56 of the original 331 players who entered the RGPS Deepstack event returned Thursday at noon for Day 2 at Hard Rock Tulsa. With 36 places paid, those with short stacks felt the pressure to double up and make it to a payday. One such player was Terry "Papa" Karn, who started the day with 57,600, well below the 88,660 average. What could have been a short day for another short stack instead became a run for the ages as Karn doubled and then knocked out eight players on his way to the final table, accumulating over 1,000,000 chips in the process.
At the final table, Karn faced RG pros Chris Conrad, Dan "Wretchy" Martin, and seasoned veterans Rodney Spriggs, Alan Demeter, Angelo Gonzales, and Dan Overholt. Spriggs and Bob Holmes came to the table short-stacked, but Karn paid no mind, limping into the pot, all but daring the short-stacks to shove. The strategy seemed to work, as Karn ultimately negotiated a three-way ICM chop with Conrad and Martin that included Karn taking the event title and RG medallion. Congratulations!
Official results for the $180 RGPS Deepstack event:
|1||Terry "Papa" Karn||$6,750|
|2||Daniel "Wretchy" Martin||$7,670|
While the Deepstack final table played out, across the room another $160 RGPS ME Satellite began. It was a bit of a slow build up, with just 50 players entered at the 4 p.m. start time, but by the time late registration closed, the field swelled to 96 players. 18 would walk away with seats in the Main Event, smashing the 10-seat guarantee, while the bubble would receive a $330 prize.
Official Thursday (May 5) ME Satellite results:
|1||Stephan Guy||ME Seat|
|1||Doc Smith||ME Seat|
|1||Raymond Kilpatrick||ME Seat|
|1||Jeri Sieber||ME Seat|
|1||Shawn Cleophas||ME Seat|
|1||Rania Nasreddine||ME Seat|
|1||Brian Olson||ME Seat|
|1||Darrin Stull||ME Seat|
|1||Jeffrey Bowles||ME Seat|
|1||Zejadin Capri||ME Seat|
|1||Melinda Hettick||ME Seat|
|1||William Donnelly||ME Seat|
|1||William Fisher||ME Seat|
|1||Mesgana Tesfalidet||ME Seat|
|1||Dianna Phillips||ME Seat|
|1||Jay Chansombat||ME Seat|
|1||Mary Young||ME Seat|
|1||Randall Clements||ME Seat|
The first Day 1 flight of the Main Event hit the ground running Thursday night, and PokerNews is back to cover all the action. Live reporting and chip counts can be found here. 88 players signed up for Day 1A and at the end of the night it was Randy Clement bagging up the chip lead, amassing 191,500 chips. Two more flights on Friday at noon and 7 p.m. are sure to challenge that total heading into Day 2 on Saturday.
Come and join us for your shot at poker glory. The $675 Main Event winner will have his or her name etched on the RunGood Travelling Champion's Cup and receive a replica to keep, in addition to first place prize money and a $10,000 add-on bonus!