Jim Petzing Wins RIU Reno VIII Pro Bounty; Owen & Tardif Claim Side Events
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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
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
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
|1||Patrick Tardif||London, ON||$3,030|
|2||Kristina Mohalla||Yuba City, CA||$1,960|
|3||Martin Taaffe||Reno, NV||$1,375|
|4||Arlie Shaban||Stoufville, ON||$1,040|
|5||Joseph Priest||Chatsworth, CA||$830|
|6||Sarah Sherman||Ashland, OR||$690|
|7||Alfred Ugaitafa||San Francisco, CA||$575|
|8||Richard Aiple||Montgomery, TX||$480|
Adam Owen Rides H.O.R.S.E. to a Trophy
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
|1||Adam Owen||United Kingdom||$5,955|
|2||Richard West||Las Vegas, NV||$3,575|
|3||William Lahti||Hutto, TX||$2,210|
|4||Geraldo Gonzalez||Yuba City, CA||$1,555|
|5||Mark Mazza||Los Angeles, CA||$1,170|
|6||Julio Uribe De Dantia||Talent, 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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