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!

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