Hands of the Week: Five Big Hands from the RGPS Thunder Valley

RGPS Thunder Valley

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Over the years, we’ve captured memorable hands, many of which have become a part of poker history. In this column, we will bring you some of the biggest hands of the week as reported in the PokerNews Live Updates. Last week, the RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) $575 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event $200,000 GTD at Thunder Valley Casino Resort attracted a record 890-entry field and saw Kasey Orr take it down for $65,728 after a deal was made at the beginning of heads-up play. Below are five of the biggest and most interesting hands captured by the PokerNews Team.

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Platt Gets Value With Big Slick

Jeff Platt
Jeff Platt is a happy camper!

On Day 1ab of the tournament, it was Level 5 (200/400/400) when poker broadcaster Jeff Platt three-bet from middle position to 3,200 and Thon Kong called from the small blind. The original raiser from under-the-gun in seat two also called.

On the flop {2-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}, the action checked to Platt, who bet 2,000, and only Kong called.

The turn was the {a-Spades} and both players checked to the river {8-Hearts}. Kong led for 6,000 and Platt called.

Kong revealed {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} for a bluff and Platt tabled {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} for aces up and the winner.

Joe Stapleton Makes Quads

Joe Stapleton
Joe Stapleton

In Level 9 (600/1,200/1,200), Joe Stapleton was all in and at risk preflop against Soloman Stewart.

Joe Stapleton: {2-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}
Soloman Stewart: {9-Clubs}{5-Clubs}

The board came {2-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{8-Spades}{2-Spades}{8-} and Stapleton drilled quads to remain in contention.

Julie Cornelius Makes Quad Aces

Julie Cornelius
Julie Cornelius

Speaking of quads, it was Level 14 (2,000/4,000/4,000) when Julie Cornelius had an opponent all in and at risk preflop.

Julie Cornelius: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}
Opponent: {9-}{9-}

The flop came {3-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{k-Spades} to give her opponent a set of nines, but the turn was {a-Clubs} to vault Cornelius back in front with a set of aces.

The river brought the {a-Spades} and Cornelius made quads to score the knockout.

Four-Way All-In Goes to Prok

Alex Prok
Alex Prok

On Day 1c of the tournament, it was Level 16 (3,000/6,000/6,000) when a big hand went down.

"Four-Way All-In," said a player from Table 2 as players gathered to watch.

Daniel Hatch held the biggest stack and had Alex Prok, plus the players in seats four and five at-risk preflop.

Alex Prok: {9-Spades}{9-Hearts}
Seat Four: {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}
Seat Five: {q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}
Daniel Hatch: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}

Hatch was in front with pocket aces but that would change on the flop {q-Clubs}{6-Spades}{8-Spades}. The turn brought the {5-Clubs} and the river was the {9-Clubs} to send a shock through the table as Prok drilled a set of nines to win it. Seats four and five were both eliminated while Hatch took a hit to his stack.

Saunders Eliminates Platt and Angeleri

Frank Saunders
Frank Saunders

On Day 2 of the tournament, it was Level 18 (5,000/10,000/10,000) and players were in the money when there was a three-way all-in preflop on Table 6. Frank Saunders held the biggest stack as Jeff Platt was all in for 110,000 and Iris Angeleri was in for 165,000.

Jeff Platt: {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}
Iris Angeleri: {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}
Frank Saunders: {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}

The board ran out clean for pocket kings and Saunders eliminated both opponents as he dragged a big pot. Because he was the shorter stack, Platt finished in 82nd place for $1,075 while Angeleri got the payjump by taking 81st place for $1,180.

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