After some intense three-handed 8-Game 6-Max play, Jordan Spurlin, Henry Vanderpol, and Nick McMullen ended today's noon event at a little after ten local time with an ICM chop that gave Spurlin the trophy!
After the elimination of Steve Boullion, Jordan Spurlin had around 70% of the chips in play and used them to lean heavily on his opponents. Spurlin was already a winner, having earned the Last Warrior Standing Main Event seat pork chop valued at $600 and a barrel of laughs.
As the games rotated around the orbit of H.O.R.S.E.H.A.T. (you can see the 8-game order in this earlier post), Nick McMullen was the short stack and held on for dear life. He doubled up a few times to stay alive during Stud 8/B and Triple Draw, but as the non-Limit games came back around he was in real danger of succumbing to the daunting blinds and antes.
McMullen managed to survive six all-ins over the 2-7/NLH/Stud bend, including a miracle runner-runner straight and a seventh-street two-pair against Spurlin in Stud High, living up to the moniker "Nick McDouble."
Eventually, the three remaining players elected to ICM chop during Level 20 after a few hands of Omaha 8/B. In the deal, Spurlin wins the trophy thanks to having the most chips at the end of play. The man who was the Last Warrior Standing during the last RIU Reno Main Event now has another distinction:
RIU 8-Game Champion!
1st: Jordan Spurlin ($4,641)
2nd: Nick McMullen ($4,334)
3rd: Henry Vanderpol ($4,003)