The 2016 Run It Up Reno festival's Event 3: $235 Survivor has come to a conclusion with Steve Nevius topping the 24 survivors to not only earn the $1,000 payday, but also capture the prestigious Run It Up trophy and a seat into this week's $565 Main Event.
Kicking off at midday today, 122 entries were built up on the felt throughout the day with the likes of Survivor contestants Stephen Fishbach, Anna Khait, "Boston" Rob Mariano, and Tyson Apostol, along with notables Garry Gates, Jesse Capps, Chad Holloway, Nadya Magnus, and Run It Up Reno host Jason Somerville all taking part.
Action was fast and furious as players continuously reentered in an effort to build a chip stack throughout the initial few levels. As the dust settled and registration closed, play continued at a quick pace until the bubble was reached where it would be Thomas Dominguez committing his final chips holding the and be looked up by the big blind and his . Two kings on the flop, followed by a four on the turn would ensure Dominguez earned the unwanted title of "bubble boy," while the remaining 25 players were left to survive just one more elimination to be guaranteed the $1,000.
Unfortunately for recent Survivor contestant Khait, she would call all in holding the against PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters' . A king on the turn spelled the end for Khait, and she collected a $400 payout.
As everyone's chips were counted, it was Steve Nevius awarded the top prize as he amassed a 283,000-chip stack. Not only did Nevius collect the $1,000 payout and $565 Main Event seat, he was awarded the Run It Up trophy that he and his service dog, Scuba, posed behind for photos.
Congratulations to Nevius and the other in-the-money finishers as the focus is now on the upcoming Event 4: $125 6-Max Four-Card Pot-Limit Omaha tournament scheduled to start at 8 p.m. PT with PokerNews providing coverage.