Run It Up Reno Tournament Summary (April 2017)

  The sixteen tournaments that made up April's Run It Up Reno event provided a combined prize pool of $506,985.  In addition, fourteen Main Event seats (worth $8,400) were added to the prize pool - four for the Monday Kickoff, and the Last Warrior Standing (the last player in the tournament wearing Run It Up merchandise) for each of the ten tournaments that concluded on Monday through Friday.

  In addition to the events listed below:

  • The eight Main Event satellites awarded 60 seats to the $600 NLHE Main Event.
  • The Thursday Thrilla satellite awarded 14 seats to the $1100 NLHE Thursday Thrilla.
  • The HORSE satellite awarded 5 seats to the $340 HORSE.

For a mobile-friendly version of this page, check out the Event Recap.

 

EventEntriesPrize PoolChampion
$235 NLHE Kickoff184 entries
32 paid
$36,800
plus five seats
Eric Nelson
$9,680 + 2 seats
$125 PL Omaha, 6-Max90 entries
14 paid
$9,000
plus one seat
Jeff Chapman
$1,535 + seat
$125 NLHE All-In or Fold
with $50 rebuys
72 entries
12 paid
$12,450
plus one seat
Jason Daniele
$4,000 + seat
$235 NLHE KO
$100 bounties
202 entries
20 paid
$20,200 + $20,200
plus one seat
Vanessa Kade
$5,160 + KOs
$125 Triple Stud, 6-Max101 entries
15 paid
$10,100
plus one seat
Deborah Vanneste
$2,625 + seat
$235 8-Game, 6-Max115 entries
18 paid
$23,000
plus one seat
Jesse Capps
$3,800 + seat
$125 NLHE Win The Button114 entries
19 paid
$11,575
plus one seat
Max Zelensky
$3,000 + seat
$1100 NLHE Thursday Thrilla
$500 bounties
90 entries
11 paid
$45,000 + $45,000
plus one seat
Steve Nevius
$10,162 + seat
$125 NLHE Partners79 entries
12 paid
$7,900
plus one seat
Team Doppelgangers
Max Zelensky
Kevin Hess

$1,685
$600 NLHE Main Event
Days 1A, 1B and 2
384 entries
64 paid
$207,360Tim Tucker
$23,000
$125 NL Omaha8 KO, 6-Max
$25 bounties
92 entries
11 paid
$6,900 + $2,300
plus one seat
Jason Daniele
$1,700 + seat
$125 5-Card PLO, 6-Max81 entries
11 paid
$8,100Aaron Schoch
$2,240
$125 NLHE Big Antes100 entries
16 paid
$10,000Marie Gabert
$2,150
$340 HORSE, 6-Max50 entries
8 paid
$15,000Shady Badran
$4,002
$125 NLHE Deep Stack106 entries
16 paid
$10,600Chip Tutu
$2,175
$125 3-Card NLHE (GUTS)55 entries
9 paid
$5,500Jason Daniele
$1,625

The results from these tournaments can also be found on The Hendon Mob.

Jason Daniele Takes Down 3-Card GUTS for His Third RIU Trophy!

Jason Daniele defeated Jason Somerville heads up for this third Run it Up Reno trophy!

Jason Daniele defeated Jason Somerville heads up for this third Run it Up Reno trophy!

$125 3-Card GUTS

Jason Daniele is the winner in the $125 3-Card GUTS event for $1.625! Our fearless Run it Up leader, Jason Somerville, takes second place for $1,100 after an epic heads-up battle. Both players doubled each other up more than once, with Daniele being the eventual winner after a hard-fought battle. Daniele is the second three-time champion in RIU history, collecting his third trophy of the series! Somerville also has four deep runs this series, finishing in 11th, 5th, 3rd and now 2nd. Congratulations to both players!

The final hand went down with Daniele shoving and Somerville calling off his remaining 100,000 chips. 

Daniele: [kh7h7d]
Somerville: [qhth7c]

The flop came [4h2h] and both players picked up a flush draw, with Daniele holding the best of it. The turn was the [ts] and Somerville caught up with a pair of tens, but the river was the [6h] and Daniele made his flush, eliminating Somerville in second place.

The final table of nine started out with Jason Somerville leading the way, holding a quarter of the chips in play. Bill Watchman was the first to go in ninth place for $175. He was extremely short and got it in with [adqs2s] against Daniele's [kskc5c]. The board ran out dry and Watchman was eliminated. 

