Congratulations on Another Successful Run It Up Reno! See You in October!

The final event of the Run It Up Reno series has just wrapped up and the Capri Ballroom is empty. That's certainly not how the week went, though! Every single guarantee was surpassed, a new game was introduced and multiple tournaments broke prize pool records. To say this week was a success is a massive understatement.

This was by far the biggest turnout that Run It Up Reno has ever experienced, showing once again that Team PokerStars Pro and Twitch streamer Jason 'jcarver' Somerville continues to do whatever he can to grow the game we all know and love. Players from all over the world have joined the Run It Up legion just to be a part of this most unique atmosphere that just can't be described in any way that does it justice.

We were joined this week by Team PokerStars Pros and Twitch Streamers Jaime Staples, Kevin Martin, Chris Moneymaker, Lex Veldhuis, and Jeff Gross. The atmosphere surrounding the Twitch community was crazy, with all of them streaming on Twitch from the tables so thousands of viewers at home could follow along. This made the week interactive for those who couldn't make it, and will most certainly entice new players to join us in October!

The week was packed with 15 different tournaments, from No-Limit Hold'em to the very first Taiwanese Poker tournament, to satellites from morning 'til night. Before cards were in the air, many RIU Warriors gathered to support Team PokerStars Pro Jaime Staples and his brother, Twitch Streamer Matt Staples, as they weighed in for their #UltimateSweat weight loss/gain prop bet with Bill Perkins. The Canadian brothers put up $3,000 and were given 50-to-1 odds to get within 1lb of each other's weight. On March 25th at 5:00 p.m. the Staples brothers weighed in at 188.3lbs each, on the dot, and celebrated with all of their supporters both in Reno and all day on Twitch.

Watch the weigh-in below:

Poker action began with the $235 NLH Kickoff event and Somerville added 4 seats to the Main Event with $30,000 already guaranteed in the prize pool. Players took a quick break in the evening and enjoyed the tradition that is the Turkey Burger Welcome Party, with the line-up stretching from the delicious spread of food right to the opposite end of the room by the bar. The energy in the air was incredible, with players mingling and making new friends while catching up with old ones.

Multiple winners were crowned throughout the week, including Jaime Staples who captured his first piece of RIU gold after a six-figure score from his weight-loss bets. He also went on to final table the Main Event to finish in 3rd, for over $30,000 in total cashes.

Jimmy Cappucci continued his streak of making history at Run It Up Reno, taking down a record-breaking fourth trophy after winning the $1,100 Thursday Thrilla for $18,680 and a whopping 10 bounties at $500 a piece. He was also the first player to get to 2 trophies, tied the record for 3 trophies and broke through as the trophy-leader once again. Cappucci made a run in the Main Event too, but fell short in 13th place after running ace-king into kings.

Jason Somerville made strides this week as well, making two final tables with a runner-up finish in the $125 H.O.R.S.E and 4th place in the $235 8-Game Championship. Jcarver may be focusing on the Twitch world at the moment, but he's certainly still a force on the felt.

Kevin Gerhart was another story this week, coming out of the gate at the start of the series with a lot of bad luck. That turned around towards the end though, with a win in the $550 6-Max 8-Game Dealer's Choice event for his first RIU trophy in five series in Reno. He pocketed $7,165 for the win.

The $600 Main Event with $150,000 guaranteed was the big story of the week here in Reno. The biggest field came together in October 2017 with 424, and that was crushed this week with 500 entries for a prize pool of $261,900. Almost every player in town took a shot, and it was DJ Fenton who came back from an 11-to-1 deficit to take the whole thing down, pocketing $56,200 for his biggest cash!

Finally, even more history was made with the first ever Taiwanese Poker tournament. It brought in 81 entries and it was RIU Director of Operations Andre 'Gretorp' Hengchua who won his first ever tournament. This was a fitting end to an amazing week full of poker and memories to last a lifetime.

If you missed any of the action, or just want to relive it again, take a look at the gallery, live updates and results below. See you all in October!


