Day 1 Completed
|Blinds||25,000 / 50,000|
Day 1 Completed
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
|1||Donnie McCormick||$5,060 + $1,900 in bounties|
|2||Eric “TABLECAPTAINN” Wemlinger||$3,220|
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.
In the final hand of the tournament, Don McCormick limped holding the and Eric “TABLECAPTAINN” Wemlinger checked his option with the .
Both players checked the flop and the dealer burned and turned the . Wemlinger checked, McCormick moved all in, and Wemlinger called off for around 1 million.
Wemlinger was one card away from doubling but then the spiked on the river to give an elated McCormick the win with trip fives.
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 was way behind and never caught up as the board ran out to improve McCormick to aces and tens.
On a flop, Phil Winberg got his stack of 401,000 all in and was primed to double through Don McCormick.
Both players had flopped a pair and Winberg was out in front. That changed when the dealer burned and turned the to give McCormick two pair. The river failed to help Winberg and McCormick collected yet another bounty.
With 160,000 in the pot and a board reading , 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.
Both players held two pair but Mah was best. The river was no help to Johnson and he bowed out in fifth place.
Brian Stafford was all in preflop for 115,000 and primed to double through Don McCormick.
Stafford got it in good but fell way behind when the flop paired McCormick's king. Neither the turn nor river helped Stafford and he headed to the exit in sixth place.
Jason Daniele was all in preflop for his last 56,000 and looking to get lucky against Sherman Mah.
Daniele's best shot at staying alive was to catch a king, but it wasn't meant to be as the board ran out a lackluster .