Spring RunGood poker festival completes first stop in Tulsa

The first leg of the spring RunGood Poker Series has come to a close.  The six-day run wrapped up this past Sunday at the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa, OK, culminating in a $675 buy-in Main Event with a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000.  This year’s RunGood series has partnered with Operation Gratitude, a charity designed to support military troops overseas, and 100 care packages were shipped to servicemembers during the series.

The Main Event brought in 345 players, with the final 36 taking home some cash.  The top three ended up chopping the pot and raked in $32,099.  Byron Abernathy, a firefighter from Oklahoma, was officially crowned the winner after taking down Seth Evans in heads-up action.  The final three, which included Eric Bishop, decided to chop the pot, and Bishop fell to Abernathy shortly after.  The heads-up battle between Abernathy and Evans saw the firefighter take a sizeable lead and, after a little chip swapping, he finally took his opponent down with trip threes against Evans’ suited A-Q. 

The series also held several side events, including a RunGood Pro Bounty, a DeepStack event and a Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) tournament.  RunGood’s own Justin Gardenhire took the Bounty event for just over $5,000 after besting 189 players.  As with the Main Event, the final top three chopped the pot.  The PLO game awarded $12,705 to John Heckenkamp, who outlasted a field of 52 players to take the top prize.  

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