Eighth place belonged to Harry Corvese after he lost a flip with tens against Somerville's AxKx. Somerville made trip aces and Corvese had to settle for a payday of $205. Next to go was Ryan Leonis in seventh place ($255). He was short and got it in with [ac7c3c], but Joe Rando held [jhjd9h] and flopped top set to end it. 

Our sixth place finisher was Travis Downton for $330. Downton was slightly behind Somerville's pocket tens and couldn't get there on a king-high board. Brent Taylor was next in fifth place for a payday of $445. Taylor held six-high in his hand and couldn't catch up to Max Brown who made a pair of queens to eliminate him. 

Max Brown was eliminated shortly after in fourth place, taking home $580 for his run. Daniele held pocket nines and Brown was unable to catch up. Finally, third place went to Reno's own Joe Rando for $785. He got it in with a pair of black fours, but Daniel out-flopped him with ace-king suited.

Congratulations to everyone on their deep runs!

Here's a look at the final results for this event:

1st place: Jason Daniele - $1,625
2nd place: Jason Somerville - $1,100
3rd place: Joe Rando - $785
4th place: Max Brown - $580
5th place: Brent Taylor - $445
6th place: Travis Downton - $330
7th place: Ryan Leonis - $255
8th place: Harry Corvese - $330
9th place: Bill Watchman - $175

Jason Daniele and his supporters

Jason Daniele and his supporters

A Chip and a Trophy! Tutu Wins the Deepstack Event!

Chip Tutu is our Deepstack Champion!

Chip Tutu is our Deepstack Champion!

$125 NLH Deepstack

The tournament ended in a five-way deal with Tutu getting the trophy and the biggest payday of $2,175. Everyone else earned $1,125. This is Tutu's second RIU trophy and the second one to come on the final day of the series.

"I am a last day specialist," Tutu joked after the victory. The New Yorker is a semi-professional poker player who has been at every Run It Up Reno except for the first one.

"Jason kind of got me on the hook because two series ago I won two Main event seats, so I had to come back last time and I made the final table, so then I had to come back for this time to use the other one."

Tutu readily admits that he would have come either way though, as this is an experience he enjoys taking part of twice a year.

Congratulations to everyone on their deep runs!

Here's a look at the final results:

1st place: Chip Tutu - $2,175
2nd place: Dakota Allinson - $1,175
3rd place: Stephen Nahm - $1,175
4th place: Susie Peterson - $1,175
5th place: Roy Peters - $1,175
6th place: Cindy Crawford - $1,175
7th place: Jed Hoffman - $425
8th place: Jonny Gomez - $325
9th place: Christopher Neiman - $250
10th place: Matt Wolthers - $250
11th place: Kevin Hess - $250
12th place: Jovanny Jayne - $250
13th place: Bill Watchman - $200
14th place: Timothy Kuss - $200
15th place: Adam Johnson - $200
16th place: Floyd Achtzehnter - $200

GUTS: Jason Somerville and Jason Daniele are Heads Up for Gold!

Battls of the Jasons!

Battls of the Jasons!

Players: 2/55
Blinds: 6,000/12,000/2,000


With the recent elimination of Joe Rando in 3rd place, Jason Somerville and Jason Daniele are now heads up. They recently swapped stacks in the following hands:

Somerville Doubles Daniele
Daniele was all in for 137,500 and Somerville called. 

Daniele: [as7c2s]
Somerville: [8s8d7d]

The board ran out [ackh5d5s] and Daniele doubled through


Daniele Doubles Somerville
Somerville was all in for 162,000 and Daniele called. 

Somerville: [ah9s9c]
Daniele: [as7s3d]

The board ran out [thtc9hac] and Somerville doubled. 

The two players are on a break. 

Somerville - 350,000
Daniele - 90,000

Somerville Smashing in the Final Four

Jason Somerville has over half the chips in play in this final event!

Jason Somerville has over half the chips in play in this final event!

Players: 5/55
Blinds: 3,000/6,000/1,000


Jason Somerville has more than half the chips in play with four players remaining in this GUTS event. He's made his third final table of the series and is looking to add a second RIU trophy to his case. His best finish this week has been third place in the Thursday Thrilla, so he's close to his best finish!