Live Updates

Run It Up Reno, April 2018 Results:

Event #1: $235 NLH Kickoff $30K GTD
Winner: Camilo Uribe - $10,726
Entries: 209
Prize Pool: $40,546

Event #2: $125 NLH All in or Fold $10K GTD
Winner: Patrick Preston - $6,012
Entries: 104/244 Rebuys
Prize Pool: $21,922

Event #3: $235 NLH Knockout $100 Bounty $30K GTD
Winner: Dwight Ross - $6,031
Entries: 234
Prize Pool: $21,996

Event #4: $125 6-Max H.O.R.S.E. $10K GTD
Winner: Kim Stone - $3,723
Entries: 154
Prize Pool: $14,938

Event #5: $235 6-Max 8-Game Championship $20K GTD
Winner: Shawn Van Asdale - $6,368
Entries: 122
Prize Pool: $23,668

Event #6: $125 NLH Win the Button $10K GTD
Winner: Jaime Staples - $5,100
Entries: 232
Prize Pool: $23,200

Event #7: $1,100 Thursday Thrilla $500 Bounty $75K GTD
Winner: Jimmy Cappucci - $18,680
Entries: 129
Prize Pool: $60,630

Event #8: $125 3-Card Super NLH
Winner: Kamil Nagji - $3,959
Entries: 172
Prize Pool: $16,684

Event #9: $600 Main Event - $150K GTD
Winner: DJ Fenton - $56,200
Entries: 500
Prize Pool: $261,900

Event #10: $125 6-Max Stud 8/Omaha 8 Mix
Winner: Adam Poulack - $2,600
Entries: 96
Prize Pool: $9,312

Event #11: $235 6-Max PLO Bounty $5K GTD
Winner: Albert Ng - $2,433
Entries: 82
Prize Pool: $7,708

Event #12: $550 6-Max 8-Game Dealer's Choice $10K GTD
Winner: Kevin Gerhart - $7,165
Entries: 45
Prize Pool: $21,825

Event #13: $150 NLH Turbo $25 Bounty $10K GTD
Winner: Brendon Kaufman - $4,808
Entries: 182
Prize Pool: $17,654

Event #14: $125 NLH 6-Max Deepstacks $5K GTD
Winner: Eddie Cybulski - $3,336
Entries: 128
Prize Pool: $12,416

Event #15: $125 Taiwanese Poker
Winner: Andre Hengchua - $1,767
Entries: 81
Prize Pool: $7,857

Andre 'Gretorp' Hengchua Wins First Ever Taiwanese Poker Tournament!

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It's been done! The first official Taiwanese Poker tournament is all done at Run It Up Reno, wrapping up an amazing week!

Run It Up Director of Operations Andre Hengchua is the winner after a three-way chop with Sean Morton (2nd) and Pablo Ortiz (3rd). Hengchua pocketed $1,767 and Morton and Ortiz both earned themselves $1,595.

This tournament was the first of its kind with 81 entries and a prize pool of $7,857.

Hengchua, more commonly known as 'Gretorp', was all smiles with an entire army of RIU Warriors on his rail. "It feels really good, you know. I will be honest, I never expected to win anything because I play in very little. I'm obviously behind the scenes most of the time so I really only get to play the very first or the very last tournaments."

The newly crowned champion has three cashes, all from Run It Up Reno. This is his fourth, and biggest, cash and his first ever tournament win!

Hengchua is a big part of the success behind the operations and explained a bit about his role and experience: "I do a lot of the analytics. Any programming that needs to be done, whether it's bots, custom bots or anything like that. I do all production. Anything that you ever see that touches the screen, I have a hand in it. That's graphics, animations, extensions. Really putting together a show. I've done a ton of shows: Starcraft, World of Tanks. I've done Clash Royale - I did their official series. It's been a very awesome time and I'll never say that I'm a true Director or anything. I'm just a guy trying to have fun with Jason Somerville."

Gretorp was just engaged last year and plans on going home to his fiance - trophy in hand.

Here are the official results from this tournament:

1st place: Andre Hengchua - $1,767*
2nd place: Sean Morton - $1,595*
3rd place: Pablo Ortiz - $1,595*
4th place: Brett Gordon - $805
5th place: Chip Tutu - $570
6th place: Will Butcher - $375
7th place: Naomi Wager - $235
8th place: Andy Camou - $235
9th place: Chad Holloway - $180
10th place: William Dippel - $180
11th place: Jimmy Cappucci - $160
12th place: Jerry Boice - $80
13th place: Ryan Leonis - $80

Three-Way Chop! Andre Hengchua Wins First Ever Taiwanese Poker Tournament

Event #15: $125 Taiwanese Poker
Level 11: 4,000 per point
Players Remaining: 4 of 81

The final three players decided to chop the prize pool up, with Andre Hengchua taking first place.

