$235 6-Max 8-Game Championship
Players Remaining: 1
He's done it again! Jesse Capps has snagged his second Run it Up Reno trophy in five months, capturing the Knockout in October and now the 8-Game Championship. He takes home $3,800, the trophy and the $600 Main Event seat for a total value of $4,400!
In the final hand, Capps made a seven low with [7h4h3c] [6d] [2d] [2c] [8d] while Adam Haman's hand ran out [qc5h3h] [7d] [kh] [4s] [7s] after they got it all in on fourth street. Haman takes home $2,800 for his win in second place, and now has an eighth place finish in PLO as well as a fourth place finish in Triple Stud.
The final table came together with seven players remaining. The chip leader was Blake Vincent, defending May 2016 RIU Main Event champion. Chris Banaszak was the first player to go, getting his short stack in playing Omaha 8 or better. Vincent made two pair and Banaszak mucked his hand, taking home $780 for his final table finish in seventh place. Next to go was Andy Pokrivnak in sixth place for $1,050. He was also short but found a pay jump, finally getting his chips in the middle with the nut flush draw and ace-high. Haman also had ace-high but made a pair on the turn. Pokrivnak was unable to make his flush and was eliminated.
Fifth place belonged to Chris Lindner, pocketing $2,240. The remaining five players made a deal and Lindner was the shortest stack. He was eliminated playing razz and his queen-low was unable to improve against Vincent's jack-low.
Four-handed play went on for a while, and Capps was down to just 100,000 in chips before spinning his stack up. He got it in with king-ten to Vincent's ace-ten but rivered a straight to chop the pot. It was all Capps from there as he chipped up and eventually busted Ivan Zarate in fourth place ($3,200 after the chop). Capps picked up ace-high to Zarate's king-high and that was all she wrote! Zarate made his second final table in two days and was involved in a favorable chop in both scenarios.
Blake Vincent was our third place finisher after him and Capps got it in with each of them having a pair of jacks. Capps made two pair on seventh street and Vincent was eliminated in third place for $3,300 after getting the highest payout in the five-way chop.
We spoke to Capps after the event, and he said he was thrilled to have won another tournament at RIU Reno in just five months. He has three career wins and all of them have been right here at Peppermill, with two of them coming from RIU Reno events. Capps has been playing poker on the WSOP circuit for a while now, chasing the elusive ring. He has yet to win one, but says it's possible he may not be playing poker professionally for too much longer. He says he would like to have better life balance and be healthier. "Poker's tough" he said. "I wanna keep playing tournaments, but it's tough profitability and health-wise. For these RIU guys who are just starting out, life balance is the number one thing I can recommend. The downswings are tough, but I think I handle it better than anyone else, because luckily I enjoy being around (poker) so much."
Capps spoke about wanting to be a poker ambassador, but knows that in order to do that he has to win. "That's the goal", he said. "Everyone's serious. Nobody smiles. Nobody wants to make it (poker) a friendly environment. I want to bring fun back to poker. I respect anyone who brings fun without tilting people." He continued on about how he always enjoys playing at RIU Reno. His favorite game is badugi, and among the 8-game choices he prefers 2-7 triple draw.
Haman, our second place finisher, actually plays in a regular home game back in Las Vegas with Capps at their friends' place. They call it 'Chencoast Casino', and they play tons of mixed cash games. They even made shirts for this event! Capps is traveling in the next little while to places like Costa Rica and Australia, and hopes to land some sort of sponsorship deal so he can keep making poker fun and bring more people to the game while playing professionally.
The 8-Game Championship got off to a blazing start, eventually closing registration with 115 entries for a prizepool of $23,000 and paying 18 spots. The usual suspects were in the thick of things, but here is a look at the final results for this event:
1st place: Jesse Capps - $3.800 + $600 Main Event Seat (chop)
2nd place: Adam Haman - $2,800 (chop)
3rd place: Blake Vincent - $3,300 (chop)
4th place: Ivan Zarate - $3,200 (chop)
5th place: Chris Lindner - $2,240 (chop)
6th place: Andy Pokrivnak - $1,050
7th place: Chris Banaszak - $780
8th place: Brian Robbins - $780
9th place: Shadu Badran - $645
10th place: Deb Swift - $645
11th place: Lance McClure - $540
12th place: Jacob Quammen - $540
13th place: Nathan Wells - $460
14th place: Aaron Schoch - $460
15th place: Kevin Gerhart - $460
16th place: Nathan Felix - $400
17th place: Eric Nelson - $400
18th place: Eric Goldstein - $400