$2,500 Season Finale ($1,000,000 Guaranteed)
$2,500 Season Finale ($1,000,000 Guaranteed)
Day 1a Completed

RunGood Ambassador Tyler Patterson Bags Big in Historic RGPS Season Finale

MikePatrick • Level 8: Blinds 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Tyler Patterson
Tyler Patterson

The first of two opening flights in the biggest RunGood Poker Series Main Event ever is in the books with RunGood and Thunder Valley Ambassador Tyler Patterson among the chip leaders of the Contenders Series Season Finale, bagging a big stack of 258,500.

The top spot of the day belongs to Lane Jacobson with 283,000. Sacramento locals Richard Peloquin and Man Pham are just behind, completing the three podium spots for Day 1a.

RGPS Main Event Day 1a Top Ten Chip Counts

PlaceNameHometownChip Count
1Lane JacobsonSisters, OR283,000
2Richard PeloquinSacramento, CA274,000
3Man PhamSacramento, CA269,000
4Chad BurumNovato, CA263,000
5Tyler PattersonLas Vegas, NV258,500
6Lam LeSacramento, CA254,500
7Jorgio CastroSan Francisco, CA196,000
8Liya GerasimovaTiburon, CA192,000
9Juan ValadezAntioch, CA191,000
10Ray HensonHouston, TX181,000

A Day of Celebration

Red Carpet
Red Carpet

The $1,000,000 guaranteed event began with much pomp and circumstance as RunGood celebrated their first ever seven-figure guaranteed main event with a red carpet celebration and pre-game show streamed live on the Thunder Valley poker Twitter page.

From there it was down to business as 210 players took their seats throughout the day with 83 advancing on to Monday’s Day 2.
Eight levels were played with players having the option to re-enter once, two more bullets available Sunday for Day 1b, and a final opportunity to enter before registration closes at the start of Day 2.

Among other notables bagging up healthy stacks were RunGood Ambassadors Ray Henson (181,000) and Ben Ludlow (152,000), Andrew Moreno (169,500), and Northern California poker legend JC Tran (96,500).

Ray Henson
Ray Henson

Those who didn’t make it through the day but can come back again Sunday and/or Monday included RunGood Ambassadors Lexy Gavin-Mather, "Boston" Rob Mariano, Joe Stapleton, and Kris Burchfield, along with Johnnie Moreno and the top-ranked player in the 2022 GPI Female Player of the Year race, Angela Jordison.

Another Opening Flight Sunday

With one successful opening flight in the books, the second will take place Sunday at noon local time with an even bigger field expected that will send the prizepool past its $1,000,000 guarantee.

Players will again have two entries available to them throughout the day and a final buy-in before Day 2 if necessary.

Stay tuned to PokerNews for continued coverage from the beautiful Thunder Valley Casino Resort until a champion is crowned on Tuesday.

Tags: Andrew MorenoAngela JordisonBen LudlowChad BurumJC TranJoe StapletonJohnnie MorenoJorgio CastroJuan ValadezKris BurchfieldLam LeLane JacobsonLexy Gavin-MatherLiya GerasimovaMan PhamRay HensonRichard PeloquinRob MarianoTyler Patterson

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

MikePatrick • Level 8: Blinds 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Lane Jacobson US
Lane Jacobson
US 283,000 -6,000
Richard Peloquin US
Richard Peloquin
US 274,000 53,000
Man Pham us
Man Pham
us 269,000 269,000
Tyler Patterson us
Tyler Patterson
us 258,500 87,000
Lam Le US
Lam Le
US 254,500 39,500
Jorgio Castro us
Jorgio Castro
us 196,000 196,000
Liya Gerasimova ru
Liya Gerasimova
ru 192,000 192,000
Juan Valadez US
Juan Valadez
US 191,000 191,000
Roger Bailey us
Roger Bailey
us 181,000 181,000
Ray Henson us
Ray Henson
us 181,000 40,000
Andrew Ostapchenko us
Andrew Ostapchenko
us 178,000 3,000
Harry Sellers US
Harry Sellers
US 172,500 1,500
Andrew Moreno us
Andrew Moreno
us 169,500 -8,500
Michael Ludwick US
Michael Ludwick
US 161,500 -24,500
David Goodkin us
David Goodkin
us 155,000 155,000
Gary Pisarek us
Gary Pisarek
us 154,500 154,500
Andy Witek US
Andy Witek
US 154,000 154,000
Ben Ludlow us
Ben Ludlow
us 152,000 7,000
Jack Surwald us
Jack Surwald
us 140,000 -20,000
Jon Des Pois us
Jon Des Pois
us 131,000 131,000
Eliezier Gonzalez US
Eliezier Gonzalez
US 129,500 129,500
Stuart Tuvey us
Stuart Tuvey
us 125,500 125,500
Derrick Nobles US
Derrick Nobles
US 125,500 125,500
David Larson (CA) us
David Larson (CA)
us 125,000 125,000
Antonio Gutierrez us
Antonio Gutierrez
us 121,000 121,000

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Moreno Cracks Aces

MikePatrick • Level 8: Blinds 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

On a {5-}{7-}{8-} flop, Andrew Moreno led into Don Landwirth and was raised by his opponent. Moreno moved all-in for Landwirth's last 19,000, and Landwirth called to put himself at risk.

