RunGood Cup at Horseshoe Council Bluffs Day 2 Recap

Day 2 of the RunGood Poker Series at the Horseshoe in Council Bluffs, Iowa began with the conclusion of the $180 NLHE Deepstack event. 48 players returned to compete for $8,704 in first place prize money plus the $2,000 New Orleans Blaycation prize package. Elizabeth Hunter began the day as chip leader with 229,000 chips, but couldn’t keep the momentum going and exited the tournament in 12th place. Mo Nuwwarah of PokerNews, who will provide live coverage of the RGPS Main Event this weekend, also made it into the money, finishing in 20th place. RunGood pros Ryan Tepen (17th), Jamie Kerstetter (14th), and Ross Bybee all made it into the money, with Bybee reaching the final table before being eliminated in sixth place. Taking the top spot was chip leader Duane Gerleman, who agreed to chop the remaining prize pool with his heads-up opponent, Nathan Rohda. As part of the deal, Rohda would take home the $2,000 New Orleans Blaycation prize package and $6,070, while Gerleman would pocket $8,000 cash.

Official $180 NLHE Deepstack results:

1st Duane Gerleman - $8,000

2nd Nathan Rohda - $6,070

3rd Adam Thompson - $3,626

4th Dai Ong - $2,574

5th Jose Aviles - $1,994

6th Ross Bybee - $1,632

7th Randy Belmont - $1,360

8th Timothy Sciscoe - $1,142

9th Brent Henman - $943

10th Brandon Fish - $743

11th David Hengen - $743

12th Elizabeth Hunter - $743

13th Nicholas Marsh - $580

14th Jamie Kerstetter - $580

15th Heath Guest - $580

16th Alexander Christian - $453

17th Ryan Tepen - $453

18th Andrew Hajohn - $453

19th Jamel Lebranch - $399

20th Mohammed Nuwwarah - $399

21st Joel Merwick - $399

22nd Matthew Norcik - $399

23rd Christopher Lawson - $399

24th Peter Nguyen - $399

25th Stphen Frossard - $399

26th Pamela Koenemann - $399

27th Michael Basch - $399

At 7 p.m. the $200 Bounty Hunt tournament got underway, drawing 166 players by the time registration closed and creating a prize pool of $17,430. $50 of each buy-in was withheld from the prize pool as the player’s bounty, to be given to the opponent who delivers the knock-out blow. Based on the number of players entered, 18 players would be paid, but with bounties in play, everyone had the opportunity to win back their buy-in (or more), whether or not they made it into the money.

Three RunGood alumni made it into the money: Jamie Kerstetter (12th), Tana Karn, and Ross Bybee, with the latter two reaching the final table. It was all Ross Bybee at the final table, though, as he proceeded to personally knock out seven of his eight opponents on his way to taking down the $4,707 first place prize. Bybee finished the tournament with a total of 26 bounties for an additional $1,300.

$200 Bounty Hunt official results:

1st Ross Bybee - $4,707

2nd Jack Fenske - $2,928

3rd Travis Lavine - $1,778

4th Robert Tang - $1,307

5th Anthony Pleskac - $976

6th Tana Karnchanakphan - $802

7th Gerald Pauley - $706

8th Charles Marty - $619

9th Anthony Leetch - $523

10th Quang Pham - $418

11th Robert Schmitz - $418

12th Jamie Kerstetter - $418

13th Thomas Lutjens - $331

14th Benjamnin Kessler - $331

15th Travis Batenhorst - $331

16th Clint Lilienthal - $279

17th Edward Hosford - $279

18th Gregory Dailey - $279

The action on Friday begins with the 12 p.m. $40 All-In or Fold Main Event Satellite w/$20 Rebuys. It’s just what the name implies—players must either move all-in preflop or fold. One seat will be awarded to the RGPS Main Event for each $675 in the prize pool. Players looking to win a Main Event seat via a more traditional tournament structure will have that opportunity beginning at 4 p.m. with the $160 RG Turbo Main Event Satellite. A minimum of five seats are guaranteed, but one seat will be awarded for every $675 in the prize pool. At 7 p.m. Friday, the first of three Day 1 flights of the RGPS Main Event kicks off. The Main vent sports a $100,000 guarantee, but on our last visit to Council Bluffs the prize pool climbed above $250,000. With just a $675 buyin, it’s one of the best value tournaments you’ll find anywhere. Two more Day 1 flights are scheduled for Saturday, along with the final satellite for this series. Come join us for all the action and get on the road to the RunGood Cup!

RunGood Cup at Horseshoe Council Bluffs Day 1 Recap

The RunGood Poker Series has returned to the Horseshoe in Council Bluffs, Iowa yesterday with another $125K in guaranteed prize pools. Day 1 kicked off with two starting flights in the $180 NLHE Deepstack event, sporting a $25k Guaranteed prize pool. A total of 259 players entered the event, creating a prize pool of $36,260, plus a $2,000 RunGood Championship Blaycation prize package added on to first place. When play ended, just 48 players remained.Elizabeth Hunter is the overnight chip leader, having bagged up an impressive 229,000 chips at the close of play. Jose Aviles and RunGood Pro Ross Bybee are virtually tied for second with 205,500 and 205,000, respectively.

