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:
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!
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:
|8||3||Issac Rungood Tucker||237,000|
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:
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!
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!
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|
|10th - 12th||$750|
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!
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:
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!
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!
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|
|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|
|Daniel "Duma" Lowery||90,000||21||6|
|Michael Sanders Jr||77,500||23||8|
|David "Ape" Howard||32,500||24||7|
|Terry "Papa" Karn||38,500||25||2|
|Christopher Gunner Peterson||94,500||26||4|
Day 2 seat assigments by Player name:
|Player Name||Chip Count||Table||Seat|
|Christopher Gunner Peterson||94,500||26||4|
|Daniel "Duma" Lowery||90,000||21||6|
|David "Ape" Howard||32,500||24||7|
|Michael Sanders Jr||77,500||23||8|
|Terry "Papa" Karn||38,500||25||2|
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!