Survivor's “Boston” Rob Mariano Wins RGPS JACK Cleveland Bounty Ring Event
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The RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) is currently at JACK Cleveland Casino in Ohio for the very first time. The RGPS Cleveland features a $800 buy-in RGPS Cleveland Main Event with a $250,000 guarantee, a tournament that will be live reported here on PokerNews.
The RGPS Cleveland stop, which runs Sept. 22-Oct. 2, also features over $500,000 in guarantees and a handful of side events that will see the winners taking home Championship Rings, which were recently reintroduced by RGPS.
On Tuesday night, one of the world’s biggest reality TV stars took down the $200 Guest Ambassador Bounty Ring Event. “Boston” Rob Mariano is arguably the biggest star to come out of the hit CBS television show Survivor (he’s appeared on six seasons) and has also appeared on Amazing Race, The Price is Right, and most recently Season 2 of Secret Celebrity Renovation.
Surviving a Poker Tournament
The tournament attracted a field of 206 runners including a slew of “celebrity” bounties who competed for a $32,960 prize pool. Participants could knock out a bounty and draw a mystery envelope with prizes from $50 gift certificates up to $2,000 cash!
Along with Boston Rob, some of the other bounties included RGPS Ambassador Justin Gardenhire, 2022 WSOP $10K PLO bracelet winner Sean Troha, and Katie Kopp, the first-ever winner of a gold bracelet at the WSOP’s new home at Paris/Bally’s.
By outwitting, outplaying, and outlasting the field, Boston Rob kept his own bounty, received $8,615 in prize money, and claimed an RGPS Contenders ring.
It’s not the first time Boston Rob has ventured into the poker world. On the contrary, he’s been a familiar face for a while. Last year, he participated in the RGPS All-Stars ProAM in Las Vegas, and in 2015 he bubbled the Run It Up (RIU) Reno Main Event final table. A year later, he actually won the second event at RIU Reno.
RGPS JACK Cleveland Bounty Final Table Results
|1||“Boston” Rob Mariano||$8,615|
Meanwhile, Demarcus Ivy was the big bounty winner claiming the $2,000 envelope, while Dante Powell nabbed the $1,000 envelope. Khalid Bahhor was the winner of an $800 Main Event seat plus a $250 Studio Ticket seat, while both Bradley Rogoff and Nathan Walter each drew a $250 Studio Ticket seat.
RGPS JACK Cleveland Side Event Winners Thus Far
|Sunday, September 25||$420 Opener NLH||392||Jack Corrigan||$30,735|
|Sunday, September 25||$300 NLH||171||Tyler Mitchell||$6,795|
|Sunday, September 25||$300 PLO||67||Nathan Walter||$5,000|
|Monday, September 26||$200 Seniors (50+)||189||Charles Brunn||$4,684|
|Monday, September 27||$300 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo||66||Mathew George||$5,555|
|Tuesday, September 27||$200 Ladies Event||81||Maria Jones||$4,170|
|Tuesday, September 27||$200 Ambassador Bounty||206||“Boston” Rob Mariano||$8,615|
Main Event Features Three Starting Flights
The $250,000 guaranteed RGPS Main Event will consist of three starting flights, the first of which will get underway on Sept. 29. After Day 1b on Sept. 30 and Day 1c on Oct. 1, Day 2 will take place on Oct. 2. and play down to a winner, who will get the bulk of the guaranteed prize pool and take home the RGPS trophy.
In exchange for their $800 buy-in, players will get a starting stack of 30,000 chips with blind levels starting at 100/200/200.
For players who don't want to stake up the $800 entry fee, there will be a number of satellite opportunities at the RGPS stop, including $105 Main Event Super Satellites where one in ten players win a seat into the Main Event, as well as $185 Mega Satellites where one in five players win a seat.
Remaining RGPS Cleveland Schedule
|Sept. 28||12:15 PM||PokerGO Studio Ticket Ring Event 1A (Buy-In $250, 50K GTD)|
|Sept. 28||4:15 PM||PokerGO Studio Ticket Ring Event 1B (Buy-In $250, 50K GTD)|
|Sept. 29||12:15 PM||PokerGO Studio Ticket Ring Event Restart|
|Sept. 29||4:15 PM||Main Event 1A (Buy-In $800, 250K GTD)|
|Sept. 30||12:15 PM||Main Event 1B (Buy-In $800, 250K GTD)|
|Oct. 1||12:15 PM||Main Event 1C (Buy-In $800, 250K GTD)|
|Oct. 2||11:15 AM||Main Event Restart|
|Oct. 2||1:15 PM||Black Chip Bounty Ring Event (Buy-In $400, 25K GTD)|
|Oct. 2||6:15 PM||Turbo Closer NLH Ring Event (Buy-In $200, $7,500 GTD)|
*Images courtesy of RGPS.
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