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RGPS Horseshoe Council Bluffs $420 Main Event



RGPS Horseshoe Council Bluffs $420 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Shawn Stevenson Leads as 30 Advance From Day 1a of RGPS Horseshoe Council Bluffs Golden Ticket Main Event

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Shawn Stevenson
Shawn Stevenson

Day 1a has come to a close at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, and a strong starting field of 211 entrants hit the felt for the RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) $420 Golden Ticket Main Event, nearly doubling the advertised $40,000 Guarantee with another flight still to come. After thirteen-and-a-half levels of play, just 30 players remained as the tournament reached the hard stop for the day. Leading the pack with the only stack above 400,000 is Shawn Stevenson, who put 412,500 chips in the bag to make it to Day 2 with over 100 big blinds to start the day.

"Fantastic!" Stevenson said when he discovered he was the chip leader. Stevenson shared that, midway through the day, a player had been moved to his table that "was running over the table". It took some time, but "I got on a roll and like, five hands later, I busted him." Stevenson was all smiles as he took his leave for the night, remarking, "That helps my demeanor a little," with a chuckle.

The only other players to break the 300,000 chip marker were Alex Wheeler (359,500) and Andrew Dockins (309,500), while Adam Craig (259,000) and Kerry Hildebrand (222,000) round out the top five. A few former RGPS Horseshoe Council Bluffs Champs lurk in contention, as both Freeman Kauffman (157,500) and Mike Fouts (115,000) survived the day. RecPoker Founder Steve Fredlund spent much of the day near the top of the counts, but cooled off late and bagged up 119,500.

Steve Fredlund
Steve Fredlund

There were plenty of players that were unable to survive the day, including five-time WSOPC Ring Winner Mark Fink, Kenneth Baime, who won the opening $250 Black Chip Bounty Golden Ticket event, and Kevin Berthelsen.

Day 1b will kick off tomorrow here at the Horseshoe Council Bluffs Poker Room at 10 a.m., and space is limited, so be sure to arrive early Saturday morning to grab a seat. PokerNews will return tomorrow to provide all the action straight from the tournament floor, so be sure to tune in to see who else survives and still has a shot at a Golden Ticket to the RGPS All-Stars ProAm!

Tags: Andrew DockinsFreeman KauffmanKenneth BaimeKerry HildebrandMark FinkMike FoutsShawn StevensonSteve Fredlund

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Shawn Stevenson US
Shawn Stevenson
US 412,500 107,500
Alex Wheeler us
Alex Wheeler
us 359,500
Andrew Dockins US
Andrew Dockins
US 309,500 109,500
Adam Craig US
Adam Craig
US 259,000
Kerry Hildebrand us
Kerry Hildebrand
us 222,000 62,000
Kent Battles us
Kent Battles
us 215,000 33,000
John Dace us
John Dace
us 176,000
Freeman Kauffman us
Freeman Kauffman
us 157,500
Marty Kinder us
Marty Kinder
us 153,500 8,500
Jaymie Jordan us
Jaymie Jordan
us 147,500
Danny Pigago US
Danny Pigago
US 138,000 47,000
Michael Taylor us
Michael Taylor
us 137,000
Jared Niewohner us
Jared Niewohner
us 128,500
Andrew Meyer US
Andrew Meyer
US 122,500
Steve Fredlund us
Steve Fredlund
us 119,500 -65,000
Mike Fouts us
Mike Fouts
us 115,000 -10,000
Mike Dyer US
Mike Dyer
US 115,000
Kaleb Dunn us
Kaleb Dunn
us 109,500 11,500
Brad Sjostrom US
Brad Sjostrom
US 107,500 2,500
Henry Gingerich us
Henry Gingerich
us 102,000 39,500
Chris Berry US
Chris Berry
US 101,000 26,000
Greg Poor us
Greg Poor
us 74,000
Richard Arndt us
Richard Arndt
us 70,000
Lenny Hiner US
Lenny Hiner
US 60,500 13,000
Jason Wickham us
Jason Wickham
us 55,000

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Play Concludes For the Day

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

With 30 players remaining and 18:18 left in the current level, the Tournament Director has ended play for the evening. Stay tuned shortly for a full recap of all the day's action, as well as chip counts from the remaining field.

Stevenson Drops One Out

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

A player in the big blind was all-in and at risk against Shawn Stevenson for their last 40,000.

Opponent: {a-Clubs}{4-Spades}
Shawn Stevenson: {a-Spades}{10-Hearts}

Stevenson gave a small fist pump when the {10-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{k-Hearts} flop paired both players, leaving the big blind drawing to two outs. The {j-Hearts} turn and {7-Spades} river brought no further help, and Stevenson padded his already impressive chip stack further with the knockout.

Shawn Stevenson US
Shawn Stevenson
US 305,000 40,000

Tags: Shawn Stevenson

Sjostrom Wins a Race Against Bane

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Lory Bane
Lory Bane

Lory Bane jammed for 60,000 from under the gun, and Brad Sjostrom called off his last 47,500 from the button.

Brad Sjostrom: {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}
Lory Bane: {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}

"Oh, a race!" Sjostrom said with a smile.

Bane looked away before the flop fell, but the {8-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} was telling as the entire table groaned in unison. The {7-Hearts} turn and {4-Hearts} river failed to bring a third queen for Bane, and she parted with the majority of her stack.

Brad Sjostrom US
Brad Sjostrom
US 105,000
Lory Bane US
Lory Bane
US 15,000 -40,000

Tags: Brad SjostromLory Bane

Johnson Triples, Barker Busts

BrandonTemple • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Jory Barker
Jory Barker

Two players were all-in preflop, with Tracy Johnson in for his last 20,000 from the hijack, Jory Barker in for 38,000 from the cutoff, and an under-the-gun player put them both at risk with a call.

Tracy Johnson: {a-Hearts}{7-Hearts}
Jory Barker: {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds}
Opponent: {q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}

Barker went from first to worst on a {4-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{10-Hearts} flop, and the under-the-gun player looked poised to net a double knockout on the {j-Diamonds} turn. The {7-Diamonds} river had other ideas, however, and Johnson tripled up, while Barker was eliminated, though he did say he would be returning for Day 1b action in the morning.

Tracy Johnson US
Tracy Johnson
US 67,000
Jory Barker US
Jory Barker
US Busted

Tags: Tracy JohnsonJory Barker


Gingerich Gets a Good Board For Nines

BrandonTemple • Level 13: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante
Henry Gingerich
Henry Gingerich

After a player jammed for 18,500 in middle position, Henry Gingerich three-bet shoved for 36,000 next to act, chasing out the field.

Opponent: {k-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Henry Gingerich: {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts}

Gingerich held on the {7-Spades}{2-Spades}{4-Hearts} flop, and no paint would fall on the {8-Spades} turn or {2-Diamonds} river to ensure Gingerich the pot and the KO.

"Good nines board right there," a tablemate noted, to which Gingerich simply nodded.

Henry Gingerich us
Henry Gingerich
us 62,500

Tags: Henry Gingerich