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Main Event

Level Info

Level 24
Blinds 15,000 / 30,000
Ante 5,000

Players Info

Entries 262
Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Mark Martin Wins RunGoodGear.com Downstream Casino ($36,218)

mnuwwarah • Level 24: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Mark Martin - 1st Place
Mark Martin - 1st Place

Mark Martin is two-for-two on cashes at RunGoodGear.com tournaments the last two months, but the second one was worth a bit more than the first. He outlasted a field of 262 runners to win RunGoodGear.com Downstream Casino for $36,218 a month after cashing in 24th for $1,590 at Hard Rock Tulsa. Martin also won a seat into the World Series of Poker Main Event next year.

Martin sealed the win after a back-and-forth heads-up match with Mike Tang when he busted Tang's aces after an {8-Hearts}{6-Spades}{7-Clubs} flop in a three-bet pot. Tang open-shoved, and Martin snapped it off with {9-Spades}{8-Clubs} for a straight draw and top pair. He bricked the {q-Spades} turn, but a {10-Spades} river gave him a straight and nearly all of the chips. Martin finished Tang two hands later.

Twenty-six players returned to the venue just outside of Joplin, Mo., for Day 2, all of them guaranteed to walk away with a cash reward after outlasting 90 percent of their Day 1 fields. Well-known tour pro Bernard Lee was one of those notching only a small cash, busting in 23rd early on when he called the overbet shove of Terry Karn, who had limp-called preflop, on a {4-Spades}{a-Hearts}{q-Clubs} flop. Lee had flopped top pair with {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}, but Karn had him dominated and held up with {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}.

Martin found some early luck when he three-outed Shannan Roberts with {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} against {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}, giving him a stack of 360,000 at Level 17 (3,000/6,000/100).

Lee's fellow sponsored pro Ben Reason, who came into Day 2 tied for the chip lead, busted 14th, and yet another RunGood pro, Chris Conrad, bubbled the final table in 11th. Conrad's elimination was a brutal one, as he called Tang's four-bet shove with {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} and was against {7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}. The board ran out {9-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}, giving Tang a straight.

The final table kicked off with three quick eliminations. Gene Alloway busted 10th, Ryan Tepen went ninth, and Richard Moore followed them in eighth. Karn bowed out in seventh, giving tour pro Justin Gardenhire a big chip lead by shoving {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} for more than the pot on a {4-Spades}{j-Clubs}{a-Clubs} flop and running into Gardenhire's {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}.

Issac "Rungood" Tucker was next to go, adding to Gardenhire's wealth by shipping the river on a {8-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} board with {4-Clubs}{3-Hearts}, only to be shown {a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for a nut flush.

After Terry Presley went out fifth, Martin busted RunGood pro Michael Sanders in fourth with {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts} against {3-Spades}{3-Clubs}. Despite the win, Martin went into three-handed play as the shortest stack, just barely behind Tang, while Gardenhire had about half of the chips in play.

After a bit of three-handed play, stacks were close when the biggest pot of the tournament happened during Level 23 (12,000/24,000/4,000). Martin opened for 50,000 on the button and was called by both Gardenhire and Tang. Everyone checked the {8-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{8-Hearts}, and a {2-Spades} arrived. Gardenhire checked again, and Tang bet 75,000. Martin called, and Gardenhire made it 185,000. Tang came back with 385,000 total, forcing Martin out. Gardenhire tanked for a few minutes, squinting at his opponent's stack before announcing he was all in. Tang called with frightening speed.

"God, he's got queen-eight," Gardenhire said in disappointment.

It was only {8-Spades}{6-Diamonds}, though, and Gardenhire was ahead with {2-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} for a turned full house. The dealer burned and brought forth the {q-Hearts} on the river, ruining Gardenhire's boat and giving Tang a winning eights full.

Martin was down about two-to-one in chips when heads-up play began, but he had the lead within a few hands, only to give it right back. The two battled for about an hour before the decisive heads-up hand.

Thanks for tuning in to PokerNews' coverage of another RunGoodGear.com event. This one wraps up the season for the tour, so we'll look forward to the announcement of next year's schedule.