Complete Day 2 chip counts are as follows:

Elizabeth Hunter 229,000   Jose Aviles 205,500   Ross Bybee 205,000

Matthew Norcik 159,500   Brent Henman 145,500   Jim Davaney 145,000

Dai Ong 138,000   Adam Thompson 126,000   David Hengen 122,000

Mo Nuwwarah 121,000   Steve Baker 109,000   Nathan Rohda 107,000

Dale Schuman 105,000   Joel Merwick 102,000   Larry Nichols 97,000

Mark Fink 97,000   Chris Lawson 94,500   Peter Nguyen 94,500

Nick Marsh 86,500   Matt Snook 80,500   Stephen Frossard 78,500

Michael Basch 73,000   Jose Mendoza 62,000   Duane Gerleman 62,000

Mark Cornelius 61,000   Jamie Kerstetter 60,500   Andrew Hajohn 59,000

Austin Fritz 58,000  Ryan Tepen 56,000   Brandon Fish 54,500

Jamel Lebranch 52,000   Bruce Hahn 51,500   Heath Guest 51,000

John Comito 50,500   John Ross 50,500   Bryan Campanello 46,500

Ronald Grandgeorge 45,500   John Moran 42,500   JJ Feregrino 40,000

Raymond Rife 40,000   Pam Koenemann 37,500  Randy Belmont 35,500

Rodney Vashon 34,000   Huy Nguyen 30,000   Douglas Bloes 27,500

Tim Sciscoe 26,000   Alex Christian 16,500   Jame Rutan 16,000

When play resumes at 12 p.m. local time on Thursday, it’s still anyone’s tournament to win. 27 places will be paid, with $8,704 plus the $2,000 New Orleans Blaycation prize package going to first. The complete payout structure is shown below:

1st – $8,704 + $2,000 New Orleans Blaycation Prize Package

2nd – $5,366

3rd – $3,626

4th – $2,574

5th – $1,994

6th – $1,632

7th – $1,360

8th – $1,142

9th – $943

10th-12th – $743

13th - 15th – $580

16th – 18th – $580

19th - 27th – $399

Other events kicking off on Thursday are the $160 RG Turbo Main Event Satellite at 4 p.m., which has a 5-seat guarantee. At 7 p.m. the RG Bounty Hunt event begins, which includes a $2,000 RunGood Championship Blaycation Prize Package added to first place. Bounties are worth $50 each.The rest of the week will be just as action-packed! Join us in Council Bluffs and get on the road to the RunGood Cup!

RunGoodGear presents the "Road to the RunGood Cup"

Tulsa, OK: RunGood Gear, a clothing company built around the poker player, is starting its 2015 Fall RunGood Poker Series season at the Horseshoe Casino at Council Bluffs, IA at the end of August. This season’s tagline is “The Road to the RunGood Cup”. There are scheduled to be three stops leading up to a final RunGood Championship Main Event in December. RunGood has partnered up with Blaycation to coordinate thirty-six total $2,000 VIP packages for the championship that will be awarded to every side-event winner and final nine of each stop’s Main Event. Each package includes a travel allowance, hotel stay, a RunGood Championship seat, and nightly VIP events. The season’s full schedule can be found here: Expect to see friendly faces as RunGood ambassadors will be in attendance at each series.

The Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs series will be starting up the action with a two-day $180 DeepStack 25K GTD kick-off tournament followed by a $200 Bounty Tournament ($50). Each winner will receive a $2,000 RunGood VIP Championship Package. The Main Event will again host a $100,000 Guarantee that was smashed last season to the tune of $251,340. The final nine will be awarded RunGood VIP Championship Packages as well. Package winners will be receiving a Road to the RunGood Cup hat and backpack while Main Event champions will be awarded, in addition, a custom “Road to the RunGood Cup” Seiko Watch. During the series be sure to carve out time to attend Bernard Lee’s free tournament seminar on Saturday, August 29th at 10AM.  

Here is the full upcoming schedule:

Wednesday, August 26

-           12 p.m. $180 RG DeepStack 1A 25K GTD
-          7 p.m. $180 RG DeepStack 1B 25K GTD

Thursday, August 27

-           12 p.m. RG DeepStack Day 2 – Added 2K RG CUP PKG to winner
-           4 p.m. $160 RG Turbo Main Event Satellite – 5 Seats GTD
-           7 p.m. $200 RG $50 Dollar Bounty Hunt – Added 2K RG Cup PKG to winner

Friday, August 28

-           12 p.m. $40 All-In or Fold Main Event Satellite w/ $20 Rebuys
-           4 p.m. $160 RG Turbo Main Event Satellite – 5 Seats GTD
-           7 p.m. RunGood Main Flight A ($675 buy-in/$100,000 Guarantee)*

Saturday, August 29

-           12 p.m. RunGood Main Flight B ($675 buy-in/$100,000 Guarantee)*
-           4 p.m. $160 RG Turbo Main Event Satellite – 5 Seats GTD
-           7 p.m. RunGood Main Flight C ($675 buy-in/$100,000 Guarantee)*

Sunday, August 30

-           11 a.m. $100 RunGood Cup PKG Satellite – 1 PKG GTD
-           12 p.m. RunGood Main Event Restart

*All Events are Re-Entry up until registration ends

*2K RG CUP PKG to Final 9 will be taken out of prizepool

*The 2K RG CUP PKG by Blaycation includes: Travel allowance, Hotel stay, VIP Events, and RG Championship Seat

“The best way to describe the RunGood Poker series is to recall a conversation I had with one of the poker room managers a while back. They were speaking with a player about upcoming events and was asked “When does that feel good series come back?”.” – Tana Karn, Founder and President of

Horseshoe Casino has provided a 30% off room rate code for the series at Harrah’s Council Bluffs, which is a couple miles down the road. Shuttles are available every 30 minutes. Use code “RUNGP” at

About 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. went live during the 2012 World Series of Poker and was featured at the WSOP Main Event Final Table through Poker Pro Rob Salaburu. 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. As of today, RunGood Gear has earned a strong following among tournament grinders and has been seen on, BLUFF Magazine, ESPN, FOX Sports Net, Live at the Bike, the WPT, and the WSOP.


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