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Katie Lindsay Holds Commanding Lead at RIU Reno Thursday Thrilla Final Table

Katie Lindsay

The biggest buy-in tournament of the Run It Up Reno VIII – the $1,100 Thursday Thrilla – started with 178 entries battling it out at the Peppermill Casino. After 10 hours of play, the field was whittled down to the final eight with Katie Lindsay and her stack of 1.104 million leading the way.

That’s nearly a third of the chips in the play more than double her next closest competition. You might recall that earlier this year Lindsay, the wife of poker pro and online poker’s winningest tournament player Chris Moorman, was a guest on the LFG Podcast, which you can listen to here.

Joining her at the final table are Timothy Guilford (497,000), Frank Lagodich (413,000), Fintan “Easy with Aces” Hand (127,000), and Max Brown (140,000), who has already improved upon his 15th-place finish in this same event last year.

Thursday Thrilla Final Table

TableSeatPlayerChip Count
Feature1Katie Lindsay1,104,000
Feature2Jeff Newman335,000
Feature3Adin Cota328,000
Feature4Timothy Guilford497,000
Feature5Frank Lagodich413,000
Feature6Derek Frye386,000
Feature7Jerry White190,000
Feature8Fintan Hand127,000
Feature9Max Brown140,000

The tournament offered $500 bounties on each player, meaning a regular prize pool of $82,720 was up for grabs. After Andrew Lok bubbled in 19th place, the 10 more players exited in the money short of the final table including Patrick Tardif (10th - $2,400), Joel Danforth (13th - $1,500), Noel Rodriguez (16th - $1,500), and David Thomas (18th - $1,500).

Others to fire the Thursday Thrilla but fail to cash were Chris Moneymaker, Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg, Brad Owen, Adam Owen, Jason Somerville, Evan Jarvis, Ricky “ratedGTO” Guan, Jesse Sylvia, Arlie Shaban, Tyson Apostol, and Kevin Martin.

The Thursday Thrilla final table will begin at 2 p.m. local time on Friday and play down to a winner. Action will resume with 28:11 remaining on the clock in Level 18. The live stream will kick off at 5 p.m., and the PokerNews live updates will coincide with that stream.

Nick Kiley Defeats Vincent Newland to Win 8-Game Championship

Nick Kiley
8-Game champ Nick Kiley

On Wednesday, RIU Reno VIII hosted it’s $109 buy-in, $20K GTD 8-Game Championship. The tournament saw 109 entrants take to the felt, which resulted in a $21,146 prize pool that was paid out to the top 17 players.

Among those to cash but fall short of making the final table were Chris Lindner (9th - $640), Chris Moneymaker (11th - $500), Mini Main Event champ John Boriolo (12th - $500), Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg (13th - $400), and Ryan Schoonbaert (15th - $400).

After Andy Pokrivnak bowed out in third place for $2,340, the title came down to Vincent Newland and Nick Kiley. The latter ultimately prevailed to capture the gold trophy and accompanying $5,220 first-place prize.

8-Game Championship Results

1Nicholas KileyLas Vegas, NV$5,220
2Vincent NewlandPine Plains, NY$3,456
3Andrew PokrivnakOrlando, FL$2,340
4William RennaPort Townsend, WA$1,760
5Travis SmithHalifax, NS$1,380
6Gian TrinhLas Vegas, NV$1,100
7Jedidiah HoffmanReno, NV$930
8Glen UchiboriHonolulu, HI$820

Steven Filipovic Wins the Button

Steven Filipovic
Steven Filipovic

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team is focused on five events at the RIU Reno VIII, but there are plenty of side events throughout including last night’s $125 Win the Button NLH, a tournament played like traditional no-limit hold’em but awards the button to the winner of each pot.

The tournament attracted 175 runners and surpassed its $15,000 guarantee by generating a $16,975 prize pool. That was paid out among the top 28 players including Paul Sampson (5th - $900), Jamie Kerstetter (9th - $390), Andrew Neeme (12th - $310), Frank Lagodich (15th - $250), Andy Camou (21st - $200), and Arlid Orsleie (28th - $200).

In the end, Steven Filipovic of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada defeated Indiana’s Jason Pease in heads-up play to win the title and $4,125 first-place prize.

Win the Button Final Table Results

1Steven FilipovicCambridge, ON$4,125
2Jason PeaseLa Porte, IN$2,525
3John ScottPleasanton, CA$1,650
4Aoin CotaPort Coquitlam, BC$1,180
5Paul SampsonFernley, NV$900
6Andrew CadregariReno, NV$720
7Cory TardyLas Vegas, NV$590
8Nayef SalemKlamath Falls, OR$485

Kyle Anderson Wins All In of Fold

David Davis
David Davis

Another side event that recently wrapped at the RIU Reno VIII was the $125 All In or Fold. The tournament attracted 149 entries and offered up a $15,000 prize pool. Among those to get a piece of it were Ryan Parker (3rd - $1,705), Adam Owen (6th - $855), Jason Somerville (9th - $480), Twitch streamer Arlie Shaban (12th - $380), and Anthony Lombard (15th - $300).

The tournament came to an end when Kyle Anderson of Oakville, Ontario, Canada and David Davis of West Moreland, Tennessee struck a deal that saw them secure $3,185 and $3,000 respectively. While he technically finished in second place, David Davis got the trophy and winner’s pic.

All In or Fold Final Table Results

1Kyle AndersonOakville, ON$3,185
2David DavisWest Moreland, TN$3,000
3Ryan ParkerSaint Robert, MO$1,705
4David LidonNew York, NY$1,290
5Kevin TatumSanta Fe Springs, CA$1,035
6Adam OwenUnited Kingdom$855
7John KooNovato, Ca$715
8Jacqui NewmanReno, NV$595

PokerNews’ coverage of the RIU Reno VIII will continue Friday with the start of the Main Event. CCheck out our dedicated portal here for all things RIU Reno.

  • Katie Lindsay (@katelinds) holds a commanding chip lead at @runitupreno Thursday Thrilla final table.

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