Jason Somerville - 240,000
Joe Rando - 90,000
Max Brown - 60,000
Jason Daniele - 40,000

Here's a look at the results so far:

5th place: Brent Taylor - $445
6th place: Travis Downton - $330
7th place: Ryan Leonis - $255
8th place: Harry Corvese - $330
9th place: Bill Watchman - $175

Jason Somerville Leads the GUTS Final Table!

Jason Somerville makes this third final table of the RIU Reno series!

Jason Somerville makes this third final table of the RIU Reno series!

Players: 9/55
Blinds: 2,000/4,000/500 ante


The final table has come together in this exciting 3-Card GUTS event! Since we are paying nine spots, everyone at this table is guaranteed a payout of $175. 

Here's how they stack up:

Seat 1: Bill Watchman - 12,500
Seat 2: Jason Somerville - 105,000
Seat 3: Joe Rando - 35,000
Seat 4: Travis Downton - 65,000
Seat 5: Jason Daniele - 45,000
Seat 6: Ryan Leonis - 12,000
Seat 7: Max Brown - 30,000
Seat 8: Harry Corvese - 40,000
Seat 9: Brent Taylor - 45,000

GUTS Prizepool Info

With 55 entries in the $125 buy-in event, the GUTS tournament generated a prizepool of $5,500. The top nine finishers will make the money. Here is a look at the complete payouts:

Run it Up Reno $125 NLH Deepstack
Registration Closed

Total Entries: 55
Players Remaining: 12

Total Prizepool: $5,500
Places Paid: 9

1st place: $1,625
2nd place: $1,100
3rd place: $785
4th place: $580
5th place: $445
6th place: $330
7th place: $255
8th place: $205
9th place: $175

Players are nearing the money bubble with Jesse Capps, Vincent Newland, and Jason Somerville all still in the running.

Jesse Capps

Jesse Capps

Chip Tutu Leads the Deepstack Final Table!

Chip Tutu has a dominating lead at this final table

Chip Tutu has a dominating lead at this final table

Players: 9/106
Blinds: 8,000/16,000/2,000


The final table is set for this Deepstack final table! Chip Tutu has more than a quarter of the chips in play with nine players remaining. 

Steve Nahm burst the final table bubble after Matt Wolthers moved all in on the button for his last 78,000 with [4s4c] and Nahm called with [acqs] from the big blind. The board ran out [8h5h3sas8c] and we are down to nine! Wolthers takes home $250 for his 10th place finish today.

Here's how the final table stacks up:

Seat 1: Jonny Gomez - 125,000
Seat 2: Dakota Allinson - 170,000
Seat 3: Susie Peterson - 225,000
Seat 4: Christopher Neiman - 155,000
Seat 5: Cindy Crawford - 145,000
Seat 6: Steve Nahm - 250,000
Seat 7: Chip Tutu - 640,000
Seat 8: Roy Peters - 145,000
Seat 9: Jed Hoffman - 185,000

Here are the most recent eliminations:

10th place: Matt Wolthers - $250
11th place: Kevin Hess - $250
12th place: Jovanny Jayne - $250
13th place: William Watehmer - $200
14th place: Timothy Kuss - $200
15th place: Adam Johnson - $200
16th place: Floyd Achtzehnter - $200

We'll See You In October!

Crowd gathers at the Thrilla final table

Crowd gathers at the Thrilla final table

It is always bittersweet when Run It Up Reno comes to an end. This week was filled with so many great moment, be it meeting and exceeding every guarantee, setting records in prizepools, launching a new $1,100 buy-in event, or just talking Survivor with Boston Rob and Tyson Apostol. As you can see from the picture, even railing a final table is an experience worth remembering.

There are plenty of great memories, but now is the time to start looking forward. We will be back at the Peppermill October 16-23 for another week of Run It Up antics. Given how much events grew this time around, there is no reason to think it won't be even bigger and better come autumn. Keep an eye on RunItUp.com and on Twitter (@runitupreno) for more info as we get it.

This series' Main Event was one for the record books. With 384 entries in the $600 buy-in event, it generated a $207,360 prizepool, the largest in Run It Up history. While we didn't hit the attendance record, the pace at which Run It Up Reno is growing, it is only a matter of time before we do.

