2020 WSOP Main Event partypoker US Network Online Series
$235 Black Chip Bounty

Event Info

Prize Pool $22,184
Players 236

Level Info

Level 26
Blinds 25,000 / 50,000
Ante 50,000
$235 Black Chip Bounty
Day 1 Completed

Donnie McCormick Wins Run It Up Reno VIII $235 Black Chip Bounty Event

Chad_Holloway • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Don McCormick - Champion
Don McCormick - Champion

On Tuesday, the Run It Up Reno VIII hosted its $235 Black Chip Bounty event, which saw all 236 runners have a $100 bounty on their head. The one-day tournament took 10 hours to play down to a winner, and it was Oregon’s Donnie McCormick coming out on top to capture a $5,060 first place prize, plus an additional $1,900 in bounties.

It was the cherry on top of a great RIU Reno series thus far for McCormick, who the night before finished sixth for $1,430 in the $235 Pro Bounty. He also finished 22nd for $1,080 in the Mini Main Event and 12th in the $125 Super Sonic for $310.

Prior to the win, McCormick had $17,656 in lifetime earnings, including a career-best $9,634 for winning a Rio Daily Deepstack back in 2017.

McCormick began the final table as the chip leader and steamrolled his opponents notching six eliminations at the final table. In one hand he held king-three and got lucky to spike a king and crack Brian Stafford’s pocket tens. In another, he jammed Big Slick and got a call from Sherman Mah, who had the inferior ace-nine.

McCormick held and took a huge chip lead into heads-up play against Twitch streamer Eric “TABLECAPTAINN” Wemlinger, who briefly battle back and took over the chip lead but ultimately had to settle for second place and $3,220 in prize money.

Final Table Results

1Donnie McCormick$5,060 + $1,900 in bounties
2Eric “TABLECAPTAINN” Wemlinger$3,220
3Sherman Mah$2,204
4Phil Winberg$1,635
5Chris Johnson$1,300
6Brian Stafford$1,060
7Jason Daniele$885
8Ron Shephard$740

Among those to cash the tournament but fall short of the official final table were Kevin Bratner (9th - $600), Michael Trivett (13th - $380), Mini Main Event champ John Boriolo (15th - $380), LFG Podcast co-host Jamie Kerstetter (20th - $300), Survivor winner Tyson Apostal (23rd - $300), and both Dan Brown and Jovanny Jayme, who became duel bubble boy for $150 each after busting in the same hand.

Tags: Don McCormick

Eric “TABLECAPTAINN” Wemlinger Eliminated in 2nd Place ($3,220)

Chad_Holloway • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Eric "TABLECAPTAINN" Wemlinger
Eric "TABLECAPTAINN" Wemlinger

In the final hand of the tournament, Don McCormick limped holding the {5-Spades}{4-Diamonds} and Eric “TABLECAPTAINN” Wemlinger checked his option with the {9-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}.

Both players checked the {9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{5-Clubs} flop and the dealer burned and turned the {a-Spades}. Wemlinger checked, McCormick moved all in, and Wemlinger called off for around 1 million.

Wemlinger was one card away from doubling but then the {5-Hearts} spiked on the river to give an elated McCormick the win with trip fives.

Don McCormick us 3,540,000 640,000
Eric Wemlinger us Busted

Tags: Eric WemlingerDon McCormick


Sherman Mah Eliminated in 3rd Place ($2,204)

Chad_Holloway • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Sherman Mah - 3rd Place
Sherman Mah - 3rd Place

Don McCormick is on a roll and scored yet another elimination.

It happened when he moved all in on the button and Sherman Mah, who earlier in the RIU Reno VIII won the $125 Short Deck Hold’em tournament, called off for 1.1 million from the big blind.

Mah: {a-Spades}{9-Spades}
McCormick: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}

Mah was way behind and never caught up as the board ran out {j-Clubs}{10-Spades}{6-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} to improve McCormick to aces and tens.

Don McCormick us 2,900,000 1,100,000
Eric Wemlinger us 607,000 47,000
Sherman Mah US Busted

Tags: Sherman MahDon McCormick

Phil Winberg Eliminated in 4th Place ($1,635)

Chad_Holloway • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Phil Winberg - 4th Place
Phil Winberg - 4th Place

On a {10-Clubs}{5-Spades}{7-Clubs} flop, Phil Winberg got his stack of 401,000 all in and was primed to double through Don McCormick.

Winberg: {10-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}
McCormick: {5-Diamonds}{8-Spades}

Both players had flopped a pair and Winberg was out in front. That changed when the dealer burned and turned the {8-Hearts} to give McCormick two pair. The {4-Hearts} river failed to help Winberg and McCormick collected yet another bounty.

Don McCormick us 1,800,000 500,000
Phil Winberg US Busted

Tags: Phil WinbergDon McCormick

Chris Johnson Eliminated in 5th Place ($1,300)

Chad_Holloway • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Chris Johnson - 5th Place
Chris Johnson - 5th Place

With 160,000 in the pot and a board reading {2-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{4-Spades}, Chris Johnson checked from the big blind and Sherman Mah bet 85,000 from under the gun.

Johnson woke up with an all-in check-raise to 399,000 and discovered the bad news when Mah called.

Mah: {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}
Johnson: {a-Hearts}{4-Clubs}

Both players held two pair but Mah was best. The {5-Diamonds} river was no help to Johnson and he bowed out in fifth place.

Chris Johnson us Busted

Tags: Chris JohnsonSherman Mah

Brian Stafford Eliminated in 6th Place ($1,060)

Chad_Holloway • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Brian Stafford - 6th Place
Brian Stafford - 6th Place

Brian Stafford was all in preflop for 115,000 and primed to double through Don McCormick.

McCormick: {k-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}
Stafford: {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

Stafford got it in good but fell way behind when the {k-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{8-Spades} flop paired McCormick's king. Neither the {2-Clubs} turn nor {q-Hearts} river helped Stafford and he headed to the exit in sixth place.

Don McCormick us 1,300,000 200,000
Brian Stafford US Busted

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