Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
The Run It Up Reno IX $600 Main Event is down to the final table. The field trimmed down from 123 runners at the start of Day 2 Sunday, to the nine players that remain. Those nine will return to the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada Monday at noon, and play down to a champion.
Jordan Spurlin will come back as the chip leader at the final table, riding an incredible wave of hands to a massive 6,715,000 stack. Spurlin comes back on Day 3 with more than a third of the chips in play.
Colton Blomberg (5,265,000) is the other big stack at the table, with more than 100 big blinds when play resumes with 10:09 in Level 25 Monday, with the blinds at 25000/50000/50000.
Vincent Newland, who came into Day 2 as the overall chip leader, comes back to the final table third in chips (2,845,000), with Sung Song in fourth (2,400,000).
One of those players will take home the championship and the first-place prize of $66,000. That figure is a record for the Run Up Reno Main Event, which drew an all-time high of 760 entries.
Early Action in Day 2
The 123 players that made it through Day 1 began the day already in the money, and included notable names like WSOP bracelet winners Alex Epstein (113th - $1,000), Kevin Gerhart (65th - $1,190), Jeremy Pekarek (34th - $1,780) and Loren Klein (28th - $2,220).
Other names in the field included Survivor alum Shirin Oskooi (110th - $1,000), RIU regular Deb Swift (96th - $1,000), partypoker pro Patrick Tardif (69th - $1,190), Matt Stout (68th - $1,190), and Garry Gates (54th - $1,460).
The lively atmosphere that’s synonymous with the Run It Up Reno series was in the air in the early levels of Day 2, and the action was fast and entertaining. Playing through 40-minute levels, Day 2 started midway through Level 15, but by Level 18 nearly half the field was eliminated.
As the tournament began to play toward the final three tables, huge stacks started to appear in the field. The biggest of these going into three-table play was Blomberg, who was the first to hit the two million mark in chips.
Final Three Tables
Blomberg quickly chipped up to a 2.65 million stack as three-tabled play went on. Vanessa Kade and Day 1b chip leader Newland were also in the upper echelon of the big stacks, and Sung joined them after winning a massive three-way all in that knocked out Max Young (19th - $3,460) and left Alon Eldar short stacked.
Eldar went out in 17th place for $3,460, falling one spot short of the final two tables and a pay jump. Jamie Kerstetter (16th), Michael Macey (15th) and Aaron Knapp (14th) were the beneficiaries of Eldar’s elimination, each laddering up to a $4,320 finish.
Spurlin began his incredible run to the chip lead with a double up against Daniel Hughes, in which Hughes tried an all-in bluff but found himself up against fives full of jacks.
The run continued in a huge hand against Kade, in which Kade and Spurlin got all of the chips in on the flop. Kade had trip fours against Spurlin’s top pair of tens, but a ten on the turn put Spurlin in the lead and sent Kade out in 12th place ($5,400).
Spurlin capped off the run by eliminating Hughes in 10th place, picking up pocket queens against Hughes three-bet all in with king-five suited.
Day 3 commences at noon Monday, and the final table will be streamed with a dynamic delay on https://www.twitch.tv/runitup, beginning at 3 p.m. Follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team as the RIU IX Main Event champion is crowned.
Jordan Spurlin opened to 130,000 from the hijack, Daniel Hughes went all in from the big blind, and Spurlin called.
Hughes was up against a premium hand in Spurlin's pocket queens, and the flop helped both players, giving Spurlin top set but bringing in a flush draw for Hughes. The flush didn't come in, however, as the turn and sealed the elimination.
Day 2 play has ended, and the final nine players will come back for Day 3 Monday.
Jordan Spurlin raised to 110,000 from the hijack, and was called by Vanessa Kade on the button and Daniel Hughes in the big blind.
Hughes checked a flop over to Spurlin, who bet 150,000. Kade raised to 400,000, and Hughes folded. Spurlin put a column of 100k chips in the pot to set Kade in for her last 1.8 million, and Kade snapped it off.
Kade's trip fours had Spurlin's tens and fours in rough shape, but Spurlin couldn't be denied, as the hit the turn, giving him tens-full and leaving Kade looking for the case four to survive. The river bricked off, and a frustrated Kade could only say, "C'mon!" before taking her unicorn Celeste and heading to the payout desk.
Jordan Spurlin raised to 110,000 from the button, and Vanessa Kade called in the big blind.
Kade check-called a bet of 75,000 on the flop, and both players checked the turn.
Kade checked the river, and Spurlin bet 200,000. Kade called, and Spurlin tabled for a straight. Kade mucked.
Sung Song raised to 110,000 from middle position, and Jordan Spurlin three-bet to 300,000 on the button. Song called.
Both players checked the flop, and the hit the turn. Song bet 400,000 and Spurlin called.
Song checked the river, and Spurlin jammed for 2.025 million. Song, who barely had Spurlin covered, tanked for three minutes before folding the face-up.
Jordan Spurlin opened to 85,000 from the hijack, and Daniel Hughes called in the big blind.
Hughes check-called a 50,000 from Spurlin on a flop. Hughes checked again on the turn, Spurlin bet 125,000, and Hughes raised to 400,000, getting a call from Spurlin.
Hughes led out all in on the river, having Spurlin covered. Spurlin made the call for his last 750,000.
Spurlin had the goods, turning over for the full house. Hughes tabled , and Spurlin took down the huge pot.