Live Events 4
$235 Progressive Knockout
Days:
1

Event Info

Buy-in $235
Prize Pool $25,662
Players 273

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 80,000

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 273

Highlights

Highlights

$235 Progressive Knockout
Day 1 Completed

John-Paul Portal Wins the $235 Progressive Knockout for $8,911

GeoffFisk • Level 28: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
John-Paul Portal
John-Paul Portal

John-Paul Portal scored the biggest tournament win of his career Monday night, taking down the $235 Progressive Knockout event at Run It Up Reno IX. Portal outlasted a final table that included Timothy Guilford, last year’s defending champion in this event, and took the championship after besting second-place finisher Chris Choy in the heads-up battle from the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada.

Portal takes home a total payday of $8,911, with $5,111 coming as the first-place prize, along with $3,800 in progressive bounties. The win is just the second career cash for Portal, who hails from south Florida and plays poker as a hobby.

“I saw this tournament and I wanted to come out and play it,” Portal said. “This progressive bounty is awesome.”

The final hand saw Choy go all in with ace-five offsuit, and Portal call with ten-eight of hearts. Portal got a nine on the flop and the pair held up, securing the championship. Choy takes home $5,111 for the runner-up finish.

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (USD)
1John-Paul PortalUnited States$5,111
2Chris ChoyUnited States$5,111
3Timothy GuilfordUnited States$2,530
4Rian MullinsUnited States$1,800
5Adam OwenUnited Kingdom$1,380
6Heather HardieUnited States$1,100
7Alex BrakebillUnited States$900
8Michael TrivettUnited States$750

*John-Paul Portal won $3,800 in bounties in addition to the first-place prize.

Fast, Festive Fun

With a fast blind structure and the bounties in play, the action was fast and aggressive, as expected. The progressive knockout system assigned $100 from each $235 buy-in to player bounties. With every knockout, the player executing the knockout receives half of the player bounty, with the other half being added to their own bounty.

A total of 273 entries registered in the unlimited re-entry tournament, easily surpassing the $20,000 guarantee. The total prize pool ended up at $25,662, with another $25,662 distributed throughout the bounties.

Some of the names showing up at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada, included Matt Stout, Andy Milonakis, Arlie Shaban, Priestley Leng, Ricky “ratedGTO” Guan, Brittney Barnes, Joe Stapleton and Jesse Sylvia.

Of the aforementioned group, only Milonakis and Sylvia made it into the money. The television star, comedian and poker streamer Milonakis finished in 24th place, taking home the min cash of $300.Sylvia also added a $300 min cash payday to his resume of more than $7.4 million in tournament cashes, finishing in 19th place.

The tournament took less than nine hours to play down to the final two tables. By the time the tournament was down to 10 players, Guilford had grinded his way to the chip lead, and was the first player in the field to hit the one million chip mark.

Final Table
Final Table

The Final Table

Going into the official eight-handed final table,Adam Owen, Portal and Rian Mullins were all close at the top of the chip leaderboard.

Michael Trivett, the shortest stack of the final eight, was the first to go out, hitting the rail at the hands of Mullins and going home with $750. Alex Brakebill went next, also eliminated by Mullins, taking home $900 for his seventh-place showing.

Six-handed play went on for about a half hour, before two quick eliminations trimmed the field down to four. Sixth-place finisher Heather Hardie ($1,100) got her chips in good against Choy, but Choy’s ace-nine bested Hardie’s ace-ten to end her tournament run.

Fifth-place finisher Owen ($1,380) saw his run end in similar fashion, with his pocket eights losing out to the king-eight suited of Portal when a king hit on the turn.

Portal’s run to the championship continued with the eliminations of Mullins in fourth ($1,800) and Guilford ($2,530). Both players shipped the last of their chips to the eventual champion, with Guilford coming up two places short of a repeat championship in this event.

The next event in Run It Up Reno IX begins Tuesday at noon, with the $235 Black Chip Bounty.

Tags: Adam OwenAlex BrakebillAndy MilonakisArlie ShabanBrittney BarnesChris ChoyHeather HardieJesse SylviaJoe StapletonRian Mullins

Chris Choy Eliminated in 2nd Place ($5,111)

BrandonTemple • Level 28: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Chris Choy
Chris Choy

Chris Choy jammed for 1 million on the button, and John-Paul Portal called in the big blind.

Chris Choy: {a-Diamonds}{5-Spades}
John-Paul Portal: {10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}

Portal hit a ten on the {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} flop, leaving Choy looking for an ace to survive. He wouldn't find one on the {9-Clubs} turn, and the {4-Hearts} river sent Portal $3,800 in bounties to go along with the $5,111 for first, as well as the gold trophy.

