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Shirts, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies and hats all comprise the modern-day poker player’s attire, though those who wear them don’t always play poker. So how can you tell if someone is a poker player as opposed to an average Joe? If they’re wearing Run Good Gear, the answer is clear.
Based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Run Good Gear is the latest apparel company to enter the poker market. This past June, the RunGoodGear.com store was launched to offer clothing that uses materials and styles meant to make sure the player stays comfortable and warm in the poker room.
According to its mission statement: “RunGoodGear.com is poker’s newest apparel online store. Our mission is to provide players with stylish, comfortable, and a bit of luck-filled clothing. With the emergence of a new generation of poker players from the online world to live tables, RunGoodGear.com provides the apparel for a new breed of players to hit the felt. It's a new era in Poker, and we're making sure players have a place to gear up.”
Speaking of the “emergence of a new generation,” Run Good Gear has put together a team of young grinders to represent its brand. They include World Series of Poker Circuit superstars with a combined 12 gold rings and the recent winner of the 2012 Chad Brown Challenge.
AP Phahurat (Twitter: @LegitAP47)
WSOP Cashes: 5 for $16,602
Most Notable WSOP Cash: 60th in 2011 WSOP Event #39 $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em/Omaha for $4,480.
WSOP Circuit Cashes: 10 for $89,801
Most Notable WSOP Cash: 2nd to Kyle Cartwright in 2011/2012 WSOPC Harrah’s St. Louis Event #10 $1,090 No-Limit Hold’em for $34,234.
Noteworthy: Won the 2012 Chad Brown Challenge for $116,449 back in May. Check out PokerNews’ interview by clicking here.
Kyle Cartwright (Twitter: @Da_kyky)
WSOP Cashes: 4 for $77,565
Most Notable WSOP Cash: 8th in 2011 WSOP Event #32 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em for $64,788.
WSOP Circuit Cashes: 14 for $298,287
Most Notable WSOP Cash: Won the 2010/2011 WSOPC Harrah’s St. Louis $1,600 Main Event for $142,290 and his third gold ring.
Noteworthy: Won three of his WSOPC rings within three months. He was a selection in PokerNews’ 2011 WSOP Rookie Roundup.
David Nicholson (Twitter: @Davediesel85)
WSOP Cashes: 2 for $78,546
Most Notable WSOP Cash: 6th in 2012 WSOP Event #33 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $75,314
WSOP Circuit Cashes: 12 for $196,803
Most Notable WSOP Cash: Won the 2010/2011 WSOPC Bossier City $1,600 Main Event for $148,590.
Noteworthy: Has two WSOPC rings: 2011/2012 WSOPC Bossier City Main Event and $350 Event #9 Limit Omaha Eight or Better at Horseshoe Hammond for $17,467.
Huy Ngyuen (Twitter: @Savepluto9)
WSOP Cashes: 7 for $102,904
Most Notable WSOP Cash: 30th in 2010 WSP Event #5 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em for $12,426.
WSOP Circuit Cashes: 13 for $364,518
Most Notable WSOP Cash: Won the 2010/2011 WSOPC Choctaw Casino Resort $1,600 Main Event for $232,706.
Noteworthy: Has three WSOPC rings and took tenth in the first-ever $1,000,0000 WSOPC National Championship in 2011 for $27,500.
Justin Gardenhire (Twitter: @GardyOne)
WSOP Cashes: 5 for $36,319
Most Notable WSOP Cash: 79th in 2011 WSOP Event #4 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em for $10,123.
WSOP Circuit Cashes: 8 for $182,804
Most Notable WSOP Cash: Won the 2011/2012 WSOPC Choctaw Casino Resort Event #1 $345 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry for $62,709.
Noteworthy: Has three WSOPC rings, two from Choctaw in consecutive years and most recently at Harrah’s New Orleans in Event #11 $355 N0-Limit Hold’em for $17,538.
These men, along with the president of RunGoodGear, Tana Karn, and David Clark, who writes the Life of a Grinder blog on RunGoodGear.com, hope to provide the poker community with its own brand of signature clothing, much like how skateboarding has DC, surfing has Quiksilver, and motocross has Fox.
“Since Black Friday happened, a lot of players I knew started to hang up their Full Tilt or PokerStars gear. We wanted to create an apparel line and brand that players could be proud to wear. So we created RunGoodGear.com,” said Karn.
For more information, be sure to like Run Good Gear on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. By doing so, you’ll have access to the latest updates, promotions and giveaways. They are also keen on having the company grow from the players by the players, so they welcome new ideas for shirts, hoodies, etc., from the poker community.
Of course you can check out their full apparel line on RunGoodGear.com. Whether you’re a pro, amateur, wizard, or high stakes player, the one thing everyone knows is that when you’re running good you can’t lose.