The second PokerListings Run-Good Challenge is over and Kid Dynamite is champion! The Grand Final played out earlier today on PokerStars, where the nine best prelim performers went to war for their share of the $2,800 prize pool.
The final event in RGC2: Electric Boogaloo followed the standard PokerStars deep-stack structure and it being Saturday morning, we kind of expected a slow start. Apparently neither deep stacks nor weekend hangovers were much of a deterrent as we watched a big hand develop before we had even gotten our bearings.
Poker Shrink has already classified Kid Dynamite as a maniac and in this hand KD's reputation helped him get paid off. A-K for the Kid versus the Shrink's A-J on an ace-high board led to the first big pot of the day. With that hand KD jumped out to an early lead.
Not long after that, Luckbox took down a big pot, betting each street on an A-A 3-4-7 board in a three-way hand with Benjo and Change100. He pushed his opponents off their hands on the river and joined KD at the top of the chip counts.
It was in the $25/$50 blind level that we had our first elimination. Event 2 winner Benjo, pride of the French poker media, was the first to find his way to the exit. Kid Dynamite opened to $150, at $25/$50, and Michele Lewis flat-called a few seats to his left.
Benjo was on the button and repopped to $550. Both KD and Michele called and the flop came down A♦ 9♣ 4♣. It was checked around and the turn brought the 5♣. KD led for $900, Michele folded and Benjo shipped for a total of $1,685.
Dynamite made the call and we saw Benjo was ahead with A♥ J♦ to KD's 3♣ 3♦. With no club in Benjo's hand, KD could add flush cards to his list of outs. The river was a deuce, making him the wheel and sending Benjo back to the EPT live French coverage of the final table in Prague.
Next out was the Poker Shrink, raising from the cut-off and getting a call from Kid Dynamite in the big blind. The flop came out jack-high and KD fired $650. Shrink moved in for $965 and KD snap-called with A-J. Shrink's A-K couldn't catch up on the turn or the river.
With a generous six spots paying at the table we were now on the bubble and it was Spaceman and myself fighting with between 10 and 15 big blinds. A few orbits passed before Spaceman moved all-in over the top of a Change100 under-the-gun opening raise.
Change100 made the call and won the flip with K-Q to Spaceman's pocket sevens.
On the very next hand I picked up pocket aces in the big blind and Luckbox raised from under the gun. I shipped for $1,800 and held against his eights for the double-up.
From then on I oscillated between $3,500 and $5,000 as a few more players went broke. Michele hit the bricks in sixth after getting crippled by Luckbox. She flopped trips but Luckbox turned a full house, leaving her with around $700.
She was out shortly afterward, but it took a lot longer to knock off Amy Calistri. She was down below five big blinds numerous times, but each time managed to either pick up a hand or connect with a flop to double and cling to life.
Eventually her luck ran out, however, and she left with her $168 fifth-place money.
At this point Kid Dynamite seriously ramped up the pre-flop aggression and I couldn't pick up anything resembling a hand. It seemed Luckbox and Change100 were having the same problem as KD got a ton of pre-flop openers through.
The end of my tournament came when Change100 open-shoved from the button and I called from the small blind with pocket tens. She had J♦ Q♦. The flop was about as bad as it could be for me, coming Q♠ 7♦ 2♦. The turn was a jack and that was more than enough to cripple me to just a few hundred.
I managed to triple up to about $1,000 but got it in behind with K-2 against Luckbox's A-4. He paired his four and that was all she wrote for me.
Luckbox ended up busting next, leaving Change100 with a chance to go two for two in RGC Grand Finals. After a heated match, however, she succumbed to Kid Dynamite's explosive skills.
Here's a look at the final results.
Keep an eye on their blogs for different perspectives from the players themselves.
And just like that another Run-Good Challenge is over! Four events were successfully completed, cash was made and clever misspellings of swear words were snuck past the PokerStars censors. Plans are under way for the third series, titled RGC3: The Stackening, so make sure to drop us a line if you have a legit poker blog and want to get involved.
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