After 12 hours and a tough final table, Pete Mall is victorious in the Thursday Thrilla for $17,655 and many big bounties! He defeated a tough opponent in Tyson Apostol after coming back from being down more than 4-to-1 in chips at the start of heads-up play.
The turning point for Mall was when he got his stack in the middle with [jd9d], up against Apostol's [8d7d]. Apostol out-flopped him after pairing his seven but the river brought a big jack to bring him to almost even in chips. Mall chipped away and eventually check-called a shove from Apostol with two pair nines and sevens and held against his two over-cards. Apostol earned himself $11,555 and a fistful of bounties for his runner-up finish.
Jeff Gross bowed out in 3rd for $7,735 and likely the most bounties in the tournament with nine!
Mall won his first ever live recorded tournament and also booked his biggest cash with this win. It's his first taste of RIU gold, and if his dedication to the series and the game is any indication, it surely won't be the last!
The tournament began with just over 50 entries but grew rapidly to 110 by the close of registration after Level 10. The guarantee was set at $50,000 but ended up hitting $55,000 in the main prize pool plus $55,000 in bounties at $500 a piece for $110,000 total. April's total number of entries reached 90, but as many of the tournaments have ended up, the Thrilla broke that record with 110, which is a promising look to the future of the series!
Many tough players entered the field, including the likes of Jason Somerville, Randy 'nanonoko' Lew, Vincent Newland, Patrick Tardif, Nick Chinell, Jimmy Cappucci, Jordan Spurlin, Alex Lavinthal, Fatima Nanji, Brett Gordon, Albert Ng and David Lander.
The Main Event starts tomorrow, so keep following along as we continue to highlight this massive Run It Up Reno series!
Here is a look at the final results:
1st place: Pete Mall - $17,655 + Last RIU Warrior standing Main Event seat
2nd place: Tyson Apostol - $11,555
3rd place: Jeff Gross - $7,735
4th place: Yuankai Chen - $5,215
5th place: Miles Palley - $3,525
6th place: Hayden Fortini - $2,450
7th place: Ronnie Hansen - $1,860
8th place: Thomas Brown - $1,505
9th place: Jon Baker - $1,240
10th place: Chris Schulze - $1,240
11th place: Nathan Manuel - $1,020