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RunGood Cup Championship
RunGood Cup Championship
Day 1a Completed

Torres Leads, RunGood Pro Henson in Second

mnuwwarah • Level 13: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Chris Torres
Chris Torres

Day 1a of the inaugural RunGood Cup Championship at Harrah's in New Orleans, which attracted 90 runners, wrapped up after 13 levels of play, and local player Chris Torres bagged up the chip lead with 244,000. He currently leads the 17 players who advanced to Sunday's Day 2.

Torres found a great spot in Level 8 (500/1,000/100), when a {j-}{3-}{3-} flop hit the felt in a three-way pot that was already swollen by multiple preflop raises. A player in the blinds bet 20,000 and Torres shoved all in with a stack that covered everyone. The third player mucked, and the bettor called off about 10,000 more with the {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}. Torres had it crushed with two kings, and he held through the last two community cards.

Trailing Torres in second is RunGood Pro Ray Henson, who bagged 203,500. The Houston native is having a banner year, having already logged two six-figure cashes. He first won the largest World Series of Poker Circuit event in history, a $365 reentry at the Choctaw stop, for $197,588. This summer, he also made the final table of the massive Colossus, where he finished third for $308,761.

Henson won a key three-way all-in pot when he got his last 64,800 in during Level 13 (1,500/3,000/500) against John Heckenkamp, with a shorter-stacked player already all in. Henson's {a-Spades}{k-Clubs} turned into top pair on an ace-high flop, allowing him to pull into the lead against Heckenkamp's nines and the short stack's {q-Diamonds}{7-Spades}. Henson held to scoop the huge pot, much to Heckenkamp's dismay.

RunGood Pros Justin Gardenhire, Ryan Tepen, and Michael Sanders were among the vanquished, as were former RunGood champs Troy Repp and Brandon Fish. Eliminated players still have two more Day 1 flights to attempt to bag stacks, and Day 1b kicks off Friday at noon with more live coverage here on PokerNews.

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End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 13: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Chris Torres 244,000
Ray Henson us 203,500 28,500
Nate Rohda 175,500 -1,500
Gary Dunaway 163,500 16,500
Ed Muchmore 144,500 -12,500
John Heckenkamp 136,500 36,500
Carter Hedgemann 129,000 129,000
Rodney Spriggs us 101,000 55,000
Jeremy Gaubert 89,000 -9,000
Joan Rhodes 78,000 78,000
Will Berry us 71,000 -14,000
Lucas Board 63,000 63,000
Kristopher Ferber 58,000 58,000
Did Not Report us 48,000 48,000
Nick Graphia 38,500 -43,500
Charles Byrn 33,500 33,500
Damon Landry 24,500 24,500

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donpeters • Level 13: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

Eric Danis updates the player of the year races from around the world, and the two dive into the global POY race, the GPI Top 300, and a very friendly (and relevant) face in the "Andy FrankenDanger Zone."

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"Really? You Shoved With Ace-King Offsuit?"

mnuwwarah • Level 13: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Ray Henson
Ray Henson

We found Ray Henson all in for 64,800 and at risk against John Heckenkamp, with another shorter-stacked player already all in.

Heckenkamp: {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}
Henson: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}
Third player: {q-Diamonds}{7-Spades}

Heckenkamp stood up and called for his cards to hold, but Henson hit an ace on the flop and took the pot down.

"Really? You shoved with ace-king offsuit after I limped in?" Heckenkamp asked.

Ray Henson us 175,000 76,000
John Heckenkamp 100,000 28,000

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Ugly Chop for Gaubert

mnuwwarah • Level 12: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

Jeremy Gaubert checked in a battle of the blinds with the board reading {2-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{q-Hearts}{5-Spades} on fourth street. Nick Graphia bet 5,500, and Gaubert woke up with a check-raise to 13,500. Graphia called, and Gaubert checked the {3-Spades} river. Graphia counted down his stack and thought a bit before checking back.

"I have a straight," Gaubert said.

"Me too," Graphia replied.

Gaubert: {6-}{3-}
Graphia: {8-}{6-}

They chopped with six-high straights.

Jeremy Gaubert 98,000 55,000
Nick Graphia 82,000 -1,000