Thursday at the RGPS Hard Rock Tulsa was a day packed full of events, beginning with the $180 Deepstack finale at noon, the $230 PLO tournament at 4 p.m., and finishing off with the $160 Mega Satellite.
42 players survived their Day 1 flights in the $180 Deepstack tournament Wednesday and came back to play down to a winner on Thursday. Day 1 chip leader Cary Marshall lost his spot at the top of the leaderboard several times over the course of Day 2 but managed to regain the lead when it mattered most -- with just two players left. One critical hand leading to his victory came against then chip-leader Aaron Peeler, which you can read about here.
Marshall and RG Pro Daniel "Duma" Lowery chopped the remaining prize pool heads-up with $8,362 and the RunGood Medallion going to Marshall and $7,676 going to Lowery.
Official $180 Deepstack payouts:
|1||Cary Marshall||Reno, NV||$8,362|
|2||Daniel Lowery||Peter Pender, AR||$7,676|
|3||Benjamin Bailey||Tulsa, OK||$4,163|
|4||Joseph Mouser||Lawton, OK||$2,904|
|5||Stephen Guy||Osage County, OK||$2,179|
|6||Steven Hayes||Tulsa, OK||$1,709|
|7||Aaron Peeler||Midwest City, OK||$1,444|
|8||Jeffery Martin||Memphis, TN||$1,197|
|9||Tracey Rudd||Tulsa, OK||$1,030|
|10||Daniel Martin||Las Vegas, NV||$811|
|11||Benjamin Nix||Roosevelt, TX||$811|
|12||Molley Mossey||Clearwater, MN||$811|
|13||David Baker||Sahuarita, AZ||$611|
|14||Katherine Bickel||Fairview, TX||$611|
|15||Gary Burrell||Moore, Ok||$611|
|16||Andre Allen||Kansas City, MO||$478|
|17||Michael Lech||Alma, AR||$478|
|18||Jose Montes||Bronx, NY||$478|
|19||Edsou Oliva||Tulsa, OK||$384|
|20||Ty Moffett||Tulsa, OK||$384|
|21||Jon Bennett||Tulsa, OK||$384|
|22||Craig Worley||Stillwater, OK||$384|
|23||John Norwood||Checotah, OK||$384|
|24||Lynn Samples||Bedford, TX||$384|
|25||Marcea Barton||Tulsa, OK||$384|
|26||Jay Hunter||Tulsa, OK||$384|
|27||David Brown||Norman, OK||$352|
|28||Eric Bunch||Tulsa, OK||$352|
|29||Carol Burrell||Moore, Ok||$320|
|30||Phillip Nelson||Tulsa, OK||$320|
|31||Kenny Baggett||Rogers, AR||$320|
|32||Ross Bybee||Mckinney, TX||$320|
|33||Deborah Hale||Owasso, OK||$320|
|34||Michael Regalla||Moore, Ok||$320|
|35||Bong Tran||Tulsa, OK||$320|
|36||Larry Trimble||Broken Arrow, OK||$320|
At 4 p.m., the $230 Pot-Limit Omaha event began, ultimately attracting 68 players and creating a prize pool of $13,600, well above the $10,000 guarantee. Seven places would be paid with $4,188 going to first.
A raffle was held at the end of the second break to give away a Custom Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler with two Rambler Colsters. The lucky winner was Herb L. Factory. Congratulations!
Play continued well past the 7 p.m. start of the Mega Satellite, with the final table filled will a veritable who's-who of Oklahoma poker talent (and one very well-known Arizona visitor). Jeremiah Smith of Joplin, Missouri, and RG Pro Justin Gardenhire chopped the remaining prize pool heads-up for $3,740 each, with the RG medallion going to Smith. Congratulations to Jeremiah and Justin on a fantastic performance!
Official $230 PLO results:
|1||Justin Gardenhire||Wagoner, OK||$3,740|
|2||Jeremiah Smith||Joplin, MO||$3,740|
|3||Ross Bybee||McKinney, TX||$2,244|
|4||Jason White||Mannford, OK||$1,496|
|5||Huy Nguyen||Oklahoma City, OK||$952|
|6||David Baker||Sahuarita, AZ||$775|
|7||Cherie Baber||Tulsa, OK||$653|
The complete photo album for the PLO event can be found here.
The day's action culminated with the first of three Main Event satellites to be held this week. 20 seats were guaranteed to be awarded in the event. The $160 Mega Satellite began at 7 p.m. and drew 111 entries, for a prize pool of $14,985 or 22 Main Event seats. The bubble boy would receive a $135 cash prize.
Competing past midnight and into the early morning hours, the bubble finally burst, with the following players receiving prizes:
|1||John Popa||Tulsa, OK||ME Seat|
|1||James Tyner||Tulsa, OK||ME Seat|
|1||Susie Benzel||Tulsa, OK||ME Seat|
|1||John Heckenkamp||Claremore, OK||ME Seat|
|1||William Scarsdale||Harrison, AR||ME Seat|
|1||Eddie Addington||Tulsa, OK||ME Seat|
|1||Chip Pettit||Broken Arrow, OK||ME Seat|
|1||Mesgana Tesfalidet||Tulsa, OK||ME Seat|
|1||Michael Renfro||Broken Arrow, OK||ME Seat|
|1||Isaac Cantu||Brownsville, TX||ME Seat|
|1||Bobby Randolph||Collinsville, OK||ME Seat|
|1||Joe Ferguson||Catoosa, OK||ME Seat|
|1||Gregory Jennings||Overland Park, KS||ME Seat|
|1||Joel Malabrigo||Tahlequah, OK||ME Seat|
|1||Janie Rui||Oklahoma City, OK||ME Seat|
|1||Terry "Papa" Karn||Tulsa, OK||ME Seat|
|1||Yuwadi Langenhahn||Tulsa, OK||ME Seat|
|1||Long Vu||Broken Arrow, OK||ME Seat|
|1||Clarence Prevost||Bixby, OK||ME Seat|
|1||William Cole||Rogers, AR||ME Seat|
|1||Michael Sanders||Russellville, AR||ME Seat|
|1||Thomas Crick||Morrilton, AR||ME Seat|
|2||John Juby||Owasso, OK||$135|
Friday's schedule begins with a 10-seat guaranteed $160 Main Event Satellite at noon, and the first of three Day 1 flights of the $675 Main Event, Flight A at 7 p.m. Being given away via raffle in each of the Main Event Day 1 flights is a 65" Samsung Curve 4K TV plus an extra prize. Flight A's extra prize is a Sony PlayStation 4 game console. To be eligible to win, all you have to do is place your registration receipt into the drawing box and you must be present to win. PokerNews will be here to cover all the action for the RGPS Main Event. You can find the live updates, chip counts, and photos by PokerNews here.
Good luck to everyone playing today and than you for coming out to play!