2021 World Series of Poker Europe End Boss Poker Series BetMGM
RGPS Council Bluffs $575 Main Event

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

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