2019 World Series of Poker

Jim Petzing Wins RIU Reno VIII Pro Bounty; Owen & Tardif Claim Side Events

Jim Petzing
  • Jim Petzing topped a 174-entry field to win the @runitupreno $235 Pro Bounty event for $7,930.

The Run It Up Reno VIII $235 Pro Bounty – a tournament that offered a $300 bounty on various pros – attracted 174 runners to the Peppermill Casino. After more than 12 hours of play, RIU fan favorite Jim Petzing, who the night before gave stand-up comedy a try at an open-mic night, came out on top to win the title and $7,930 first-place prize.

While he didn’t collect any “pro” bounties, he did nab an extra $100 that was placed on Andy Pokrivnak by another player. He also had to contend with his friend David Larson in heads-up play. Interestingly, the two, who live in the same apartment complex in Las Vegas, had dinner earlier in the night and fantasized about the possibility of making the final two.

“I’m very excited,” said Petzing, who has more than $738K in lifetime earnings. “It feels really great.”

One of the reasons it felt so great was that the win came after some close calls at the LAPC. It was there back in February that he made six final tables in two weeks, but never managed to close one out.

Final Table Results

1Jim Petzing$7,930
2David Larson$4,880
3Miguel Cardenas$3,220
4Stefan Helber$2,310
5Jordan Spurlin$1,780
6Don McCormick$1,430
7Cody Courtois$1,180
8Jon Cockey$970
9Steve Nevius$780

Among those to cash the tournament but fall short of the final table were Todd Studenicka (10th - $780), Scott Moskowitz (12th - $620), Patrick Tardif (15th - $500), Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg (16th - $500), Kenyah Harris (19th - $400), and Andrew Romeo (21st - $400).

Patrick Tardif Scores First-Ever Live Tournament Win

Patrick Tardif
Patrick Tardif

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team is focused on five events at the RIU Reno VIII, but there are plenty of side events throughout including Sunday’s $125 Superstack Supersonic, a tournament attracted 140 entrants and created a $13,580 prize pool.

Among those to make a deep run but fall short of the final table were Don McCormick (12th - $310), Dino Gerry (16th - $250), Kevin Martin (18th - $200), and Jimmy Cappucci (22nd - $200).

The final table was filled with some familiar faces including the $125 6-Max NLO8 champ Sarah Sherman and Twitch streamer and former Big Brother Canada contestant Arlie Shaban, who finished in sixth and fourth place for $690 and $1,040 respectively.

In the end, Twitch streamer and partypoker online pro Patrick Tardif notched his first-ever live tournament win to capture the gold trophy and a $3,030 top prize. Tardif is known as “Egption” online and @IrEgption on Twitter.

$125 Superstack Supersonic Final Table Results

1Patrick TardifLondon, ON$3,030
2Kristina MohallaYuba City, CA$1,960
3Martin TaaffeReno, NV$1,375
4Arlie ShabanStoufville, ON$1,040
5Joseph PriestChatsworth, CA$830
6Sarah ShermanAshland, OR$690
7Alfred UgaitafaSan Francisco, CA$575
8Richard AipleMontgomery, TX$480

Adam Owen Rides H.O.R.S.E. to a Trophy

Adam Owen
Adam Owen

Another side event that played out on Sunday was the $235 buy-in, $20K GTD 6-Max H.O.R.S.E., a tournament that drew 94 runners and offered up a $20,000 prize pool. Among those to get a piece of it but fall short of the final table were Joe Brandenburg (7th - $660), Jim Petzing (12th - $440), Jason Somerville (14th - $360), and James Brundige (16th - $360).

The UK’s Adam Owen, who now resides in Mexico City, finished on top to win a shiny RIU trophy and $5,955 first-place prize.

$235 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Results

1Adam OwenUnited Kingdom$5,955
2Richard WestLas Vegas, NV$3,575
3William LahtiHutto, TX$2,210
4Geraldo GonzalezYuba City, CA$1,555
5Mark MazzaLos Angeles, CA$1,170
6Julio Uribe De DantiaTalent, OR$915

PokerNews’ coverage of the RIU Reno VIII will continue Tuesday with live updates from the one-day $235 Black Chip Bounty Bounty ($100 Bounty). Check out our dedicated portal here for all things RIU Reno.

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