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Thomas Dominguez Wins First Pot-Limit Omaha Event at the 2016 Run It Up Reno

Thomas Dominguez


  • Thomas Dominguez won the first pot-limit Omaha event at Jason Somerville's 2016 Run It Up Reno.

Thomas Dominguez used an aggressive approach to the $125 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha event at Run It Up Reno to top a field of 136 entries and take down a $3,668 first-place prize. Opponents were able to double through him a number of times, but he took down enough small pots and got lucky enough times to ultimately come out on top.

Final Table Results

1Thomas Dominguez$3,668
2John Gonzalez$2,448
3Douglas Charles$1,768
4Tyler Rauh$1,292
5Rafael Ibaibarriaga$884
6Matt Johns$612

The tournament paid out 18 places, and some of those who walked away empty-handed included bracelet winners Chad Holloway, Doug "WCGRider" Polk, and Leo Wolpert, as well as Brent Harrington, Jesse Capps, and PokerStars Team Online member Jaime Staples.

After a protracted bubble period that saw a number of short stacks double, PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters was able to sneak into the money with a short stack before busting 14th. Tournament host Jason Somerville followed him out the door in 13th, with both players having booked their second cashes of the series. Somerville made a deep run in the $235 Tuesday Takeoff and Peters made his way through the $235 Survivor earlier in the day.

Dominguez got lucky with the {k-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} against the {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} of Deb Swift to send her packing and take a chip lead into the unofficial final table of seven. Right away, he picked up the {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{q-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and busted Isaac Leong, who had the {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}{k-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. Two more players fell victim to aces-over-kings, while Dominguez continued to pick up smaller pots.

Tyler Rauh held the chip lead for most of the day but found himself on the wrong side of variance when he got a set of kings in on a {k-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} flop and Dominguez binked an ace with {a-Spades}{8-Spades}{7-Spades}{5-Hearts}. Dominguez then busted Douglas Charles when his wrap and middle pair bested Charles' top pair, as running spades gave Dominguez a flush.

John Gonzalez was the man charged with stopping Dominguez's run, but he was down more than 2-1 in chips. He got it in good in a four-bet pot with the {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{q-Spades}{9-Clubs}, as Dominguez opted to gamble with the {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{7-Spades}{3-Hearts}. That paid off when the board ran out {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{6-Clubs}, giving Dominguez a winning pair of kings and his biggest live cash.

"You played well," Dominguez said to Gonzalez.

While that concluded play for the second day of the 2016 Run It Up Reno festival, two more events will be on tap for Thursday. At 2 p.m. local time will be the $235 Thursday Thrilla — Black Chip County event. Later on, at 8 p.m., the $85 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Turbo event will take place. Stay tuned for for continued coverage.

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