2022 RGPS Cleveland

$800 Main Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2022 RGPS Cleveland

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
150,000 / 300,000
Players Info - Day 1a
Players Left

Sean Troha Near Top of Day 1a Field at RGPS Cleveland Main Event

Level 13 : Blinds 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Sean Troha
Sean Troha

Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Sean Troha is among the chip leaders after a wild opening flight of the RunGood Poker Series Cleveland $800 Main Event saw 28 survivors advance to Day 2 here at the Jack Cleveland Casino.

Troha’s 357,000 chips sit him fifth on the leaderboard behind chip leader Anthony Carbone, who finished the day with an even 500,000 chips after doubling into the lead on the last hand of the day.

Top Ten Day 1a Chip Counts

RankNameCountryChip Count
1Anthony CarboneUnited States500,000
2Joe GugliottaUnited States457,000
3Shawn GaffneyUnited States427,000
4Kuo PengTaiwan384,000
5Sean TrohaUnited States357,000
6George MohanUnited States280,000
7Connor ZhuChina256,000
8James PisonoUnited States242,000
9Brent WheelerUnited States242,000
10Keith SchwartzUnited States230,000

Day 1a Action

A field of 186 entries took their shot at advancing to Sunday’s Day 2, starting the tournament well on its way to eclipsing the $250,000 guaranteed prizepool.

Play wrapped up with 33:27 remaining in Level 13, as just 15% of the field remained.

Some of the other notables to survive the day include Raymond Ezzie (213,000), Robert Noel (157,000), and Alexander Jagodik (143,000).

Among those not fortunate enough to find a bag were the winner of the RGPS Cleveland $420 Opener event, Jack Corrigan, WSOP bracelet winner Katie Kopp, and RunGood ambassadors Emily Snow and Mallory Klaus.

Connor Zhu
Connor Zhu

Zhu’s Wild Day and Troha’s Build Toward the Lead

Connor Zhu was the story of the day, building a massive chip lead throughout the day with ruthless aggression and incredible runouts, before finally losing his lead on the aforementioned final hand of the day to Carbone when he called off a 250,000 chip all-in with ace-queen against Carbone’s aces.

Despite the late fall, Zhu ended the day with a top ten chip count.

Troha’s ascension to his fifth place stack wasn’t as volatile but was a consistent build through skill and aggression to set himself up well for Day 2.

Anthony Carbone
Anthony Carbone

Day 1b on Deck Friday

The second of three opening flights takes place Friday, with a 12:15 p.m. starting time. Players who failed to advance Thursday will have another shot at making it to Sunday’s final day of play, and even those who did make it through Day 1a can hop in again in hopes of accumulating a bigger stack to take into Sunday instead of their total from this flight.

Stay tuned to PokerNews for our continuing coverage of the event until a champion is crowned on Sunday at the incredible Jack Cleveland Casino.

Tags: Alexander JagodikAnthony CarboneBrent WheelerConnor ZhuEmily SnowGeorge MohanJack CorriganJames PisonoJoe GugliottaKatie KoppKeith SchwartzKuo PengMallory KlausRaymond EzzieRobert NoelSean TrohaShawn Gaffney