Scott Hoffer Takes Down the Run It Up Reno Kickoff Event ($6,976)!

Scott Hoffer - $235 NLH Kickoff Champion

Scott Hoffer - $235 NLH Kickoff Champion

The $235 NLH Kickoff $30,000 guaranteed edition attracted a strong field of 211 entries and did not disappoint. Although they did not make the money, Twitch streamers and PokerStars Pros Jason Somerville, Jeff Gross, and Kevin Martin did give it a shot. Scott Hoffer held a sizable chip advantage coming into the final table and expanded it at every opportunity. However, with the blinds getting higher, and risk getting bigger, the players decided to go about doing an ICM deal. Scott Hoffer got one of the biggest payouts and, because he had the most chips, he got the trophy as well.

Hoffer is a Reno resident and a real-estate investor. Although for him, poker is only a part-time hobby, he has been playing for 5 years and it is not his first Run It Up Series.
He now collected $6,976 and a trophy to remember this week of fun.

The remaining five players involved in the deal each locked up a $600 Main Event seat. They were all wearing RIU gear, so Hoffer decided to give his seat to the fifth player since the top four chip counts were guaranteed a seat.

Here is a look at the final table payouts:

1st place: Scott Hoffer- $6,976 + Main Event Seat*
2nd place: Steve Nevius - $5,858 + Main Event Seat*
3rd place: Loren Cloninger - $4,853 + Main Event Seat*
4th place: Kyle McConnell - $4,547 + Main Event Seat*
5th place: Kimberly Stone - $4,044 + Main Event Seat*
6th place: Andy Pokrivnak - $1,610
7th place: Chip Tutu - $1,205
8th place: Stan Archuleta - $935
9th place: John Borido - $745
*denotes a chop

This much-anticipated opening event began with 85 entries but quickly grew to over 100 in the first few minutes of the tournament. Run It Up guaranteed $30,000 in the prize pool but that number was smashed by the close of registration, ballooning to an impressive $42,200. This proved to be the most successful opening event to date as part of the Run It Up series, with the last record set in April with 184 entries and $36,800 in the prize pool.

The bubble burst at the hands of Andy Pokrivnak after he hit a three-outer against Alex Kidwell. Ace-eight suited was the hand to prevail, with Kidwell being sent to the rail with ace-queen and no money in 33rd place. The remaining 32 players dropped quite quickly, and the final table of nine came together just before the dinner break with eventual-winner Scott Hoffer at the helm.

Once all of the players came back from dinner, play was fast and furious and the final five players settled on a deal.

Notable players to make the money but fall short of the final table included Mark Mazza (11th - $660), Louis Helm (12th - $660), October 2016 Kickoff Champion Paul Sampson (16th - $540), and Jason Daniele (18th - $490).

The response and turnout in Event #1 was amazing, and if this is an indication of how the series is going to go, it's going to be a fantastic week here in Reno.

Keep following along all week as well highlight all of the winners, exciting hands and good times during the biggest Run It Up Reno you've ever seen!

Here is a list of the final results from Event #1 $235 NLH Kickoff $30,000 guaranteed:

1st place: Scott Hoffer- $6,976 + Main Event Seat*
2nd place: Steve Nevius - $5,858 + Main Event Seat*
3rd place: Loren Cloninger - $4,853 + Main Event Seat*
4th place: Kyle McConnell - $4,547 + Main Event Seat*
5th place: Kimberly Stone - $4,044 + Main Event Seat*
6th place: Andy Pokrivnak - $1,610
7th place: Chip Tutu - $1,205
8th place: Stan Archuleta - $935
9th place: John Borido - $745
10th place: Forrest Kollar - $745
11th place: Mark Mazza - $660
12th place: Louis Helm - $660
13th place: Wayne Mason - $590
14th place: Anthony Nguyen - $590
15th place: Nicholas Kiley - $540
16th place: Paul Sampson - $540
17th place: Michael Cooper - $490
18th place: Jason Daniele - $490
19th place: Michael Murphy - $490
20th place: Jeffrey Trettenero - $490
21st place: George Farmer - $455
22nd place: James Minghini - $455
23rd place: Mitchell Cogert - $455
24th place: Louis Schaffer - $455
25th place: Stephen Roselius - $425
26th place: Wallace Welter - $425
27th place: Adam Lifter - $425
28th place: Jackson Redford - $425
29th place: Cory Tardy - $405
30th place: Adam Bishop - $405
31st place: Blake Cavanagh - $405
32nd place: Dakota Allinson - $405