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RunGood Poker Series Harrah's North Kansas City: Joe Becchina Tops 1b, William McCracken Bags Biggest on 1c

Joe Becchina (left), William McCracken (right)


  • Joe Becchina takes the largest stack of Day 1b, William McCracken tops Day 1c.

The end of the second day of the 2016 RunGood Poker Series in Harrah's North Kansas City, saw two chipleaders — Joe Becchina (1b) and William McCracken (1c).

While the 1b flight started at noon, Day 1c started late in the evening to give players a final option to qualify for Day 2.

The Day 1b flight drew 86 entrants. After 12 levels of action, the field was trimmed to 20 surviving players moving on to Sunday's Day 2 with Joe Becchina (photo, left) leading the field.

Becchina was hovering around the average stack entering the last orbit of play, but went on a run winning the last seven hands in a row. He even woke up with pocket aces on the last hand against Thomas Houston to secure the chip lead.

The surviving stacks are a lot closer to normal compared to Friday night's monster stacks bagging up. Friday had four players over the 200,000-chip mark but Saturday's early flight saw just three other player players bag up six figures - Steve Kim, Andy Ziskin and Travis Burch.

It wasn't a good flight for RunGood Pros with Jonathan Gaviao, Ray Henson and Clint Tolbert hitting the rail.

The third and final flight, Day 1c, of the RunGood Poker Main Event wrapped up after drawing 76 entrants - pushing the overall number of entrants to 252. Following another 12 levels of action, only 16 players remained to bag up chips at the end of the night and William McCracken (photo, right) lead the field with 194,500.

Only five other players from Day 1C cracked the six-figure mark; which contrasts Day 1A where half the survivors had century plus stacks. Maruti Cherakupally, Mike White, Andre Allen, Mike Adams and Zeki Tarim all crossed 100,000 chips.

Mike Adams entered the final two levels of the night with less than 10 big blinds and played his way to the top of the leaderboard by the end of the night.

Andre Allen was above average during the final hours of play, but hit a huge hand at the end of the night when his pocket eights beat out two opponents, sending one to the rail and chipping him up to over 160,000.

Looking back at the Day 1 flights, here are the numbers:

Day 1A9716
Day 1B7920
Day 1C7616

Sunday has 52 players returning to action with 27 spots that pay. The first level will be 1,500/3,000 with a 500-ante. Day 2 gets underway at noon and Sunday and they'll play down until they crown a winner. Follow all the RunGood action right here at PokerNews.

PlayerChip Count
Jonathan Nye261,500
Joe Becchina246,000
Jay McVeigh235,500
Justin Young229,500
Tim Woodson214,000
Rick McGown201,000
William McCracken194,500
Maruti Cherakupally175,000
Andre Allen165,500
Ali Zakeri160,500
Steve Kim137,000
Mike White131,500
Andy Ziskin122,000
Mark Fink116,500
Travis Burch115,500
Zeki Tarim106,000
Mike Adams103,000
Brian Andrews97,500
Carter Clond97,000
Craig Dick94,500
Kelly Johnson92,500
Shane Raikes92,000
Nick Burriss91,500
Alex Marler87,500
Shane Fuller86,500
Frank Mondello84,000
Chris Battaglia82,500
Jeff Foust82,000
Justin Brooks79,000
John Mullenax73,500
Kurt Haiss72,000
Cash Carpenter65,500
Doug Glasscock65,500
William Monie61,500
Debbie Phillips57,000
Papa Karn56,000
Greg Jennings54,500
Charles Lehman54,000
Bill Cole53,500
Rob Palacios52,500
Mark Von Schlemmer49,500
Jasen Currie46,000
Mike McAdams46,000
Patrick Hanson44,500
Peter Gardner44,000
Chris Juul39,000
Devon Parnell38,500
Thomas Houston35,000
Sean Lindsey34,500
Jerry Quinn28,000
Mason Hinkle21,500

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