John-Paul Portal US
John-Paul Portal
US 4,095,000 1,000,000
Chris Choy US
Chris Choy
US Busted

Tags: Chris ChoyJohn-Paul Portal

Choy Bluffs Off a Bunch

BrandonTemple • Level 28: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Chris Choy limped in on the button with {9-Hearts}{7-Spades}, and John-Paul Porter checked the big blind with {10-Spades}{3-Diamonds}.

Choy stabbed at it for 80,000 on the {2-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop, and Porter floated and called with his ten-high.

The {10-Clubs} turn saw Choy bet 250,000, and Porter, who turned a pair of tens, called again.

Choy bet 700,000 on the {q-Diamonds} river, and Porter jammed for 1.7 million. Choy folded.

John-Paul Portal US
John-Paul Portal
US 3,095,000 1,020,000
Chris Choy US
Chris Choy
US 1,000,000 -1,020,000

Tags: Chris ChoyJohn-Paul Portal

Choy Doubles the Stacks Nearly Even

BrandonTemple • Level 28: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

John-Paul Portal raised to 240,000 on the button, then snapped off a three-bet shove for 1.01 million from Chris Choy in the big blind.

Chris Choy: {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs}
John-Paul Portal: {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}

Choy hit a set on the {5-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{7-Spades} flop, and Portal was dead after the {6-Spades} turn and {q-Spades} river, leaving the stacks virtually even after back-to-back doubles.

John-Paul Portal US
John-Paul Portal
US 2,075,000 -1,010,000
Chris Choy US
Chris Choy
US 2,020,000 1,010,000

Choy Doubles Up

GeoffFisk • Level 28: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Christopher Choy and John-Paul Portal got the chips in preflop, with Choy's tournament life at risk.

Christopher Choy: {q-Clubs}{j-Hearts}
John-Paul Portal: {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}

Board: {10-Hearts}{9-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Spades}{q-Diamonds}

Choy found one of his out on the river, with the {q-Diamonds} coming in for top pair.

John-Paul Portal US
John-Paul Portal
US 3,085,000 -505,000
Chris Choy US
Chris Choy
US 1,010,000 505,000

Timothy "VaderNader" Guilford Eliminated in 3rd Place ($2,530)

BrandonTemple • Level 28: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Timothy Guilford
Timothy Guilford

John-Paul Portal jammed on the button, and Timothy Guilford snap-called in the big blind for his last 770,000.

Timothy Guilford: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}
John-Paul Portal: {a-Hearts}{7-Clubs}

Portal drilled the {9-Spades}{10-Hearts}{a-Spades} flop to leave the defending champ searching for a king to survive. The {7-Hearts} turn and {6-Diamonds} river bricked off, and Guilford sent his $1,000 bounty to Portal.

John-Paul Portal US
John-Paul Portal
US 3,590,000 790,000
Chris Choy US
Chris Choy
US 505,000 -160,000
Timothy Guilford us
Timothy Guilford
us Busted

Tags: Timothy GuilfordJohn-Paul Portal

Rian Mullins Eliminated in 4th Place ($1,800)

BrandonTemple • Level 28: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Rian Mullins
Rian Mullins

Rian Mullins jammed on the button for 1 million, and John-Paul Portal called in the small blind.

Rian Mullins: {a-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}
John-Paul Portal: {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}

Mullins needed an ace to survive, but the {5-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} flop gave him no help. The {j-Clubs} turn ended things one card early, and Mullins sent his $1,500 bounty over to Portal after the {6-Hearts} fell on the river.

John-Paul Portal US
John-Paul Portal
US 2,800,000 1,000,000
Rian Mullins us
Rian Mullins
us Busted

Tags: Rian MullinsJohn-Paul Portal

Level:
28
Blinds:
40,000/80,000
Ante:
80,000

Portal Takes the Last Hand of Level 27

BrandonTemple • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Chris Choy raised to 120,000 from under the gun with {a-Clubs}{8-Hearts}, and John-Paul Portal called in the big blind with {7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}.

Portal flopped the best hand on the {5-Spades}{3-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} flop and checked, and Choy stabbed at the pot for 120,000. Portal called.

The {9-Hearts} hit the turn, and Portal checked again. Choy checked behind, and the {6-Clubs} fell on the river. Portal bet 350,000, and Choy folded.

John-Paul Portal US
John-Paul Portal
US 1,800,000 500,000
Chris Choy US
Chris Choy
US 665,000 -240,000

Tags: John-Paul PortalChris Choy