Pablo Ortiz and Sean Morton both took 2nd place money. Congratulations everyone!

A recap will be posted shortly.

1st place: Andre Hengchua - $1,767
2nd place: Sean Morton - $1,595
3rd place: Pablo Ortiz - $1,595


Brett Gordon Eliminated in 4th Place ($805)

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Event #15: $125 Taiwanese Poker
Level 11: 4,000 per point
Players Remaining: 3 of 81

Brett Gordon chipped up in the last hand after flopping trip fours, but Sean Morton woke up with two red queens, good for the best flush on a board with four hearts. Gordon was left with 4,000 and needed a big hand on the bottom but Morton tabled tens full and he was eliminated in 4th place.

Here is a look at the final three counts:

Andre Hengchua - 340,000
Pablo Ortiz - 270,000
Sean Morton - 185,000

Taiwanese Poker Final Table!

Event #15: $125 Taiwanese Poker
Level 11: 3,000 per point
Players Remaining: 6 of 81

Naomi Wager was eliminated on the final table bubble in 7th place and we're down to 6 on the final table.

Leading is Andre Hengchua with 245,000 chips followed by Pablo Ortiz with 220,000.

Here's a look at the final 6:

Seat 1: Pablo Ortiz - 220,000
Seat 2: Chip Tutu - 70,000
Seat 3: Will Butcher - 10,000
Seat 4: Brett Gordon - 60,000
Seat 5: Andre Hengchua - 245,000
Seat 6: Sean Morton - 145,000

Down to Seven Taiwanese Players!

Event #15: $125 Taiwanese Poker
Level 11: 3,000 per point
Players Remaining: 7 of 81

We're down to 7 players on the final table bubble. Pablo Ortiz is in search for his second RIU trophy with the chip lead. Here is a look at some counts:

Pablo Ortiz - 245,000
Naomi Wager - 135,000
Andre Hengchua - 115,000
Will Butcher - 100,000
Brett Gordon - 65,000
Chip Tutu - 50,000
Sean Morton - 40,000



Eddie Cybulski Wins First RIU Title After Six Years of Coming to RIU Reno

  Eddie Cybulski scores first RIU Reno Title

Eddie Cybulski scores first RIU Reno Title

Eddie Cybulski has been a fan of the Run It Up Reno series for quite some time. After making the trek from his home in Santa Barbara, CA every year for the last six years, he finally gets to take some hardware back to the Golden State. 

Cybulski won the $125 six-max no-limit hold'em deepstack on Monday evening, defeating 128 entries and took home his first RIU trophy in a heads-up deal with Lance Donnell. In the penultimate event of the series, Cybulski won $2,886 

"My dad lives here and I'm from Santa Barbara, California, so I come up here to see my dad and I blend in the Run It Up Reno event," said Cybulski after his win. "I've kind of ran deep a couple times before, but this week has been great. I made a final table last night and to make this today, the second to last event of the day is just awesome to win a trophy." 

Like most loyal Run It Up Warriors, Cybulski enjoys the atmosphere that surrounds every tournament here at the Peppermill. It's what keeps him coming back and to come out on top and take home some hardware means the world to the Central California native. 

He was going to leave early and head back home for Easter, but a last minute change in plans led him to a few deep runs, some extra money in his pocket and a poker experience he won't soon forget. 

"That whole experience is awesome," said Cybulski. "To make it in Reno and to actually stay, too, because I was actually going to leave on Sunday to go back for Easter, but I decided to stay and spend a couple more days with my dad and then stay here for the events. It's awesome to be here on Monday and take home the trophy." 

Cybulski follows most of the well-known streamers on Twitch and over the years of coming here, he's been able to meet and play with many of the guys that he watched grinding online. This time around, he didn't get a chance to play with many of them, but he did end up making a new friend, who also made his mark on the Run It Up community. 

"I did play a lot with DJ [Fenton], who won last night," said Cybulski. "It was good to meet him and we kind of buddied up the other night in the satellite for the Thrilla, so that was awesome to see him win last night." 