Tags: Mark Martin

Mike Tang Eliminated in 2nd Place ($22,334)

mnuwwarah • Level 24: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Mike Tang - 2nd Place
Mike Tang - 2nd Place

Mark Martin made it 130,000 to go on the button, and Mike Tang reraised to 330,000 in the big blind. Martin called, and the two watch an {8-Hearts}{6-Spades}{7-Clubs} flop hit the felt. Tang cut out a stack as if considering a bet, but decided to just push all in. Martin snap-called.

Martin: {9-Spades}{8-Clubs}
Tang: {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}

Tang was ahead with aces, but Martin had plenty of equity with top pair and an open-ended straight draw. The {q-Spades} turn was a blank, but the {10-Spades} river gave Martin a winning straight.

Stacks were counted down, and Tang was left with just 50,000. Two hands later, he was all in preflop with {q-Spades}{2-Spades} against the {10-Hearts}{6-Spades} of Martin. The board ran out {3-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}, giving Martin trips and the tournament.

Mike Tang us Busted

Tags: Mark MartinMike Tang

Tang Shoves River, Retakes Lead

mnuwwarah • Level 24: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Mike Tang
Mike Tang

Mark Martin limped in and then called a raise to 80,000 from Mike Tang. He called another 50,000 on the {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{10-Clubs} flop, and Tang went much bigger with 200,000 on the {6-Diamonds} turn. Martin raised to 400,000, and Tang called. The {9-Clubs} paired the board on the end, and Tang pushed all in. Martin thought for a minute or so before releasing.

Mike Tang us 2,630,000 1,030,000
Mark Martin us 1,300,000 -1,030,000

Tags: Mark MartinMike Tang

Level:
24
Blinds:
15,000/30,000
Ante:
5,000

Martin Evens Things

mnuwwarah • Level 23: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

After a brief break to discuss a deal yielded no fruit, heads-up play began.

The first hand, Mike Tang limped and called 50,000 more from Mark Martin. Tang called 100,000 on the flop and 100,000 more on the turn as the board came {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}. On the river, Martin upped it slightly to 120,000, and Tang called.

Martin showed {a-Spades}{10-Spades} for eights full of aces and took the pot.

Mike Tang us 2,100,000 -430,000
Mark Martin us 1,830,000 430,000

Tags: Mark MartinMike Tang

Justin Gardenhire Eliminated in 3rd Place ($15,091)

mnuwwarah • Level 23: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Justin Gardenhire - 3rd Place
Justin Gardenhire - 3rd Place

Mark Martin opened for 50,000 on the button and was called by both Justin Gardenhire and Mike Tang. Everyone checked the {8-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{8-Hearts}, and a {2-Spades} arrived. Gardenhire checked again, and Tang bet 75,000. Martin called, and Gardenhire made it 185,000. Tang came back with 385,000 total, forcing Martin out. Gardenhire tanked for a few minutes, squinting at his opponent's stack before announcing he was all in. Tang called with frightening speed.

"God, he's got queen-eight," Gardenhire said in disappointment.

It was only {8-Spades}{6-Diamonds}, though, and Gardenhire was ahead with {2-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} for a turned full house. The dealer burned and brought forth the {q-Hearts} on the river, ruining Gardenhire's boat and giving Tang a winning eights full.

"Very well-played hand," Gardenhire said before heading to the payout desk.

Mike Tang us 2,530,000 1,330,000
Mark Martin us 1,400,000 125,000
Justin Gardenhire us Busted

Tags: Justin GardenhireMark MartinMike Tang

Tang Takes Three-Bet Pot from Gardenhire

mnuwwarah • Level 23: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Mike Tang made it 65,000 from the button, and Justin Gardenhire wanted to play for more in the big blind: 170,000. Tang called, and the two saw a {6-Spades}{a-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} flop. Gardenhire bet 150,000, and Tang called. He checked the {2-Clubs} turn, and Tang bet 300,000. Gardenhire's cards were in the muck before the bet was all the way pushed in.

Justin Gardenhire us 1,400,000 -500,000
Mike Tang us 1,200,000 400,000

Tags: Justin GardenhireMike Tang