myers 28,000 25 6
Tai Du 74,000 23 3
Terry "Papa" Karn 38,500 25 2
Tommy Vedes 48,500 28 7
Ty Moffett 125,000 23 7
Vic Harris 79,000 21 7
Will Berry 58,500 25 5
William Fisher 55,500 25 1
Zane Houck 52,000 26 6

 

Saturday's action will also include a $125 NLHE Last Chance tournament at 5 p.m. Unlike previous RGPS visits to the Hard Rock, this one will NOT be a turbo. Players will start with 8,000 chips and levels are 30 minutes each.

Good luck to all the players still competing in the Main Event. And thank you to everyone who came out to play. You are the reason the RGPS is so much fun.  May you all RunGood in life and on the felt!