The RunGood Poker Series is officially back! The popular tour will pick up where it left off in 2020 by holding three initial stops this year. The action gets underway in June at the Jamul Casino in San Diego, California, and will be followed by two more stops in Iowa and Mississippi.
This year’s action will be a continuation of the 2020 season which had the theme, “RunGood Poker Series: All-Stars Presented by PokerGO”. It kicked off in February of last year, just before the COVID-19 pandemic. Eight stops were initially slated for the 2020 Spring, but the tour had to be suspended halfway through the schedule as a result of government-mandated lockdowns.
Now, the action finally resumes with an abbreviated theme: “All-Stars Comeback Tour Powered by PokerGO”. Each stop will feature the usual five days of tournament action and fun!
The RunGood Poker Series will resume the live action this year starting off with a stop at Jamul Casino in San Diego, California from June 8-13. The next stop will be at Horseshoe Council Bluffs in Iowa (June 22-27), and after that the action heads over to Horseshoe Tunica in Mississippi (July 6-11).
The stops will feature a variety of events including No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha Ring events, DeepStack, Senior’s Ring event, Omaha 8-or-Better, as well as satellites. Each of the stop will also feature a $575 buy-in Main Event which comes with a guarantee of $100,000. Each stop will also have its own leaderboard.
The winner of the Main Event, as well as the player who tops the leaderboard, will both win a seat into the “Pro-AM” event in December.
RunGood will announce additional stops in the coming weeks or months, in accordance with the reopening plans of the venues.
RunGood is also bringing back the team-naming concept this year, allowing qualifiers from each stop to form a team via the “Name Your City’s Poker Team” vote before the beginning of each stop. So far, four teams have already been formed, they are: the Council Bluffs Bluffers, the San Diego Card Sharks, the Joplin Grinders, and the Tunica Riverboat Rounders.
RunGood will announce further details on this soon.
“Pro-Am” Event Scheduled for December
RunGood will stick to its original plan of holding a season-ending “Pro-Am” event which will take place at the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas in December. A total of 64 players will compete in the tournament, 32 of them will be professional players invited to take part in the event. Qualifiers from all of the different stops throughout the season will make up the other half of the field.
The “Pro-Am” event will give average players the chance to compete on the big stage with poker pros, industry professionals, and celebrities. The idea is similar to the spring 2019 “Showbound” season wherein two qualifiers were each awarded with a $5,000 ticket to “Poker After Dark”. Texas resident Wadih Kaawar and real estate developer Clyde Lorance both won their way into the popular poker TV show.
Now, not just two, but 32 average players will be able to experience high-level action by competing with popular pros. Eight players have since qualified for the season-ending event, all of whom won their seats last year. They are: David Hengen, Chris Christian, Joe Walters, Jennifer Gianera, Matt Riffel, Sam Washburn, Cody Stanford, and Chase Turner.
RunGood founder Tana Karn said she’s delighted that they’re finally back at the live felts to finish what they started.
RunGood started out as a clothing and poker-gear line and has been organizing a series of tournaments across the US since 2018. It first collaborated with PokerGO during the 2019 “Showbound” season.
Mori Eskandani, President of Poker Central (PokerGO’s parent company), said they’re building on the success of the 2019 season, and are looking forward to welcoming “all-stars” to poker’s greatest stage.