RGPS Council Bluffs $575 Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $575
Prize Pool $434,010
Players 851

Level Info

Level 30
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 160,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 851
RGPS Council Bluffs $575 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Freeman Kauffman Wins RunGood Poker Series Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event ($26,058)

BrandonTemple • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Freeman Kauffman
Freeman Kauffman

Day 2 of the RunGood Poker Series All Stars Horseshoe Council Bluffs $575 Main Event saw 161 entrants, from a RGPS record field of 851 entrants, return to the felt, all in search of the $84,633 top prize, along with the coveted All Stars Ring and a Pro-Am seat into the All-Stars Event presented by PokerGO in Las Vegas later in the year.

Action played down to the final eleven players, and after a break, current chip leader Kyle Hinnerichs, who at one point late in Day 2 was down to under a big blind, offered the players the chance to chop the pool evenly. One by one, the players agreed on the chop, and left the All Stars Ring and a Pro-Am seat to play for.

Waverley, Iowa Native Freeman Kauffman, playing his first-ever casino tournament was crowned the official champion after taking down the final table, taking home $26,058 for his efforts. Kauffman's day started strong, including getting lucky with tens to bust Adrian Jimenez and his queens in a significant pot with 14 players remaining to boost his stack. From there, he ran his stack up once the chop was agreed upon, and earned a victory on his very first live casino tournament.

When asked about the experience, Kauffman said, "The first time I bought in, it was kinda intimidating. But by the third time, I got comfortable." The third bullet proved to be the charm, as he earned quite a healthy payday for a self-described "home game tournament player".

Final Eleven Players (All Players Received $26,058)

1Freeman Kauffman
2Brantley Grace
3Steve Vang (MN)
4Ryan Fetherkile
5Bhaskar Setti
6Kyle Hinnerichs
7Ron Koenemann
8Timothy Sciscoe
9Matt Morfitt
10Paul Strohm
11Jon Stanfield

Day 2 Action

Of the 161 players that returned, 71 of them would leave without a payday. Some of those that left empty-handed include Tim Rystrom, Mark Fink, and Alex "AlexOptional" Green. The bubble was reached in brutal fashion, as Seth Gutz made a set of aces on the turn, only to fall to the rivered nut flush of Joseph Sutliff to fall one spot shy of earning some cash.

Once the money bubble burst, a line of players proceeded to the cage, and some of those able to earn a chunk of the prize pool include Tim Garles (12th - $6,480), Day 1a Chip Leader Joe Wilson (24th - $3,051), WSOP Bracelet winner Grant Hinkle (44th - $1,536), and fellow WSOP Bracelet winner Ron McMillen (56th - $1,259).

RGPS Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event Final Table
RGPS Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event Final Table

After the eleven-way deal was brokered, play sped up and players started falling, with the field going from eleven to five in just over an hour. After Bhaskar Setti was bounced out in fifth, it was the chip leader heading into Day 2, Ryan Fetherkile, that was next to fall, losing a flip to Steve Vang to bust fourth.

Three-way play was evenly matched as well as evenly stacked, and it took a few levels for much action to happen. Finally, Vang met his match when his Big Slick couldn't compete with the pocket nines of Freeman Kauffman, leaving Kauffman heads-up with Brantley Grace for the title, the All Stars Ring and the Pro-Am seat. A few hands into heads-up play, Kauffman held an overpair and Grace held a combo draw, and all the chips got in the middle. Kauffman avoided the big draw, and sports a perfect batting average in live tournaments for his career with one victory in one event.

Here's a look at all those who captured titles during the RGPS Horseshoe Council Bluffs Stop:

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
$125 RG Seniors Event235$23,500Marvin Schumer$4,751*
$135 RG Opening Event261$26,100Jacob Jobman$3,376*
$185 RG DeepStack614$89,030Craig Dick$18,704
$200 RG Double Green Chip Bounty202$23,230Adolfo Chavez$6,041
$250 RG Pot Limit O8111$22,755Scott Buller$6,828
$575 RG Main Event851$434,010Freeman Kauffman$26,058*
$100 RG Turbo143$11,440Trung Tran$2,204

Tags: Adrian JimenezBhaskar SettiBrantley GraceFreeman KauffmanGrant HinkleTim RystromJoseph SutliffJoe WilsonKyle HinnerichsTim GarlesSteve VangSeth GutzRyan FetherkileRon McMillenMark Fink

Brantley Grace Eliminated in 2nd Place ($26,058)

BrandonTemple • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Brantley Grace
Brantley Grace

Freeman Kauffman raised to 550,000 from the button, and Brantley Grace called in the big blind.

Grace checked the {9-Spades}{4-Spades}{5-Diamonds} flop to Kauffman, who bet 600,000. Grace check-raised to 2 million, and Kauffman three-bet shoved. Grace called off for around 7 million.

Freeman Kauffman: {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Brantley Grace: {6-Spades}{3-Spades}

Kauffman's overpair was up against the straight and flush draws of Grace. A clean {8-Hearts} turn and {a-Clubs} river left Grace as the runner-up, while Kauffman earns the All Star ring and Pro-am seat to the All-Stars Event presented by PokerGO in Las Vegas later this year!

A full recap will be posted shortly.

Freeman Kauffman us
Freeman Kauffman
us 17,020,000 7,020,000
Brantley Grace US
Brantley Grace
US Busted

Tags: Brantley GraceFreeman Kauffman


Steve Vang Eliminated in 3rd Place ($26,058)

BrandonTemple • Level 29: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Steve Vang
Steve Vang

Freeman Kauffman raised to 450,000 from the small blind, and Steve Vang three-bet to 1.2 million in the big blind. Kauffman four-bet shoved for 4.885 million and Vang called.

Freeman Kauffman: {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}
Steve Vang: {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}

Despite adding a gutshot to his outs, the {3-Spades}{q-Spades}{7-Spades}{10-Hearts}{7-Hearts} board proved no good for Vang, who was left with just 300,000 chips. Vang busted two hands later.

Freeman Kauffman us
Freeman Kauffman
us 10,000,000 4,800,000
Brantley Grace US
Brantley Grace
US 7,000,000 1,750,000
Steve Vang (MN) US
Steve Vang (MN)
US Busted

Tags: Freeman KauffmanSteve Vang


Bhaskar Setti Eliminated in 5th Place ($26,058)

BrandonTemple • Level 28: 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante
Bhaskar Setti
Bhaskar Setti

Bhaskar Setti raised to 500,00 from the cutoff, then called when Ryan Fetherkile jammed for 1.07 million in the big blind.

Ryan Fetherkile: {2-Clubs}{2-Spades}
Bhaskar Setti: {5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}

Setti was dead by the turn of a {2-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{8-Spades}{8-Clubs}{4-Spades} board, and was left with just two big blinds. He busted shortly after.

Ryan Fetherkile US
Ryan Fetherkile
US 2,200,000 1,580,000
Bhaskar Setti us
Bhaskar Setti
us Busted

Tags: Bhaskar SettiRyan Fetherkile