The Main Event ended in a five-way deal involving Jason Somerville himself, appearing at his second final table after taking third in the Thursday Thrilla event. The chop saw the money pretty evenly divided, but chipleader Tim Tucker earned one of the three biggest payouts and the honor of the title and the trophy.

When it came to the winners of this Run It Up series, the theme of the week seemed to be pairs. We saw Jason Daniele win two events. We also had a day where two lovely ladies, Vanessa Kade and Deborah Vanneste, won the Knockout event and the Triple Stud respectively.

There were also a pair of father-son pairs. Both Aaron and Opa Schoch and Max and Eugene Zelensky used this time in Reno to both play a lot of poker and spend some time together.  For both sets, what was a great week ended up being even better. Max won the button and the Win the Button event, then a couple of days later, Aaron took down the 6-Max 5-Card PLO.

And, of course, the Partners Event by definition involves a pair, but we would be remiss if we didn't give a shoutout to winners Ryan Leonis and Max Brown, who partnered up after so many people confused one for the other that the two strangers became partners, friends, and co-RIU trophy winners.

Thanks to everyone who came out for such an awesome week. We can't wait to come back in October and hope you guys can't either. Until then, here are some of our favorites photos from this Run It Up Reno:

An Orbit of GUTS!

Vincent Newland

Vincent Newland

Players: 20/21
Blinds: 75/150/25 ante


If you're in the Capri Ballroom, you'll know all of the noise and laughter is coming from the $125 NLH 3-Card GUTS tournament. They're having a blast playing this interesting new game, so we thought we'd hang out and blog an orbit with the loudest table. 

Seat 1: Travis Downton
Seat 2: Vincent Newland
Seat 3: Briann Fletcher
Seat 4: Brent Taylor
Seat 5: Dave Spurr
Seat 6: Frank Yaw

Hand 1
Action folded around to Newland in the small blind and he completed. Fletcher checked her option in the big blind. The flop came [8d6h] and Newland led out for 200. Fletcher called. The turn was the [2s] and both players checked to the river, which was the [8h]. Both players checked again. Fletcher tabled [tc9s6s] for a pair of sixes. "I had a straight draw too!", she said. Newland replied, "You're way good!" as she scooped the pot. 

Hand 2
Yaw called from the hijack, Fletcher completed from the small blind and Taylor checked his option in the big blind. The flop came [2d2h]. Fletcher checked and Taylor bet 300. Yaw folded, and before folding as well, Fletcher said, "I have a flush draw!" The entire table erupted in laughter, because in this game you can have three cards in your hand, including suited ones, and use all of them to draw to any five-card hand on the board. She mucked anyway, since the board was paired. 

Hand 3
Yaw called from under the gun, as did Downton from the hijack and Fletcher on the button. Taylor was in the small blind and raised to 1,025. Everyone kind of stared at him like he had six heads, and only Fletcher called. The flop came [9c4c] and Fletcher folded to Taylor's bet of 1,500. Taylor showed [adac2c] for a pair of aces and the nut flush draw. 

Hand 4
Action folded to Fletcher in the cutoff and she exclaimed, "I don't even know why I look at my cards!" as she called. The entire table laughed again, definitely having a good time learning the game. Taylor was on the button and raised yet again, this time to 750. Fletcher called. The flop came [qd7c] and Fletcher check-folded to Taylor's bet of 1,100, showing [thtc6h] for a pair of tens. "Is a pair good before the flop? I don't even know!" Taylor showed [asacjc] for another pair of aces.

Hand 5
"Green chip leader!" announced Fletcher, pointing to Taylor's stack as she limped in from the hijack. Taylor called from the cutoff, Spurr called on the button, Yaw completed the small blind and Downton checked his option in the big blind. The flop came [2s2d] and Yaw and Downton checked to Fletcher who bet 200. Everyone folded and she showed [qcqd8h]. As she raked in the pot Newland said, "I should've called with my deuce-three-king under the gun!"

Hand 6
Taylor raised to 400 in the hijack and Downton called from the small blind, as did Newland from the big blind. The flop came [7d4d] and all three players checked to the turn, which was the [2s]. Taylor and Downton checked to Newland who bet 500. Both players folded and Newland scooped the pot.

We hope everyone's having a great time playing this new game! Don't forget you can use one through three of the cards in your hand to make a five-card hand, and the general rules of No Limit Hold'em are still in play.

Keep following along on the blog as we play down to a winner in this last event of the Run it Up Reno series.