2019 World Series of Poker

Simon Webster Overcomes Massive Chip Disadvantage to Take Down RGPS Downstream Event

Simon Webster Overcomes Massive Chip Disadvantage to Take Down RGPS Downstream Event

The RunGood Old West Poker Series at Downstream Casino Resort December 4-9 was another resounding success. The Main Event set a new record for attendance at the venue with 386 entries, trouncing the old record of 344 set in March of 2014. The weekend wrapped up with a surprise upset when Simon Webster of McKenney, Texas defeated RG Ambassador Daniel Lowery to take down the Main Event and the first-place prize of $44,391.

The surprising thing about Webster winning the Main Event isn't that he won it. He's had 29 cashes this year for $178,735, including ten final tables and one championship. It's that he overcame a seven and a halve to one chip disadvantage to take down the championship. When heads-up play began between Webster and second-place finisher Daniel Lowery ($27,406), Webster held 915,000 chips to Lowery's 6,805,000.

Webster won a couple of small pots and then received a full double up in a key hand when Webster hit a set on the turn. The blinds were 20,000/40,000, and with the board reading {Q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}, Lowery bet 80,000 and Webster called. The river paired the board with the {8-Spades}. Lowery checked, and Webster shoved all-in for 900,000. Lowery quickly called, and Webster tabled {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs} for a runner-runner full house. After the hand, Webster held 2,125,000 chips.

Half an hour later, Webster again doubled when both players picked up big aces. Lowery raised on the button to 150,000 and Webster three-bet to 475,000. Lowery considered for a few seconds and then announced, "All in." Webster immediately called. Webster turned over {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}, dominating Lowery's {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}. The flop came {9-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}, opening up the possibility of a chopped pot. The turn added the {A-Hearts} to the board. With a jack, Lowery would take the title, with anything else, Webster would assume the chip lead. The {3-Hearts} completed the board and Lowery shipped 2,285,000 chips over to Webster.

In the final hand of the match, with the blinds at 25,000/50,000, Lowery called on the button, and Webster checked his option. The flop came {J-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}. Webster led out for 75,000 and Lowery quickly raised to 200,000. Webster called, and the dealer added the {4-Diamonds} to the board. Webster checked, and Lowery moved all-in. Webster snap-called, saying, "I call, I have the nuts," showing {7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} for the nut straight with a straight-flush redraw.

"Do you really?" Lowery asked, turning over {6-Spades}{5-Hearts} for a pair and a gutshot. Lowery could only chop the pot, but the {2-Spades} came on the river, and it was all over. Webster had taken down the championship and its $44,391 top prize.

RunGood Poker Series Downstream Casino Final Table Payout

PositionPlayerCountryPrize
1Simon WebsterUnited States$44,391
2Daniel LoweryUnited States$27,406
3Gary KuykendallUnited States$18,238
4Craig WelkoUnited States$12,642
5Mark BarrientosUnited States$9,554
6John MooreUnited States$7,430
7Lance HendricksUnited States$6,176
8Cameron DouglasUnited States$5,114
9Janae KuzawaUnited States$4,323
10David QueenUnited States$3,300

This tournament marked the conclusion of the RGPS Old West tour. The RGPS spring season schedule will be announced next week.

RunGood Poker Series Downstream Casino Side Event Results

Event EntriesWinnerPrize
$575RG Main Event386Simon Webster$44,391
$135RunGood Pro Bounty167Rodney Spriggs$4,733
$180DeepStack374Rodney Spriggs$9,500
$135PLO w/$20 Rebuys45Thomas Stastny$3,947

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