$675 Main Event
Days:
1a1b1c2
$675 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Gardenhire Aiming for Another Big RunGood Score After Bagging Day 1a Lead

mnuwwarah • Level 13: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Justin Gardenhire
Justin Gardenhire

Action closed with a bang in the 2016 RunGood Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event on Day 1a, as RunGood Pro Justin Gardenhire busted Chunlei Yuan on the final hand of the night to close out the night with the chip lead. Gardenhire bagged 215,000 at the conclusion of the first of three Day 1 flights, and he's looking for another big score on the tour after chopping RunGood Hard Rock Tulsa last weekend for $40,000, officially earning second-place honors.

The closeout hand began with action folding to Gardenhire in the small blind, where he limped in for 3,000. Yuan popped it to 13,000, and "Gardy" responded by shoving all in for 108,000. Yuan had only a smidgen less than that, but he opted to call it off with the {q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}, much to Gardenhire's surprise. The RunGood Pro showed down the {a-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and held up as the board ran out {7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{k-Clubs}.

In total, 13 of 66 runners survived the 12-plus levels, with the tournament director calling a stop to things immediately after Yuan's elimination. Jon Lawson (198,000), Steve Pham (166,500), Drew Woodke (70,000), Thadd Wolff (69,000), and Henry Gingerich (38,000) will be joining Gardenhire on Sunday's Day 2.

Lawson found a late double in Level 12 (1,200/2,400/400) when Pham opened the action with a raise to 5,500 on the button, and Lawson reraised to 13,200 out of the small blind. Woodke woke up with an all-in four-bet from the big blind, and Pham folded before Lawson tanked awhile and called off about 90,000.

Lawson: {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}
Woodke: {a-Hearts}{j-Clubs}

Woodke chided his opponent for not calling right away, joking that he deserved an ace, but the board ran out dead and Lawson doubled up.

Wolff finished runner-up here to Brandon Fish last time the tour came through town, while Gingerich is a former RunGood Horseshoe Council Bluffs winner.

Some of the players taking shots and bricking on Day 1a included RunGood Pros Jose Montes and Ryan Tepen, as well as Ryan Phan, Fish, Duane Gerleman, Jeff Banghart, and JR Reiss.

They'll have plenty of time to try to put chips in a bag as two more flights remain, both on Saturday. Come back to PokerNews for coverage of those, starting at 12 p.m. local time.

Tags: Jon LawsonJustin Gardenhire

Gardenhire Busts Yuan, Ends Day 1a

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

Justin Gardenhire limped in from the small blind, and Chunlei Yuan popped it to 13,000. Gardenhire jammed all in, and Yuan tanked awhile and called off for a little less than Gardenhire's 108,000.

"Ace-jack?" Gardenhire asked, turning over {a-Spades}{10-Diamonds}.

Yuan showed only {q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}, eliciting plenty of surprise from Gardy.

The board ran out {7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{k-Clubs}, leaving Yuan dead after the turn.

With that, only 13 players remain and Day 1a survivors are bagging up.

Justin Gardenhire us
Justin Gardenhire
us 215,000 108,000
Chunlei Yuan
Chunlei Yuan
Busted

Tags: Justin GardenhireChunlei Yuan

Lawson Doubles Through Woodke

mnuwwarah • Level 13: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Drew Woodke
Drew Woodke

Steve Pham opened to 5,500 on the button, and Jon Lawson made it 13,200 in the small blind. Drew Woodke said he was all in from the big, and Pham thought a bit and folded. Lawson was covered, and he tanked a minute or two, exchanging banter with Woodke.

"I call," he said finally.

Woodke: {a-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
Lawson: {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}

"How the f*** do you not snap-call?" Woodke asked, laughing. "I deserve an ace."

Deserved or not, the ace didn't come as the board ran out {7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{8-Spades}.

Jon Lawson us
Jon Lawson
us 190,000 140,000
Drew Woodke us
Drew Woodke
us 50,000 -48,800

Tags: Drew WoodkeSteve PhamJon Lawson

Level:
13
Blinds:
1,500/3,000
Ante:
500

Smith Eliminated

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

A player opened to 6,000 under the gun, and the next player jammed for 12,300. Kipp Smith shoved over that on the button for 28,300, and the opener called to make it three ways all in.

Smith: {k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Under the gun: {5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}
Third player: {a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}

The board ran out {2-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{8-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}, and Smith was eliminated as the short stack tripled up.

Kipp Smith us
Kipp Smith
us Busted

Tags: Kipp Smith

Yuan Doubles Through Smith

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

We didn't see the action, but it looked like Chunlei Yuan got his remaining chips in preflop aganst Kipp Smith holding two red threes against Smith's {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}. The board ran out with four hearts, giving Yuan a flush that enabled him to survive.

Chunlei Yuan
Chunlei Yuan
33,000 -46,500
Kipp Smith us
Kipp Smith
us 17,900 -82,100

Tags: Chunlei YuanKipp Smith

Level:
12
Blinds:
1,200/2,400
Ante:
400