Cody Bartlett Finally Gets There With Win in RGPS Council Bluffs Main Event ($63,305)
The RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) $700 Main Event has come to an end at Horseshoe Council Bluffs. The field of 546 became 67 players at the beginning of Day 2, and just one after seven hours of play on Sunday.
It was two years ago when Cody Bartlett ended up finishing runner-up to Nate Steuer in the 2021 RGPS Council Bluffs Main Event for $24,167. This time he got to heads up a second time and ended up on the other side of the coin, beating Ted Forshey for his first RGPS title and a career-best score of $63,305.
Final Table Results
|1||Cody Bartlett||Grand Island, NE||$63,303|
|2||Ted Forshey||Desoto, KS||$44,377|
|3||Joel Brown||Omaha, NE||$28,537|
|4||James Girouard||Sioux Falls, SD||$20,013|
|5||Scott Buller||Lincoln, NE||$15,368|
|6||David Gallimore||Albuquerque, NM||$12,701|
|7||Robbie Kent||Omaha, NE||$10,565|
|8||Jason Crews||Pleasant Hill, IA||$8,436|
|9||Gabe Neighbors||Grinnel, IA||$6,329|
“It feels amazing,” the new champion said. “I ran really well, played well and good cards really help win poker tournaments.” Bartlett mostly plays on weekends as his job allows him. He recently talked about his recent tournament endeavors. “I told myself not to punt, so I never did. This heads-up match was actually flipped from the last RGPS Main I played. Last time I came in with the massive chip lead and lost, this time I came in as the short stack and ran pure to win.”
“I was really excited to get over the $100,000,” Bartlett said when talking about his lifetime earnings. “After I got third place, I was excited because of that fact. I’m just gonna save the money for the next trip I go on.”
Final Day Highlights
Action on the final day was fast and furious as many players fell earlier than they had hoped. Players like Terence Reid (66th-$917), David Hengen (63rd-$1,124), Ben Ludlow (55th-$1,124), Keerat Bawa (46th-$1,330), Angela Jordison (34th-$1,815), as well as RGPS main event champions Blair Hinkle (25th-$2,136), Derrick Plumage (22nd-$2,486), Andre Allen (20th-$2,978), and defending champion Joshua Kopp (12th-$4,210) all had their runs ended as the tournament whittled down to the final table.
The final player to be eliminated prior to the final table was Ashley “PokerFaceAsh” Frank who moved in her final chips in with ace-eight suited while Bartlett looked her up with ace-jack. A jack on the flop with no improvement on the turn sealed the fate of RGPS ring winner and poker vlogger and she collected $5,285 for her tenth-place finish as the last woman standing.
Final Table Action
It did not take too long for a player to depart from the final nine as the start of day chip leader Gabe Neighbors was all in and at risk holding ace-ten against David Gallimore who held pocket fours. The fours held up, fading a whole myriad of outs that Gallimore held and Neighbors’ first RGPS cash was good for $6,329 and ninth place.
Midwestern tournament regular Jason Crews would follow him shortly out the door as he moved in his final chips with king-ten suited, only for Bartlett to call him with ace-three offsuit. An interesting runout would occur as Bartlett flopped the bottom pair, Crews would turn the second pair to pull ahead, Bartlett would river three threes to make the best hand and Crews took home $8,436 for his eighth-place finish.
Robbie Kent would finish in seventh place shortly after that. He got involved in an all-in pot against Ted Forshey where Forshey held ace-jack and Kent held ace-queen. The flop came out jack-high which would give Forshey a sizable pot and leave Kent as the shortest stack. A couple of hands later he moved in his final chips holding ace-seven and Forshey looked him up with ace-king. Once more Forshey won the hand and Kent took home $10,565 for his efforts.
Despite early fortune at the table, Gallimore would once more find himself as the shortest stack after losing a pot to Forshey for a significant amount of chips. He moved in his final chips with ten-nine off which was called by Bartlett in the big blind with king-jack. Bartlett flopped a straight and Gallimore could not fill up against him which saw Bartlett take another player out and Gallimore collect $12,701 for his sixth-place finish.
After winning the Omaha 8 tournament earlier this week, Scott Buller won his second RGPS ring and he capped off the week with a fifth-place finish in the main event. Buller ended up getting into a three-bet pot with queen-ten against Forshey who held pocket threes. The ten-high flop contained a three on it and all the money went in on the turn where Buller was drawing dead and Forshey took another massive pot while Buller collected $15,368 for his efforts.
James Girouard and Joel Brown became the shorter stack as four-handed play progressed, while Bartlett and Forshey rose higher up the counts. Girouard would be the first of the two to go as he moved in his final chips with nine-seven suited, only for Forshey to wake up with pocket queens and hold up to send him out in fourth place for $20,013.
Eventually, it was Bartlett who fell to the short stack and he and Brown got involved in a small versus big blind confrontation with Bartlett holding ace-two suited and Brown holding king-six off. The ace-high held up for Bartlett who doubled leaving Brown with only a few chips. The next hand saw Forshey and Bartlett chop up Brown’s remaining chips as he held queen-nine while the others both held ace-seven. The heads-up began with Forshey holding a commanding lead while Brown took home $28,537 for his third-place finish.
Although the heads-up match began with Forshey in the lead, the pots went over Bartlett’s way until they had a roughly even match. The final hand occurred when Forshey on the button with jack-four suited and Bartlett three-bet holding jacks. Forshey moved all in for the rest and Bartlett called to hold up and the two combatants shook hands as Forshey took home a career-best $44,377 for his runner-up finish.
Side Event Winners
|$200 Series Opener||147||Jared Grayson||$23,520||$6,109|
|$250 Seniors Event||155||Timothy Sciscoe||$31,000||$6,867|
|$200 Ambassador Bounty||181||Brandon Fish||$28,960||$7,501|
|$400 DeepStack||330||Mark Homan||$107,250||$23,171|
|$300 Omaha 8||72||Scott Buller||$17,280||$6,048|
|$300 One Day||159||Adam Bacome||$38,160||$10,254|
|$250 Double Green Chip||149||Robert Hampton||$22,350||$6,170|
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