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The first RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) stop at the Graton Resort and Casino in Bay Area, California, hosted 12 events from September 13 – 18. The series wrapped up in style with Indo-American Kulwant Singh (cover image) topping the record-setting 1,144-player field in the $600 Main Event to win a career-best $100,070, along with the RGPS gold ring and the bragging rights of becoming the first-ever RGPS Bay Area Main Event champion! Bryan Saltzman took home $69,115 for his runner-up finish.
The Main Event made a three-day run from September 16 to 18, registering a record-setting 1,144 entries across four starting flights. The Main Event garnered a prize pool of $594,880 and paid out 144 places.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Kulwant Singh – 6,750,000
2. Julian Ruvalcava – 6,100,000
3. Jose Castillo – 2,250,000
4. Sean Burson – 2,250,000
5. Paul Serrate – 1,950,000
6. Max Gratuito – 1,475,000
7. Bryan Saltzman – 1,340,000
8. Matt Massaro – 1,100,000
9. Jeff Spruitenburg – 600,000
Final Table Recap
Twenty minutes into the final table, the nine-handed playing field was reduced to seven, courtesy of a double knockout. The hand in question saw Jeff Spruitenburg moving all-in with , and, Max Gratuito re-shoved with . Julian Ruvalcaba moved all in behind them with and had both players covered. The board ran , giving Ruvalcaba a boat on the flop, and stayed ahead through the last two streets. Spruitenburg and Gratuito crashed out in ninth and eighth place, respectively.
Minutes later, Sean Burson was eliminated in seventh place after his ran into Bryan Saltzman’s .
In the next level, Matt Massaro got it in with against Paul Serrate’s . Serrate flopped a set, dismissing Massaro in sixth place.
The play continued for another 15 minutes before Jose Castillo fell out in fifth place when his were bested by Singh’s .
Julian Ruvalcava joined the railbirds in fourth place after announcing an all-in with , and Singh called off with . Singh hit the top pair on the board, ending Ruvalcava’s Main Event run three short of the finish line.
After Ruvalcava’s exit, the play slowed considerably, and it took almost an hour before Paul Serrate busted in third place. Serrate’s got no help on the board against Singh, who flopped top pair holding .
Bryan Saltzman was the last obstacle between Singh and the Main Event title. The heads-up battle lasted 25 minutes, and Singh went all the way.
On the final hand, Saltzman’s were pitted against Singh’s . The community cards opened , and Singh’s rivered two pairs of tens and sixes eliminated Saltzman in second place.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Kulwant Singh – $100,070
2. Bryan Saltzman – $69,115
3. Paul Serrate – $44,660
4. Julian Ruvalcaba – $33,205
5. Jose Castillo – $25,465
6. Matt Massaro – $20,590
7. Sean Burson – $17,010
8. Max Gratuito – $13,480
9. Jeff Spruitenburg – $10,000
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Cover Images: Joe Garrett