Thus ends this edition of Run it Up Reno from the Peppermill Hotel Resort and Casino!
Run it Up Reno awarded 22 gold trophies across 16 different poker variants in 8 days of poker action, and several players ran it up to have some impressive series.
Day 1 kicked the series off in a big way: Paul Sampson won the kickoff event, defeating Melly "MellyBearGoRawr" Wang heads-up for the cup. Jake "Radioheadz19" Irwin scored the win in the second event, $125 PLO 6-Max. Then Jimmy "untitled2jc" Cappucci became the first RIU competitor in history to win two Run it Up Reno trophies when he took down the All In Or Fold. But as the series unfolded, it turns out Jimmy would not be alone at a pair of RIU championship cups for long...
Day 2 began with the Mix-Max championship, which ultimately went to Nathan "JimmiesBoss" Manuel after some epic heads-up action, including maybe the most impressive heads-up battle in RIU history over MJ Gonzales. Matt Coleman and his signature beanie took down the Omaha-8 6-Max in a deal with Jim Martini and Albert "AKNG8" Ng later in the day to give Team Chewy another finals appearance. Vincent "vintroverted" Newland scored his very first RIU Reno trophy in the last event of the evening, the Triple Stud Championship.
Day 3 got underway on Wednesday the 26th with the $235 Black Chip Bounty, which ended with Jesse Capps finally getting the first place monkey off of his back when he booked the Black Chip victory. His hotel roommate for the week-long festival, Harry Corvese, also took down a trophy event when he won the H.O.R.S.E. event. Finally, Ryan Leonis won the button and the trophy in the evening's Win The Button event.
Thursday's 8-Game 6-Max Championship was a highlight event for many coming to the series, and in the end the prestigious event was won by Jordan Spurlin in a deal with Henry Vanderpol and Nick McMullen. Mo Baterdene and Andrew Cha took down the first Team Event of the series, starting off a stellar week for Cha, and finally Team Chewy struck again, this time for the win, as Albert Ng won the 5-Card PLO event outright for an impressive back-to-back in Omaha events.
The Main Event got underway on Friday with Day 1A, but there were more side event trophies to spread around before the big game became the focus. The Omaha-8/Stud-8 Split event eventually went to Saro Mardirosian in a 4-way chop. Later in the evening, Aaron Schoch took down the Big Antes event for his first RIU trophy.
Day 1B featured the bulk of the Main Event runners like poker pros and seminar guests Kevin Martin and Dan O'Brien taking their shots. It also saw the Peppermill's own Arron King take down the split NLH/PLO. Later on in the day, Team "Big & Small Shop," aka Patrick Knipple and Greg Bitterly, scored Team Event number two. And as the $600 Main Event turned the corner to the weekend, by the end of the second Day 1 82 players had booked their tickets to Day 2 of the Main Event.
Saturday was moving day, and the big headline was of course WSOP bracelet winner Loren Klein besting Jesse Capps heads-up to win RIU Reno's Main Event and take his second Reno Main Event in a row, having just won the HPT here three weeks ago. Capps earned his second Run it Up Reno runner-up finish in the process. Crowd favorite Loma Schulz finished her very first live poker tournament in eighth place of the Main Event.
Other winners on the day included... well, Andrew "AndrossTheBoss" Cha! Andrew scored his second RIU trophy (after winning the first team event) in the NLH Second Chance, then added a third later that same day in the NLO8. And speaking of second trophies, Vincent Newland joined the double-up club when he took down the 8-Game Championship on Sunday. Vintroverted's mixed game mastery was a sight to behold, as he took down Peter Lynn heads up to close out Sunday night's busy action.
Monday was relaxed by comparison, with the Main Event completed, but there were still two awards left to give out. First, Mark Mazza prevented Jimmy Cappucci from earning his third RIU cup when he won the NLH 6-Max. And finally, Team Media Team reporter extraordinaire Brent Harrington will head to the next Run it Up Reno with the event's most recent trophy, winning the Last Chance NLH Turbo.
If one were to assign a "player of the series," there are a number of top contenders.
Kevin "KGerhart" Gerhart booked three different third-place finishes over the eight days, and also had the distinction of chip leading at the end of registration in five different events. Sweden's David "DBLUTF" Lander earned three fifth place finishess, including in the Main Event. Alex "Ezraw0" Lavinthal extended his career RIU cashes record to a staggering 17. Jimmy "untitled2jc" Cappucci scored his second career RIU trophy, becoming the first Warrior to do so, and nearly got his third with a runner-up finish on the last day of competition. Both Vincent "vintroverted" Newland and Albert "AKNG8" Ng showcased game specialization prowess. And of course, Andrew Cha will be taking home a trio of trophies from the week.
But it has to be Jesse Capps. Over the course of the 22 events, Capps scored a win in the Black Chip, a runner-up in the Main Event, and then added 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th place final table appearances plus one more small cash, eight RIU cashes in all, over his spectacular series. The Las Vegas pro certainly is the player of the series for this installment of Run it Up Reno.
But this won't be the last time that The Legion makes its way up to the Biggest Little City In The World, as Run it Up Reno will return April 3-10, 2017! It's only 153 days away, so plan for your trips now!
As players begin to shuffle out of the tournament hall and friends new and old say goodbye, at least for now, everyone is saying, "I'll see you in April." Run it Up Reno is a special event of camaraderie, friendship, poker, and everyone who was here for this most recent installment had an amazing time.
Thank you to all of the players, staff, and to you the folks at home keeping up with the week's events. And we'll see you on April 3rd, 2017, for the beginning of the very next Run it Up Reno! See you then!