Fenton won the main event last night and then made a deep run in this event with Cybulski. Fenton made the seven-handed redraw, but fell in seventh place for $360. Aside from Fenton, Cybulski was able to meet one new streamer this go around that he hadn't met before. 

"I got to meet Lex [Veldhuis]," said Fenton. "Which was awesome because I watch him streaming all the time." 

Of the 128 entries in the field, only the top 18 made the money. Here are the results: 

1st: Eddie Cybulski - $2,886
2nd: Lance Donnell - $2,685
3rd: Taylor Cenci - $1,615
4th: Christina Lehto - $1,180
5th: Andrew Romeo - $810
6th: Ryan Rohrback - $560
7th: DJ Fenton - $360
8th: Jesse Capps - $360
9th: Allen Kerlin - $275
10th: John May - $275
11th: Kevin Martin - $210
12th: Patrick Preston - $210
13th: Richard Clauson - $175
14th: Jovanny Jayme - $175
15th: Marty Gorenc - $175
16th: Liz Tedder - $155
17th: Eduardo Magan - $155
18th: Gary Kochalla  - $155

With Cybulski closing out his win in the $125 six-max no-limit hold'em, the only event left on the schedule is the Taiwanese poker, which is currently running with 17 players remaining from the original 81 entries in the field. 

Payouts for Event #15: $125 Taiwanese Poker


Event #5: $125 Taiwanese Poker
Level 5
Entries: 81
Prize Pool: $7,857

Registration in the final event of Run It Up Reno has closed! A total of 81 entries came through the cage, making up a prize pool worth $7,857 paying out 12 spots.

Here is a breakdown of the prize pool:

1st place: $2,367
2nd place: $1,510
3rd place: $1,080
4th place: $805
5th place: $570
6th place: $375
7th-8th place: $235
9th-10th place: $180
11th-12th place: $160

Eddie Cybulski Wins $125 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em ($2,886), Lance Donnell Eliminated in 2nd ($2,685) in Heads-Up Deal

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Eddie Cybulski

$125 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
Level 22: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 128

After Taylor Cenci busted in third, Lance Donnell and Eddie Cybulski began negotiating a deal. They agreed to chop the remaining prize pool and Cybulski gets credit for the win, since he has a a slight chip lead heads-up. 

Cybulski gets nearly the last trophy of the series and $2,886 and Donnell departs with $2,685.  

Eddie Cybulski - $125 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Champion
Lance Donnell - Eliminated

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Lance Donnell

Taylor Cenci Eliminated in 3rd Place ($1,615)

$125 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
Level 22: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 128

Taylor Cenci moves all in on the button for about 220,000 and Lance Donnell moves all in out of the small blind. Eddie Cybulski folds his big blind, leaving Donnell heads-up with Cenci. 

Cenci shows [Ks][7s] and has two live cards against Donnell's [Ah][Jd]. 

The board runs out [6d][6h][4h][Js][8c] and Donnell's pair of jacks win the pot. Cenci is eliminated in third place for $1,615. Donnell chips up and will go heads-up for the trophy against Cybulski. 

Lance Donnell - 1,050,000
Taylor Cenci - Eliminated

Jason Somerville's Straight Flush is No Good!

Event #15: $125 Taiwanese Poker
Entries: 79

The last event of the series is going on and everyone is having a blast! The room is loud and players are enjoying some Taiwanese Poker.

For those who don't know, Taiwanese Poker is a poker variant similar to Open-Face Chinese, in which players set seven cards to make a top, middle and bottom hand, and are then paid based on the number of points they score for each hand. After all players have set their hands, a five card board is dealt, and each player uses the cards they set in each position and the cards from the board to make their hands. Because of the number of cards required, a maximum of 6 players may play in a game of single-deck Taiwanese Poker, which uses a standard 52-card deck.

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While most players are having a fun, Jason Somerville just made a straight flush in the bottom, but Andrew Cha made a Royal Flush to wreck his dreams!

Registration is closed in about 15 minutes.

Eddie Cybulski Takes the Chip Lead

$125 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
Level 22: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 128

Eddie Cybulski raises to 150,000 on the button and Lance Donnell moves all in out of the big blind. Cybulski calls and is the player at risk for his last 745,000. 

