$600 Main Event
Days:

Event Info

Buy-in $600
Prize Pool $594,880
Players 1,144

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 200,000 / 400,000
Ante 400,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 144
$600 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Kulwant Singh Outlasts Record-Setting Field to Win RGPS Main Event at Graton Resort and Casino ($100,070)

MattHansen • Level 31: Blinds 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Kulwant Singh
Kulwant Singh

The first RunGood Poker Series(RGPS) stop at Graton Resort and Casino has come to an end and Kulwant Singh is the winner after he defeated Bryan Saltzman in heads-up play. Singh takes home the RGPS ring and $100,070 for the victory.

The $600 Main Event drew 1,144 runners and generated a prize pool of $594,880. The four opening flights sent 144 survivors to Sunday and all Day 2 finishers were guaranteed the min-cash of $800.

Singh has been playing since 1995 and this is the biggest score of his career by a considerable margin. He has steadily amassed over $270,000 in career earnings prior to tonight’s six-figure win as a tournament player in Northern California, and he considers his main game to be Omaha.

RGPS Bay Area Main Event Final Table Results

RankPlayerCountryPrize
1Kulwant SinghUnited States$100,070
2Bryan SaltzmanUnited States$69,115
3Paul SerrateUnited States$44,660
4Julian RuvalcabaUnited States$33,205
5Jose CastilloUnited States$25,465
6Matt MassaroUnited States$20,590
7Sean BursonUnited States$17,010
8Max GratuitoUnited States$13,480
9Jeff SpruitenburgUnited States$10,000

Singh’s run to the victory got started in earnest when he picked up a double knockout shortly after the three-table redraw. Frank Neuhauser was all in with pocket aces and Gerald Balfour took his shot with pocket tens, but Singh had them both covered with his pocket eights. An eight came on the river and Singh let out a yell that could be heard throughout the tournament room.

Singh continued to pick up chips in big chunks throughout the last three tables, and he came into the final table second in chips behind Saltzman.

The final table kicked off with another double knockout, this time at the hands of Julian Ruvalcaba. Jeff Spruitenburg and Max Gratuito shoved but Ruvalcaba was waiting with pocket kings. The hand moved Ruvalcaba into the chip lead and brought the tournament down to seven players.

Soon after, Sean Burson hit the rail in seventh place when he shoved with king-queen but ran into the pocket aces of Saltzman. Matt Massaro followed in sixth when he shoved with a suited ace-three but he couldn’t improve against the pocket nines of Paul Serrate.

The final table eliminations continued at a brisk pace with Jose Castillo in sixth place. Castillo shoved with queen-jack, but Singh had ace-king to secure the elimination. Ruvalcaba fell after he waited for his spot in four-handed play. He got it in with queen-ten, but Singh was there once again with ace-jack and Ruvalcaba was out in fourth place.

Bryan Saltzman
Runner-up Bryan Saltzman

Play slowed down when the event reached the three-handed stage. After the gap between the three players started to tighten up, Singh built a lead by putting pressure on the other two players. Eventually time ran out for Serrate, and Singh busted him with a pair of aces to enter heads-up play with a 3:1 chip lead.

Saltzman drew near even when he flopped two pair and Singh missed an open-ended straight draw, but that did not last long. Saltzman shoved the turn with a pair of queens, but Singh called with two pair and dodged a few outs to secure the pot and put his opponent on the ropes. The big moment came two hands later when Saltzman shoved with a suited queen-nine, but Singh out drew him with king-six.

Singh’s big win concludes PokerNews coverage of RunGood Poker Series at Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park, California. Stay tuned to PokerNews for more when RGPS continues its tour at JACK Casino Cleveland from September 22-October 2.

Tags: Bryan SaltzmanFrank NeuhauserGerald BalfourJeff SpruitenburgJose CastilloJulian RuvalcabaKulwant SinghMatt MassaroMax GratuitoPaul SerrateSean Burson

Bryan Saltzman Eliminated in 2nd Place ($69,115)

MattHansen • Level 31: Blinds 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Bryan Saltzman
Bryan Saltzman

Action was heads up with {q-Spades}{8-Clubs}{6-Spades}{2-Diamonds} on the board when Bryan Saltzman got it all in and Kulwant Singh called. Saltzman showed {q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} and Singh had {8-Spades}{2-Spades}. The river was no help to Saltzman and Singh picked up a hugh double that left Saltzman with just a few big blinds.

Two hands later, Saltzman got it in and Singh called.

