Patrick Preston & Chris Lindner Win the $125 Partner Event

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Team Patrick Preston & Chris Lindner were crowned champions in the #125 NLH Partner Event after besting a field of 97 teams to win the first-place prize of $2,580 in addition to one trophy each. Preston won the Main Event seat, as well, for being the Last RIU Warrior standing. The teammates play poker together in Austin, Texas and happened to run into each other at the Run It Up Reno series.

The runners up in this event were the team of Mo Baterdene & Andrew Cha. Their team won this same event last October and were hoping to defend their title. They finished just shy of the trophy but took home $1,700 for their efforts and were surrounded by a massive rail during heads-up play, curious to see if they could make it a second time.

Patrick Preston entered heads-up play with a massive chip lead. Unfortunately, the tables turned quickly when Mo Baterdene started winning flip, after flip, to take the chip lead.

At some point, Preston got down to his last big blind and had one ante left behind. Baterdene, in the small blind, proceeded to fold his hand, a play that might have cost him the tournament. Preston showed [9s][2d] commenting: ''I had one ante left!''

Preston was still left with very few chips and it was his turn to win flips in order to run his stack back up, which he managed to do perfectly.

Their chip counts eventually got very close, and Baterdene proposed a deal which involved his team taking the trophies, but Preston's partner, Chris Lindner, refused, claiming: ''At this point, the trophy is literally the only thing I care about.''

A deal was not reached and play continued for a while before Baterdene shoved from the small blind with [Kh][4s]. Having him barely covered, Preston snap-called with [kd][qd], turning a flush to eliminate last October's winning team.

Here is a look at the final table results:

1st place: Patrick Preston- $2,580
2nd place: Mo Baterdene - $1,700
3rd place: Batuhan Zadeh- $1,160
4th place: Alex Huot- $805
5th place: Eric Goldstein- $585
6th place: William Butcher- $440
7th place: Nathan Manuel- $350
8th place: Thomas Gardner- $290
9th place: Michael Cooper- $250

When asked how it felt to get the win, Preston responded: ''I sucked out on people so many times. I won a tournament a few weeks ago, and the amount of times you have to suck out on people to win a tournament is insane!''

His partner, Chris Lindner, was extremely satisfied as well: ''I am so excited. It is my fourth Run It up Reno. I made a lot of final tables and I've been trying to get the gold. I'm also very happy for him. This is his first Run It up Reno and this will be an ultimate Run It Up Reno experience for him!''

Lindner was also asked why Preston played the most at the end, to which he commented: ''We came in short and he know the short stack stuff, I know the crazy life stuff.''

Here is a look at the final results (by Team Captain) of this tournament:

1st place: Patrick Preston- $2,580
2nd place: Mo Baterdene - $1,700
3rd place: Batuhan Zadeh- $1,160
4th place: Alex Huot- $805
5th place: Eric Goldstein- $585
6th place: William Butcher- $440
7th place: Nathan Manuel- $350
8th place: Thomas Gardner- $290
9th place: Michael Cooper- $250
10th place: Donald Parauella- $250
11th place: Nicholas Thomson- $230
12th place: Trevor Jonnson- $230
13th place: Brett Gordon- $215
14th place: Jade Roy- $215
15th place: Lisa French- $200
16th place: Tony Berto- $200