Don Landwirth: {a-}{a-}
Andrew Moreno: {6-}{6-}

Moreno was open-ended and didn't take long to fill his straight as a {4-} rolled off on the turn, sending Landwirth to the rail.

Andrew Moreno us
Andrew Moreno
us 178,000 14,000

Tags: Andrew MorenoDon Landwirth

The Final Four

MikePatrick • Level 8: Blinds 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

The clock has been paused with ten minutes remaining and the tournament staff has announced that four more hands will be played before bagging for the night.

Sellers Doesn't Buy What Rossitto Was Selling

MikePatrick • Level 8: Blinds 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

After Michael Rossitto raised to 2,500 in the cutoff, harry Sellers called in the big blind.

The flop came {10-Spades}{a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} and Sellers checked. Rossitto bet 2,000 and Sellers called.

On the {q-Spades} turn, Sellers again checked and Rossitto bet once more, this time for 8,500.

The river brought the {4-Clubs} and Sellers checked a final time.

After a brief pause, Rossitto slid forward a much larger bet of 40,000, which Sellers called.

Rossitto begrudgingly showed the {j-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for a turned straight draw that missed.

Sellers showed {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} for a flopped set and the winner to scoop a large pot near the end of the night.

Harry Sellers US
Harry Sellers
US 171,000 171,000
Michael Rossitto us
Michael Rossitto
us 63,000 -1,500

Tags: Harry SellersMichael Rossitto

Chip Counts into the Home Stretch of Day 1a

MikePatrick • Level 8: Blinds 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Lane Jacobson US
Lane Jacobson
US 289,000 44,000
Brett Murray us
Brett Murray
us 241,000 77,000
Andrew Ostapchenko us
Andrew Ostapchenko
us 175,000 68,700
Lika Gerasimova ru
Lika Gerasimova
ru 162,000 40,000
Ben Ludlow us
Ben Ludlow
us 145,000 102,000
Ray Henson us
Ray Henson
us 141,000 44,800
Elizabeth Smith US
Elizabeth Smith
US 88,800 12,800
Nabil Zumout us
Nabil Zumout
us 88,000 -30,000
Jeff Platt us
Jeff Platt
us 82,700 44,200
Megan Thomson us
Megan Thomson
us 79,100 -4,600
Darren Rabinowitz us
Darren Rabinowitz
us 67,000 9,000
Jesse Tinsley US
Jesse Tinsley
US 36,800 -28,600
Lee Markholt us
Lee Markholt
us 23,500 -6,300

Patterson Approaching 200k After Getting Paid on River

MikePatrick • Level 8: Blinds 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Tyler Patterson
Tyler Patterson

With approximately 35,000 in the pot on a completed board of {j-Hearts}{7-Spades}{5-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{6-Hearts}, after his opponent in the cutoff checked to him, Tyler Patterson bet 30,000 on the button.

After a minute or so of thought, Patterson got a call and turned over {a-Hearts}{3-Hearts} for a runner-runner nut flush.

His opponent showed {k-Spades}{k-Hearts} and tossed them into the muck as the large pot was pushed in the direction of the RunGood ambassador.

Tyler Patterson us
Tyler Patterson
us 171,500 55,000

Tags: Tyler Patterson


Le Drills Two-Outer on Turn to Oust Kumar

MikePatrick • Level 7: Blinds 500-1,000, 1,000 ante

A huge pot was just pushed to Lam Le, while Jasthi Kumar headed toward the exits.

According to Le and his tablemates, in a limped pot on a flop of {7-Spades}{q-Clubs}{7-Hearts}, Kumar check-called a bet in the big blind from Kumar in middle position, then on the {3-Hearts} turn, after Kumar checked, Le moved all in and was called by Kumar for less.

Jasthi Kumar: {7-}{2-}
Lam Le: {3-Spades}{3-Clubs}

Kumar's trip sevens had been crushed by Le's turned full house, and the {10-Clubs} on the river couldn't save him, sending a pot to Le that pushed his stack over the 200,000 mark.

Lam Le US
Lam Le
US 215,000
Jasthi Kumar us
Jasthi Kumar
us Busted

Tags: Jasthi KumarLam Le