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Tom Leto Biggest Stack After Day 1b at RunGood Council Bluffs

Tom Leto Biggest Stack After Day 1b at RunGood Council Bluffs 0001

Another Day 1 flight of RunGood Poker Series Council Bluffs led to another hard as 13 players bagged a couple of levels before things were scheduled to end. The 76 who turned out pushed the two-flight total to 144 for the first $1,100 Main Event on the tour.

Tom Leto was the leader with an overwhelming stack of 328,800, far ahead of Day 1a leader Russell Licking's 240,500. Andre "Aces" Allen (229,900) and Thomas Houston (225,400) also finished with piles. RunGood Pro and two-time RunGood champ Ryan Tepen (133,700) also made it through, as did Phil Mader (83,200), Jeff Brin (71,400), and Terry Karn (32,400).

Allen is looking for another RunGood final table after making eighth place at RunGood North Kansas City for $1,595. He won a big race late when he raised to 7,500 at blinds of 600/1,200/200 and called the shove of a player in the big blind who had 35,700. Allen had {10-Clubs}{10-Spades} and won against {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} when the board came {6-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{j-Clubs}.

The last few levels were very good to Tepen, who is looking to add a trophy here to his wins at North Kansas City and RunGood Cup Championship in 2015. He won with {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} all in preflop against {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}, then took another race with {a-}{q-} against the sixes of former RunGood Council Bluffs champ Henry Gingerich. Then, Tepen flopped trip threes with {5-Hearts}{3-Clubs} and held against an opponent with {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts} on a {q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} flop to reach the hard stop for the night.

Players firing at least once and finding themselves busto included Ray Henson, Jeff Banghart, Greg Jennings, Aaron Johnson, Jamie Kerstetter, and Ryan Phan.

The 26 remaining runners gather Sunday at 11 a.m. to play to a winner who will claim $40,320.

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