2023 RGPS Iowa

$700 Main Event
Day: 2
Event Info

2023 RGPS Iowa

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
100,000 / 200,000
Players Info - Day 2
Players Left

Bartlett Tops His Runner-Up Finish and Wins The RGPS Council Bluffs Main Event For $63,305

Level 29 : Blinds 100,000/200,000, 200,000 ante
Cody Bartlett
Cody Bartlett

The RunGood Poker Series $700 Council Bluffs has come to a close. From a starting field of 546, to 67 players at the beginning of Day 2, to just one after seven hours of play.

It was two years ago where Cody Bartlett ended up finishing runner up to Nate Steuer in the 2021 RGPS Council Bluffs Main Event for $24,167. After two years, he got to heads up a second time and ended up on the other side of the coin, beating Ted Forshey heads up for his first RGPS title and a career best score of $63,305.

“It feels amazing,” the new champion said. “I ran really well, played well and good cards really help win poker tournaments.” Bartlett mostly plays on weekends as his job allows him. He recently talked about his recent tournament endeavors. “I told myself not to punt, so I never did. This heads up match was actually flipped from the last RGPS Main I played. Last time I came in with the massive chip lead and lost, this time I came in as the short stack and ran pure to win.”

“I was really excited to get over the $100,000,” Bartlett said when talking about his lifetime earnings. “After I got third place, I was excited because of that fact. I’m just gonna save the money for the next trip I go on.”

Final Table
RGPS Council Bluffs Main Event Final Table

Final Table Results

1Cody BartlettGrand Island, NE$63,303
2Ted ForsheyDesoto, KS$44,377
3Joel BrownOmaha, NE$28,537
4James GirouardSioux Falls, SD$20,013
5Scott BullerLincoln, NE$15,368
6David GallimoreAlbuquerque, NM$12,701
7Robbie KentOmaha, NE$10,565
8Jason CrewsPleasant Hill, IA$8,436
9Gabe NeighborsGrinnel, IA$6,329

Final Day Action

Action on the final day was fast and furious as many players fell earlier than they had hoped. Players like Terence Reid (66th-$917), David Hengen (63rd-$1,124), Ben Ludlow (55th-$1,124), Keerat Bawa (46th-$1,330), Angela Jordison (34th-$1,815), as well as RGPS main event champions Blair Hinkle (25th-$2,136), Derrick Plumage (22nd-$2,486), Andre Allen (20th-$2,978), and defending champion Joshua Kopp (12th-$4,210) all had their runs ended as the tournament whittled down to the final table.

The final player to be eliminated prior to the final table was Ashley “PokerFaceAsh” Frank who moved in her final chips in with ace-eight suited while Cody Bartlett looked her up with ace-jack. A jack on the flop with no improvement on the turn, sealed the fate of RGPS ring winner and poker vlogger and she collected $5,285 for her tenth place finish as the last woman standing.

Final Table Action

It did not take too long for a player to depart from the final nine as the start of day chip leader Gabe Neighbors was all in and at risk holding ace-ten against David Gallimore who held pocket fours. The fours held up, fading a whole myriad of outs that Gallimore held and Neighbors’ first RGPS cash was good for $6,329 and ninth place.

Midwestern tournament regular Jason Crews would follow him shortly out the door as he moved in his final chips with king-ten suited, only for Bartlett to call him with ace-three offsuit. An interesting runout would occur as Bartlett flopped bottom pair, Crews would turn second pair to pull ahead, and Bartlett would river three threes to make the best hand and Crews took home $8,436 for his eighth place finish.

Robbie Kent would finish in seventh place shortly after that. He got involved in an all in pot against Ted Forshey where Forshey held ace-jack and Kent held ace-queen. The flop came out jack-high which would give Forshey a sizable pot and leave Kent as the shortest stack. A couple of hands later he moved in his final chips holding ace-seven and Forshey looked him up with ace-king. Once more Forshey won the hand and Kent took home $10,565 for his efforts.

Despite early fortune at the table, Gallimore would once more find himself as the shortest stack after losing a pot to Forshey for a significant amount of chips. He moved in his final chips with ten-nine off which was called by Bartlett in the big blind with king-jack. Bartlett flopped a straight and Gallimore could not fill up against him which saw Bartlett take another player out and Gallimore collect $12,701 for his sixth-place finish.

After winning the Omaha 8 tournament earlier this week, Scott Buller won his second RGPS ring and he capped off the week with a fifth-place finish in the main event. Buller ended up getting into a three-bet pot with queen-ten against Forshey who held pocket threes. The ten-high flop contained a three on it and all the money went in on the turn where Buller was drawing dead and Forshey took another massive pot while Buller collected $15,368 for his efforts.

James Girouard and Joel Brown became the shorter stack as four-handed play progressed, while Bartlett and Forshey rose higher up the counts. Girouard would be the first of the two to go as he moved in his final chips with nine-seven suited, only for Forshey to wake up with pocket queens and hold up to send him out in fourth place for $20,013.

Ted Forshey
RGPS regular Ted Forshey finished in second place

Eventually, it was Bartlett who fell to the short stack and he and Brown got involved in a small versus big blind confrontation with Bartlett holding ace-two suited and Brown holding king-six off. The ace-high held up for Bartlett who doubled leaving Brown with only a few chips. The next hand saw Forshey and Bartlett chop up Brown’s remaining chips as he held queen-nine while the others both held ace-seven. The heads-up began with Forshey holding a commanding lead while Brown took home $28,537 for his third-place finish.

Although the heads-up match began with Forshey in the lead, the pots went over Bartlett’s way until they had a roughly even match. The final hand occurred when Forshey on the button with jack-four suited and Bartlett three-bet holding jacks. Forshey moved all in for the rest and Bartlett called to hold up and the two combatants shook hands as Forshey took home a career-best $44,377 for his runner-up finish.

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Tags: Andre AllenAngela JordisonBen LudlowBlair HinkleCody BartlettDavid GallimoreDavid HengenDerrick PlumageGabe NeighborsJames GirouardJason CrewsJoel BrownJoshua KoppKeerat BawaNate SteuerRobbie KentScott BullerTed ForsheyTerence Reid