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Harris Smith Wins RunGood Tunica Main Event for $52,648

Harris Smith

RunGood's second trip to Tunica was another rousing success and the weekend wrapped up with Harris Smith standing in the winner's circle. The Tennessee native overcame a tough field of 472 entrants to take home first-place in an ICM deal with Chris Conrad and Michael Pelt.

1Harris SmithUnited States$52,648
2Chris ConradUnited States$32,049
3Michael PeltUnited States$21,290
4Chris BabbUnited States$14,880
5Chase TurnerUnited States$11,103
6William BurrisUnited States$8,585
7Ray HensonUnited States$6,982
8Jo CainUnited States$5,723
9Hutch ClintonUnited States$4,578
10Mike CordellUnited States$3,731

Mostly an online player, Smith decided to enter the RunGood Main Event citing the would only need six hours to make it through Day 1. Smith indeed made it through and bagged 44,000 coming into Day 2.

Smith quickly climbed the leaderboard and was among the top chip stacks up to the final table. The flair for the dramatic suited Smith well, as evidenced by his massive bluff against Mike Cordell with 16 players remaining. Smith went three-barrels with {8-Clubs}{7-Spades} on a {K-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{3-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds} board and never looked back from there.

Smith started the final table in the middle of the pack and hung around as chip leader Michael Pelt cleared out most of the competition. The big break for Smith came when he doubled up against Pelt. With the blinds at 20,000/40,000, Smith called all-in to a three-bet from Pelt with {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}. Pelt held {4-Diamonds}{4-Spades}, and Smith survived the {Q-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{K-Spades} board to double-up.

Once the field went down three-handed, Smith negotiated a deal with Conrad and Pelt to net himself first-place in an ICM deal.

This tournament marks the conclusion of the RGPS USA in Tunica. In total, 75 care packages were shared with troops overseas as part of RunGood's season-long partnership with Operation Gratitude to bring the total for the season up to 350.

Other notable finishes in the $560 Main Event: Chris Moneymaker (29th), Bossier City Champion Craig Norals (31st). Other big winners during the series were Chris Conrad (winner of the $135 RunGood Pro Bounty with 267 entries for $6,216), Preston McEwen (winner of the $150 One-Day with 134 entries for $4,216) and Michael Murauko (winner of the $180 DeepStack with 408 entries for $12,746).

The next stop on the RunGood Series is in Quapaw, OK at Downstream Casino from April 10-16 for a $50,000 guaranteed Main Event.

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