An action-packed weekend at Horseshoe Iowa has concluded after three starting day 1's and a 10-hour day 2. Derrick Plumage emerged victorious over an 826 entry field, taking home $51,888, an amount larger than the guaranteed prizepool! Plumage also takes home an exclusive invite-only seat into the 2022 RunGood All-Stars ProAM filmed at the PokerGO Studio in December.
Day 2 began with 105 players, two of whom double bagged and received a minimum payout for their first bag as well as their formal payout. Three 2021 All-Stars ProAM invitees were in contention for a second consecutive seat, though none would prevail as Kerry Hildebrand exited the day quite early in 96th place for $668. Chris Christian's stack looked promising, holding an above average stack with just a few tables remaining until an unfortunate hand involving Christian's AA vs another player's JJ got all in preflop resulting in a board running out Jack high, eliminating Christian in 56th place for $1,045.
A stacked final table consisted of former RG Kansas City event winner Shannan Roberts, (8th for $6,580), the defending regular-season RunGood Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event champion, David Hengen, and Horseshoe Iowa regular and former RG Main Event final tablist, Kaleb Dunn, who eventually took 3rd for $25,525 after his KK fell to the QT of Derrick Plumage.
The heads up match between Derrick Plumage and David Hengen began with Hengen holding a 4-1 lead over Plumage, but tides quickly changed when the chips got all in on the flop of A♥️ Q♥️ J ♦️ when Plumage was holding K♥️T♥️ vs Hengen's A♣️Q♣️. The J♥️ on the turn quickly sealed the deal in the over 10 million chip pot to give Plumage a royal flush to even the stacks.
Hengen couldn't recover as the rest of the chips made their way all in preflop with Hengen holding 6♥️6♠️ and Plumage holding A♦️Q♦️. The board ran out T♦️J♥️9♦️4♣️A♠️ and Plumage was declared the winner, covering the defending regular-season champ by just 450k in chips. Hengen takes home $24,591 for his second place finish.
A few players that didn't have the weekend they were hoping for include Jacob Long, Eric Polson, WSOP Circuit ring winners Mark Fink and Mo Nuwwarah, RecPoker's Steve Fredlund, as well as 2021 ProAM qualifier Nathan Steuer.
Other notables from the day saw respected local pro, Taylor Howard (22nd place for $1,886), Omaha's Kevin Berthelsen (84th place for $711), Grand Island's Kipp Smith (32nd place for $1,597), Kansas City's Rob Palacios (33rd place for $1,369), WSOP Circuit ring winner Scott Buller (89th place, $668), and last woman standing, Barbara Stahlecker (27th place for $1,597).
We thank all of the players for another great weekend here at Horseshoe Council Bluffs and look forward to returning here again October 18-23, 2022.
Next up: RGPS Contenders: Graton Casino, Rohnert Park, CA September 13-18, 2022.
Final Table results: