The third day of Jason Somerville's Run It Up Reno festival saw two more events completed. Kicking off at 2 p.m. on Thursday was the $125 Thursday Thrilla No-Limit Hold'em event. At 6 p.m., it was time for the $125 Six-Max Five-Card Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, and it was this second event that turned out to steal the headlines.
Jason Somerville Captures PLO Title
In an unbelievable turn of events, it was the man himself, the host of the entire Run It Up festival, Somerville, who managed to win the $125 Six-Max Five-Card Pot-Limit Omaha event for $3,828 on the fourth day of the series. Somerville beat a field of 116 entries in the single-day turbo event in order to capture the first-place prize and the trophy.
The event started at 6 p.m. local time and the blinds went up every 15 minutes. The pace was fast and furious from the start, and Somerville displayed a "let's just win" attitude by getting to work early. He chipped up very quickly to become one of the leaders during the early part of the event and never seemed to look back from there.
Other players that tried their luck in the event included former Survivor champion Tyson Apostol, and he was joined by the likes of Deb Swift, Derek Gomez, and the winner of the third event this week, Oskar Sandberg. Sandberg was actually multi-tabling between this event and the $125 Thursday Thrilla No-Limit Hold'em. After the busted in the Omaha event, he bounced back over to the other side of the room to post a fifth-place finish in the Thursday Thrilla for $1,505.
Once the money was reached, players busted out at an even faster pace, but play slowed down considerably at the final table. Somerville maneuvered himself carefully and effectively towards the heads-up battle with Kyle Zech, busting only one player himself en route.
Zach was sporting Run it Up gear and collected the $565 Main Event seat as part of the last-longer competition that takes place in all gold trophy events.
A few hands into the heads-up battle, Somerville received a huge double when he flopped a straight against the aces of Zech. Zech mounted a comeback by doubling up three times, but the fourth time he was all in, the tournament ended.
On the last hand, Somerville flopped a set of deuces and held against the top pair of Zech.
Robert Fein with a "Thrilla" of a Victory
At about half past midnight in Reno, Nevada, Ty Saragas and Robert Fein found all the money in the middle for what was to be the final hand of the $125 Thursday Thrilla No-Limit Hold'em tournament at Jason Somerville's Run it Up Reno. After the final card hit on the river, it was victory for Fein, as he took home $2,505 for the win, the gold trophy, and the right to be called a Run It Up champion.
Saragas and the other seven players that reached the final table along with Fein all earned $1,505 as part of a nine-way deal. An additional $1,000 was left aside for the winner, and $575 was given by the group to the dealers.
Finishing in fourth place was Alex Huot. He earned the same prize as everyone else, but his finish came with a little icing on the cake in the form of a $565 Main Event seat. Huot was the final Run it Up warrior standing that was sporting Run It Up gear, giving him the win in the last-longer contest that comes with every gold trophy event at the festival.
Finishing in fifth place was Oskar Sandberg, who added another $1,505 to his pocket after he won Wednesday's $125 Survivor No-Limit Hold'em event for $1,383. Not bad for a two-day take for the man all the way from Sweden.
Another notable face at the final table was Kevin O'Donnell, and he placed ninth.
William Recker, the man who placed in the money in each of the first three events and made the final table in two of those, reached a cash yet again at Run It Up Reno. He's now four-for-four with cashing in events he's played at this year's series and squeaked into the money with a 32nd-place finish.
While that wraps up the coverage from these two events, you can be sure to tune right back in to PokerNews.com on Friday for coverage of the $565 Main Event starting at 12 p.m. local time.
Here's a look at the remainder of the schedule:
|17||Fri||10/23||10 a.m.||UFC Morning Workout||Sorrento||Free|
|18||--||--||12 p.m.||RIU Main Event (Day 1)||Naples||$565|
|19||--||--||2 p.m.||Satellite to Main Event||Naples||$85|
|20||--||--||5 p.m.||Turbo Satellite to Main Event||Naples||$85|
|21||--||--||7 p.m.||Turbo Satellite to Main Event||Naples||$85|
|22||--||--||9 p.m.||Super Turbo Satellite to Main Event||Naples||$85|
|18||Sat||10/24||12 p.m.||RIU Main Event (Day 2)||Naples||N/A|
|23||--||--||2 p.m.||Second Chance No Limit Hold'em||Naples||$235|
|24||--||--||7 p.m.||Ante Only Adventure No Limit Hold'em Turbo||Naples||$85|
|25||--||--||8 p.m.||Casino Scavenger Hunt Finale & Awards||Sierra||Free|
|26||--||--||10 p.m.||Night Out at EDGE Nightspot||EDGE|
|18||Sun||10/25||1 p.m.||RIU Main Event Final Table Livestream||Naples Foyer||N/A|
|27||--||--||2 p.m.||Re-Buy Roundup No Limit Hold'em with $25 Re-Buys||Naples||$85|
|28||--||--||6 p.m.||Cash Game Hang Out||Poker|