$235 Pro Bounty

Event Info

Buy-in $235
Prize Pool $30,500
Players 174

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 40,000
$235 Pro Bounty
Day 1 Completed

Jim Petzing Wins Run It Up Reno VIII $235 Pro Bounty for $7,930

Chad_Holloway • Level 28: 40,000-80,000, 40,000 ante
Jim Petzing - Champion
Jim Petzing - Champion

The Run It Up Reno VIII $235 Pro Bounty – which offered a $300 bounty on various pros – attracted 174 runners to the Peppermill Casino. After more than 12 hours of play, RIU fan favorite Jim Petzing, who the night before gave stand-up comedy a try at an open-mic night, came out on top to win the title and $7,930 first-place prize.

While he didn’t collect any “pro” bounties, he did nab an extra $100 that was placed on Andy Pokrivnak by another player. He also had to contend with his friend David Larson in heads-up play. Interestingly, the two, who live in the same apartment complex in Las Vegas, had dinner earlier in the night and fantasized about the possibility of making the final two.

“I’m very excited,” said Petzing, who has more than $738K in lifetime earnings. “It feels really great.”

One of the reasons it felt so great was that the win came after some close calls at the LAPC. It was there back in February that he made six final tables in two weeks, but never managed to close one out.

Final Table Results

1Jim Petzing$7,930
2David Larson$4,880
3Miguel Cardenas$3,220
4Stefan Helber$2,310
5Jordan Spurlin$1,780
6Don McCormick$1,430
7Cody Courtois$1,180
8Jon Cockey$970
9Steve Nevius$780

Among those to cash the tournament but fall short of the final table were Todd Studenicka (10th - $780), Scott Moskowitz (12th - $620), Patrick Tardif (15th - $500), Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg (16th - $500), Kenyah Harris (19th - $400), and Andrew Romeo (21st - $400).

Tags: Jim Petzing

Miguel Cardenas Eliminated in 3rd Place ($3,220)

Chad_Holloway • Level 28: 40,000-80,000, 40,000 ante
Miguel Cardenas - 3rd Place
Miguel Cardenas - 3rd Place

Jim Petzing raised to 300,000 from the button and then snap-called off when Miguel Cardenas three-bet all in for 1.1 million from the small blind.

Petzing: {a-Spades}{10-Spades}
Cardenas: {a-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}

Cardenas had the worse ace but did flop a flush draw on the {7-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} flop. The {a-Hearts} turn gave Petzing two pair, and the {5-Hearts} river saw him ship the double.

Cardenas was left with 10,000 after the hand, and despite tripling in the next hand, he busted the one after that with ace-deuce to David Larson's pocket sevens.

James Petzing us
James Petzing
us 2,200,000 1,290,000
Miguel Cardenas us
Miguel Cardenas
us Busted

Tags: Miguel CardenasJames Petzing


Stefan Helber Eliminated in 4th Place ($2,310)

Chad_Holloway • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 25,000 ante
Stefan Helber - 4th Place
Stefan Helber - 4th Place

Stefan Helber moved all in for his last 95,000 from the small blind, and while he didn't seem excited about it, David Larson called out of the big blind.

Helber: {a-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}
Larson: {10-Spades}{5-Hearts}

Helber was ahead and held on the {4-Spades}{k-Hearts}{2-Hearts} flop. Unfortunately for him, the dealer burned and turned the {5-Spades} to pair Larson. The {k-Clubs} river was no help to Helber and he hit the rail in fourth place.

As the last player sporting Run It Up gear, Helber was the "last warrior standing," which means he will be entered into a special drawing later on during the RIU Reno VIII.

Stefan Helber US
Stefan Helber
US Busted

Tags: Stefan HelberDavid Larson


Jordan Spurlin Eliminated in 5th Place ($1,780)

Chad_Holloway • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Jordan Spurlin - 5th Place
Jordan Spurlin - 5th Place

David Larson moved all in for 625,000 from the button and Jordan Spurlin called off for 380,000 from the big blind.

Larson: {q-Spades}{2-Spades}
Spurlin: {a-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}

Spurlin was ahead and looked good through both the {6-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} flop and {10-Diamonds} turn. However, disaster struck when the {9-Spades} spiked on the river to give Larson a winning straight.

David Larson us
David Larson
us 1,100,000 371,000
Jordan Spurlin us
Jordan Spurlin
us Busted

Tags: Jordan SpurlinDavid Larson