Donnell shows [8c][8s] and need a two-outer against Cybulski's [Ks][Kh]. 

Cybulski never has to sweat as the board comes [Kd][6s][2h][2d][4c]. He doubles up with a full house and takes the chip lead, with more than half of the chips in play. 

Eddie Cybulski - 1,580,000
Lance Donnell - 675,000

Christina Lehto Eliminated in 4th Place ($1,180)

$125 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
Level 20: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 128

Eddie Cybulski moves all in from the small blind and Christina Lehto calls out of the big blind. Lehto is on the wrong end of a cold deck with her [Ad][Qd] up against Cybulski's [Ah][Ks]. 

The board runs out [Kd][Jh][3c][6s][4s]. Lehto can't turn or river Broadway and Cybulski wins the hand with a pair of kings. After the hand, they break down the stacks and Cybulski has 366,000, which just barely covers Lehto. 

Lehto is eliminated in fourth place and she departs with $1,180. 

Eddie Cybulski - 710,000
Christina Lehto - Eliminated


Andrew Romeo Eliminated in 5th Place ($810)

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$125 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
Level 20: 15,000/30,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 128

Andrew Romeo took a bad beat against Christina Lehto the hand before he moves all in from the cutoff for his last 22,000, which isn't enough to cover the big blind. Lehto moves all in out of the small blind and Taylor Cenci folds his big blind. 

Lehto shows [Th][Td] and is flipping against Romeo's [Ac][Jh]. 

The board runs out [Kc][8h][3s][3c][5d] and Lehto's pair wins the flip to eliminate Romeo in fifth place for $810. 

Ryan Rohrback Eliminated in 6th Place ($560)

$125 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
Level 18: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 128

Eddie Cybulski moves all in from middle position for about 200,000 and Ryan Rohrback moves all in out of the small blind for about 135,000.

Cybulski shows [As][Ks] and has Rohrback's [Ah][Qs] dominated. The board runs out [Ad][5s][2d][4d][4s] and Cybulski wins the pot to eliminate Rohrhback in sixth place for $560. 

Eddie Cybulski - 351,000
Ryan Rohrback - Eliminated  

DJ Fenton Eliminated in 7th Place ($360)

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$125 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
Level 18: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 128

Lance Donnell raises from under the gun and DJ Fenton moves all in from middle position for about 180,000. Action folds back to Donnell, who calls. 

Fenton is racing for his tournament life with his [Ah][Ks] up against Donnell's [Qs][Qd]. 

The board runs out [Qd][7h][5c][5d][Tc]. Fenton is drawing dead on the turn and Donnell wins the pot with a full house. Fenton earns $360 just a day after his RIU Main Event win. Donnell wins the pot and moves into the chip lead. 

Lance Donnell - 850,000
DJ Fenton - Eliminated

DJ Fenton Looks For Back-to-Back Wins at Six-Max Final Table

  DJ Fenton won the main event and is at the final table of the $125 six-max

DJ Fenton won the main event and is at the final table of the $125 six-max

$125 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
Level 18: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 128

The final seven players redrew for seats at the unofficial final table of the $125 six-max no-limit hold'em deepstack event. With one more elimination, the final six will be at the official final table. They are all guaranteed at least $360 for their deep run and here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts for the final seven players: 

Seat 1: Andrew Romeo - 70,000
Seat 2: DJ Fenton - 275,000
Seat 3: Eddie Cybulski - 222,000
Seat 4: Christina Lehto - 285,000
Seat 5: Taylor Cenci - 720,000
Seat 6: Ryan Rohrback - 155,000
Seat 7: Lance Donnell - 660,000

Ryan Rohrback Bursts the Bubble

$125 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max Deepstack
Level 16: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 18 of 128

A player from middle position moves all in for 17,000 and Ryan Rohrback calls out of the small blind and the big blind calls as well. 

Rohrback and the big blind check it down, declining to create a side pot as the board runs out [Ah][9h][2d][2c][2s]. Rohrback shows [Ad][7d], the big blind shows [7c][3c] and the all in player tables [6c][6h]. 

Rohrback eliminates the all in player in 19th place and the final 18 players are all in the money, guaranteed at least $155. 

Ryan Rohrback - 120,000