Mitchell Cogert Wins the $235 NLH Knockout

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A new champion has been crowned at the 2017 Run It Up Reno Series and it is Mitchell Cogert after defeating Chuck Hawkins heads-up. He claimed his first RIU trophy in Event #4: $235 NLH Knockout $100 Bounty with 30K Guaranteed, in addition to a $5,500 payday. He also won a $600 Main Event Seat for being the last warrior standing wearing RIU gear.

The tournament attracted a record-breaking field of 220 entries, which created a prize pool of $19,590, and each elimination added $100 to the pocket of the winner. The field included big names such as Twitch Streamers and PokerStars Pros Jason Somerville, Jeff Gross, Kevin Martin, Jaime Staples and Randy Lew.    

Somerville and Gross both made it deep in the tournament with Somerville leading the final two tables and making it to the final 9, attracting a rail. The final table did not go his way though, and he ended up busting in 8th place after putting his last chips at risk with [As][Kd] against Patrick Tardif's pair of fours that held.

Here is a look at the final table results:

1st place: Mitchell Cogert- $5,500 + Main Event Seat
2nd place: Chuck Hawkins- $4,500
3rd place: Bill Watchman- $2,815
4th place: Christopher Curbo- $1,925
5th place: Paul Sampson- $1,315
6th place: Patrick Tardif- $915
7th place: Georgene Farmer- $665
8th place: Jason Somerville- $505
9th place: Jarod Minghini- $390

Although Hawkins held a slight lead when heads-up play began, Hawkins and Mitchell Cogert decided to guarantee themselves each a $4500 payday by chopping the first two places and playing for the title, the trophy and the additional $1,000. In the early stages of heads-up play, Cogert doubled up with [Ah][3h] against Hawkins's [js][7s]. A couple of hands later, Hawkins was all-in for his last 600,000 with [Qh][8s] up against Cogert's [Kd][3s]. The board ran out [9d][6d][5s][9c][Jc] and Cogert held on to win the tournament with king-high.

Cogert is not new to the Run It Up Series. He has a total of $261,259 in poker live earnings with a top cash of $108,412, three of his cashes being from last year's Run It Up series.

Notable players to make the money but didn't make the final table include Jesse Capps, Jeffrey Gross. Among the familiar faces that did not make it through were Melly Wang, Vincent Newland, and Andy Pokrivonak.

Here is a list of the final results for this event:

1st place: Mitchell Cogert- $5,500 + Main Event Seat
2nd place: Chuck Hawkins- $4,500
3rd place: Bill Watchman- $2,815
4th place: Christopher Curbo- $1,925
5th place: Paul Sampson- $1,315
6th place: Patrick Tardif- $915
7th place: Georgene Farmer- $665
8th place: Jason Somerville- $505
9th place: Jarod Minghini- $390
10th place: Alex Huot- $390
11th place: Christopher Lindner- $335
12th place: Jeffrey Gross- $335
13th place: Michael Mcgargh- $295
14th place: Geroge Geras- $295
15th place: Ryan Schuler- $265
16th place: Nicholas Thompson- $265
17th place: James Fondreu- $235
18th place: Jordan Harris- $235
19th place: Jesse Capps- $235
20th place: Kyle Mcconnell- $235
21st place: Robert Gullett- $175
22nd place: Mohammad Chitsazan- $175