Bryan Saltzman: {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}
Kulwant Singh: {k-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}

The board ran out {5-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{6-Spades}{10-Clubs}{5-Clubs} and Singh won with tens and fives and a king kicker. Saltzman was eliminated in second place for $69,115.

Kulwant Singh us
Kulwant Singh
us 34,320,000 15,820,000
Bryan Saltzman us
Bryan Saltzman
us Busted

Tags: Bryan SaltzmanKulwant Singh

Saltzman Pulls Close

MattHansen • Level 31: Blinds 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

Shortly after Kulwant Singh rivered a full house to take a 3:1 lead, Bryan Saltzman got it all in for around 8,000,000 on a flop of {4-}{5-}{3-}. Singh called and turned over {5-}{3-} for two pair. Singh showed {k-}{6-} for an open-ended straight draw.

The turn and river ran out with bricks for Singh and Saltzman secured the crucial double to bring the match close to even.

Kulwant Singh us
Kulwant Singh
us 18,500,000 -10,200,000
Bryan Saltzman us
Bryan Saltzman
us 16,000,000 10,000,000

Tags: Bryan SaltzmanKulwant Singh

Level:
31
Blinds:
200,000/400,000
Ante:
400,000

Paul Serrate Eliminated in 3rd Place ($44,660)

MattHansen • Level 30: Blinds 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Paul Serrate
Paul Serrate

Action was heads up with a big pot full over T-500,000 chips in the middle and {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{8-Hearts} on the board when Kulwant Singh put Paul Serrate all in. Serrate reluctantly called and turned over {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}. Singh had {a-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}.

The turn and river ran out {5-Clubs}{2-Clubs} and Singh secure the elimination with a pair of aces. Serrate finishes in third place for $44,660.

Kulwant Singh us
Kulwant Singh
us 28,700,000 5,700,000
Bryan Saltzman us
Bryan Saltzman
us 6,000,000 -3,000,000
Paul Serrate us
Paul Serrate
us Busted

Tags: Kulwant SinghPaul Serrate

Singh Opens Up a Lead

MattHansen • Level 30: Blinds 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

Paul Serrate raised to 700,000 from the small blind and Kulwant Singh called from the big blind. The flop was {a-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}.

Serrate bet 500,000 and Singh called to see {4-Hearts} on the turn. Serrate bet 1,100,000 on the turn and Singh called once again.

The river was {5-Hearts} and Serrate checked. Singh fired 3,000,000 and Serrate looked down at his stack to see slightly more before he made the disappointing fold.

Singh has chipped up steadily with pressure throughout the last level and he now sits with a comfortable lead.

Kulwant Singh us
Kulwant Singh
us 23,000,000 9,700,000
Bryan Saltzman us
Bryan Saltzman
us 9,000,000 -5,000,000
Paul Serrate us
Paul Serrate
us 3,100,000 -4,100,000

Tags: Kulwant SinghPaul Serrate

Level:
30
Blinds:
150,000/300,000
Ante:
300,000

Easy Does It

MattHansen • Level 29: Blinds 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Action has slowed down considerably as the final three players start to draw even to one another.

On a recent hand, Kulwant Singh raised to 600,000 and Bryan Saltzman three-bet to 1,700,000. Singh immediately placed a stack of gray T-500,000 chips in the middle and Saltzman went into the tank. After a few moments of thought he tossed it in the muck and gave Singh the pot.

Bryan Saltzman us
Bryan Saltzman
us 14,000,000 -2,000,000
Kulwant Singh us
Kulwant Singh
us 13,300,000 2,300,000
Paul Serrate us
Paul Serrate
us 7,200,000 2,350,000

Tags: Bryan SaltzmanKulwant Singh

Julian Ruvalcaba Eliminated in 4th Place ($33,205)

MattHansen • Level 29: Blinds 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Julian Ruvalcaba
Julian Ruvalcaba

Julian Ruvalcaba shoved his short stack and Kulwant Singh looked him up.

Juilan Ruvalcaba: {q-Clubs}{10-Spades}
Kulwant Singh: {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}

The board ran out {2-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{5-Clubs}{a-Clubs} and Singh used the pair of aces to eliminate Ruvalcaba in fourth place for $33,205.

Bryan Saltzman us
Bryan Saltzman
us 16,000,000 800,000
Kulwant Singh us
Kulwant Singh
us 11,000,000 2,200,000
Paul Serrate us
Paul Serrate
us 4,850,000 -1,150,000
Julian Ruvalcaba US
Julian Ruvalcaba
US Busted

Tags: Juilan RuvalcabaKulwant Singh